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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.

Additional events coming soon!

In case of inclement weather – we'll hold Brain Rounds same time and same place as long as the University is open. If the University is closed, you will receive an email if you RSVPed and CPD will post it on our Facebook page


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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.

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

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Using Invertebrate Model Systems to Study Human Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disease 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).


Friday, April 28, 2017 - Aurélie Ledreux, Ph.D.

Exosomes in Aging-Related Disorders

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Course Description:

The talk will focus on the latest findings related to exosomes, specifically as it pertains to biomarkers of aging-related disorders, and will introduce some other potential features of exosomes as therapeutics. Exosomes are nano-sized vesicles secreted by all cell types, and can be found in most body fluids. They carry proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. Recent evidence supports their role in many specialized functions such as intercellular signaling and waste management. Consequently, there is a growing interest in the clinical applications related to exosomes and related microvesicles. Specifically, exosomes stand out as a non-invasive way to get unprecedented access to understanding the molecular biology of brain injury and present opportunities for biomarker discovery and potential early detection.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what exosomes and microvesicles are.
  2. Describe why they are important for cell signaling.
  3. Provide two examples of the usefulness of exosomes as biomarkers of aging-related disorders.

Instructor Information:

Aurelie Ledreux

Dr. Aurélie Ledreux studied environmental toxicology in Paris, France where she graduated with a Master's degree from the National Museum of Natural History and a Doctorate from AgroParisTech. In 2011, she was awarded with a 2-year fellowship from the US National Academies of Sciences to work as a visiting scientist for the National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in Charleston SC. At that time, her research focused on natural marine neurotoxins, and how they can affect the food web, from small herbivorous fish to people eating fish and shellfish contaminated with these natural toxins.

 Having always been at the bridge between environmental and medical research, she then decided to move on to transition from environmental toxicology to neurobiology of aging and started to work with Dr. Lotta Granholm, now the Inaugural Executive Director for the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at DU. Over the last 3 years, Dr. Ledreux's work has focused on the effects of high fat diet on memory and brain function, on how moderate physical exercise can be beneficial to your brain's well-being, and more recently on how exosomes can help to provide a better understanding of aging-related disorders.


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Friday, February 24, 2017 - John Scarborough

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Course Description:

Most of us have had the experience of asking a young person for help with a computer or smart phone when we can't figure something out. That's because they're younger, more tech-savvy and they just "get-it". The "tech kid" grew up with computers and has never known a world without the Internet, smart phone apps, GPS and 3D games. Working with some technologically gifted students at Silicon STEM Academy, John will share his observations about the innate talents of today's new tech-generation; a generation of students more intellectually and technically superior than we could have realized.

Additionally, John will provide recommendations on how we can be a part of the solution and process to help support "generation Z" lead the way, and particularly, how they can encourage daughters to get involved in technology. He'll share stories of the apologetic dad who was embarrassed that his son didn't like to play sports (not realizing that tech is his son's sport)...and about the mom whose son built a LAN in their kitchen, and wanted to enrich and encourage him but didn't know how. Those who we perceive to be young 'geeky outliers' are, in fact, the new generational norm. As a result, there's been a paradigm shift...instead of the child learning from their elders, it is often more common that parents learn from their least as it relates to technology.

John will share his light-hearted observations of our emerging tech generation and provide recommendations on how we can be a part of the solution and process to help support "generation Z" lead the way.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how age no longer equates to experience and knowledge level.
  2. Understand how technology could be the great equalizer. 
  3. Explain the complete reversal of how knowledge is now handed-up, rather than handed-down.

Instructor Information: 

John Silicon STEM

John Scarborough is an innovator at heart, playing a pivotal role in the early introduction of several technologies that are the norm today: the Internet (yes, THAT Internet), HDTV, DVRs and VoIP technology. Having led marketing, product management and software engineering teams at tech companies for 20 years including MCI Communications, Qwest, Echostar and DISH Network, he has been recognized in everything from the Wall Street Journal to the Denver Post. He even earned an 'Addy' award. He later founded LineSider Communications and IP5280 Communications which were successfully sold to Cisco Systems and MegaPath Communications in 2010 and 2014 respectively. John is an entrepreneur and loves to find the perfect intersection between people and technology.

Silicon STEM Academy is the creation of John and his wife Kelly's vision to make technology education more available to students, teachers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts so they can learn all things tech! John has taught computer programming to students from 7 to 70 years old...and his light-hearted observations of our tech generation are revealing, humorous and sometimes disturbing.

Silicon STEM

Friday, March 31, 2017 - Phil Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW-CO

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Course Description:

Military combat modifies the brain's learned associations, injures entire portions of neural anatomy, and transforms a Warfighter's view on self, others, and the world. Numerous entities are tackling the complex sequelae of young Warfighters from Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly with little functional effect. Altering the brain of a Warfighter will take a multifaceted approach that focuses on performance, movement, and the modification of multiple behaviors. Since many Warfighters resist talking about war, re-focusing from cognition to behavior may be the answer. A Military Psychologist who had his brain changed on the front lines of Iraq will argue that to understand Warfighting, you have to be there.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the interplay of the predominant health disparities afflicting the population of Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
  • Report an increased understanding of the complex issues surrounding brain injury due to improvised explosive devices utilized in modern warfare.
  • Articulate and critically examine arguments for treating brain and behavioral health issues of Veterans using techniques that emphasize behavior rather than cognition.

Instructor Information:

Phil Tedeschi

Philip Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW is an Animal-Assisted Social Work and Experiential Therapy Specialist and co-founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). Tedeschi is the Executive Director of IHAC and coordinates GSSWs Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as the Animals and Human Health online professional development certificate program. He also teaches MSW courses in forensic social work and experiential therapy approaches, with emphasis on conservation and environmental social work in areas such as East Africa and the inclusion of animals in therapeutic settings. As a certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, former course director and instructor with Outward Bound, and a wilderness medical technician, he has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families, as well as in interpersonal violence including, assessment and intervention with animal abuse, attachment, trauma disordered and sexually abusive youth and adults.


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

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Warfighter: War Changes the Brain but Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Don't Want to Talk About It

Course Description:

The University of Denver is home to the internationally recognized Institute for Human-Animal Connection, a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment. This session of Brain Rounds will be led by the Institute's Executive Director and Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi of the Graduate school of Social Work. Research in the area of Human-Animal Connection has begun to define a compelling narrative showing that humans' connections with animals shape lives across the life span, offering relational experiences that inform our social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the significance of the role of animals in your quality of life.
  • Define the Human-Animal Bond.
  • Identify ways that may deepen your relationship with other animals.

Instructor Information:

Jacob Hyde

Dr. Jacob N. Hyde is a veteran of the Iraq War and has a Psy.D. from Adler University with a concentration in Primary Care & Behavioral Medicine. He has trained within the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), The University of Chicago's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Veterans Health Administration's Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education in Boise, Idaho. He most recently conducted post-doctoral fellowship training in health psychology and primary care at the Phoenix V.A. Medical Center where he designed and led the integration of the primary care psychology fellowship and internal medicine residency training programs within the primary care department (Academic PACT). Dr. Hyde has a particular interest in behavioral medicine issues affecting military members and Veterans like gastrointestinal illness and eating/weight-related disorders. Dr. Hyde's current research in the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology is funded by the Colorado Brain Injury Program. Dr. Hyde serves on the University of Denver's Institutional Review Board and is the faculty advisor to the University of Denver's Student Veteran Association.




Craig               Knoebel

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