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Special Guest Lecture November 22, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Basal Ganglia Circuits with the Cerebral Cortex, Cerebellum and ... :  Thinking Outside the Loop

 Peter Strick, PhD

   Distinguished Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh





Dr. Strick is Chair and Distinguished Professor of the Department of Neurobiology, as well as a VA Senior Research Career Scientist, the Co-Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition; Director of the Systems Neuroscience Institute, and founding Director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute.  Dr. Strick earned a PhD in Anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at National Institute of Mental Health.  In 1976, Dr. Strick became a staff neurophysiologist at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and an assistant professor at SUNY-Upstate Medical Center.  He received a Research Career Scientist award from the VA Medical Center in 1987.  In 2000, Dr. Strick re-located his laboratory to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His research focuses on four major issues:  the control of voluntary movement by the motor areas of the cerebral cortex, the motor and cognitive functions of the basal ganglia and cerebellum, the neural basis for the mind-body connection, and unraveling the complex neural networks that comprise the central nervous system. 

Learning Objectives:  Following this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basal ganglia connections with the cerebral cortex.
  2. Understand that the architecture of these circuits creates a topography of dysfunction.
  3. Understand new results that show basal ganglia and cerebellum are part of a highly interconnected network.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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