Affinity Groups

2017-18 CALENDAR

HBI Affinity Groups embody our mission to enliven a network of meaningful scientific relationships spanning the breadth of our vast research enterprise. Groups are initiated by investigators who have a vision to spearhead an ongoing, substantive conversation among researchers in diverse laboratories and research centers. Planning, communications support and funds for refreshments are provided by HBI.

NEUROENDOCRINE DIALOGS

HBI BEHAVIOR MEETING

CHRONOBIOLOGY & THE BRAIN

NEURAL DEVELOPMENT CLUB

Academic-Industry Dialogs
CELLULAR MODELING OF NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE

MONTHLY NEURO MIXER

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NEUROENDOCRINE DIALOGS
2017: September 13, October 25, November 15.
2018: January 24, February 21, March 21, April 25, May 23.

Locations TBA
Founded by members of the Sabatini and Regehr labs at HMS, this group got its start in Fall 2015, with PIs and members from the following labs: Andermann (BIDMC), Dulac (FAS), Liberles (HMS), Lowell (BIDMC), Mazjoub (BCH), Rogulja (HMS). This ongoing community has grown beyond Harvard to include scholars from other area schools as well as the interested social scientists. Dinner seminars are open to all scholars with an interest in how hormones interact with the brain to control diverse behaviors.

Each seminar addresses a specific subject through two talks, one from the bench and one from the clinic. We have explored a wide range of topics, including feeding behaviors and metabolism, reproductive functions and social behaviors, sleep and stress. Recognizing the significance of emerging research pertaining to gender, we will dedicate up to half of this coming year’s program to this topic. Gender seminars will be held on the Cambridge campus to facilitate broader participation.

CONTACT: Stephanie Rudolph, PhD (Regehr Lab), Group Coordinator.

Co-Coordinators: Sinisa Hrvatin, PhD (Greenberg Lab); Dominque Eghlidi, PhD (Saper Lab).
Scientific Advisors: Catherine Dulac, PhD (FAS); Joseph Mazjoub, MD (BCH); Jamie Maguire, PhD (Tufts/Sackler)

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HBI BEHAVIOR MEETING
2017: September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7.
2018: February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3.

This ongoing dual-campus dinner program unites researchers working in different systems to explore general principles of behavioral regulation. Each meeting includes two presentations, one from Cambridge, one from Longwood. Meetings are held and dinner served simultaneously at both Cambridge (NWB243) and Longwood (WAB236) campuses, with interactive video links. Attendance at the seminars is open to other neuroscience labs at Harvard and other area universities.

Presenting Labs Sixteen labs participate as “presenting members”: Andermann (BIDMC), Crickmore (BCH), Datta (HMS), Dulac (FAS), Engert (FAS), Flavell (MIT), Hoekstra (FAS), Liberles (HMS), Murthy (FAS), Rogulja (HMS), Sabatini (HMS), Sahay (FAS), Samuel (FAS), Uchida (FAS), Zhang (FAS).

CONTACT: Michael Crickmore, PhD (BCH), Group Coordinator and Scientific Director.

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CHRONOBIOLOGY & THE BRAIN 

Brain clock2017: October 3, November 7, December 5
2018: January 30, March 20, May 29.
Location: Harvard Medical School Quad, WAB236.

We welcome PI’s and trainees working on diverse aspects of Chronobiology (from theoretical to translational) across the Boston academic community to meet and discuss ongoing research and issues in a collaborative setting. Our dinner-seminars feature research presentations highlighting work-in-progress or nascent projects, and/or a timely review of an important topic in Chronobiology. We aim for lively discussion and to build an interdisciplinary learning community. We will hold six meetings during the 2017-2018 academic year.

CONTACT: Jonathan Lipton, MD, (BCH), Scientific Director,
Group Coordinators: Rajindra (Raj) Aryal, PhD, (Weitz Lab); Alfred Tamayo, PhD (Weitz Lab)

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NEURAL DEVELOPMENT CLUB

Neural Development ClubNeural Development Club2017: September 26, November 28
2018: January 30, March 27, May 29, July 31
Location: Harvard Medical School Quad, WAB236.

This group was formed in Spring 2017 to cultivate a community of scientists working on questions related to the development of the nervous system and to give scientists working in diverse sub-fields and academic departments a chance to share expertise and receive feedback on their work. The group combines discussions of important journal articles in developmental neurobiology and data talks by students and post-docs. Our hope is that this flexible format will encourage learning about the history and breadth of developmental neuroscience, as well as highlight work being done by specific groups at Harvard. We aim to create a culture more akin to a discussion-based working group than a traditional seminar series. Each meeting will feature one presentation, with ample time to encourage informal discussion and lively exchanges.

CONTACT: Neural Development Group
Group Co-Coordinators: Michelle Frank (Goodrich Lab), Elizabeth Lamkin (Heiman Lab), GaYoung Lee, PhD, (Liberles Lab), Ivan Santiago (Pecot Lab).

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Academic-Industry Dialogs 
CELLULAR MODELING OF NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE

2017: October 11, November 9
2018: TBA

This dynamic forum gathers academic and industry scientists together to discuss best practices, protocols and challenges with new technologies (such as iPSCs, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, and 3D-culturing) to generate improved predictive models of neurological disease.
A science presentation will be followed by moderated discussion. A poster session will accompany drinks and buffet dinner. We invite all members of the Boston area academic and research community interested in cellular modeling of neurological disease to join in this series of discussions.
This program is sponsored by The Harvard Brain Science Initiative (HBI), in collaboration with The Translational Neuroscience Center (TNC) at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI).

CONTACT: Evgeny Shlevkov, PhD, Schwarz Lab (BCH), Group Coordinator
Scientific Advisors: Paola Arlotta, PhD, HSCRB, HMS, HSCI; Kevin, Eggan, PhD;, HSCRB, HSCI, Broad; Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, BCH; Clifford Woolf, MD, PhD, BCH, HMS, HSCI; Robin Kleiman, PhD, Biogen; Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD, Novartis.

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Monthly Neuro Mixers (MNM)
2017: September 8, October 13, November 17, December 8
2018: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13

Co-sponsored by HBI, HMS Neuro and the Kirby Center, these monthly social gatherings are a new hybrid. Once per month we will combine traditional Neuro Friday Beer Hours in a larger event to include our broader community. All Harvard brain lab members are welcome! With two exceptions noted below, these mixers will take place in Vanderbilt Hall (corner Longwood and Ave Louis Pasteur), Joseph B. Martin Lounge on 1st floor. *** The September and December mixers will be held in WAB236.

CONTACT: Alexander Calabrese, HMS Neurobiology, Administrative Coordinator