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In Person Seminar: Mitochondria in Synaptic Plasticity, Gamma Oscillations, and Anxiety

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Zheng Li, Ph.D.

Section on Synapse Development and Plasticity
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar: Mitochondria in Synaptic Plasticity, Gamma Oscillations, and Anxiety

Date: Dec. 2, 2022

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, Room G101A/B, 4 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, Virginia

Virtual attendance:  Join via Zoom or live webcast.

About this Seminar

Mitochondria are vital organelles that generate most of the ATP needed to power eukaryotic cells. Mitochondria in neurons also play roles in the development and function of synapses. Studies by Dr. Li and her lab show that the subcellular distribution and fission/fusion dynamics of mitochondria are influenced by neural activity. The subsequent alterations of mitochondria, in turn, have great impact on synaptic plasticity, neural synchronization, and anxiety-like behavior.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Center for Neurobiology Research. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. The lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.

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