Tuesday, October 26, 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Virtual Lecture Broadcasted in LH 102 or via Zoom (Preregistration Required)

Neuromodulation as an Adjunction Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

Presented by: Dr. James Mahoney, III, Associate Professor & Clinical Neuropsychologist,

Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Abstract: Given the high prevalence of individuals diagnosed with substance use disorder, along with the elevated rate of relapse following treatment initiation, investigating novel approaches and new modalities for substance use disorder treatment is of vital importance. One such approach involves neuromodulation which has been used therapeutically for neurological and psychiatric disorders and has demonstrated positive preliminary findings for the treatment of substance use disorder. Several different forms of neuromodulation are currently being investigated at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVUSOM). This presentation will discuss the initial findings from clinical trials currently being conducted at the RNI/WVUSOM focusing on various neuromodulatory techniques as potential treatments for individuals with substance use disorder. Specifically, the methods and findings discussed will include the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation, Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on substance use and risk factors associated with relapse (e.g. substance craving, executive dysfunction).

This Lecture is also part of WSU Opioid Awareness Week 2021!



Wednesday, September 22 (Recorded Lecture)

Presented by: Dr. Timothy Black, Assistant Professor of Biological Psychology

Abstract: Honey bees have long been shown to serve as a reliable organism for exploration of learning and memory in an invertebrate system. Recent efforts have expanded this use to explorations including both behavioral and genetic outcomes. The current work sought to quantify learning based change in gene expression across three separate behavioral paradigms, including appetitive conditioning, aversive conditioning, and naturalistic observation. These studies were employed in order to assess how learning affects expression of candidate genes under a variety of contexts. In addition to the variety of behavioral protocols, we also made use of a novel non-parametric statistical method, that of Observation Oriented Modeling.


Neuroscience Lecture Series - Spring 2021


Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, PhD, 4/14/21

Tissue Engineering Models of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells to Replicate and Understand Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Dr. Vargis, Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering at Utah State University, discussed her research on the role of the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cellular layer in AMD.

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Dr. Steven W. Barger, PhD, 3/17/2021

Pseudo-Diabetes in Alzheimer's Disease - The Fault is in Our "Stars"

Dr. Barger, a national leader on the neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease, discussed his current reseach as part of WSU's international Brain Awareness Week programming.

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Dr. Brett Alldredge, DO, 3/15/2021

Informational Session on Multiple Sclerosis

This session was not recorded.

The Neuroscience Program and Club were proud to host Dr. Brett Alldredge from McKay Dee Neurology who let a discussion on Multiple Sclerosis.


Dr. David Amodio, PhD, 2/19/21

Economic Scarcity and the Perception of Race: Neural Bases and Implications for Behavior

To view the recording of this presentation, please contact Dr. O'Hare at

The Neuroscience Program and Club were proud to host Dr. David Amodio who discussed his research on using Neuroscience to help understand the effect of social systems on individual-level prejudices.


Neuroscience Graduate School Experience, 1/20/21

To view the recording of this presentation, please contact Dr. O'Hare at .

The Neuroscience Program and Club were proud to host three of our program's alumni, Cayla Lynch '18, Patrick Garrett '19, and Sarah Honeycutt '20, who are now pursuing PhDs in neuroscience across the country. They shared their experiences with getting in and thriving in graduate school. 



Neuroscience Lecture Series - Fall 2020

9-16-2020 - Joel Skaria - The Importance of Mindfulness Practices in Times of Uncertainty: How Mindfulness Practice Reins in Mental Time Travel and Rumination. Watch video

10-6-2020 - Dr. Aminda O'Hare - Tips and Techniques for Applying to Graduate School. Watch Video

10-23-2020 - Dr. Judson Brewer - The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Cupcakes to Smartphones, the Mechanism Underlying How  Mindfulness Helps Change Habits and Overcome Addiction. Watch Video

10-23-2020  - Dr. Jason Cowell - Empathy, Morality, and Fairness in the Brain: A Developmental Neuroscience Approach. Watch Video



The Neuroscience Lecture Series is sponsored by The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences,

The College of Science, The College of Health Professions and Academic Affairs.