Jan151:30pmRichard B Simches Research Building, 185 Cambridge St., Boston MA 02114
Please join the NINDS T32 Fellowship Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function: T32 Neuroengineering Career Seminar
Join remotely: https://partners.zoom.us/j/243040767 +1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 243 040 767
1:00-1:10 – Program Director Welcome
1:15-1:55 – David Borton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Brown University
2:00-2:40 – Kevin Mazurek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center
2:40-3:10 – Cocktail/Networking Break
3:10-3:50 – Ming Yin, Ph.D., Senior Electrical Engineer, Blackrock Microsystems, LLC, Adjunct Assistant Professor, ECE, University of Utah, Visiting Scientist, School of Engineering, Brown University
3:55-4:35 – Canan Dagdeviren, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4:35-4:55 – Panel discussion
4:55-5:00 – Program Director Closeout
Sponsored by Mass General Neuroscience, the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery at MGH, Robert J. & Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science, and the School of Engineering at Brown University. Hosted by the NINDS T32 Fellowship Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function.
PSTC is hosting a Getting Started with Python and Data Science workshop. This is an introductory two-day workshop that aims to provide participants with an immersive practice on Python and data analytics. The workshop is designed primarily for Python beginners, and no prior programming experience is required. After this workshop, the participants will be prepared to understand the basics of Python, install and use Python packages, develop Python scripts and manipulate and analyze data using computing packages (e.g., NumPy, Pandas). In addition, participants will become familiar with Python working environment, Anaconda and Jupyter Notebook.
This workshop is open to students, postdocs, faculty and other researchers with a Brown University affiliation.
When: Wed - Thu, January 15-16, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Where: Seminar Room (the 2nd floor of PSTC), 68 Waterman St, Providence, RI, 02912. Get directions with Google Maps .
Survey: Pre-workshop survey
Requirements: Please complete the pre-workshop survey before attending. Participants must bring a laptop with a Windows or Mac operating system that they have administrator permission on.
Jan108:30am164 Angell Street
Need a Friday morning pick me up? Or a place to have your Brain Science-related meeting? Join the Carney Institute on the fourth floor of 164 Angell Street for coffee after 8:30 a.m. every Friday.
Jan912:00pm - 1:00pmRhode Island Quality Institute
Join Advance-CTR for our January Translational Research Seminar, featuring a special talk by Neil Sarkar, PhD , director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics and interim President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute.
Dr. Sarkar will provide a presentation on CurrentCare and other RIQI initiatives and resources that are available to RI investigators for use in their research.
Please join us in person, or register to watch the seminar via livestream .
Jan812:00pm - 1:00pm121 South Main StreetDepartment of Behavioral and Social Sciences: Invited TalkTayla Ash, ScD, MPH“Examining the Emergence of Sleep Disparities and Implications for Childhood Obesity”Dr. Tayla Ash’s research interests center on three main themes: child development, promoting good daily habits, and health equity. These three themes have often come together in the form of research on childhood obesity prevention research, examining the various lifestyle behaviors that promote optimal child development and growth, and the contextual factors influencing them. Her recent work focuses specifically on insufficient sleep as a risk factor for childhood obesity, but the overall goal of her research program is to reduce obesity-related disparities among children from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds as well as those from low-income households. Dr. Ash’s work primarily takes a family-centered approach, while recognizing the impact of subsequent levels of the Social Ecological Model on children’s energy balance behaviors (e.g. schools/childcare and the community).
Jan811:00am - 12:30pm
DPHB Grand Rounds-Diversity: Working with communities, participants and faculty/academicians through the ADDRESSING FrameworkButler Campus
Georita Marie Frierson, PhD
Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Education
Associate Editor, APA’s Training and Education in Professional Psychology
Commissioner, APA’s Commission on Accreditation
Lic. Clinical Psychologist
Maria Teresa Coutinho, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Department of Pediatrics
Alpert Medical School
Jessica Peters, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Alpert Medical School, Brown University
HIV/STI Testing & Prevention, Program Coordinator
AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI)
Jan65:30pm - 8:30pm222 Richmond Street
The AMS Office of Faculty Professional Development is excited to sponsor the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate program here at the medical school!
The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research.
The program is offered free of charge and open to all Brown faculty who are interested in improving their educational research skills. It is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research. The courses are targeted for clinicians and other educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.
Each three-hour workshop focuses on a key skill or area in educational research, and emphasizes opportunities for hands-on activities and active participation, so as to maximize the applicability of the workshop principles.
- Data Management and Preparing for Statistical Consultation
- Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies
- Hypothesis-Driven Research
- Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity
- Introduction to Qualitative Data Collection Methods
- Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research
- Questionnaire Design and Survey Research
- Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature
- Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research
Workshop descriptions can be found on the AAMC MERC website .
Certificate achievement requires completion of six workshops of the participant’s choosing.
REGISTRATION & FEES
All nine of the medical education research workshops are being made available free of charge to Brown faculty. Those interested in receiving a MERC Certificate must complete six workshops and pay a certificate fee of $100. This program is unfortunately ineligible for CME credit.
Information about session dates, and registration for one or more sessions (up to nine), can be found here . If you experience difficulty accessing the google registration form, please email [email protected]
Minimum enrollment for each three-hour workshop is eight, maximum is 25. Enrollment is rolling and on a first-come, first-served basis, and a wait list for each session will be established. All workshops will take place at the medical school (222 Richmond Street), Rooms TBD.
Jan610:00am164 Angell Street
We will kick off the computation seminar series this spring in the Carney Innovation Zone, with a duo of virtual Zoom talks from Tim Behrens and James Whittington (Oxford/UCL). Tim will give the broad overview of the research program and James will present on their neural net model of the Tolman Eichenbaum Machine capturing the interactions between hippocampal place and entorhinal grid cells in structure learning and abstraction. We are hoping that these will be interactive - e.g. for this one I know a few people have some questions on some of the nitty gritty implementational issues and we will try to hash out those issues especially during James’ presentation.
Dec1912:00pm - 1:00pm121 South Main Street
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic AD/ADRD Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory is working to build the nation’s capacity to conduct pragmatic clinical trials of interventions embedded within health care systems for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The IMPACT Collaboratory hosts free webinars on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 12 noon ET addressing these issues.
On Thursday Dec. 19th we’ll hear from Monica Taljaard, PhD, a biostatistician specializing in the design, analysis and ethics of pragmatic cluster randomized and stepped wedge trials. As a member of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Methods Center, she regularly provides biostatistical assistance to investigators in the design, conduct, and analysis of pragmatic trials, pilot trials, quality improvement interventions, and health system projects. Dr. Taljaard will present “Stepped wedge cluster trials: what, how, and when?”
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://hebrewseniorlife.zoom.us/j/5479652617
Dial-In: +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll) or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 547 965 2617
Dec132:00pmMetcalf Research Building
Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Peter Hitchcock, Brown University. Title: Rumination Derails Learning about Potentially Reinforcing Cues. Speaker: Meghan Gallo, Brown University. Title: Effects of early life adversity on motivational vigor.
Dec138:30am - 9:30amHasbro Children’s Hospital
December 13, 2019
Elizabeth Lowenhaupt, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Associate Professor of Medical Sciences
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
“Stayin” at the RITS: Incarcerated Adolescents and the Juvenile Justice System in Rhode Island
(At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to)
- Identify the legal steps involved in and basic terminology associated with the detention and adjudication of adolescents in Rhode Island
- Describe the structure, staffing, and treatment interventions available at the Rhode Island Training School, the state’s only juvenile correctional facility
- Evaluate some of the most common clinical presentations seen in the juvenile correctional settings
- Describe differences in providing medical and psychiatric care to incarcerated adolescents
Dec124:00pmSidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences
What is the role of the orbitofrontal cortex in reinforcement learning?
Dec122:00pmSidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences
Susan Hockfield, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will build the Next Technology Revolution
Following the lecture, please join us for a reception in the Carney Institute Innovation Zone, 164 Angell St., fourth floor.
Dec1212:00pm - 1:00pmWomen & Infants Hospital
This month’s seminar features:
Sarah Thomas, PhD: “Cognitive Flexibility and Reward Motivation in Adolescent Cannabis Use: An Investigation of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms and Intrinsic Resting State Connectivity”
Tracey Taveira, PhD & Philp Haines, PhD: Post-Hospitalization Community Pharmacy Medication Therapy Management for Heart Failure
Can’t make it in person? Watch the seminar remotely.
Dec114:00pm164 Angell Street
PERFORMANCE AND IMPACT OF EHRs IN IMPROVING QUALITY OF CARE IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES
Associate Professor of Medical Science
Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics
Health information systems including Electronic Health Records are have been show to improve quality of care and reduce medical errors. In low and Middle income countries improving quality of care is a high priority especially for chronic diseases including HIV, MDR-TB, cardiovascular disease and Cancer. Electronic health records are increasingly widely used particularly to support HIV care. In this presentation I will discuss the current status of EHR deployments with the OpenMRS open source EHR, and the evidence for performance and clinical impact of OpenMRS in Rwanda and Kenya.
Wednesday, December 11
164 Angell Street, 3rd Floor Seminar Space
Sponsored by DSI, CCMB, BCBI
Refreshments will be served.
Dec1111:00am - 12:00pmBradley Hospital
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds*
Genomic Psychiatry: Implementing Precision Medicine for Autism and Developmental Disorders
Daniel Moreno De Luca MD, MSc
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
Genomic Psychiatry Consultation Service
Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism & Developmental Disabilities
Assistant Professor - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Bradley Hospital ◊ Pine Room ◊ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
Understand basic rare genetics concepts relevant to psychiatry; Appreciate genetic testing recommendations for autism and developmental disorders from Professional Medical Societies; and Illustrate clinical examples where genetic testing results impact clinical care for autism and developmental disorders
Disclosure: Daniel Moreno De Luca MD, MSc has no financial relationships to disclose.
This presentation will be teleconferenced from the Pine Room at Bradley Hospital to Leone Conference Room, APC Building, Lifespan Cancer Institute, Suite 133.
This activity is not supported by a commercial entity.
Dec105:00pmButler Hospital Campus, 300 Duncan Drive
Providence Sleep Research Interest Group (PSRIG) Seminar Series
Anne Venner, Ph.D.
Instructor Harvard Medical School
“Neural circuits governing arousal state condition”
Dec1010:00am - 12:00pm180 George Street
Come experience novel virtual reality data visualization approaches for studying human footprint formation in Brown’s VR display room, the Yurt. Students. in Brown/RISD’s “VR Design for Science” class will present live VR demos and posters of their work this semester to design approaches for exploratory visual analysis of scientific research data.
Host: Professor David Laidlaw
Dec94:00pm164 Angell Street
Shawn Olsen, Ph.D.
Allen Brain Institute
Large-scale electrophysiology reveals mesoscale functional networks
in mouse visual cortex
Dec912:00pm - 1:00pm1 Euclid Avenue, Providence RI 02908
Brown University’s Breakthrough Lab (B-Lab) is an intensive 8-week accelerator program designed to support student entrepreneurs developing high-impact ventures. We are agnostic to what type of venture we except into B-Lab and work with ventures from all backgrounds, from e-commerce to social impact. Each participating venture receives access to custom mentoring, a peer cohort of dedicated founders, co-working space, and a $4,000 summer stipend (per student).
The Brown Venture Prize is designed to empower the most advanced entrepreneurial ventures by Brown students. It supports teams who have identified a significant opportunity, and whose ventures have the potential to create “impact at scale”. The prize is agnostic with respect to what sectors or industries ventures are working in, or even whether they are commercial, social, or have blended approaches. The essential thing is that teams have identified an opportunity or challenge and are thinking big about how to solve it. The Brown Venture Prize is intended to help them accelerate and scale those solutions. Winners will receive prize money, critical mentorship, and access to leaders in the Brown entrepreneurial community and beyond.
Learn more about the two programs and ask questions about the application process. In addition to meeting students that participated in the programs, you will meet the Nelson Center team: Jason Harry, Director of Breakthrough Lab; Jonas Clark, Nelson Center, Associate Director; and Liz Malone, Assistant Director for Programs – who work with you during the whole process, coaching and cheering you on. If you just want to learn more or are thinking about applying to either program, join us!
Lunch will be served. RSVP here .
Dec912:00pm - 1:00pm180 George Street
An introduction to using Matlab on Oscar. Topics covered include: working with Matlab interactively on Oscar, using the Matlab GUI, using Matlab in batch jobs, and working with Parallel Toolbox. Register online .
Dec611:30amMetcalf Research Building
Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Jae-Young Son, Brown University. Title: Crowdsourcing punishment: Individuals reference group preferences to inform their own punitive decisions. Abstract: Justice systems delegate punishment decisions to groups in the belief that the aggregation of individuals’ preferences facilitates judiciousness. However, group dynamics may also lead individuals to relinquish moral responsibility by conforming to the majority’s preference for punishment. Across five experiments (N = 399), we find Victims and Jurors tasked with restoring justice become increasingly punitive (by as much as 40%) as groups express a desire to punish, with every additional punisher augmenting an individual’s punishment rates. This influence is so potent that knowing about a past group’s preference continues swaying decisions even when they cannot affect present outcomes. Using computational models of decision-making, we test long-standing theories of how groups influence choice. We find groups induce conformity by making individuals less cautious and more impulsive, and by amplifying the value of punishment. However, compared to Victims, Jurors are more sensitive to moral violation severity and less readily swayed by the group. Conformity to a group’s punitive preference also extends to weightier moral violations such as assault and theft. Our results demonstrate that groups can powerfully shift an individual’s punitive preference across a variety of contexts, while additionally revealing the cognitive mechanisms by which social influence alters moral values.
Dec54:00pm - 5:00pm
Kanellakis Memorial Lecture: Learning from Censored and Dependent Data (Constantinos Daskalakis, MIT)Watson Center for Information Technology (CIT)Machine Learning is invaluable for extracting insights from large volumes of data. A key assumption enabling many methods, however, is having access to training data comprising independent observations from the entire distribution of relevant data. In practice, data is commonly missing due to measurement limitations, legal restrictions, or data collection and sharing practices. Moreover, observations are commonly collected on a network, a spatial or a temporal domain and may be intricately dependent. Training on data that is censored or dependent is known to lead to Machine Learning models that are biased.In this talk, we overview recent work on learning from censored and dependent data. We propose a learning framework which is widely applicable, and instantiate this framework to obtain computationally and statistically efficient methods for linear, logistic and probit regression from censored or dependent samples, in high dimensions. We complement these theoretical findings with experiments showing the practicality of the framework in training Deep Neural Network models on biased data. Our findings are enabled through connections to Statistical Physics, Concentration and Anti-concentration of measure, and properties of Stochastic Gradient Descent, and resolve classical challenges in Statistics and Econometrics.Constantinos (a.k.a. “Costis”) Daskalakis is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT and a member of CSAIL. He works on computation theory and its interface with game theory, economics, probability theory, statistics and machine learning. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and a PhD in Computer Science from UC-Berkeley. He has been honored with the ACM Doctoral Dissertation award, the Kalai Prize from the Game Theory Society, the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the SIAM outstanding paper prize, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Simons investigator award, the Bodossaki Foundation Distinguished Young Scientists Award, and the Nevanlinna prize from the International Mathematical Union.This lecture series honors Paris Kanellakis, a distinguished computer scientist who was an esteemed and beloved member of the Brown Computer Science Department. Paris joined the Computer Science Department in 1981 and became a full professor in 1990. His research area was theoretical computer science, with emphasis on the principles of database systems, logic in computer science, the principles of distributed computing and combinatorial optimization. He died in an airplane crash on December 20,1995, along with his wife, Maria Teresa Otoya, and their two young children, Alexandra and Stephanos Kanellakis.Host: Professor Amy Greenwald
A reception will follow.
NSGP Seminar Bench to Bedside: Stephen Mernoff MD, Neurology and David Rosler, Engineering; Brown UniversitySidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences
TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, and Intracortical Neurotechnologies for Restoring Function and Understanding the Brain
Dec512:00pmMetcalf Research Building
Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series. Speaker: Speaker, Michael Dickinson, California Institute of Technology. Title: Navigation in fruit flies across large and small spatial scales. Abstract: Over 400 million years ago, a group of tiny six-legged creatures evolved the ability to fly—an event that fundamentally transformed our planet. Equipped with the ability to fly, insects underwent an extraordinary radiation and have dominated every terrestrial ecosystem ever since. In order to employ fly effectively, these ancient insects must have possessed the rudimentary ability to take off, fly stably, disperse, forage, and land — a core set of behavioral modules that constitute a ‘Devonian Toolkit’. The fact that the basic architecture of the nervous system is remarkably uniform across species, further suggests that many behaviors of modern insects are deeply rooted in a common evolutionary history.
My lab is attempting to reconstruct the behavior and ecology of ancestral insects through investigations of the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Most experiments on fly behaviors have been confined to small laboratory chambers, yet the natural history of these animals involves dispersal that takes place on a much larger spatial scale. New release-and-recapture experiments in the Mojave Desert confirm that flies can navigate over 10 kilometers of open landscape in just a few hours. A key component of their dispersal behavior is the ability to use the position of the sun and the pattern of polarized light in the sky as navigation landmarks. To do so, flies make use of specialized navigation circuits in the Central Complex, an ancient set of unpaired neuropil regions in the core of their brain. Laboratory experiments suggest that flies are also capable of small-scale navigation when they are walking on the ground in search of food. In particular, the flies use ideothetic path integration to keep track of their position in space relative to the location of feeding spots they have recently discovered. Using the genetic tools available in Drosophila, we are currently trying to characterize the neural circuits that underlie both the small- and large-scale navigational capabilities of insects.
Dec512:00pm121 South Main Street
Dec512:00pmBiomedical Center (BMC)
Matthew Gill of the Scripps Research Institute will be presenting “Modulation of insulin sensitivity by an alternatively spliced insulin receptor in C. elegans.”
The Biology of Aging Seminar Series brings to Brown some of the most renown scientists in the Biology of Aging field. Seminars are held once per month during the academic year, at noon on the third Thursday each month).
This course is designed to fulfill the NIH requirements for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and is coordinated by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown. The Research Integrity Series for Faculty consists of core and elective modules, with content and discussion topics aimed at more experienced scholars in the biomedical and clinical sciences.
Faculty must complete a minimum of 8 hours of in-person core and elective content in order to receive RCR certification. Faculty who began training in this course last year and have yet to complete their 8 hours may continue with this year’s series. Faculty registered for this course may apply up to 1 hr of in-person external RCR training (for example, a departmental workshop, class, or seminar relating to a topic covered in this class). Attendees must provide OGPS with verification of attendance for tracking purposes.
Registration is required to attend. More information about the trainings will be distributed prior to the event. To register, please fill out this form .
Wednesday, December 4th, 3:30-5pm Dr. Elizabeth Harrington and Dr. Audra Van Wart, Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency (Note that this is one of the required trainings)
SPRING Session (Dates are TBD but will include the following topics): Mentorship (2 hrs), Running a Lab, *Human Subjects/Animal Research, Data Management and Ownership
Aging & Dementia Research Lecture:
“Intertwined Etiologies for Alzheimer’s Disease and Preeclampsia: Insights for Prediction and Therapeutic Intervention”
Surendra Sharma, MD PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, COBRE for Reproductive Health
Women & Infants Hospital
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
RI Hospital 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903
APC Building, Leone Conference Room, first floor, room 133
Dec411:00am - 12:30pm
Academic Grand Rounds* Developing mobile interventions to promote health behavior change: Examples in Alcohol and SmokingButler Campus
Beth Bock, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Butler Hospital ◊ Ray Hall Conference Center ◊ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:
Describe the iterative process of intervention development; Explain the value of early process qualitative work; Discuss considerations for choosing technology platforms; and Explain the relative advantages of text messaging versus smartphone apps
Disclosure: Beth Bock, PhD has no financial relationships to disclose.
This activity is not supported by a commercial entity.