The Contribution of Childhood Trauma to the Neurobiology of Depression

On Thursday, Oct 28th at 3:30, Christine Heim, PhD, will speak in the Martin Weiner Lecture Series on the Psychology of Aging and the Brain, Body & Behavior program. Her presentation The Contribution of Childhood Trauma to the Neurobiology of Depression will take place in Levine Ross, Hassenfeld.
She will talk about how early life experiences, in particular childhood trauma, can have a long-lasting impact on human biology and psychology. Her research shows for example that childhood trauma can lead to specific neuroendocrine changes and contribute to the development of depression with a specific, biologically distinguishable profile, that is responsive to different types of treatment than other subtypes of depression.
Christine Heim is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
There are still some time slots available for meeting with Christine on Thurday (between 1pm and 3pm). Please contact Nicolas Rohleder if you’re interested!

The Changing Face of Science Reflected in Exciting New Courses

Exciting advances in science are reflected in at least 9 new courses to be offered by the Division of Science. From epigenetics to medicinal enzymology to stem cells to MATLAB, these courses will expose students to some of the frontiers of new knowledge in science.

Details of the courses offered can be found on the following pages

A Taste of Don

Even when we are trying to take a break from lab and chemosensory research on the weekends, it somehow ends up right in our laps. Riding the T we found in one of the ubiquitous discarded papers this article about the science of taste that highlights our own Don Katz, doing his part to mix business and pleasure this week at one of Boston’s premier cocktail destinations:

Yaihara Fortis and Benjamin Rubin

(editor’s note: the fundraiser is on Wed, Oct 27, see

Neuroscience major at NCAA championships

Read about Grayce Selig ’11, Neuro major and track star, at In addition to her athletic exploits, Grayce is also involved in undergraduate research on human learning and face perception in the Fiser lab in Psychology.

Does your brain do fuzzy math? And, if so, how?

Your brain takes statistically noisy inputs and makes inferences based on them. At the neuron or circuit level, how is the information represented and processed? What model neurons can do this kind of statistical inference. Assistant Professor of Psychology József Fiser and colleagues review these question in Statistically optimal perception and learning: from behavior to neural representations in a recent issue of Trends in Cognitive Science.

PhD Defense Season

It’s the season for PhD defenses…

  • Apr 20: Megan Zahniser (Biochemistry), On the structure of Benzaldehyde Dehydrogenase, a Class 3 Aldehyde Dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas putida – 2pm, Rosenstiel Penthouse
  • Apr 21: Chris Hoefler (Biochemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry). Inhibitors of IMPDH: Tools for Probing Mechanism and Function – 3:40 pm, Gerstenzang 122
  • Apr 22: Tepring Piquado (Neuroscience), Language and the aging brain – Thu 4/22/2010, 2 pm, Volen 201
  • Apr 23: Suvi Jain (Molecular and Cell Biology), Regulation of DNA Double-Strand Break Repair by the Recombination Execution Checkpoint in Saccharomyces cerevisiae – 3:30 pm, Rosenstiel 118
  • Apr 29: Ben Cuiffo (Molecular and Cell Biology), Targeting RAS palmitoylation in hematological malignancies – 2 pm, Abelson 131

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