Seminar – Stan B. Floresco, Ph.D.
Event Date & TimeNovember 4, 2020 at 12 Noon
DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12:00pm – Virtual Presentation
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
"Prefrontal ventral striatal circuits underlying different aspects of aversively-motivated behavior"
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About the Speaker(s)
Dr. Stan Floresco is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and an Investigator at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Floresco’s research focuses on neural circuits that facilitate different forms of learning, cognition and executive functioning. Using rodents as a model system, his work has a particular emphasis on interactions between the different brain regions that facilitate cognitive processes, including behavioral flexibility, cost-benefit decision making and reward-related learning. His research integrates traditional psychopharmacological, in-vivo neurophysiological and neurochemical techniques along with newer optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations to elucidate the interactions between the prefrontal cortex and its key subcortical targets. Dysfunction in these systems has been implicated in a variety of disorders, including schizophrenia, depression and drug addiction. Dr. Floresco’s work attempts to model how the normal brain solves certain types of problems, and then use this information to clarify the mechanisms that may underlie the impairments in cognitive and emotional functioning associated with these disorders.