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Our training grant will compliment the institute's efforts to encourage work at the interface of quantitative biology, neuroscience, the study of social and individual behaviors. GINQBHB

Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior

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Our training grant supports both graduate and postdoctoral students that work in labs of our training faculty.

Psychiatric Genetics Training Grant


The Training in Emerging Multidisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Disease Training Grant (T32MH020065) is funded by the NIMH and provides specialized training to both graduate and postdoctoral students. The training grant organizes a series of on-campus retreats as well as a journal club and seminar series. We have a broad view of psychiatric genetics which emphasizes the following areas:

  • Integration of computational and statistical approaches to complex datasets
  • Hypothesis driven laboratory-based experimental approaches
  • Multidisciplinary science

Program Directors: Andrey Rzhetsky and Dan Nicolae

Executive Committee: Andrey Rzhetsky, Dan Nicolae, Abraham A. Palmer, Elliot Gerhson, Harriet de Wit

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Spring Retreat 2016: -Omics-level Investigations of Mental Health Diseases and Disorders

On Friday, April 15, the Training in Emerging Multidisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Disease trainees will hold their first retreat of the year.

The grant’s quarterly retreats provide a forum at which our trainees can learn about and discuss their individual research approaches, which range from theoretical biology and computational modeling to experimental neurobiology and clinical studies, and how they fit into the overall goals of understanding mental health disorders. It also gives them an opportunity to participate in the larger research community.

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Winter Retreat 2015: Diverse Methodologies Towards a Convergent Goal: Treating Autism Disorders

On Friday, December 18, the trainees of the Training in Emerging Multidisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Disease are holding their last retreat of the year.

As may be obvious from it's title, the goal of this retreat is to apply the "multidisciplinary approach" named in the grant to the retreat itself, applying different methodologies to the subject matter of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please join us for food, coffee, and to learn about and discuss the varied ways in which we approach mental health and disease. 

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The Conte Center is pleased to host its 4th Annual Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at The Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD), The University of Chicago.

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May 6, 2015 Chicago Affective Neuroscience Exchange

Chicago Affective Neuroscience Exchange will take place on May 6, 2015 in L431 (Wyler Hospital)

Keynote speaker - Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D. Phil F. Jenkins Research Professor of Depression University of Michigan

“Opioids: A Blessing or a Curse?”For details see poster

Full schedule: click here


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Annual Conte Center Retreat: May 3-5, 2015

May 3-5, 2015: The Annual Conte Center Retreat 

Sunday, May 3 – 7 to 8:30 pm - Evening reception at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago. 

Monday, May 4 – 8 am to 5 pm – Meeting, poster presentations, networking time, continental breakfast and lunch at the Gleacher Center, 464 North Cityfront Place, Chicago.  A dinner will follow at restaurant in downtown Chicago.  

Tuesday, May 5 – 8 am to 1:30 pm – Meeting, poster presentations, networking time, continental breakfast and lunch at the Gleacher Center, 464 North Cityfront Place, Chicago. 

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2015 Spring Retreat - April 10, CLSC 101

Impulsivity as an example of the RDoC approach to mental health research

8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am Melissa Miller, Ph.D.  Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago "An introduction to RDoC: history and controversies." 

10:00 am Coffee break

10:15 am Jerry Richards, Ph.D.  Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo “Heritability of delay discounting in rats” 

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June 23-24, 2015: GTEx Project Community Meeting

The meeting will highlight current data sets and types available, what tools are available, and analysis methods used on the data.

Location: Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago

Registration is free

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2015 Winter Retreat - March 6, KCBD, Rm 1101


Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD) Room 1101, Friday March 6, 2015

9:30 - 9:45     Breakfast

9:45 – 10:45   Hae Kyung Im, PhD: "The Role of Genomic Prediction in Precision Medicine"

10:45 - 11:00  Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00  Sarah London, PhD: “Neural Mechanisms for Social Learning During Development”

12:00 – 12:45  Lunch

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PGTG Spring Retreat: May 9, 2014 KCBD 1103, 1-5:30

The topic is “Using Quantitative Genetics to Elucidate Mechanisms of Psychiatric Health and Disease.”

The speakers for this event will be:

Lauren Weiss, PhD 1-2 University of California, San Francisco Title: “New Angles in the Genetic Architecture of Autism”

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PGTG Winter Retreat; Friday, March 14, 2014 • BSLC

10:00 - 11:00 am     Ming Xu - making mutant mice

11:00 - 12:00 am     Stephanie Dulawa - evaluating animal models, OCD/depression

12:00 - 1:00 pm      Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm        Christian Hansel - mouse models of autism

2:00 - 2:45 pm        Catherine Reardon-Alulis - ethics of animal models of psychiatric diseases

2:45 - 3:00 pm        Tea time

3:00 - 4:00 pm        Xiaoxi Zhuang - The Genetics of Economic Decisions and Energy Balance in Mice and Flies

4:00 - 4:45 pm        Laura Sittig - animal models of bipolar disorder/schizophrenia

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2014 Chicago Chapter of Society for Neuroscience Meeting

2014 Chicago Chapter of Society for Neuroscience Meeting that will be taking place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 4, 2013.

For full schedule and details, please visit:

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IBANGS Call for Symposium Proposals


16th Annual IBANGS meetingGenes, Brain and BehaviorChicago, Illinois, USA May 10-13, 2014

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Neuroscience Institute Director


We are pleased to announce that John Maunsell, PhD, will join the University of Chicago as the inaugural director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior.


An internationally recognized neuroscientist, John comes to us from Harvard Medical School, where he held the Alice and Rodman W. Moorehead III Professorship in Neurobiology. Over the course of his distinguished career, John has made, and continues to make, fundamental contributions to our understanding of the neuroscience of vision, perception and attention.

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New website under construction

We have completely revised the website for the training grant. Please report errors or make suggestions for improvements to Erin Brady. We would love to feature RSS feeds from training faculty or other relevant entities, please  send us your suggestions. 

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Psychiatric Training Grant Renewal

We are pleased to announce that  the training grant has been renewed for years 11-15. The new directors are Drs. Abraham Palmer and Nancy Cox; Elliot Gershon, who served as the director for the inital ten years reamins on the Executive Committee.

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