Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases Seminar Series
Speaker: Prof Karen Szumlinski, University of California Santa Barbara
Dr. Karen K.Szumlinski is a Full Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Karen K. Szumlinski earned a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Medical Sciences (Neuroscience and Behavioural Sciences Division) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Szumlinski earned a second MS and her PhD (2000) in the Center for Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology at the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, USA. Dr. Szumlinski conducted her post-doctoral training at the Neuroscience Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.
In December 2003, Dr. Szumlinski was promoted to Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina and in July 2004 was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Szumlinski is currently a Full Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and is affiliated with the Neuroscience Research Institute and the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at UCSB.
She sits on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals including: eNeuro (Addiction Review Editor), Addiction Biology, Synapse, and several Frontiers journals. Dr. Szumlinski is a Full Member of the American College on Neuropsychopharmacology, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the Research Society on Alcoholism, the European Behavioural Pharmacological Society and the Society for Neuroscience.
Synopsis: Dr. Szumlinski’s major research interest concerns the biochemical mechanisms underlying the changes in brain and behaviour produced by chronic exposure to drugs of abuse, in particular psychomotor stimulants and alcohol. Current research focuses on the role of postsynaptic scaffolding proteins regulating extracellular glutamate and glutamate receptor function in drug- and stressor-induced changes in brain and behaviour.
Her research investigates the role of glutamate signalling in neuropsychiatric disorders associated with addiction, such as psychosis and depression.
All welcome. Drinks and nibbles from 3:30pm, seminar starts at 4pm.