McGovern Institute Annual Symposium

The McGovern Institute has organized an annual symposium each year since 2005. These events typically take place during the spring semester and they are free and open to the public (registration required). For the more recent symposia, talks are available online (links below).


Upcoming Symposia


Neuromodulators: Key Regulators of Brain and Behavior
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration is closed!

Summary: Neuromodulators are signaling molecules that shape the effects of fast neurotransmitters, and they are now recognized to be ubiquitous throughout the brain.  Classical examples include dopamine and serotonin, which have profound effects on brain states and represent important targets for psychiatric drugs.  Other more recently identified modulators include neuropetides and cytokines whose functions are only starting to be explored. In this symposium, nine leading experts will survey the field, with an emphasis on understanding the actions of neuromodulators on circuits, systems and behavior. 

Past Symposia

Computations: From Synapses to Systems
Monday, May 9, 2016
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Internal Models of Sensorimotor and Cognitive Function
Monday, April 27, 2015
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Disruptive Innovations in Neuroscience
May 2, 2014
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Normal and Abnormal Social Behavior: Multiple neuroscience approaches
November 4, 2013

Neural Control of Movement
May 8, 2013

Magnetoencephalography: Applications to Cognitive Neuroscience
April 27, 2012

Inhibition and Neural Circuit Function
May 10, 2011

Cells, Circuits, and Behavior
May 7, 2010

Basal Ganglia in Health and Disease
May 7, 2009

Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disease
April 28-29, 2008

Plumbing the Mind - Brain Activation and the Regulation of Cerebral Blood Flow
May 15, 2007

Imaging the Human Brain in Health and Disease
May 30, 2006

Smart Molecules
May 13, 2005

Mechanisms Underlying Perception, Action and Mind
October 20-21, 2003