253 episodes

Neuroscientists Talk Shop is the University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Neurobiology Podcast, showcasing the current research of internationally renowned guest Neuroscientists. Each episode features a moderated discussion with a cross section of UTSA Neurobiology faculty, highlighting the featured guest's research, and the state of the art in the field at hand.

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Neuroscientists Talk Shop is the University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) Neurobiology Podcast, showcasing the current research of internationally renowned guest Neuroscientists. Each episode features a moderated discussion with a cross section of UTSA Neurobiology faculty, highlighting the featured guest's research, and the state of the art in the field at hand.

    Episode 255 -- Susan Sangha, PhD

    Episode 255 -- Susan Sangha, PhD

    On November 17, 2022 we talked with Susan Sangha about brain mechanisms of learned fear and safety, and the neural circuits in the amygdala, cerebral cortex and hippocampus that evaluate threat and mediate our responses to it.

    Guest:

    Susan Sangha, Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Stark Neuroscience Research Institute.

    Participating:

    Anthony Burgos-Robles, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Host:

    Charles Wilson, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    • 39 min
    Episode 254 -- Harold Zakon, PhD

    Episode 254 -- Harold Zakon, PhD

    On November 3rd, 2022 we talked with Harold Zakon about the cells that enable weakly electric fish to generate electric fields around themselves and to use them as a sensory and social communication system.  Harold described the remarkable independent evolution of this capability twice, in the African and in the South American electric fish, and the host of coordinated genetic changes that were required to create this entirely new sensory modality.

    Guest

    Harold Zakon, Departments of Neuroscience, and Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin

    Participating

    Todd Troyer, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Host

    Charles Wilson, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    • 34 min
    Episode 253 -- Michael Scofield, PhD

    Episode 253 -- Michael Scofield, PhD

    On October 27, 2022 we got the opportunity to talk to Michael Scofield about methods used to study the structure and synaptic function of astrocytes, and some of the advances that have resulted from their use, especially for glutamatergic synapses in the cerebral cortex.

    Guest: 

    Michael Scofield, Departments  of Neuroscience and Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Medical University of South Carolina.

    Participating:

    Matt Wanat, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Host: 

    Charles Wilson, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    • 31 min
    Episode 252 -- Symposium 2022: 3D Models of Human Cortex and Development

    Episode 252 -- Symposium 2022: 3D Models of Human Cortex and Development

    On Thursday, October 20, we held our 13th annual Neuroscience Symposium.  The topic was organoid models of cortical development.  Brain organoids are 3-dimensional tissues grown from pluripotent stem cells. For studying cortical development, the stem cells are cultured under conditions that promote differentiation into cerebral cortex neurons.  The participants in the symposium spoke on the use of organoids as a model to study human cortical development and disorders of development.  

    After the symposium, the speakers met for a panel discussion, which was recorded.

    Participating:

    Jenny Hsieh, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Giorgia Quadrato, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

    Vanesa Nieto-Estevez, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Fikri Birey, Emory University School of Medicine

    Host:

    Charles Wilson, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    • 43 min
    Episode 251 -- Mel B Feany, MD, PhD

    Episode 251 -- Mel B Feany, MD, PhD

    On October 13, 2022 we sat down to chat with Mel B. Feany about the molecular processes underlying the neuropathology of alpha-synuclein and Parkinson's disease. We focused on her findings implicating the actin cytoskeleton as an intermediary in mitochondrial dysfunction and other cellular mechanisms that contribute to pathology and cell death.

    Guest: 

    Mel B Feany, Department of Pathology, Division of Neuropathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    Participating:

    Chris Gamblin, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Hyoung-gon Lee, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Host:

    Charles Wilson, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    • 33 min
    Episode 250 -- Nicolas Tritsch, PhD

    Episode 250 -- Nicolas Tritsch, PhD

    On Thursday, October 6, 2022 we got the opportunity to talk to Nicolas Tritsch about his studies of oscillatory fluctuations in dopamine and acetylcholine measured simultaneously in the striatum during behavior. We started from the technical side of this new experimental technology, but the conversation ranged into the implications of these oscillations for striatal function and learning, and for Parkinson's disease.

    Guest: Nicolas Tritsch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience & Physiology and the Neuroscience Institute at the New York University School of Medicine.

    Participating:

    James Jones, Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    Host:

    Charles Wilson Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, UTSA

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Inter Relations ,

Great podcast, audio sometimes poor

The discussions in this podcast contain a lot of interesting info, and the material is not "watered down" for popular consumption. However, the audio sometimes isn't very good, such as when a speaker is too far from the microphone.

mh517 ,

fascinating

extremely interesting discussion

wisteriacs ,

Really Great Tool

It requires some knowledge, and sometimes there are sound problems, but it's a unique, useful podcast for learning more about particular neuroscience topics!

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