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ICAN Seminar Series

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 11:00am

The seminar will be live streamed via Zoom and In-Person.


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Tom Hnasko, PhD

Department of Neurosciences

University of California, San Diego

“Heterogeneous VTA cell types reinforce behaviors through diverse mechanisms”


Abstract: The ventral tegmental area (VTA) is famous for its dopamine neurons. However, non-dopamine neurons are abundant in VTA, including GABA neurons, glutamate neurons, and neurons that release more than one of these recycling neurotransmitters. This seminar will focus on several recent non-canonical findings on how VTA cell types are regulated by afferents, connected to distal targets, and impact behavioral reinforcement. Including examples of how co-release of neurotransmitters from VTA neurons can drive divergent physiological and behavioral responses. The work suggests that VTA neurons reinforce behaviors by dopamine as well as by dopamine-independent mechanisms.

Profile Link: hnaskolab.ucsd.edu


May 4, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Herklotz Conference Center
Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
300 Qureshey Research Lab,

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