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Animal Models of Autism - December Quarterly Meeting

Updated: Nov 19, 2023


Join us on Monday, December 11, 2023 1:00-2:00pm for our 4th and final Quarterly Meeting of the year!

Dr. Hannah Monday and Dr. Gabrielle Devienne will present on and discuss "Animal models of autism - utility, limitations, and convergent findings in the sensory domain." Discussion will revolve, in part, around Dr. Monday's recent review article "Circuit-level theories for sensory dysfunction in autism: convergence across mouse models."

Dr. Hannah Monday is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie diverse forms of plasticity in the brain and how they relate to neurodiseases. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Feldman lab, she is investigating homeostatic plasticity in inhibitory cortical circuits and its impairment in mouse models of autism. By identifying novel molecular targets underlying homeostatic plasticity, and modulating their levels with gene editing, she hopes to develop therapeutic interventions for autism. Outside of lab, she enjoys digging in her garden, making art, and spending time with her ever-expanding human and animal family.

Dr. Gabrielle Devienne’s research interest is to decipher the developmental underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a specific focus on identifying critical periods of development that can be harnessed therapeutically. Equipped with a diverse research background, she aims to collaborate and learn new techniques to develop multilevel approaches to understand neural circuitry mechanisms associated with neurodevelopment. Her postdoctoral work under Dr. John Huguenard has centered on the roles of prefrontal circuit maturation in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and especially its connection with thalamus that play a critical role in social behavior. In parallel to her bench work, she’s deeply invested in education and mentorship. When she steps away from the lab, she loves outdoor sports especially climbing, surfing, and snowboarding. Traveling is another passion, giving her the chance to dive into varied cultures.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, EVEN IF NOT A MEMBER (However, we encourage you to become a member by signing up HERE)!

Please RSVP HERE so we have an idea of how many attendees to expect! Zoom info info will be distributed in advance of the event.

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