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Robert J. Wenthold Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture honors the memory of Robert J. Wenthold, Ph.D., who passed away in 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. He was a vital force in helping to build the NIDCD intramural program’s strong research foundation in areas such as genetics, molecular and developmental biology, computational modeling, and brain imaging.

Upcoming Lecture

Monday, April 25, 2022
Nathalie Sans, Ph.D., Institute Francois Megendie, Universite de Bordeaux
Planar Cell Polarity Signaling in Synaptic Function and Dysfunction
Noon–1:00 p.m.

Previous Lectures

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

March 22, 2021 (lecture rescheduled from 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 Auditory Sensory Transduction Channels

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

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