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Robert J. Wenthold Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture honors the memory of Robert J. Wenthold, Ph.D., who passed away on October 30, 2009. Dr. Wenthold was an extraordinary scientist, mentor, and administrator within the NIDCD. Dr. Wenthold served as the NIDCD’s scientific director from 1998 through 2008, and he was a vital force in helping to build the NIDCD intramural program’s strong research foundation in such areas as genetics, molecular and developmental biology, computational modeling, and brain imaging.

Upcoming Lecture

NOTE: The lecture scheduled for March 23 has been canceled in support of the Office of Personnel Management guidance to strengthen efforts to protect the federal workforce to ensure continuity of operations. NIH is urging staff to limit attendance at large meetings to those that are mission critical.

March 23, 2020
Jeffrey R. Holt, Ph.D., F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Boston Children's Hospital; Harvard Medical School
Function, Dysfunction, and Restoration of Sensory Transduction Channels in the Mammalian Inner Ear
Noon–1:00 p.m.
Porter Neuroscience Center, Building 35, Rooms 620/630/640

Previous Lectures

Previous Robert J. Wenthold Memorial Lectures can be viewed on videocast:

April 29, 2019
Dwight Bergles, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Sounds in Silence: How the Cochlea Promotes Refinement of Auditory Circuits before Hearing Onset

April 9, 2018
Sharon Kujawa, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Glutamate Excitotoxicity and Primary Cochlear Neurodegeneration After Noise

March 7, 2017
Katherine Roche, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health
Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Plasticity of Excitatory Synapses

May 9, 2016
Donata Oertel, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
How Cochlear Nuclear Neurons Enable Mammals to Hear

April 27, 2015
Lynn Raymond, Ph.D., M.D., University of British Columbia
NMDA Receptor Trafficking and Synaptic Dysfunction in Huntington Disease

April 14, 2014
Laurence Trussell, Ph.D., Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
Uncovering the Microcircuitry of the Auditory System

February 11, 2013
Richard Huganir, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Regulation of Glutamate Receptors and Synaptic Plasticity in the Brain

May 7, 2012
Michael Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D., Pfizer, Inc., Division of Neuroscience
Secretory Trafficking and Synapse Remodeling for Neuronal Plasticity

May 9, 2011
Bernardo Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Activity Dependent and Independent Control of Synapse Number in the Brain

May 10, 2010
Peter Gillespie, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center and Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
The Hair Bundle’s Protein Constellation

Last Updated Date: 
March 12, 2020