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Brain Rounds!

Monthly lectures in translational science. Thought leaders in neurology, psychology, biology, neuroscience and more delivering interdisciplinary lectures to your doorstep.

Join CPD and esteemed speakers for lunch & learn sessions at the University of Denver 

Brain Rounds are free! Come one - come all!

Hungry? Check out the food truck which will be parked outside during each session! 

University of Denver
Sturm Hall - Lindsay Auditorium
2000 E. Asbury. Ave
Denver, CO 80208

Last Friday of each month (see below for specific information on upcoming events)

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Brain rounds are FREE and open to the public, 1.0 CE credit is available for $30.

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Friday, January 27, 2017 - Scott Barbee, Ph.D.

Using Invertebrate Model Systems to Study Human Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disease

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Course Description:

Attendees will begin learning a broad overview of the strengths of Drosophila as a genetic model organism. Scott Barbee will then focus on his lab's current work on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying FXS and motor neuron disease.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Outline the advantages of using invertebrate genetic model organisms to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human disease.
  2. Provide two examples of the following: the use of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to study the basic mechanisms underlying Fragile X Syndrome and motor neuron disease.

Instructor Information:

Scott Barbee

Dr. Scott Barbee's research examines the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying temporal and spatial mRNA regulation using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. His lab is currently focusing on two mechanistically related problems. His primary research project explores functions for neuronal RNPs ("neuronal granules") and miRNAs in the regulation of local mRNA translation and synaptic plasticity. Together, components of these particles determine whether synapse-localized mRNAs are transported to a specific location (e.g. the synapse), locally translated, or targeted for storage and/or degradation. Scott am particularly interested in the development of fluorescent reporters to study these processes in real-time within living neurons. His secondary research project investigates functions for local, co-translational, mRNA decay in the regulation of plasticity processes. Techniques used in his lab include confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), immunohistochemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular genetics.

The rationale behind this work is based on a significant body of evidence indicating that mRNA regulatory mechanisms are highly conserved across phyla. Therefore, by gaining an understanding of these processes in Drosophila, we will be better capable of developing testing and/or treatments for common problems in humans associated with defects in synaptic plasticity (e.g. dementia, Alzheimer's disease, mental retardation, addiction, mental disease).

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - John Scarborough

Silicon STEM Academy

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Course Description:

Learn from John Scarborough about how Silicon STEM Academy provides real-world technology skills in a fun, hands-on collaborative workspace for students interested in technology

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Silicon STEM

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - Phil Tedeschi, Ph.D.

Learn from the Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - Colorado Neurological Institute

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Friday, May 26, 2017 - Jacob Hyde, Psy.D.

Military Psychology

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Course Description:

Learn about behavioral medicine issues affecting military members and veterans, plus hear more about Dr. Hyde's current research in the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology.

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Wednesday January 13, 2016 Adam Hebb, M.D.


Physician & Research Associate, Colorado Neurological Institute. Neurosurgeon at the Colorado Brain and Spine Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Denver.

Innovations in Human Brain Stimulation

About the Speaker:

Dr. Hebb is a neurosurgeon specializing in neuro-oncology and functional neurosurgery, including deep brain stimulation. He is dual board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Hebb's research is focused on developing novel techniques to improve the quality of life for patients with neurological disease. His research laboratory has two primary focuses that utilize neurophysiological recordings of human brain signals. One focus is designed to determine the relationship between brain signals and normal human behavior, in order to customize neurostimulation based on predicted behavior in a closed loop system. The other focus area is the analysis of brain signals recorded from different regions, including subcortical local field potentials and electrocorticography, to determine the pattern of brain connectivity using measures of neuronal synchrony.

During Dr. Hebb's medical training at Dalhousie University in Canada, he studied cellular therapies for Parkinson's disease, supported by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and a studentship in neurodegenerative disorders. While in neurosurgical residency at the University of Minnesota, he was awarded the Zhao Zi-Zhen Neurosurgery Resident Award for clinical and operative skill, research excellence, and humanism as a physician and surgeon. Dr. Hebb then completed fellowship training in neuro-oncology and epilepsy surgery at the University of Washington. Dr. Hebb's research in epilepsy was supported by the Epilepsy Foundation and the William Gowers Clinical Research Fellowship. After training, Dr. Hebb joined the University of Washington where he led an education course leading neurosurgical trainees to success in their academic examinations. Dr. Hebb is affiliated with the Colorado Neurological Institute where he leads a laboratory in clinical human neuroscience and neuromodulation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the history and mechanism of action for deep brain stimulation as a treatment for movement disorders.
  2. Discuss new frontiers in deep brain stimulation including customization of therapy to patient's momen to  moment  goals.

Wednesday February 10, 2016 Lotta Granholm, PhD.

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Ann-Charlotte (“Lotta”) Granholm joined the University of Denver on Sept. 1 as the founding executive director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. Granholm is also a research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She comes to DU after 14 years as the director of the Center on Aging at the Medical University of South Carolina. Granholm recently received a three-year appointment as a guest professor in neurosciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. One of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world, Karolinska is the premier research institute in Sweden and the university that gives out the Nobel Prize in Medicine (official name: Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology). 

About the talk

Down syndrome (DS) is the most common genetic condition, with about 1 in 700 babies born in the US. Because people with DS have increased their life span significantly the last couple of decades, they now live well into their 60s and 70s. Because of several genes located on the human chromosome 21, which is triplicated in DS, those with DS exhibit Alzheimer’s disease pathology already in their 20s, and are highly susceptible to dementia later in life. This talk will focus on data obtained from mouse models of DS as well as humans with DS, and we will focus on potential treatment strategies and biological mechanisms.

Learning objectives

1.        Understand biological mechanisms for Alzheimer in DS (DS-AD)
2.        Learn about novel treatment options

Wednesday March 30, 2016 - Michael Pearlman, M.D., PhD.


President, Medical Advisory Council, Colorado Neurological Institute. Specializes in neuro-oncology and pediatric neurology.

Advances in Neuroscience and Oncology

Wednesday April 20, 2016 – Dan Linseman, PhD.


Research Associate Colorado Neurological Institute and associate professor/researcher at the University of Denver focusing on natural products, nutraceuticals, and nutritional supplements as therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative diseases and neurotrauma

Wednesday May 18th, 2016 - Saj Razvi, MA, LPC


Course Description:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is being called one of the biggest mental health challenges facing our country. Join Saj Razvi, Executive Director of Trauma Dynamics, as he shares insights and results from the Phase 2 FDA clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for which he is a clinical sub-investigator. MDMA, first used in psychotherapy before it was coopted as the street drug Ecstasy, has strong evidence indicating it's a powerful resource for resolving treatment-resistant PTSD.

Interested in learning more about this topic? Check out the Trauma Dynamic One-Day Workshop!!

Instructor Information

Saj Razvi is the Executive Director of Trauma Dynamics. He is a licensed psychotherapist and leads Trauma Dynamics trainings nationally for therapists, graduate students, and medical professionals. He is a sub-investigator for the FDA clinical study of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD. Saj is also a national topic expert and speaker for PESI Education focusing on complex PTSD, and he runs a trauma education program at the University of Colorado Hospital's CeDAR addiction treatment center and the University of Denver's Center for Professional Development. Saj is co-author of a soon-to-be-released text for therapists that is based on the Trauma Dynamics treatment protocol.

These programs are approved for 1.0 hour of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For questions and information contact the Center for Professional Development at or 303-871-4161