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List of 63 participating institutions at the CSfN 2014 annual meeting:

AbbVie
Akor
Alzheimer's Association
Aurora Spectral Technologies
Bitplane
Cellular Dynamics International
Integrated DNA Technologies
Life Technologies
Nikon
PhRMA
Stoelting Co.
Thermo Fisher

 

American College of Education
Augustana College
Boston University
Central Michigan University
Chicago Medical School
Chicago State University
Columbia College Chicago
Dalhousie University
DePaul University
Dominican University
Drake University
Duke University
Eastern Illinois University
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida International University
Indiana University Northwest
Indiana Wesleyan University
Lake Forest College
Loyola University Chicago
Lurie Children's Research Center
King's College London
Knox College
North Central College
Northeastern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
Midwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Rosalind Franklin University
Rush University
Stanford University
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Minnesota
Wellesley College

 

Bolingbrook High School
Evanston Township High School
Waubonise Valley High School
Walter Payton College Prep High School
Wendell Phillips Academy
Whitney Young Magnet High School

 

Bateman Elementary School
Budlong Elementary School
Coonley Elementary School
Libby Elementary School
Solomon Elementary School

The following students won the listed poster competitions:

Undergraduate Poster Competition:

1st Place: Nathan Chesterman, University of Michigan
2nd Place: Kevin Koster, University of Illinois at Chicago
3rd Place: Maiwase Tembo, Lake Forest College
3rd Place Tie: Macdonnell Stanford, Northwestern University

Graduate Poster Competition:

1st Place: Daniel Thomases, Rosalind Franklin University
2nd Place: Sarah Lorenzen, Northwestern University
3rd Place: Benjamin Clayton, University of Chicago

The following neurosceintists won the Postdoctoral Poster Competition:

1st Place: Evelyn Nwabuisi, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
2nd Place: Pedro Brugarolas, Ph.D., University of Chicago
3rd Place: Jennifer Y-S. Hu, Ph.D., Northwestern University

The following doctorate students won the Graduate Student Symposium:

1st Place: Allison Bond, Northwestern University
2nd Place: Cody Shults, Loyola University Chicago
3rd Place: Andrew Scheyer, Rosalind Franklin University

The following high school students won the 2014 Chicago Brain Bee held in January at University of Illinois at Chicago:

1st Place: Rajath Salegame, Waubonise Valley High School
2nd Place: Anthony Karahalios, Wheaton Warrenville South High School
3rd Place: Suraj "Neil" Sheth, Bolingbrook High School

Chicago SfN 2014 Meeting

Click HERE for CSfN 2014 Full Program

Click Here for CSfN 2014 Schedule Overview.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Conference Center
251 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL

 

 

Special address: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) - Room A at 9:00 am

Americans Cure Act: Innovation and Discovery by Investing in Breakthrough Biomedical Research

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute/M.I.T. and H.H.M.I.
"From yeast cells to patient neurons: a powerful discovery platform for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease"

 

PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM

Molecular and Therapeutic Advances in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Donald Cleveland, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Chair, Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Neurosciences; & Member, Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research
"From Charcot to Lou Gehrig: Mechanisms and therapy in ALS and beyond"

Carla Shatz, Ph.D., Stanford University
Sapp Family Provostial Professor; Director, Bio-X; Professor of Biology and of Neurobiology
"Developmental Critical Periods and Alzheimer's Disease- can knowledge of one help cure the other?"

Harry Orr, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Director, Translational Neuroscience; Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
"SCA1- Linking Cellular Pathways to Therapeutic Interventions"

 

PLENARY AFTERNOON SYMPOSIUM

Hot Topics in Neuroscience (Theme: Neural Circuits)
Organized by graduate student members

 

DIVERSITY IN CAREERS: THEMED LUNCH TABLES

Neuroscientists in Careers of Teaching, Corporate, Government/Non-profit, and Administration/Law
Undergraduate and Graduate Student, and Postdocs are cordially invited

ACADEMIC SPONSOR LEVEL

Sponsors of the Graduate Student Symposium

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Neuroscience Institute

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program (NUIN)

 

ACADEMIC PARTNER LEVEL

Loyola University Chicago
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Pharmacology
Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology
Department of Research Services

University of Illinois at Chicago - 2014 Brain Bee Sponsor
Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Northwestern University
Department of Neurology
Department of Neurobiology

University of Chicago
Graduate Program in Neurobiology
Graduate program in Computational Neuroscience

Rosalind Franklin University
Department of Neurobiology
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Rush University Medical Center
Department of neurological Sciences

 

ACADEMIC FRIEND LEVEL

Lake Forest College - Sponsors of the Undergraduate Poster Competition

Rush University Medical Center
Department of Pharmacology

DePaul University
Department of Biological Sciences

12:30-1:30 PM - Atrium, 3rd Floor

Undergraduate and Graduate Students, and Postdocs are cordially invited to meet with neuroscientists in careers of Teaching, Corporate, Government/Non-profit, and Administration/Law. Visit one, some, or all the tables.

Career Table

Career Table Leaders

Table 1

Teaching

Michael Calik, PhD
Part-time Instructor
Loyola University Chicago
mcalik@luc.edu

Robert Calin-Jageman, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Neuroscience Program Director
Dominican University
rcalinjageman@dom.edu

Table 2

Corporate

Sonia Bhangoo, PhD
Medical Writer II
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
sbhangoo1@gmail.com

Min Zhang, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Abbvie Inc.
min.zhang@abbvie.com

Table 3

Government and Non-profit

Heather Snyder, PhD
Director, Medical & Scientific Relations
Alzheimer's Association
hsnyder@alz.org

Mark M. Rasenick, PhD
Distinguished University Professor of
Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry
Research Service, Jesse Brown VAMC
U. Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
raz@uic.edu

Table 4

Administration and Law

Michael T Kennedy, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Genetic Medicine
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
m-kennedy@northwestern.edu

Rekha Hanu, JD, PhD
Counsel - Intellectual Property
Akorn Pharmaceuticals
rekha.hanu@akorn.com

Organized by Shubhik Debburman, Ph.D. (LFC) & Michael W. Calik, Ph.D. (UIC)

Abstract Title: Use capitals in the abstract title (see abstract sample).

Author and Affiliations: List all authors who contributed to the work discussed in the abstract. The presenting author must be listed in the first author slot of the list. You should be prepared to submit affiliation information for each author listed (see abstract sample).

Abstract: Enter the body of the abstract do not re-enter the title, author, support, or other information that is collected in other steps of the submission form. The body of your abstract should be no more than 2,300 characters, including punctuation (not spaces).

Support: Enter the source(s) of contributed support to the research conducted within the abstract. Grant numbers may be listed here (see abstract sample).

Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds or other words or phrases, spell out in full for the first mention of the compound/word/phrase, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.

 

EXAMPLE:

EXPRESSION OF OLIG1 AND OLIG2 IN PERIPHERAL BLOOD MONONUCLEAR CELLS FROM PATIENTS WITH RELAPSE REMITTING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (ARIAL 9 BOLD)
A. Czajkowska-Kaminska1, A. Finkielsztein1, A. Boullerne2, M. I. Givogri1, L.Cantuti1, A. Skias3, E. Hartman3, R. Balabanov4, D. Feinstei2, E. R. Bongarzone1 (Arial 8)
1Deparment of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago; 2Department of Anesthesiology and 3Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago; 4Department of Neurology, Rush University, Chicago, Chicago IL (Cambria 8 Italics)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system of unknown etiology. In the relapse remitting form, remyelination and functional recovery follow acute demyelinating episodes. A growing body of literature has shown that there is an increase of neurodegeneration in Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) patients. Neural stem cells (NSCs) are a subtype of immature, proliferating cells in the nervous system that can self – renew and generate both neurons and glia. In the adult brain, NSCs have been found in the hippocampus and the subventricular zone (SVZ) lining the lateral ventricles and in some non-neurogenic regions, including the spinal cord. Recent findings have also shown that peripheral blood, cord blood and bone marrow generate, under appropriate circumstances, stem cells with neural potential. In this study we have challenged the idea that cells with neural properties may circulate in the blood of RRMS patients. Our work recruited 16 patients and 23 healthy controls. Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) were isolated through gradients of ficoll-paque and used for RNA and protein analyses. Gene array hybridization, real time PCR and immunoblotting showed the presence of transcripts and protein products encoding for the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors, Olig1 and Olig2. Experiments are underway to determine the origin and function of these cells. This study is funded by a research award from the Department of Defense (PR080601) and a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pilot Research Award (PP1407) to ERB. (Arial 9)

Posters must be no bigger than 3' X 5'.

All areas of Neuroscience are welcome.

  • Graduate students nominated by the major Chicago-area institutions will compete in a “Graduate Student Symposium” for a CASH PRIZE and a nomination for a travel Award to attend Neuroscience 2014, scheduled for Nov. 15-19, 2014, in Washinton, DC.

 

All of the following competitions will be limited to 30 abstracts, so submit your abstract soon!

  • Participate in the Postdoctoral Poster Competition (1 poster per lab for this competition) for a CASH PRIZE and a nomination for a travel Award to attend Neuroscience 2014, scheduled for Nov. 15-19, 2014, in Washington, DC.
  • Participate in the Undergraduate Poster Competition (no limit on the number of poster from a single lab) for a CASH PRIZE.
  • Participate in the Graduate Poster Competition for CASH PRIZE (1 poster per lab for this competition).

 

General Participation: Even if you do not compete, share your data and present a Poster! All areas of Neuroscience are welcome. (Labs can submit more than one abstract if they are not entered in a specific competition.)

Registration is open from February 21 to March 21, 2014. (Individuals can register at the door, but lunch will not be provided.)

Non-competition abstract submission deadline is March 21, 2014.

Abstract deadline for Postdoctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Competitions is March 14, 2014.

Registration Fees include a lunch (if registered by March 28):  Undergraduate students $20;  Graduate students $45; Postdocs $50;  Faculty members $80.

CLICK HERE FOR ABSTRACT INSTRUCTIONS.

CLICK HERE FOR POSTER INSTRUCTIONS.

CSfN 2014 Scientific Meeting
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - 3rd Floor Conference Center
251 E. Huron, Chicago IL

3rd Floor Conference Center Map
 

Parking at 222 E. Huron St., $11 for the first 7 hours, and $24 hours for 8 hours and more, with validation in registration packet.

Site and Parking Map

 

 

Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
Website: http://lindquistlab.wi.mit.edu/about-susan-lindquist/

Faculty Member
Whitehead Institute
Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
Website: http://wi.mit.edu/people/faculty/lindquist

Phone: (617)c258-5184
Email: lindquist_admin@wi.mit.edu

Title of talk: "From yeast cells to patient neurons: a powerful discovery platform for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease"

Whitehead Member Susan Lindquist is a pioneer in the study of protein folding. She has shown that changes in protein folding can have profound and unexpected influences in fields as wide-ranging as human disease, evolution and nanotechnology.

Lindquist is a Member and former Director (2001-2004) of Whitehead Institute, a Professor of Biology at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Previously she was the Albert D. Lasker Professor of Medical Sciences from 1999-2001, and a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, University of Chicago, since 1978. She received a PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 1976, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 1997 and the Institute of Medicine in 2006.

To hear more about Susan’s research in her own words, you can view some of her lectures and interviews below.

Essay in “Faces of Science,” June 2013

Crosstalks T.V. Interview, May 2013

E.B. Wilson Award Lecture, ASCB, December 2012:
Hsp90 Chaperone Scultpting Evolutionary Change: A Quantitative Genetic and Proteomic View

Interview About E.B. Wilson Award, ASCB, December 2012:
Interview with Susan Lindquist

A Celebration of Science Lecture, Washington D.C., September 2012:
The Protein Folding Problem

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Chicago SfN 2014 Meeting

CHICAGO CHAPTER SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE 2014 - FRIDAY, APRIL 4

251 E. Huron Street, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Click HERE for CSfN 2014 Full Program

Click Here for CSfN 2014 Schedule Overview

7:30-10:00 AM - Registration/Continental Breakfast - 3rd Floor

8:00-8:45 AM - Mentoring Panel & Breakfast - Room B

(with Keynote & Presidential Symposium speakers)
Moderator: Eric Norstrom, Ph.D. (DU) & Amy Herrold, Ph.D. (Hines)

8:00-8:45 AM - Poster & Vendor Display Set Up - Atrium, 3rd Floor

8:00-4:00 PM - Poster Viewing & Vendor Display - Atrium, 3rd Floor

All posters MUST be down by 4:00 PM.

9:00-9:15 AM - Special address: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) - Room A

Americans Cure Act: Innovation and Discovery by Investing in Breakthrough Biomedical Research
Chair: Michael Calik, Ph.D. (UIC)

9:15-11:15 AM - PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM - Room A

Molecular & Therapeutic Advances in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Chair: Subhik DebBurman, Ph.D. (LFC)

Donald Cleveland, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Chair, Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Neurosciences; & Member, Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research
"From Charcot to Lou Gehrig: Mechanisms and therapy in ALS and beyond"

Carla Shatz, Ph.D., Stanford University
Sapp Family Provostial Professor; Director, Bio-X; Professor of Biology and of Neurobiology
"Developmental Critical Periods & Alzheimer's Disease- can knowledge of one help cure the other?"

Harry Orr, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Director, Translational Neuroscience; Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
"SCA1: Linking Cellular Pathways to Therapeutic Interventions"

11:00-12:15 PM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Room A

Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.
Whitehead Institute/M.I.T. and H.H.M.I.
"From yeast cells to patient neurons: a powerful discovery platform for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease"

12:00-4:00 PM - Chicago Public Schools Teachers Workshop - Room B (12-1:30 PM) & Other Locations

Co-sponsored by NU Graduate Student Association
Lunch-&-Learn Seminar: 12-1:30 PM
Brain Pedagogy Activities : 1:30-4:00 PM

12:30-1:30 PM - Diversity in Careers: Themed Lunch Tables - Atrium, 3rd Floor

Neuroscientists in Careers of Teaching, Corporate, Government/Non-profit, and Administration/Law
Chair: Subhik DebBurman, Ph.D. (LFC) & Michael Calik, Ph.D. (UIC)

12:15-2:00 PM - Poster Competitions & Lunch Break - Atrium, 3rd Floor

Graduate Poster Competition - Chairs: Michelle Hastings, Ph.D. (RFU) & Hoky KIm, Ph.D. (RFUMS)
Postdoctoral Poster Competition - Chairs: Joel Voss, Ph.D. (NU) & Pascale Lacor, Ph.D. (NU)
Undergraduate Poster Competition - Chairs: Irina Calin-Jageman, Ph.D. (Dominican) & Naomi Wentworth, Ph.D. (LFC)

12:15-1:15 PM - Dr. Lindquist & Grad Student Symposium Participants Lunch - Room E

2:00-3:30 PM - Plenary Afternoon Symposium - Room A

Hot Topics in Neuroscience (Neural Circuits)
Moderator:Toni Pak, Ph.D. (LUC)
Graduate student members chose the panel of Chicago neuroscientists

Jon Grant, J.D., M.D., University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
“Targeting Neurocognition in the Treatment of Gambling Disorder”

Jason MacLean, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Department of Neurobiology
“Emergent properties of neural circuits:  observation and analysis of functional networks in sensory neocortex”

Tom Bozza, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Department of Neurobiology
“Genetic dissection of odor representations in the mouse”

Jhumku Kohtz, Ph.D., Lurie Children’s Research Center, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
“Evf2 lncRNA controls seizure susceptibility in mice”

Hans Breiter, M.D., Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
TBA

3:30-4:00 PM - Coffee Break - Atrium, 3rd Floor

Poster Viewing
Remove posters by 4:00 PM

4:10-5:45 PM - Graduate Student Symposium - Room A

Selected Graduate Student Talks from six Chicago area medical/graduate schools
Moderator: Monsheel Sodhi, Ph.D. (UIC)

6:00-7:00 PM - Business Meeting & Reception - Room A & Atrium, respectively
Announcement of awards, recognition and election results immediately followed by the "EtOH Receptor Binding Study" Social

Click HERE for a Meeting Overview Schedule for the Chicago Chapter SfN 2014 annual meeting.

Click HERE for a program flyer for the Chicago Chapter SfN 2014 annual meeting.

CSfN 2014 Annual Meeting Summary

The Society for Neuroscience Chicago Chapter’s (CSfN) 2014 Annual Meeting was held on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This year's annual meeting was a success because CSfN met its overall goals for the year:

  1. Increase meeting attendance by diversifying our scientific format.
  2. Strengthen focus on trainee involvement and research participation at all career levels.
  3. Institute mentoring and career developmental opportunities for trainees.
  4. Expand brain awareness support for undergraduate activities in the Chicago area.
  5. Strongly support K-12 neuroscience education and outreach in the Chicago area.
  6. Maintain an effective web presence that serves as a hub for neuroscience advocacy and information dissemination.
  7. Maintain and further bolster CSfN's solid financial condition.

Moreover, the 2014 annual meeting was a huge success due to our record-breaking 450 attendees! Even more importantly, the meeting stood out for the quality of speakers and its career development and mentoring focus of its younger trainee members. We are thankful to the 63 institutions that participated in this year's annaul meeting (click HERE for full list).

Before the start of the meeting, the Keynote Lecturer (Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.) and Presidential Symposium speaker (Harry Orr, Ph.D.) convened a Mentoring Panel, where undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and young neuroscientists obtained useful advice about careers in science.

The meeting officially kicked off with a special address from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL), who is a staunch supporter of scientific research. Research funds for Neuroscience are obtained from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Senator Durbin introduced a bill, the American Cures Act, this year in the Senate to increase NIH funding every year at a rate of inflation plus 5 percent. Senator Durbin’s remarks offered a hopeful and optimistic future for U.S. research in preserving the U.S.’s leadership in scientific innovation and discovery.

With the tone of the meeting set, the Presidential Symposium and Keynote Lecture followed. These neuroscientific presentations of innovative research by “the rock stars of neuroscience,” as stated by Shubhik DebBurman, Ph.D., the President of CSfN, in his introductory remarks, focused on neurodegenerative diseases.

To begin the Presidential Symposium, Donald Cleveland, Ph.D., of University of California, San Diego, spoke about advancements in molecular genetics and cell biology knowledge of motor neuron disease. Carla Shatz, Ph.D., of Stanford University, then presented her work on development neurobiology and how understanding the way the brain develops can lead to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease in adults. To finish the Symposium, Harry Orr, Ph.D., of University of Minnesota, presented his work on the molecular genetics of mammalian development and neurodegenerative diseases and therapies that could arise from studying basic science of spinocerebellar ataxia.

To bring it all together, the 2009 National Medal of Science winner, Susan Lindquist, Ph.D., of the Whitehead Institute at M.I.T., presented an astounding Keynote Lecture of using yeast cells to discover mechanisms of and treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Dr. Lindquist is a world-renown molecular biologist, with many top tier publications. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Her credentials confirm her expertise in neuroscience. Dr. Lindquist’s talk underscored the importance of basic biomedical science to develop innovative therapies for the treatment of human diseases.

During lunch, Diversity in Careers: Themed Lunch Tables, a new event at CSfN annual meeting, was held. This event had neuroscientists in non-academic careers, such as careers in teaching, corporate, government/non-profit, and administration/law, advising other neuroscientists in career options outside of the “ivory tower.” Participants included undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and young investigators that were interested in unique career options available to neuroscientists.

In addition, Chicagoland and Midwest neuroscientists had the opportunity to showcase their research. This event is extremely popular, and leads to constructive scientific dialogue while fostering local collaborations. Some of the abstract presentations involved undergraduate and graduate students, and postdocs participating in poster competitions. In these competitions, judges anonymously judged the competitors on their scienctific knowledge and presentation skills pertaining to the competitors' posters. A list of the winners can be found HERE.

For the second year in a row, CSfN invited sixteen Chicago Public School (CPS) science teachers to the annual meeting, by partnering with Northwestern University Brain Awareness organization (NUBAO) to conduct a Brain Awareness Teachers Workshop. The purpose of the Brain Awareness Teachers Workshop was to expose CPS teachers to a variety of easily-implementable, engaging, yet didactic, hands-on neuroscience activities that the teachers themselves could bring into their own classrooms to educate students about the brain. The workshop aimed to increase the participants’ background knowledge regarding the brain, demonstrated and trained participants on how to implement neuroscience activities, provided access to supplies and teaching resources, and instilled confidence in bringing neuroscience into the classroom in a fun and engaging manner. All Teachers attended the Keynote Lecture, participated in a Lunch-&-Learn session with Lise Eliot, Ph.D., of Rosalind Franklin University, who led a discussion on whether cognitive differences exist between the ways boys and girls learn, followed by specific brain-based pedagogical teaching sessions for the rest of the afternoon.

After lunch, a Plenary Afternoon Symposium entitled, “Hot Topics in Neuroscience (Neural Circuits),” was held. CSfN revamped the afternoon scientific session format. Instead of the traditional two concurrent mini-symposia held in previous years, CSfN switched to one major afternoon plenary symposium that would focus on Chicago's best neuroscience research based on a single theme. Instead of faculty councilors leading the selection of themes and speakers, CSfN provided that charge to CSfN graduate student and postdoctoral members (a sub-committee was formed represented by those who won the poster competitions the previous year).  The afternoon symposium features five of Chicago's best neuroscientists on the theme: Neural Circuits.  The revamped Plenary Afternoon Symposium was a great success and it allowed local neuroscientists to present their work to the vibrant Chicagoland neuroscience community.

The scientific portion of the CSfN annual meeting ended with presentations from future neuroscientists in the Graduate Student Symposium, which featured short talks by six students, once each from the six main medical schools and academic partners of CSfN (University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Rush University, and Rosalind Franklin University). This is one of CSfN's oldest events and is highly competitive. A list of winners can be found HERE. All graduate symposium participants met with the Keynote Lecturer Dr. Lindquist for a special lunch.

The 2014 Chicago Brain Bee was held on January 24 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and it is a competition that tests knowledge in neuroscience including such topics as intelligence, memory, emotion, stress, aging, sleep, and neurological diseases of high school students. CSfN members attended the Brain Bee, and CSfN provided financially support for the travel of the 2014 Chicago Brain Bee winner (Rajath Salegame, Waubonsie Valley High School) for the 2014 USA National Brain Bee Championship held in Washington D.C. (March 14, 2014).  Rajath went on the place 4th at the national level. CSfN invited the three (two attended) 2014 Chicago Brain Bee prize winners to attend CSfN's 2014 annual meeting by paying their registration, and CSfN recognized the three students formally at our business meeting. A list of winners can be found HERE.

Together, the four competitions allowed students/postdocs to learn to present scientific data, receive scientific input, and network with peers and senior scientists to help in their professional development. We have nominated the winners of the Graduate Student Symposium and the Postdoctoral Competition for the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting chapter travel awards for those categories.

Congratulations to the winners of all four CSfN competitions and the 2014 Chicago Brain Bee. The complete list of all winners can be found HERE.

The annual meeting concluded with a business meeting and "EtOH Receptor Binding Study" Social. In the business meeting, the new CSfN Executive Committee (click here for a list of the new committee members) and poster/symposium winners were announced. During the Social, local neuroscientists had an opportunity to unwind and socialize (not everything has to be about neuroscience!).

The 2013-2014 CSfN Executive Committee put a great deal of hard work to make this one the most successful meetings in CSfN history, and we hope that the local neuroscientists had a great experience. However, this hard work would have been for naught if not for the fervent support from our corporate and academic sponsors. The CSfN Executive Committee sincerely thanks our sponsors for their continued support.

See you next year at the CSfN’s 2015 Annual Meeting!

Shubhik DebBurman, Ph.D.
CSfN President
Lake Forest College

Michael Calik, Ph.D.
CSfN Website Administrator
University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Mentoring Panel: Dr. Lindquest (right) and Dr. Orr (left).

 

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (IL) opening CSfN's 2014 Annual Meeting with remarks about increasing scientific research funds (left), and chatting with Drs. Shatz and Cleveland (right).

 

CSfN President, Dr. DebBurman, refering to the Keynote Lecture and Predidential Symposim speakers as, "the rockstars of neuroscience," in his intoductory remarks.

 

The "rockstars of neuroscience." Presdiential Symposium speakers: Dr. Cleveland (top left), Dr. Shatz (top right), and Dr. Orr (bottom left). Keynote Lecture speaker: Dr. Lindquist (bottom right).

 

Packed house: chicagoland and Midwest neuroscientists enjoying the "rockstars" of the Presidential Symposium and Keynote Lecture.

 

Diversity in Careers: Themed Lunch Tables; neuroscientists in non-academic careers advising young neurosceintists on career options.

 

Chicagoland and Midwest neuroscientists presenting their research in poster form.

 

Dr. Lindquist with doctorate students that participated in the Graduate Student Symposium.

 

Thank you for continued support from our corporate vendors and academic sponsors!

 

Dr. DebBurman, CSfN President, announcing during the business meeting that the CSfN 2015 Annaul meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

 

Posters must be no bigger than 3' X 5'.

March 29th, 2012
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Conference Center
251 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL.


Keynote Speaker

Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
"Conscious and Unconscious Memory Systems of the Mammalian Brain"

 

Plexon presents Presidential Symposium – In Vivo Imaging

Marcus Raichle, M.D., Washington University
"The Restless Brain"

 

Garret D. Stuber, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
"Optogenetic Control of Brain Reward Circuits"

 

Daniel Dombeck, Ph.D., Northwestern University
"Functional Imaging of Neuronal Micro-Circuits in Awake Behaving Mice"


Concurrent Afternoon Symposia

Ion Channels: From Melody to Malady

 

Psychiatric Disorders

CSfN 2013 - THURSDAY, MARCH 7

251 E. Huron Street, Northwestern memorial Hospital

8:00-10:00 AM - Registration/Continental Breakfast - 3rd Floor

8:00-9:00 AM - Undergraduate Meeting - Room F

8:00-9:00 AM - Poster and Vendor Display Set Up - Atrium, 3rd Floor

8:00-4:00 PM - Poster Viewing and Vendor Display - Atrium, 3rd Floor

All posters MUST be down by 4:00 PM.

9:00-11:00 AM - PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM - Room A

Stem Cell Therapy: Advances & Challenges.
Chair: Dean M. Hartley, Ph.D.

Arnold Kriegstein, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF
Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center
of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research
Neural stem and progenitor cells in human cortical development and evolution

John Kessler, M.D., Northwestern University
Director of the Northwestern University Stem Cell Institute
Stem and progenitor cells in the adult brain – Restoring aging related declines in memory

Sally Temple, Ph.D., The Neural Stem Cell Institute
Co-Founder and Scientific Director
CNS stem cell transplantation – The eyes have It

11:00-12:00 PM - KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Room A

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D., M.I.T.
Stem Cells, Pluripotency, and Nuclear Programming

12:00-2:00 PM - Lunch Break

12:00-2:00 PM - Postdoctoral/Graduate/Undergraduate Poster Competitions - Atrium, 3rd Floor

12:15-1:15 PM - Dr. Jaenisch and Graduate Student Symposium Participants Lunch - Room E

2:00-3:30 PM - Graduate Student Symposium - Room A

Selected Graduate Student Presentations
Chair: Shubhik DebBurman, P.h.D. and Shunbin Zhu, Ph.D.

3:30-4:00 PM - Coffee Break

Poster Viewing - Atrium, 3rd Floor
Remove posters by 4:00 PM

4:15-5:45 PM - CONCURRENT AFTERNOON SYMPOSIA

Symposium 1 - Chair: Saverio Gentile, Ph.D., and Keith Fargo, Ph.D. - Pritzker Auditorium

Hormonal Regulation of Nervous System Function

4:15-4:45 PM - Lydia Don Carlos, Ph.D. - Loyola University Chicago
Sexual differentiation of developing brain: New rules?

4:45-5:15 PM - Richard J. Miller, Ph.D. - Northwestern University
Chemokine regulator of neuronal activity and development

5:15-5:45 PM - Leah H. Rubin, Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Chicago
Sex-specific association between peripheral oxytocin symptoms and emotion perception in schizophrenia
 

Symposium 2 - Chair: Valerie Kilman, Ph.D., and Lynne Rueter, Ph.D. - Room A

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Fred Turek, Ph.D. - Northwestern University

Martha Gillette, Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel Margoliash, Ph.D. - University of Chicago
 

6:00-7:00 PM - Reception and Business Meeting - Atrium and Room A, respectively
Announcement of awards, recognition and election results immediately followed by the "EtOH Receptor Binding Study" Social

Click HERE for a Meeting Overview Schedule for the Chicago Chapter SfN 2013 annual meeting.

 

Click HERE for a program flyer for the Chicago Chapter SfN 2013 annual meeting.

Rudolph Jaenisch, M.D.

Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., 68-132
Cambridge, MA 02139
Website: https://biology.mit.edu/people/rudolf_jaenisch

Faculty Member
Whitehead Institute
Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
Website: http://wi.mit.edu/people/faculty/jaenisch

Phone: (617) 258-5186
Email: jaenisch@wi.mit.edu

 

Title of talk: "Stem Cells, Pluripotency, and Nuclear Programming"

Dr. Rudolph Jaenisch, Professor of Biology at M.I.T. and a Whitehead Founding Member, focuses on understanding epigenetic regulation of gene expression (the biological mechanisms that affect how genetic information is converted into cell structures but that don’t alter the genes in the process). Most recently, this work has led to major advances in our understanding of embryonic stem cells and “induced pluripotent stem” (IPS) cells, which appear identical to embryonic stem cells but can be created from adult cells without using an egg.

In 2007, the Jaenisch lab was one of three labs worldwide that reported successfully taking cells from mouse tails and reprogramming them into IPS cells, by over-expressing four master gene regulators. Later that year, the lab followed up by further manipulating IPS cells to treat sickle-cell anemia in mice, the first proof in principle of therapeutic use of such cells. In 2008, the lab reported that neurons derived from IPS cells successfully integrated into fetal mouse brains and reduced symptoms in a Parkinson’s disease rat model. In another experiment, researchers demonstrated that fully mature, differentiated mouse B cells can be reprogrammed to IPS cells.

Researchers are now studying ways to optimize the creation of IPS cells, including finding alternatives to the potentially cancer-causing retroviruses used to transform the adult cells into IPS cells.

In the long run, IPS cells offer major promise for use in regenerative medicine, potentially supporting the growth of healthy cells and tissues derived from a patient’s own cells. Closer in time, the cells will allow scientists to transfer complex human diseases into Petri dishes for study, taking a first step toward analyzing the conditions and developing a therapies.

In addition to its stem cell work, Jaenisch’s lab is investigating epigenetic mechanisms for certain types of cancer and for brain development, studying how conditions such as Rett Syndrome occur.

Jaenisch received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Munich in 1967. Before coming to Whitehead, he was head of the Department of Tumor Virology at the Heinrich Pette Institute at the University of Hamburg. He has coauthored more than 375 research papers and has received numerous prizes and recognitions, including an appointment to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003.

CLICK HERE for Dr. Rudolph Jaenisch's CV.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Conference Center
251 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D., M.I.T.
Stem Cells, Pluripotency, and Nuclear Programming

 

PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM

Stem Cell Therapy: Advances & Challenges

Arnold Kriegstein, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF
Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center
of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research

John Kessler, M.D., Northwestern University
Director of the Northwestern University Stem Cell Institute

Sally Temple, Ph.D., The Neural Stem Cell Institute
Co-Founder and Scientific Director

 

CONCURRENT AFTERNOON SYMPOSIA

Hormonal Regulation of Nervous System Function
Chair: Saverio Gentile, Ph.D., and Keith Fargo, Ph.D.

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Chair: Valerie Kilman, Ph.D., and Lynne Rueter, Ph.D.

 

Click HERE for program flyer for the Chicago Chapter SfN 2013 annual meeting.

Our Annual Scientific Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at DePaul University.

Registration, Poster presentation, Exhibitors, and afternoon Simposia will take place in the Student Center.
Morning Lectures will take place in the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)

Addresses:
Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-3298

Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)
2320 N. Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

For public transportation directions go to RTA

Get driving directions at Google maps .

Parking is avilable at a reduce rate ($8) at 2330 N. Clifton (when exiting the parking garage show your name tag ID for a parking discount). All others DePaul’s parking lots are available at a regular rate ($12).

 


Registration has now been closed for our 2012 meeting.

Larry R. Squire, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161-116B
Phone #: (858) 642-3628
FAX #: (858) 552-7457
E-mail: lsquire@ucsd.edu
Website: http://whoville.ucsd.edu/

Title of Talk: "Conscious and Unconscious Memory Systems of the Mammalian Brain"

Dr. Larry R. Squire is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego. He did his undergraduate work at Oberlin College. He then received his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and did postdoctoral study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before coming to UCSD. Dr. Squire is recognized internationally for his research investigating the organization and neurological foundations of memory. His work has involved the study of neurological patients, neuroimaging, nonhuman primates and rodents, and combines the traditions of cognitive science and neuroscience. His publications include more than 450 scientific research articles, and two books: Memory and Brain (Oxford Press, 1987), and Memory: From Mind to Molecules, 2nd Edition with Eric Kandel (Roberts & Company, 2009). He is Senior Editor of the textbook Fundamental Neuroscience, 3rd Edition and the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (Elsevier, 2009). He served as Secretary of the Society for Neuroscience (1988-1990), and President (1993-1994). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a William James Fellow of the American Psychological Society, recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the William Middleton Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Education, the McGovern Award (American Association for the Advancement of Science ), the Karl Lashley Prize (American Philosophical Society), the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award for Medical Research, and the Howard Crosby Warren Medal (Society of Experimental Psychologists).

8:00-10:00

Registration

9:00-10:45

Plexon Presents:  Presidential Symposium – In Vivo Imaging
Chaired by Dean M. Hartley, Ph.D.

Title: The Restless Brain
Marcus Raichle, M.D.
Professor, Dept. of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Title: Optogenetic Control of Brain Reward Circuits
Garret D. Stuber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Cell and Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Title: Functional Imaging of Neuronal Micro-Circuits in Awake Behaving Mice
Daniel Dombeck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

11:00-12:00

Keynote Speaker

Title: Conscious and Unconscious Memory Systems of the Mammalian Brain
Larry R. Squire, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology University of California, San Diego, CA

12:00-2:00

Lunch Break and Competitive Poster Viewing

Undergraduate Student Poster Competition
Chaired by Dr. Irina Calin-Jageman

Graduate Student Poster Competition
Chaired by Dr. Scott Counts

Post-Doctoral Fellow Poster Competition
Chaired by Dr. Amiel Rosenkranz

2:00-3:30

Graduate Student Symposium
Co-Chaired by Shubhik DebBurman, Ph.D. and Cynthia Von Zee, Ph.D.

3:30-4:15

Coffee Break/Poster Viewing

4:15-5:45

Concurrent Afternoon Symposia:

Symposium 1: Ion Channels: From Melody to Malady
Chaired by Saverio Gentile, Ph.D.

Title: Re-channeling Clinically Used M-Current Activators to Treat Cerebral Vasospasm
Kenneth Byron, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Loyola University

Title: Ion Channel Phosphorylopathy: a link between genomic variation and human disease
Saverio Gentile, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Loyola University

Title: Calcium, Neurodegeneration and Parkinson's disease
James Surmeier, Ph.D.
Chairman and Professor, Dept of Physiology, Northwestern University

Symposium 2: Psychiatric Disorders
Chaired by Joanna Bakowska Ph.D., and Lynne Rueter, Ph.D.

Title: Neuroimmune and Neuroendocrine Function in Depression and Suicide
Ghanshyam N. Pandey, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago

Title: A Novel Mouse Model for Aspects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago

Title: Using Psychophysiology and Neuroscience to Understand the Underlying Emotional Mechanisms in Depression and Related Disorders
Stewart A. Shankman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois, Chicago

6:00-7:00

Reception and Business Meeting Announcement of Awards, Recognition, and Business Meeting

For a complete overview of the meeting including times and rooms, view the meeting overview PDF.

CSfN Scientific Meeting
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E. Huron, Chicago IL
Link to meeting site: http://g.co/maps/efmsf

Parking at 222 E. Huron St., $10 for 8 hr with validation in registration packet.

Site and Parking Map

 

 

Get involved in making the Chicago SfN a productive forum for Chicago area researchers by nominating a councilor.

Nominations for councilor replacements are now open. Nominate yourself or someone else for two year. Nominees will be elected during our spring annual meeting.

If you would like to inquire about chapter activities or are interested in joining the Chicago Chapter SfN please contact:

Chapter President :

Shubhik K. DebBurman, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
Lake Forest College
555 North Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Office: (847) 735-6040
Fax: (847) 735-6194

Chapter Secretaries:

Sylvia Perez, Ph.D.                                             Michelle Hastings, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor                                            Assistant Professor
Neurological Sciences                                       Cell Biology & Anatomy
Rush University                                                    Rosalind Franklin University
1735 W. Harrison St.                                           3333 Green Bay Rd.
Chicago, IL 60612                                               North Chicago, IL 60064
Office: (312) 563-3580                                       Office:( 847) 578.8517
                                                                                Fax: (847) 578.3253

Treasurer:

Toni Pak, PhD

Assistant Professor     
Cell and Molecular Physiology
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
2160 S. First Avenue, Bldg. 102/Rm 6646
Maywood, IL 60153
Office: (708) 216-5183
Fax: (708) 216-5558

The mission of the Society for Neuroscience Chicago Chapter shall be to advance and promote our understanding of the peripheral and central nervous system in association with the affairs of the Society for Neuroscience through scientific and educational activities conducted within the Chicago metropolitan area. By providing an annual public forum, this organization will serve to facilitate: (a) promotional education in the neurosciences (b) networking among Chicago area scientists and (c) dissemination to the general public of cutting-edge research advancements in neuroscience-related disciplines.
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University of Chicago

 

University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Northwestern University

 

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Checks should be made out to “Chicago Neuroscience Meeting” and mailed to CSfN Treasurer:

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Treasurer, Chicago Chapter, Society for Neuroscience
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
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2160 S. First Ave., Bldg. 102-5645
Maywood, IL 60153

About the Chicago Brain Bee

The Brain Bee is a competition that tests knowledge in neuroscience including such topics as cells of the nervous system and how they communicate with one another, neuroanatomy, brain-behavior relationships (e.g. the neural basis of learning and memory, emotion, stress, sleep) and neurological diseases. It helps motivate our youth to learn about the brain, capture their imagination, and inspire them to pursue careers in biomedical brain research.

Every year more than fifty local Brain Bees are held throughout the US in a search for the “best brain”. The winners of the locals are invited to participate in the US National Brain Bee competition. This competition has been so exciting that it has expanded to many other countries and the winner of each national will compete in the International Brain Bee.

Why participate?

The Chicago Brain Bee is more than a competition – it is a daylong event designed to expose high school students to primary neuroscience research and introduce students to professors and graduate students actively leading neuroscience research programs. Participants will hear talks from leaders in the field, meet graduate students and learn of the many different pathways taken to a career in neuroscience. Tours led by graduate students will take participants to see cutting edge neuroscience research in action.

The Brain Bee competition is a great opportunity for high school students to expose themselves to more difficult reading materials than they may find in their high schools. Participating students are eligible to win cash prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers) but all can network and potentially obtain research internships.

Who can participate?

Any high school/home student from grades 9 to 12 is eligible to compete in the Chicago Brain Bee. We encourage family, friends, teachers and other classmates to support participants and join them in the competition.

The Chicago Brain Bee

This year’s Chicago Brain Awareness Day in conjunction with the Chicagoland Brain Bee Competition will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The competition itself will involve a paper exam. The top 15 students based on the written exam will go on to compete in the oral exam. It consists of several Oral Question and Answer Elimination rounds. In every round, each student is asked a different question that requires a one word or phrase answer. Competitors are eliminated when they accumulate three wrong answers until only one is left standing.

How can you prepare?

Students can prepare by studying Brain Facts, a resource published by the Society for Neuroscience.

How can you register?

It’s free to participate!!!! Just CLICK HERE for registration and fill in the details. After registering, students will receive directions to UIC and additional information. Registration closes January 10, 2014. Address questions to Natalia Marangoni.

CLICK HERE for the 2014 Chicago Brain Bee flyer.

President

:

Shubhik Debburman, Ph.D.

Lake Forest College

Website

(847) 735-6040

President-Elect

Dorothy Kozlowski, Ph.D.

DePaul University

Website

(773) 325-2191

   

Secretary

Michelle Hastings, Ph.D.

Rosalind Franklin University

Website

(847) 578-8517

Secretary-Past

Sylvia Perez, Ph.D.

Rush University

 

(312) 563-3580

 

 

Treasurer

Toni Pak, Ph.D.

Loyola University Chicago

Website

(708) 216-5183

Treasurer-Elect

Miriam Domowicz. Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Website

(773) 702 9355

 

Second Year Councilors

Ellen Andrews Ph.D.

Midwestern University

Website

(630) 515-6130

Lydia DonCarlos, Ph.D.

Loyola University Chicago

Website

(708) 216-4975

Monsheel Sodhi, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Website

(312) 355-5949

Hongkyun Kim, Ph.D.

Rosalind Franklin University

Website

(847) 578-3442

Dan Nicholson, Ph.D.

Rush University

Website

(312) 942-5418

Min Zhang, Ph.D.

Abbvie, Inc.

 

 

   

First Year Councilors

Eileen Foecking, Ph.D.

Loyola University Chicago

Website

 

Moran Cerf, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Website

(847) 491-3522

Liming Li, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Website

(312) 503-4420

Janis Eells, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Website

(608) 215-5405

Sara Weisenbach, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Website

(312) 413-4470

Dmitri Boudko, Ph.D.

Rosalind Franklin University

Website

(847) 578-8359

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Persons, Ph.D.

Rush University

 

(312) 563-2416

Cindy Voisine, Ph.D.

Northeastern Illinois University

Website

(773) 442-5745

Irina Calin-Jageman, Ph.D.

Dominican University

Website

(708) 524-6596

Sarah London, Ph.D.

University of Chicago

Website

(773) 834-4302

   

Guest Councilor

Sally McIver, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Website

(312) 503-1873

   

Undergraduate Program Liaison

Naomi Wentworth, Ph.D.

Lake Forest College

Website

847-735-5256

   

Postdoctoral Councilors

Evelyn Nwabuisi-Heath, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Website

 

Michael Calik, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Website

(312) 413-8461


Shreaya Chakroborty, Ph.D.

Rosalind Franklin University

Website

(847) 578-3000 x3529

   

Website Administrator

Yuan-Shih Jennifer Hu, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

 

 

 

ACADEMIC SPONSOR LEVEL

Sponsors of the Graduate Student Symposium

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Neuroscience Institute

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program (NUIN)

 

ACADEMIC PARTNER LEVEL

Loyola University Chicago
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Pharmacology
Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology
Department of Research Services

University of Illinois at Chicago - 2014 Brain Bee Sponsor
Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Northwestern University
Department of Neurology
Department of Neurobiology

University of Chicago
Graduate Program in Neurobiology
Graduate program in Computational Neuroscience

Rosalind Franklin University
Department of Neurobiology
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Rush University Medical Center
Department of neurological Sciences

 

ACADEMIC FRIEND LEVEL

Lake Forest College - Sponsors of the Undergraduate Poster Competition

Rush University Medical Center
Department of Pharmacology

DePaul University
Department of Biological Sciences

Our Annual Scientific Meeting will take place on March 24, 2011 at DePaul University.

Registration, Poster presentation, Exhibitors, and afternoon Simposia will take place in the Student Center.
Morning Lectures will take place in the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)

Addresses:
Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-3298

Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)
2320 N. Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

For public transportation directions go to RTA

Get driving directions at Google maps .

Parking is avilable at a reduce rate ($8) at 2330 N. Clifton (when exiting the parking garage show your name tag ID for a parking discount). All others DePaul’s parking lots are available at a regular rate ($12).

Final Program
Thursday, March 24, 2011
DePaul University
Lincoln Park Campus

8:00-10:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast – 1st floor hallway

8:00-9:00 Poster setup – Room 120 A/B
Presidential Symposium – SAC 154

9:00-10:45 ”Consequences of Stress on the CNS”
Chaired by Evan B. Stubbs, Jr., Ph.D.
Co-Chaired by Toni Pak, Ph.D.

Physiologic and Metabolic Effects of Chronic Social Stress in Rats
Randall Sakai, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati

Long-term Biological and Psychological Sequelae of Early Life Stress
Tanja Jovanovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Sweating the Small Stuff: Stress Effects in Medial Prefrontal Cortex
Cara Wellman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

Keynote Speaker – SAC 154

11:00-12:00 “Orchestrating the Stress Response: A Symphony in B (or F)”
James Herman, Ph.D.
Director of Neuroscience Graduate Program. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati

Lunch 1st floor hallway – Room 120 A/B
12:00-2:00 Lunch and Poster Viewing/Judging
Undergraduate Competition: Organized by Irina Calin-Jageman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Competition: Organized by Scott Counts, Ph.D.

Graduate Student Symposium – Room 314 A/B
2:00-3:30 Graduate Student Talks
Chaired by Leslie Matuszewich, Ph.D.
Coffee Break 1st floor hallway – Room 120 A/B
3:30-4:15 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Symposium 1 – Room 314 A.
4:15-5:45 “ Systems and Computational Neuroscience”
Chaired by Konrad Kording, Ph.D.
Co-Chaired by Joanna Bakowska, Ph.D.

Temporal integration of an olfactory perceptual decision in human orbitofrontal cortex
Jay Gottfried, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Northwestern University

Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Categorization and Decision Making
David Freedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

Slow integration and long-lasting persistent firing in inhibitory interneurons
Nelson Spruston, Ph.D., Professor, Dept Neurobiology & Physiology, Northwestern University

Symposium 2 – Room 314 B
4:15-5:45 “Molecular Advancements in Alzheimer’s Disease “
Chaired by Grace Stutzmann, Ph.D.
Co-Chaired by Robert Marr, Ph.D. and Sandra Chimon-Peszek, Ph.D.

Regulation of BACE1 endocytic trafficking and axonal transport
Gopal Thinakaran, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

New neurons in an old brain: a weak link in Alzheimer’s disease
Orly Lazarov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Structural Studies of Neurotoxic Amyloid Aggregates for Alzheimer’s β-Amyloid by Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy
Yoshitaka Ishii, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago

6:00-7:00 Business Meeting and ReceptionRoom 120 A/B Announcement of Awards, Recognition, Business Meeting and Social “EtOH Receptor Binding Study”

Note: Undergraduate students participating in poster competition meet in Room SAC 154 for breakfast. Graduate Student Symposium participants meet in Room 315 for lunch with Keynote Speaker. Undergraduate poster competition participants contact Dr. Calin-Jageman (icalinjageman@dom.edu). Graduate Students poster competition participants contact Dr. Counts (scounts@rush.edu). Postdoctoral poster competition participants contact Dr. DebBurman (debburman@lfc.edu).

Please remove posters by no later than 4:30PM.

For a printable form of this program click here

 

 

Dr. JAMES HERMAN

 


Director of Neuroscience Graduate Program. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati

 


 

Dr. James Herman earned his B.S. in Chemistry/Psychology at Hobart College and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1987, from the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Dr. Herman was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan. He began his career in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky, where he was an Assoicate Professor and the James and Barbara Holsinger Chair of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Dr. Herman joined the University of Cincinnati faculty in 2000 and is currently the Director of the Laboratory of Stress Neurobiology and Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Herman’s major research interests include examining the relationship between the physiological actions of central nervous system stress circuits and their place in the central nervous system. Present studies focus on: 1) limbic system regulation of the stress response and, consequently, on the generation of stress-related disorders, ranging from major depressive illness to essential hypertension to neurodegeneration and aging, and 2) defining the role of central adrenocorticosteroid receptors in transducing stress-related signals in normal physiology, aging and disease states.

 

Our Annual Scientific Meeting will take place on March 26, 2009 at DePaul University.

Registration, Poster presentation, Exhibitors, and afternoon Simposia will take place in the Student Center.
Morning Lectures will take place in the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)

Addresses:
Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-3298

Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)
2320 N. Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Keynote Grass Lecture

“Circuit Neuromics: The New Path to Understanding the Genetics and Neural Causes of Mood Disorders”

Dr. Huda Akil

Professor of Neurosciences,
Department of Psychiatry,
University of Michigan



Huda Akil, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Professor and Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, and the c -Director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Insitute. Dr. Akil has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the neurobiology of emotions, including pain, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Early on, she focused on the role of the endorphins and their receptors in pain and stress responsiveness. Dr. Akilʻs scientific contributions have been recognized with numerous honors and awards. These include the Pacesetter Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 1993, and with Dr. Stanley Watson, the Pasarow Award for Neuroscience Research in 1994. In 1998, she received the Sachar Award from Columbia University and the Bristol Myers Squibb Unrestricted Research Funds Award. Dr. Akil is the past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (1998) and the past President of the Society for Neuroscience (2004), the largest neuroscience organization in the world that includes over 35,000 members. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000. In 1994, she was elected to the membership of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences and is currently a member of its Council. More recently (2004), she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Akil Laboratory focuses on two research areas: the brain biology of stress and depression, and the biology of endorphins and other molecules related to substance abuse. In each of these areas, the lab takes a broad based approach, examining the system at a cellular, molecular and integrative level. In studying stress and mood disorders, the Akil Laboratory and the Watson Laboratory have described the brain circuits which underly responses to stress and the termination of the stress response, as well as the specific molecules expressed within these circuits. The group has recently focused on differences in brain responses as a function of the subjects ability to control the stressful situation. In human studies, the endocrine dysregulation seen in depressed subjects has been the subject of intensive investigation. More recently, the differential impact of a social stressor on depressed subjects versus controls is being investigated.

In the arena of endorphins, the Akil-Watson group has cloned two of the opioid receptors, and is actively involved in studying their unique pharmacology, their expression, their molecular structure, and their involvement in specific circuits which contribute to the development and maintenance of addictive behavior. The feature which most clearly characterizes this research approach is the integration of numerous tools and research strategies in an effort to understand the biological bases of emotional behavior and to use this understanding to approach the study of human emotions, in both health and disease.

PROGRAM
MARCH 26, 2009
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

8:00-10:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast – 1st floor hallway

8:00-9:00 Poster setup – Room 120 A/B

Presidential Symposium – SAC 154
Challenges for Neuroscientists in the 21st century-
Chaired by Dr. George H. DeVries, Hines VA Hospital/University of Illinois at Chicago

9:00-9:15 Welcoming remarks
9:15-9:45 Funding challenges- Dr. John W. Kusiak, Director Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Program IBIDB, Division of Extramural Research NIDCR, NIH
9:45-10:15 Ethical Challenges- Dr. R. DeVries, University of Michigan
10:15-10:45 Publication challenges- Dr. G. Lees,- founding editor and publisher The Scientific World

Keynote Speaker – SAC 154
11:00-12:00 “Circuit Neuromics: The New Path to Understanding the Genetics and Neural Causes of Mood Disorders”
Dr. Huda Akil, University of Michigan

Lunch 1st floor hallway – Room 120 A/B
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Poster. Viewing/Judging

Graduate Student Symposium Room 314 A/B
1:00-1:15 Welcome/Introduction Comments by Dr. Evan Stubbs, Loyola University/Hines VA Hospital
1:15-2:30 Graduate Student Talks

Coffe Break 1st floor hallway – Room 120 A/B
2:30-3:00 Coffe Break and Poster

Symposium 1 – Room 314 A.

Neuronal Aspects of Chronic Pain: from Periphery to Brain.
Chaired by Dr. Marco Martina
3:00-3:25 “Pro-Nociceptive Actions of Chemokine Signaling in Models of Chronic Pain”
Dr. Fletcher White, Loyola University.
3:30-3:55 “Cellular reorganization of medial prefrontal cortex in a rat model of neuropathic pain”
Dr. Marco Martina, Northwestern University
4:00-4:25 “Cortical pathophysiology of chronic back pain: from representation to reorganization”
Dr. Marwan Baliki, Northwestern University.

Symposia 2 – Room 315

Visual neuroscience: from retina to behavior
Chaired by Joshua Singer
3:00-3:25 “Retinal pathways for parallel processing”
Dr. Steven DeVries, Northwestern University
3:30-3:55 “Subcortical representation of complex image features”
Dr. Naoum P. Issa, University of Chicago
4:00-4:25 “Combining rod and cone signals in visual pathways”
Dr. Dingcai Cao, University of Chicago

Symposia 3 – 314 B

Drug Addiction
Chaired by Xiu-Ti Hu
3:00-3:25 “The dark side of cognitive enhancers”
Dr. Heinz Steiner, Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Rosalind
Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School
3:30-3:55 “The cAMP pathway in reward-dependent learning”
Dr. Xiaoxi Zhuang, Dept. of Psychiatry, the University of Chicago,
4:00-4:25 “The critical role of hippocampal neurotrophic factor TrkB and glutamatergic NMDA receptors in amphetamine reward-mediated behavior”
Dr. T. Celeste Napier, Dept. of Pharmacology, Center for Compulsive Behaviors & Addiction, Rush University Med Center

Poster Presentations & Exibitors – Room 120 A/B
8:00-4:30 Poster Presentations

5:00-6:00 Reception – Room 314 A/B

EXIBITORS AT THIS YEAR’S MEETING

National Institute s of Health- NINDS
The Scientific World
MyNeuroLab
Invitrogen
Zeiss optical
Prarie System
Sutter
Stoelting Co.

“Connectomics in the Developing Nervous System”

Dr. Jeff W. Lichtman

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology,
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology,
Harvard University



Dr. Jeff W. Lichtman, M. D., Ph.D. has an AB from Bowdoin (1973), and an M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University (1980) where he worked until 2004, most recently as Professor of Neurobiology. In 2004 he moved to Harvard where he is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is also a member of the newly established Center for Brain Science. Lichtman’s research interests revolve around the question of how mammalian brains accommodate information based on their early experiences. He has focused on the dramatic rewiring of neural connections that takes place in early postnatal development. This work has required development of techniques to visualize the patterns of connections in the nervous system and how they are altered over time. He is interested in the mechanics that underlie synaptic competition between neurons that innervate the same target cell. Such competitive interactions are responsible for sharpening the patterns of neural connections during development and may also be important in learning and memory formation. His laboratory studies synaptic competition by visualizing synaptic rearrangements directly in living animal using modern optical imaging techniques. To study the branching patterns of developing circuits and their dynamics he have used transgenic animals in which individual neurons express spectral variants of fluorescent proteins. Branch patterning reorganizations can be monitor in this mice by time-lapse imaging in vivo. He has also randomized the amount of several different fluorescent proteins expressed in individual neurons (Brainbow transgenic mice) to sort out the wiring of many neurons simultaneously. To track axons long distances he developed image processing tools to identify the same axon in multiple images. The reconstructions show many surprises about the ways axons are organized and branch. Recently he developed automated methods for serial electron microscopy to do the same kind of analysis in the central nervous system based on a novel microtome and a scanning electron microscope approach.

Meeting Overview
Thursday, March 25, 2010
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
Lincoln Park Campus

8:00-10:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast – 1st floor hallway

8:00-9:00 Poster and vendor Display setup – Room 120 A/B

Presidential Symposium – SAC 154
9:00-10:45 “Traumatic Brain Injury”
Chaired by Evan B. Stubbs, Jr. Ph.D.
Co-Chaired by Dorothy Kozlowski, Ph.D.

“Imaging in TBI: The Search for a Central Mechanism of Injury”
Deborah M. Little, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology, The University of Illinois Medical Center

TBI – Phenotyping, Treatments, and Outcomes “
Romona Hicks, Ph.D., Program Director, Repair and Plasticity, NIH/NINDS

“Traumatic Brain Injury and the Developing Brain: Recent Research Advancements”
Mayumi L Prins, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Dept Neurosurgery; University of California Los Angeles

Keynote Speaker – SAC 154
11:00-12:00 “ Connectomics in the Developing Nervous System”
Jeff W. Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Lunch 1st floor hallway – Room 120 A/B
12:00-2:00 Lunch and Poster. Viewing/Judging
Undergraduate Competition; Organized by Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski
Postdoctoral Competition; Organized by Dr. David Rademacher

Graduate Student Symposium – Room 314 A/B
2:00-3:30 Graduate Student Talks
Chaired by Dean Hartley, Ph.D.

Coffee Break 1st floor hallway – Room 120 A/B
3:30-4:15 Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

Symposium 1 – Room 314 A.
4:15-5:45 “Neurodevelopmental Disorders”
Chaired by Anna Lysakowski, Ph.D.
Co-Chaired by Miriam Domowicz, Ph.D.

“Regulation of the fragile X mental retardation protein FMRP”
Stephanie Ceman, Ph.D., Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana

“Lissencephaly – Damaged Radial Glial Cell Function”
Yuanyi Feng, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology and Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

“Cortical circuitopathies in neurodevelopmental disorders”
Gordon Shepherd, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Symposia 2 – Room 314 B
4:15-5:45 “To Stall or Go the Distance: Insight into the Transport Disarray of Dementia”
Chaired by Patrizia LoPresti, M.D.
Co-Chaired by Beth Stutzmann, Ph.D.

“Microtubule-dependent cargo transport: model systems for analysis of transport disarray”
Vladimir I. Gelfand, Ph.D., Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

“Mechanisms underlying axonal transport defects in adult onset neurodegenerative diseases”
Gerardo Morfini, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Microtubule dynamics, kinesin activity, and the TUBB3 syndromes”
Dr. Mohan Gupta, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago

6:00-7:00 Business Meeting and ReceptionRoom 120 A/B Announcement of Awards, Recognition, Business Meeting and Social

Our Chicago Chapter Annual Meeting was held on March 27, 2008 at DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus Student Center.

We thank our keynote speaker Dr. Derek van der Kooy from the University of Toronto, Canada for his presentation on the “Formation and Functional Capacity of New Neural Cells in Adult CNS”.

The Presidential Symposium on Neurogenesis and Neurodegeneration was chaired by our president George deVries, with presentations from Dr. Jack Kessler, from Northwestern University on BMP Regulation of the Hippocampal Niche: How to Build a Smart and Happy Mouse”, Dr. Daniel A. Peterson from Rosalind Franklin University on “Psychosocial Modulation of Neurogenesis” and Dr. Gwendolyn Kartje, from Hines VA Hospital/ Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine on “Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke”. We greatly appreciate their participation.

During the morning session two concurrent symposium were organized by Dr. Leyla deToledo-Morrell from Rush University Medical Center on “Early Markers of Alzheimer’s Disease: Clinical, Molecular and Imaging Perspectives” and by Dr. Ernesto Bongarzone from University of Illinois at Chicago on “Myelin in Health and Disease”.

We thank all the speakers of these two sessions: Dr. M-Marsel Mesulam, Northwestern University; Dr. Lester Binder, Northwestern University; Dr. Elliott Mufson, Rush University Medical Center; Dr. Leyla deToledo-Morrell, Rush University Medical Center; Dr. Anthony Reder, University of Chicago; Dr. Roumen Balabanov, Rush University Medical Center; Dr. Howard Lipton, University of Illinois at Chicago and Dr. Fozia Mir, University of Illinois at Chicago

Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Student Competition Shilpa Ramaswamy and the runners up Cynthia Von Zee and William Chura and the winners of the Postdoc Poster Competition Dr. Irina Calin-Jageman and the runners up Dr. Hau-Jie Yau and Dr. Stephen Sammut.

At the Undergraduate level we congratulate Staci Vanderjack (University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign – Advisor: Dr. Greenough); Stephanie Valtierra (Lake Forest College – Advisor: Dr. DebBurman) and Laura Fornetti (Carthage College – Advisor: Dr. Seymoure).

Many thanks to Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski and Dr. Tess Briones for organizing these competitions.

The organization committee is very grateful for the on-site help of many students and post-docs during this meeting. Without your help the resounding success of our 2008 Annual Meeting would not have been possible!

Our Chicago Chapter Annual Meeting was held on March 26, 2009 at DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus Student Center.

We thank our keynote speaker Dr. Huda Akil, University of Michigan for her presentation on the “Circuit Neuromics: The New Path to Understanding the Genetics and Neural Causes of Mood Disorders”.

The Presidential Symposium on Challenges for Neuroscientists in the 21st Century was chaired by our president Dr.George deVries, with presentations from Dr. John W. Kusiak, Director Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Program IBIDB, Division of Extramural Research NIDCR, NIH on Funding Challenges, Dr. Raymond DeVries, University of Michigan on Ethical Challenges and Dr. Graham Lees, founding editor and publisher The Scientific World, on Publication Challenges. We greatly appreciate their participation.

Dr Graham Lees has sent the participants the following message:
“TheScientificWorld (TSW) would like to show its appreciation of your attending the SFN Chicago Chapter’s annual meeting and welcoming Graham Lees as a speaker.
If any participant finds a non-Open Access article he or she wants to read in TheScientificWorldJournal (TSWJ), then send an email to information@thescientificworld.com and TSW will send it to you for free. If any participant submits an article to TSWJ and it is accepted, then TSW will publish it on Open Access for free. Offers good from now to SfN in Chicago”
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During the afternoon three concurrent symposia were organized by Dr. Marco Martina, Dept. of Physiology, Northwestern University on “Neuronal Aspects of Chronic Pain: from Periphery to Brain”, Dr. Joshua Singer, Northwestern University on “Visual Neuroscience: from Retina to Behavior” and Dr. Xiu-Ti Hu, Department of Pharmacology, Rush University Medical Center on “Drug Addiction”.
We thank all the excellent speakers of these three sessions:
Dr. Fletcher White, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Loyola University
Dr. Marwan Baliki, Department of Physiology, Northwestern University
Dr. Steven DeVries, Departments of Ophthalmology and Physiology, Northwestern University
Dr. Naoum P. Issa, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Dr. Dingcai Cao, Section of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago
Dr. Heinz Steiner , Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School
Dr. Xiaoxi Zhuang, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago
Dr. T. Celeste Napier , Department of Pharmacology, Center for Compulsive Behaviors & Addiction, Rush University Medical Center

Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Student Competition:
First Place: Sarah Pollema (University of Illinois at Chicago- Advisor Dr. Scott Brady)
Second Place : Shanti Frausto (Northwestern University- Advisor Dr. Geoffrey Swanson)
Third Place: Katherine Soderstrom (Rush University- Advisor Dr. Jeffrey Kordower)

Congratulations to the winners of the Postdoc Poster Competition:
First Place: Dr. Malin Joksimovic (Northwestern University)
Second Place: Dr. Bich Duong (Rush University)
Third Place: Dr. Natalie Tronson (Northwestern University)

At the Undergraduate level we congratulate:
First Place: Mike Fiske (Lake Forest- Advisor Dr. Shubhik DebBurman)
Second Place: Mary Petrosko (Dominican University- Advisor Dr. Robert Calin-Jageman)
Third Place: Michael Collela (DePaul University- Advirsor Dr. Sandra Virtue) and Ray Choi (Lake Forest- Advisor Dr. Shubhik DebBurman)

Many thanks to Dr. Evan Stubbs, Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski and Dr. Dean Hartley for organizing these competitions.

The organization committee is very grateful for the on-site help of many students and post-docs during this meeting. Without your help the resounding success of our 2009 Annual Meeting would not have been possible!

Our Chicago Chapter Annual Meeting was held on March 25, 2010 at DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus Student Center.



We thank our keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University for his presentation on the “Connectomics in the Developing Nervous System”.




The Presidential Symposium on “Traumatic Brain Injury” was chaired by Dr. Evan Stubbs Jr. and Dr Dorothy Kozlowski, with presentations from Dr. Deborah M. Little, The University of Illinois Medical Center, Dr. Romona Hicks, Program Director, Repair and Plasticity, NIH/NINDS and Dr. Mayumi L Prins, University of California Los Angeles. We greatly appreciate their participation.




During the afternoon two concurrent symposia were organized by Dr. Anna Lysakowski and Dr. Miriam Domowicz on “Developmental Disorders” and Dr. Patrizia LoPresti
and Dr. Beth Stutzmann on “To Stall or Go the Distance: Insight into the Transport Disarray of Dementia”.
We thank all the excellent speakers of these three sessions:
Dr. Stephanie Ceman, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana
Dr. Yuanyi Feng, Department of Neurology and Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Gordon Shepherd, Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Vladimir I. Gelfand, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Gerardo Morfini, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Mohan Gupta, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago



Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Student Competition:

First Place ($250 plus nomination for travel award to 2010 SfN)
Margaret G. Distler, Greta Sokoloff, Abraham A. Palmer
The role of GIq1 in anxiety-like behavior
University of Chicago

Second Place ($150)
Sahadev Shankarappa, Erika Piedras-Renteria, Evan B. Stubbs, Jr.
Forced-exercise protects against altered voltage-gated calcium channel function in experimental diabetic neuropathy
Loyola University Chicago & Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Third Place ($100)
Aditiben Patel, Brinda Desai, Paul Carvey, Bill Hendey
An angiogenic inhibitor reduces dompamine neuron loss and neuroinflammation in an MPTP mouse model of Parkinson’s disease
Rush University Medical Center

 

 


Congratulations to the winners of the Postdoc Poster Competition:


First Place ($250 plus nomination for travel award to 2010 SfN)
C Von Zee and EB Stubbs, Jr.
Regulation of Rho G-protein expression and signaling by lovastatin in human trabecular meshwork cells
Loyola University Chicago & Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Second Place ($150)
J Wu, G Lei, M Mei, Y Tang, H Li
Characterization of a novel ER protein C20orf116 in the ER dynamics and stress response
Northwestern University

Third Place ($100)
DJ Morgan, BJ Davis, P Hawkins, AN Goldberg, SE Hastings, C Hathaway, and K Mackie
Mutation of phosphorylation sites involved in cannabinoid receptor (CB1) desensitization makes mice that are hyper-responsive to 9-THC.
Indiana University

 

 

 

At the Undergraduate level we congratulate:
First Place ($250)
T Lazicki, C Amick, JD Lewine
Somatosensory evoked magnetic fields following mild and moderate head trauma
Dominican University

Second Place ($150)
SC Peszek, ES Rohn, X Udad, A Abuaf, A Miller, F Hynes
Structural studies and neurotoxic effects of a soluble oligomer of the amyloid beta peptide fragment (22-35)
DePaul University

Third Place ($100)
B McBride, K Bonnick, IE Calin-Jageman, R Calin-Jageman
Quantitative analysis of changes in gene expression following long-term sensitization of the Aplysia tail-elicited siphon withdrawal reflex
Dominican University

D Atchley, ER Venheim, M Padival, JA Rosenkranz
The time-course of the effects of stress on affective behavior in rodents
Lake Forest College

 

Many thanks to Dr. Dean Hartley, Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski and Dr. David Rademacher for organizing these competitions.
The organization committee is very grateful for the on-site help of many students and post-docs during this meeting. Without your help the resounding success of our 2010 Annual Meeting would not have been possible!



The Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience would like to further congratulate Dr. Cynthia Von Zee, winner of the postdoctoral poster competition and Ms. Margaret Distler, winner of the graduate symposium competition for being awarded Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Travel Awards from the Society for Neuroscience. They will be participating in the SfN’s 40th Annual Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 13-17 in San Diego, CA.

We thank our keynote speaker Dr. James Herman, University of Cincinati for his presentation on the “Orchestrating the Stress Response: A Symphone in B (or F)”.



The Presidential Symposium on “Consequences of Stress on the CNS” was chaired by Dr. Evan Stubbs Jr. and Dr. Toni Pak, with presentations from Dr. Randall Sakai, The University of Cincinnati , Dr. Tanja Jovanovic, Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. Cara Wellman, University of Indiana University. We greatly appreciate their participation.

 


During the afternoon two concurrent symposia were organized by Dr. Konrad Kording and Dr. Joanna Bakowska on “Systems and Computational Neuroscience” and Dr. Beth Stutzmann
and Dr. Robert Marr on “Molecular Advancements in Alzheimer’s Disease”.

 

We thank all the excellent speakers of these three sessions:
Dr. Jay Gottfried, Department of Neurology, Northwestern University
Dr. David Freeman, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Dr. Nelson Spruston, , Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University
Dr. Gopal Thinakaran, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Dr. Orly Lazarov, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Yoshitaka Ishii, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition:

 

First Place ($200 plus nomination for travel award to 2010 SfN)
Michael Alpert, S. T. Alford
The Impact of NMDAR-induced calcium signals in locomotion
University of Illinois at Chicago

Second Place ($100)
Randy Leitermann, M.R. DeJoesph, and J.H. Urban
Indentification of Extrinsic sources of Neruopeptide Y (NPY) input to the rat basolateral amygdaloid complex (BLA) and regulation by conditioned contestual fear
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Third Place ($50)
Vivian Wai Chong Wong, Nicole E. Tucci, Kerstin A. Ford, James E. McCutcheon, Michela Marinelli
Adolescent rats are more vulnerable to cocaine self administration that adults
Rosalind Franklin Universtiy of Medicine and Science

Congratulations to the winners of the Postdoc Poster Competition:

 

First Place ($200 plus nomination for travel award to 2010 SfN)
Eric Norstrom C. Zhang, R. Tanzi, S.S. Sisodia
Identification of NEEP21 as a ß-amyloid precursor protein-interacting protein in vivo that modulates amyloidogenic processing in vitro3
University of Chicago

Second Place ($100)
James McCutcheon, X. Wang, K.Y. Tseng, M.E. Wolf, M. Marinelli
Calciu-Permeable AMPA receptors are present in nucleus accumbens synapses after long withdrawal from cocaine self-administration but not experimenter-administered cocaine
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Third Place ($50)
Kevin Corcoran, Natalie Tronson, Yomayra Guzman, Can Gao, Anita L. Guedea, Jelena Radulovic
Retraspenial cortex is necessary for retrieval of recent and remote contextual fear memory.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Undergrad Poster Competition:

First Place ($200)
Steven Lance, L. Ferguson, Kevin McDonough, Aleksandr Pevtsov, Dorothy Kozlowski, Theresa A. Jones
Rehabilitation regimen Influences Behaviroal Recovery and Neuroprotection Following a Controlled Cortical Impact (CCI)
DePaul University


Second Place ($100)
Madhavi Senagolage, Jaime Perez, Alexandra Ayala, Shubhik DebBurman
Genetic Support for Endocytosis as Degradation routhe for A-Synuclein, the Parkinson’s Disease Protein
Lake Forest College


Third Place ($50)
Tim Lazicki, Jeffrey David Lewine, John Ebersole
Former long term smokers show decreased auditory sensory gating as recorded by MEG: implications on auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia
Dominican Uniersity and the Alexian Brothers MEG Center

Aleksandr Pevtsov, Lindsay Ferguson, Steven Lance, Kevin McDonough, Theresa A. Jones, Dorothy A. Kozlowski
Forelimb constraint, exercise and motor rehabilitation training decreases deficits in manual dexterity in a rodent model of traumatic brain injury
DePaul University

Congratulations to the winners of the Graduate Symposium Competition:

 

 

First Place ($200)
Steven Graves, Xiu-Ti Hu, T. Celeste Napier
Serotonin 2C Receptor INverse Agonism Enhances Excitability
Rush University Medical Center

 

Second Place ($100)
Jason Jacoby, S. Alford, H. Qian, M. Kreitzer, R.P. Malchow
Testing the H+ Hypothesis of feedback inhibition from horizontal cells to bertebrate photoreceptors: A tale of two techniques
Univeristy of Illinois, Chicago

 

Third Place ($50)
Shreaya Chakroborty, Grace Stutsmann
Early neuronal calcium dysregulation in AD: setting the stage for synaptic dysfunction
Rosaline Franklin University of Medicine and Science

 

 

Many thanks to Dr. Irina Calin-Jageman, Dr. Scott Counts, Dr. Shubhik DebBurman and Dr. Leslie Matuszewich for organizing these competitions.
The organization committee is very grateful for the on-site help of many students and post-docs during this meeting. Without your help the resounding success of our 2011 Annual Meeting would not have been possible!

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March 29th, 2012 at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Conference Center
251 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL.

Keynote Speaker

Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
"Conscious and Unconscious Memory Systems of the Mammalian Brain"

Plexon presents Presidential Symposium – In Vivo Imaging

Marcus Raichle, M.D., Washington University
"The Restless Brain"

Garret D. Stuber, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
"Optogenetic Control of Brain Reward Circuits"

Daniel Dombeck, Ph.D., Northwestern University
"Functional Imaging of Neuronal Micro-Circuits in Awake Behaving Mice"

Concurrent Afternoon Symposia

Ion Channels: From Melody to Malady

Psychiatric Disorders

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND COMPETITIONS

All areas of Neuroscience are welcome.

  • Graduate students nominated by the major Chicago-area institutions will compete in a Graduate Student Symposium (oral competition) for cash prizes and the winner is nominated for a Travel Award to attend the national SfN meeting, scheduled for October 13 -17, 2012, in New Orleans.
  • Participate in the Postdoctoral Poster Competition for cash prizes and the winner is nominated for a Travel Award to attend the national SfN meeting, scheduled for October 13 -17, 2012, in New Orleans.
  • Participate in the Graduate or Undergraduate Poster Competition for cash prizes.
  • Even if you do not compete, you are still welcome to present a poster and share your data!

 

Registration is open from February 15 to March 15, 2012.

Abstract deadline for Postdoctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Competitions is March 15, 2012.

Click here for a preliminary program flyer for the 2012 annual meeting

 

The Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is dedicated to:

- providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and ideas between Chicago-area neuroscientists

- offering educational resources and opportunities for teachers, students and the public at large through community outreach

Each Spring, the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience sponsors an Annual Meeting designed to bring scientists, teachers, students, and the public together to learn about and discuss the latest advances in Neuroscience research and education.

We also sponsor the annual Chicago Brain Bee which gives area high schools students an opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge about brain science. Contact the Chapter Secretary for more information.

These efforts are supported by volunteers and members. We also accept support in the form of contributions from the community.

If you would like to become a sustaining member and part of this ongoing mission, you can become a sponsor .

The Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is dedicated to:

- providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and ideas between Chicago-area neuroscientists

- offering educational resources and opportunities for teachers, students and the public at large through community outreach

Each Spring, the Chapter sponsors an Annual Meeting designed to bring scientists, teachers, students and the public together to learn about and discuss the latest advances in Neuroscience research and education.

We also sponsor the annual Chicago Brain Bee which gives area high schools students an opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge about brain science. Contact the Chapter Secretary for more information.

These efforts are supported by volunteers and members. We also accept support in the form of contributions from the community.

If you would like to become a sustaining member and part of this ongoing mission, you can become a sponsor . With your permission, we will honor your contribution with acknowledgment on our website and in the meeting program. Corporate and Academic contributor will be provided space to be an exhibitor at our annual meeting to promote their products and programs if they choose to do so.

Donations such as yours are used to fund the nationally recognized scientists invited to our general symposia as well as the Presidential Symposium. Your donation also helps support Academic competitions at the following levels:

- Chicago Brain Bee - Students from the Chicago area compete on “brain facts” and the winner receives a cash prize.

- Undergraduate level - Poster presentation competition. All students receive a certificate of recognition, and the winner receives a cash prize

- Doctoral Level - Graduate Student Symposium. Students from graduate programs in Chicago compete in a short-talk format. The winner receives a cash prize and the nomination for the Chapter Travel award to attend the National meeting to present his/her work. Finalists receive certificates of recognition.

- Postdoctoral Poster competition - Postdoctoral students from Universities in the Chicago area compete in a poster presentation format. The three finalists receive certificates of recognition; the winner receives a cash prize and the nomination for the Chapter Travel award to attend the National meeting.

Carthage College

 

DePaul University

 

Dominican University

 

Lake Forest College

Departments

 

Loyola University Chicago

 

Midwestern University

 

Northern Illinois University

 

Northwestern University

 

Rosalind Franklin University

 

Rush University Medical Center

 

University of Chicago

 

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The Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (CSfN) is a local affiliate of the National Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. The CSfN is composed of academic and industry based scientists who are interested in the field of neuroscience. This includes researchers, teachers, students and interested public. Our membership includes individuals on faculty at all of the major academic centers and many of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is dedicated to:

- providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and ideas between Chicago-area neuroscientists;

- offering educational resources and opportunities for teachers, students and the public at large through community outreach.

Each spring, the Chapter sponsors an Annual Meeting designed to bring scientists, teachers, students and the public together to learn about and discuss the latest advances in Neuroscience research and education.

We also sponsor the annual Chicago Brain Bee which gives area high schools students an opportunity to learn and demonstrate their knowledge about brain science. Contact the Chapter Secretary for more information.

Other upcoming seminars and Neuroscience related events in the Chicago area can be found in our calendar. If you are interested on posting an event from your institution in our calendar please contact the Chapter Secretary. Announcements of other research and educational opportunities are posted under Programs and Institutions.

Bylaws for the Chicago Chapter SfN

The mission of the Society for Neuroscience Chicago Chapter is to advance and promote our understanding of the peripheral and central nervous system in association with the affairs of the Society for Neuroscience through scientific and educational activities conducted within the Chicago metropolitan area. By providing an annual public forum, this organization will serve to facilitate: (a) promoting education in the neurosciences; (b) networking among Chicago area scientists; and (c) disseminating to the general public cutting-edge research advancements in neuroscience-related disciplines.

For more information about our Bylaws click here.

 

44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience
November 15-19, Washington DC

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