Randy J. NelsonBrumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Distinguished Professor, College of Medicine
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Randy J. Nelson, Ph.D. holds the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychology and Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State. Dr. Nelson earned his A.B. degree in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. After receiving his M.A. in Psychology, he began focusing on circadian rhythms and photoperiodism with Dr. Irving Zucker. He simultaneously earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and a separate Ph.D. in Endocrinology from UC Berkeley, then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive physiology at the Institute for Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Nelson served on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins University for fifteen years before moving to Columbus. He has published over 350 research papers and several books describing studies in seasonality, behavioral endocrinology, biological rhythms, immune function, sex behavior, and aggressive behaviors. He is the recipient of the Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Scholar, and the University Distinguished Lecturer Awards. In 2012 he was appointed as Disntiguihsed Professor of the Ohio State Wexner College of Medicine.
Professor, Biological Sciences
Kent State University
J. David Glass, Ph.D., is professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University. Dr. Glass earned a B.SC. in Biology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, a M.SC. in Zoology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Wesleyan University, Middletown. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Reproductive Endocrinology Program of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Colorado State University. His program of research at Kent State, continuously funded by federal agencies for over 22 years, is focused on the neurobiology of mammalian biological rhythms. One aim of the research is to study how environmental information is integrated by the circadian clock to regulate the timing of daily behavioral, physiological and neuroendocrine rhythms. The second aim is to study the effects of ethanol on the circadian timing system.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Translational Neuroscience Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Work in the McClung lab focuses on the molecular biology of mood disorders and drug addiction. Dr. McClung obtained her B.S. in biology and minor in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1994, where she worked with Dr. Bryan Kay on the mechanisms of transcriptional regulation using bacterial phage display. For her Ph.D. thesis at the University of Virginia in the lab of Dr. Jay Hirsh, she pioneered the use of Drosophila as a model system to study the genes involved in cocaine sensitization. She went on to do her postdoctoral work with a leader in molecular psychiatry, Dr. Eric Nestler at UT Southwestern Medical Center. There she studies the importance of transcription factors in the regulation of drug reward and mood-related behavior using mouse models. Through work as both a graduate student and a postdoc, she became interested in the role of genes that control circadian rhythms and central rhythm disruptions in the development of addiction and mood disorders. She became an assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern in 2005 and her lab has focused most of their attention on the regulation of dopaminergic reward circuitry by the circadian genes in the context of mood and addiction-related behavior. This work has been very successful and she has numerous publications and awards. Her lab moved to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the summer of 2011 where she is currently an associate professor of psychiatry.
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Michela Marinelli (Micky) obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of Bordeaux 2, France. After a post-doctoral training in the United States, she was hired as an Assistant Professor by the French INSERM (the French equivalent to the American National Institutes of Health). Three years later, in 2003, she was recruited by the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, where she currently works as an Associate Professor. Her lab seeks to understand how changes in dopamine neuron activity may contribute to drug addiction liability. Addiction is modeled in rodents using different behavioral paradigms such as voluntary drug-intake (intravenous self-administration) and drug-seeking tests. Dopamine neuron activity is studied with electrophysiological techniques such as in vivo extracellular and ex vivo patch clamp recordings. To study the circuits underlying addiction, electrophysiology is coupled with optogenetics.
Ralph and Luci Shey Chair
Director of the Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Stephen M. Rao, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn is the Ralph and Luci Schey Chair and Director of the Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Cleveland Clinic and Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University (Detroit) and completed a predoctoral internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (Chicago). Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in May of 2007, he was Director of the Functional Imaging Research Center and Professor of Neurology (Neuropsychology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He has authored over 155 scientific papers/book chapters and edited four books. His current research areas involve the application of advanced neuroimaging techniques (task-activated and resting-state fMRI; diffusion tensor imaging) to understand the disruption of brain circuits mediating memory (working, episodic, and semantic), selective and sustained attention, motor control, temporal information processing, and conceptual reasoning in patients with multiple sclerosis, individuals in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases, and military personnel with blast-related traumatic brain injury. He has been a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award and has received funding from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, US Department of Defense, CHDI Foundation, Charles A. Dana Foundation, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychology (published by the American Psychological Association), has served as the Associate Editor of Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and has been a member of the editorial boards of eight other journals. He is the Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) and has served on the board of trustees of the INS, board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and served as chairman of the scientific program committee for the INS annual meeting.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Kent State University
Dr. John Gunstad obtained a B.A. in psychology from Moorhead State University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology with concentrations in clinical neuropsychology and health psychology from Ohio University. He then completed internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Brown Medical School, where he began a line of work in the neurocognitive effects of medical conditions including obesity and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Gunstad is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University. He has more than 125 publications and series of NIH grants, including projects examining the cognitive benefits of bariatric surgery and role of exercise in protecting the brain in heart failure. His research showing improved memory after weight loss surgery was featured on World News with Diane Sawyer and hundreds of print and digital news outlets. Dr. Gunstad received the Early Career Research Award from the International Neuropsychological Society and awards for both teaching and research from Kent State University. He is frequently asked to present on his research, including a recent event at the New York Academy of Sciences.
Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine and Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Jennifer J. Vasterlingobtained her Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1988, subsequently completing pre- and post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She currently serves as the Chief of Psychology at VA Boston Healthcare System and as a clinical investigator within the Behavioral Science Division of the VA National Center for PTSD. Dr. Vasterling is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vasterling's research has centered on furthering understanding of the neurocognitive and emotional changes that accompany war-zone deployment and posttraumatic stress responses. She has edited several books, including a volume on co-morbid PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury. Her recent work includes a longitudinal study examining neuropsychological and emotional outcomes of military deployment to Iraq.
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Director, Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kevin Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor, Co-Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center, and Director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the past 18 years, his clinical research program has investigated the effect of sport-related concussion on balance and cognitive function, the biomechanics of sport concussion, and the long-term neurological effects of concussion in professional football players. Dr. Guskiewicz has received 24 funded research grants, and published over 130 journal articles and 8 textbook chapters on sport concussion. Additionally, he has presented over 250 national and international lectures on this topic. He teaches courses in sports medicine, anatomy, and research methods at UNC, and has been awarded fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Kinesiology, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He serves on NCAA’s Concussion Committee, NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee, and NFLPA’s Mackey-White Committee. In 2011, Kevin was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.