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Neurobiology of Love

CURAS-invited talk by Creighton alum Dr. Paul Carvey, Ph.D. (Professor of Pharmacology and Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center)

Monday, March 21
12:30-1:30 PM
Rigge Science 120

Love and affection are universal emotions that we take for granted, yet everyone experiences them in a slightly different fashion.  Love is rooted in the innate  nervous system and modified through experience. We have learned much about the neurobiology of this innate system and can now begin to formulate a basic construct about how it occurs within the brain.  However, in order to do so, we need to delve into numerous  systems that formulate the feeling we refer to as love.  This involves an understanding of basic circuits within the brain, how they interact, and how they change over time to formulate a feeling.  Dr. Carvey’s talk will start with a basic description of innate/instinctive  behaviors, then describe how memory occurs, delve into theories of consciousness, discuss these ideas in the context of reward and addiction theory, and then hopefully bring all these concepts together to formulate a basic understanding of this thing called  love.

Parkinson's Disease: Etiology of Its Treatment

CURAS-invited talk by Creighton alum Dr. Paul Carvey, Ph.D. (Professor of Pharmacology and Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center)

Monday, March 21
3:30-4:30 PM
Hixson-Lied 188

Dr. Carvey has witnessed and participated in the evolution of today's therapeutic approach to the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD).  This presentation will  require only a basic understanding of neurobiology since it will approach the subject through the history of therapeutic discovery.  Although the exact etiopathogenesis of the disease remains unknown, this has not hindered the development of highly effective  therapeutic approaches.  This presentation will discuss this evolution starting with the discovery of dopamine (DA) and its role in PD and move through the travails of early levodopa therapy while placing this into the context of the balance hypothesis of  stratal function through a discussion of benztropine and trihexyphenidyl.  Dr. Carvey will then introduce the early DA agonists and how they impacted treatment and paved the way for the direct-acting agonists pramipexole and ropinirole widely used today.   The MPTP story still impacts our understanding of PD and the Calne-Langston hypothesis that evolved as a result of MPTP, remains a cornerstone of DA replacement therapy.  Dr. Carvey will also discuss the evolution of surgical procedures from the adrenal-medulla  to brain transplant which logically evolved to fetal-nigral transplants and stem cell therapy, and how these experiences led to trophic strategies as well as deep brain stimulation (DBS).  Dr. Carvey will also discuss the new holistic approaches that complement  drug therapy and provide remarkable function to patients even in advanced stages. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the modern approach to PD treatment based on stage of disease and patient history.

St. Albert's Day

The 2016 celebration of university research is April 12, 9:30am - 3:30 pm in the Ahmanson Ballroom in the Mike & Josie Harper Center. The Graduate School is facilitating the organization of department displays to include faculty artifacts and scholarly works. Please complete the following survey Joint Academic Forum to facilitate your department’s display request   Please complete the  form no later than March 25th.  If you have additional questions, please contact Kelly McColley-Anderson ( )or Taunya Plater (

Research From all Angles- BONES!

Panelists:Dr. Robert Heaney, Osteoporosis -- School of Medicine; Ms. Kristin Fitzgerald, Anthropology - Department of Cultural and Social Studies; Dr. Joan Lappe, College of Nursing; Dr. Erin Averett, Archaeology - Department of Fine and Performing Arts

2016 Student Summer Research Scholarship Applications are closed.

Summer Faculty Fellowship 2016 awardees have been announced. 

Event: Undergraduate Research: Student Expectations 

-- Wednesday, November 4, 3:30 pm, Skutt Room 104

All-University (Undergraduate) Research Day 2015

What is Research? (recording)
Dr. Tom Murray, Associate Vice Provost for Research
Student Event
Research from All Angles
All-University event featuring faculty from across campus discussing one research topic from multiple angles.
2015 St. Albert's Day/University Research Day

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