• 2015 CNC Retreat Program

    THE only UAB research retreat to offer a Free campus-wide opportunity for UAB neuroscientists and trainees to share their work and foster new collaborative endeavors! Meeting registration, lodging and meals are free to CNC members and affiliates! Registration is closed Thursday April 9th 8:00 am Registration - Atrium 9:00 am Welcome/State of the CNC Address Session I Neural Circuits and Excitability 9:15 am Jianguo Gu, M.B., Ph.D. Professor of Anesthesiology 9:35 am Rita Cowell, Ph.D. Associate Professor 9:55 am Lawrence Sincich, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Vision Sciences 10:15 am Trainee TBD 10:30 am Break Session II Metabolic Crosstalk between the CNS and the Periphery 10:45 am Inga Kadisha, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology 11:05 am Ilan Kerman, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 11:25 am Mathew S. Goldberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurology 11:45 am Trainee TBD Noon Lunch Session III Emerging Approaches to Therapy for Human Disease 1:00 pm Amy Willis Amara, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology 1:20 pm Nina Kraguljac, M.D., M.A. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 1:40 pm Marcas Bamman, Ph.D. Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology 2:00 pm Trainee TBD 2:15 pm Break 2:30 pm Circuits, Circuit Disorders; Role and future of neuromodulation Keynote Speaker Mahlon DeLong, M.D. William Timme Professor Department of Neurology Emory University 3:30 pm Free Time 5:15 pm Evening Activities Begin 5:30 pm Trainee Data Blitz 5:45 pm Poster Session 7:00 pm Dinner 8:30 PM Social TBD Friday April 10th 8:00 am Check out & Breakfast Session IV Neurobiology of Complex Behavior 9:00 am Lynn Dobrunz, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Neurobiology 9:20 am Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D. Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Chair in Psychiatry 9:40 am Jeremy Day, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology 10:00 am Trainee 10:15 am Break 10:30 am Synaptic mechanisms maintaining persistent cocaine craving Keynote Speaker Marina Wolf, Ph.D. Professor & Chair Department of Neuroscience Chicago Medical School 11:45 am Lunch Session 5 Systems Neurosciece 1:00 pm Kristina Visscher, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neurobiology 1:20 pm Frank Skidmore, M.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology 1:40 pm Jarred Younger, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology 2:00 pm Trainee - Kimberly Wood, Ph.D. 2:15 pm Awards/Adjourn 2:30 PM Adjourn Alabama 4-H Center 892 4-H Road Columbiana, AL 35051 (205) 669-1364 Special thanks to Vicki Hixon for serving as retreat administrator and to our programming committee: Rita Cowell, Karen Gamble, Rajesh Kana, Lori McMahon & Harrison Walker
  • Brain-Machine Interface Symposium

    Welcome to the home of The 2015 Bevill Neuroscience Symposium: Brain-Machine Interfaces to take place at The UAB Alumni House on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Friday, February 27th, 2015 . This symposium is free and will be providing free parking, refreshments and a reception. Registration closes Monday, February 23rd! Registration is now closed. If you there is a particular speaker you would like to see, feel free to come but be prepared to stand at the back of the room should there be no chairs available. Registration is Closed 8:00 am Registration & Breakfast UAB Alumni House 1301 10th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205 (Google Map) 8:30 am Opening Remarks Lori McMahon, Ph.D. Professor Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology University of Alabama at Birmingham David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Neurology Amie Brown McLain, M.D. Professor and Chair Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Alabama at Birmingham 8:45 am "Computing with Neural Ensembles: From Basic Science to Neuroprosthetic Devices" Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D. Professor, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology and Neuroscience Duke University Co-Director, Center for Neuroengineering 9:45 am "Recent Progress Toward a High-Performance Neural Prosthesis" Andrew Schwartz, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiology University of Pittsburgh 10:45 am Break 11:00 am "Neurologists Listening to Neurons: Intracortical Neural Interfaces for the Restoration of Communication and Mobility" Leigh R. Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Associate Professor of Engineering, Brown University 12:00 pm Lunch for registered attendees will be provided. 1:00 pm " Neuroprostheses for Movement Restoration" P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D. Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering Case Western Reserve University 2:00 pm Afternoon Remarks Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. Dean, School of Engineering University of Alabama at Birmingham 2:15 pm "Cortical Physiology during DBS Surgery: Exploring the Hyperdirect Pathway in PD Patients" Harrison Walker, M.D. Associate Professor of Neurology University of Alabama at Birmingham 2:45 pm Break 3:00 pm "Transcranial Focused Ultrasound and Neuromodulation" Mark Bolding, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Radiology University of Alabama at Birmingham 3:15 pm "Pararescue Training with High Sensory/Cognitive Load in a Mixed-Reality Environment" Corey Shum Technical Director, Enabling Technology Laboratory University of Alabama at Birmingham 3:30 pm Brain-Machine Interface: A Future for Schizophrenia? Adrienne Lahti, M.D. Patrick H. Linton Professor of Psychiatry University of Alabama at Birmingham 3:45 pm "Machine-Assisted Classification of Multimodal Brain Imaging Data in Autism Spectrum Disorders" Rajesh Kana, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology University of Alabama at Birmingham 4:00 pm Closing Remarks Robert Palazzo, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences University of Alabama at Birmingham 4:15 - 6:00 pm Reception AEIVA Abroms//Engel Institute for the Visual Arts 1221 10th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205 (Google Map) Parking Information Parking will be free all day at the Alumni House and Lot 15D across the street and behind AEIVA/Lot 15D. Parking Map . Lodging Information Out of town registrants may find the following hotels comfortable and convenient: Marriott Courtyard Downtown at UAB , Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown UAB , Spring Hill Suites Birmingham Downtown at UAB , and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham . Contact Us If you have questions regarding this symposium, please contact Jamie White via email or telephone at 205.975.1673.
  • UAB Neurology & Neurosurgery Update 2014

    UAB Neurology & Neurosurgery Update 2014 in collaboration with the Alabama Academy of Neurology Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:45 am - 3:45 pm The Bradley Lecture Center
  • 2014 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium

  • 2015 Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship

  • Clinical & Translational Research in Mood Disorders & Suicide

  • Neuroimaging Advances

  • Neuroimaging Advances Symposium

  • Neuroscience Day 2013

    2013 UAB Neuroscience Day Friday, February 8, 2013 The annual UAB Neuroscience Day is an opportunity to celebrate graduate research in the neurosciences. Each year a UAB alumnus and two current graduate students are invited to give oral presentations. All graduate students in the neurosciences are invited to present their work at the poster session and reception that follows. To register your poster for presentation and competition, please click here and register by Monday, February 4th, 5 pm.
  • Oct 11 UAB Mini Glial Biology Symposium

    No registration required. Click for full schedule.
  • 2012 Pain Symposium

    Pain Research Symposium Sponsored by the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center March 27, 2012 Children's Harbor Center 1600 6th Avenue South 8:00am - 5:00pm Maria Fitzgerald PhD (Univ College London) will speak on Neonatal Pain Emeran Mayer MD (UCLA) will speak on Stress & Pain Kathleen Sluka PhD PT (U.Iowa) will speak on Musculoskeletal Pain Andrew Ahn MD PhD (U Florida Gainesville) will speak on the Science of Headache Eleven UAB speakers will speak on other aspects of Pain For more information on the itinerary for the day, go here. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
  • 2012 Brain Awareness Week

    2012 Brain Awareness Week at the McWane Science Center co-sponsored by the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center March 19 - 23 10:00am - 5:00pm If you are interested in helping, please contact Andrea Marshall .
  • Glial Biology/Neuroimmunology/Neurooncology Retreat

    As part of the CNC strategic plan, a mini-retreat has been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at the UAB Alumni House to discuss various aspects of Glial Biology/Neuroimmunology/Neuro-Oncology at UAB. The agenda for the retreat is listed below and a flyer is attached for distribution within your areas. Lunch will be included in the program so confirmation of attendance is required. A poster session and reception will conclude the meeting. Limited parking is available at the Alumni House as is street parking. Please contact me with any questions about this retreat. Registration and abstract submissions should be emailed to Anne Wailes: awailes@uab.edu . Glial Biology/Neuroimmunology/Neurooncology Retreat January 20, 2012 UAB Alumni House 1301 10 th Avenue South 8:00am – 5:00pm Agenda Introduction/Opening Remarks Harry Sontheimer Session I – Science 8:05am – 11:00am Microglia Etty Benveniste Oligodendrocytes and White Matter/MS Tara DeSilva Astrocyte Biology/Glial Neuronal Interactions Vlad Parpura Astrocytes and Diseases (Patho-Biology) Harry Sontheimer Break Basic Neurooncology Yancey Gillespie Translational Neurooncology Burt Nabors Epilepsy John Hablitz Acute Injury/Trauma Candace Floyd Neuroimmunology Chander Raman Session II – Cores 11:00am – 12:30pm Blueprint/Neuroscience P30 Michael Wyss Genomics Molly Bray Transgenic Mice Robert Kesterson Zebrafish Steve Watts Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm Session III – Training 1:30pm – 2:00pm Courses, Journal Clubs, and Training Grants Benveniste/Brenner/Parpura/Sontheimer Session IV – Support 2:00pm – 3:00pm Center Grants and Other Opportunities Benveniste/Carroll/Gillespie/ Sontheimer/Others Session V – Poster Session 3:00pm – 5:00pm Poster Session and Reception
  • 2012 Neuroscience Day

    Neuroscience Day Friday, February 10 th , 2012 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: SYMPOSIUM West Pavilion Conference Room E Keynote Speaker - Dr. Christopher Ransom, MD PhD Modulation of tonic GABA currents in hippocampal neurons" Epilepsy Center of Excellence, VA Puget Sound Acting Assistant Professor, Dept of Neurology University of Washington UAB graduate, Sontheimer Lab Additional Speakers: Jennifer Watson, Wilson Lab Mark Kilgore, Sweatt Lab 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: POSTER SESSION North Pavilion Atrium of University Hospital
  • Bevill Neuroscience Symposium 2011

    Bevill Conference on Cognition and Cognitive Disorders Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Children's Harbor Building Registration and Abstract Submission Form Sponsored by the Bevill Family, the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center and the Cognition and Cognitive Disorders Initiative. On October 4, 2011, The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host the 2011 Bevill Conference on Cognition and Cognitive Disorders at Children's Harbor. Leaders in the field will discuss the latest breakthroughs in understanding basic mechanisms underlying cognition and devastating cognitive disorders. Register Now - Free registration to hear world-class speakers on cognition - Free breakfast for registered guests - Free box lunch and snacks for registered guests - Free evening reception at Birmingham's historic Vulcan Park - Free CME credit available Poster Session A poster session will feature work from UAB scientists researching different approaches to cognition and cognitive disorders. Cash prizes for best posters! The poster session will take place on the sky bridge between North Pavilion and the UAB Women and Infant's Center. Agenda 7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast 4 th Floor Atrium, Children’s Harbor Building 8:30 – 12:00 Morning Session: Basic Mechanisms of Cognition Bradley Lecture Center, Children’s Harbor Building “Transcriptional and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Drug Addiction” Eric J. Nestler, MD PhD Professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics Chair of Neuroscience Director, Friedman Brain Institute Mount Sinai Medical Center “Targets of Histone Acetylation Important for Long-Term Memory Storage” Ted Abel, PhD Brush Family Professor of Biology University of Pennsylvania "Histone Methylation in Memory Formation" Farah Lubin, PhD Assistant Professor of Neurobiology University of Alabama at Birmingham “A Role for Astrocytes in Memory Consolidation” Cristina Alberini, PhD Professor of Neural New York University “Ongoing Neural Activity and Visual Attention” Kristina Visscher, PhD Assistant Professor of Neurobiology University of Alabama at Birmingham 12:00 – 1:30 Poster Session and Lunch Women’s and Infants Center Rotunda, North Pavilion Atrium, and Joining Walkway 1:30 – 5:00 Afternoon Session: Cognitive Disorders of Aging Bradley Lecture Center, Children’s Harbor Building “Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression in Health and Disease” Li-Huei Tsai, PhD Picower Professor of Neuroscience Director, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Massachusetts Institute of Technology “DNA Methylation in Memory Formation” J. David Sweatt, PhD Evelyn F. McKnight Professor and Chair of Neurobiology Director, McKnight Brain Institute University of Alabama at Birmingham “Sympathetic Sprouting, Hippocampal Cholinergic Innervation, and the Rescue of Deficits in Plasticity and Learning” Lori McMahon, PhD Professor of Physiology and Biophysics University of Alabama at Birmingham “Strategies to Reverse Neural Network Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease” Lennart Mucke, MD Joseph B. Martin Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience Director, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease University of California, San Francisco “Brain systems abnormalities underlying cognitive neurodegenerative disorders: From basic human neuroscience to potential clinical trial markers” Bradford C. Dickerson, MD Associate Professor of Neurology Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School 6:00 – 8:00 Reception Vulcan Park and Museum Poster
  • 2012 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium

    Welcome to the homepage for the 2012 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium! Key Dates Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Abstract Submission Deadline STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Glenwood Lectureship Thursday, April 26, 2012 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium General Information and Registration The Neurodevelopment Symposium and Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship will be held in conjunction with the Glenwood Lectureship in the Margaret Cameron Spain auditorium of the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham . The symposium will feature seminars from local and invited speakers and a poster session for anyone involved in basic or clinical research related to normal or disordered brain development or child health. The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers throughout Central Alabama to discuss recent progress in the field of brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders and to provide a forum for anyone involved in research related to child mental and neurological development to interact with other researchers. You can register by clicking here - “Register Here” - or on the link below. Parking For those of you coming from off-campus, please indicate on the registration form whether you will require a parking spot. Please use the 6th Avenue Parking Structure near the corner of 19th Street and 6th Avenue South for parking. Take a ticket, and BRING IT TO THE CHECK-IN DESK for validation. Please be aware : attendees arriving after 9:00am may not be able to find parking in that lot. Directions The Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium is located at 615 18th Street South; however, the entrance to the building is on the corner of 7th Avenue and 19th Street South. Register Here
  • 2011 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium

    Welcome to the homepage for the 2011 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium! Key dates Friday April 1 st Abstract submission deadline Wednesday April 20 th Glenwood Lectureship Thursday April 21 st Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium General Information and Registration The Neurodevelopment Symposium and Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship will be held in conjunction with the Glenwood Lectureship in the Alumni Auditorium of Hill University Center on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham . The symposium will feature seminars from local and invited speakers and a poster session for anyone involved in basic or clinical research related to normal or disordered brain development or child health. The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers throughout Central Alabama to discuss recent progress in the field of brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders and to provide a forum for anyone involved in research related to child mental and neurological development to interact with other researchers. You can register by clicking on the “Register Here” link below. Register Here Parking For those of you coming from off-campus, please indicate on the registration form whether you will require a parking spot. Parking spots will be reserved for you, ONLY IF YOU HAVE INDICATED SO ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. The parking structure is on the corner of University Avenue and 9 th Street (D9A-9 th Avenue Parking Deck), and symposium attendees must arrive between the times of 7:30 am and 10:00 am to claim a spot. Invited Speakers We are privileged to be hosting three outstanding external speakers at the symposium this year. Dr. John L. Rubenstein Dr. Eric Klann Dr. Eric Courchesne Agenda 8:45 am Light breakfast, on-site registration 9:00 am Opening remarks Eli Capilouto, D.M.D., Provost, UAB Ray Watts, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine, UAB 9:15 am Introduction to the symposium Rita Cowell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology, UAB 9:30 am John Rubenstein, M.D. Ph.D, Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco 10:20 am Coffee/snack break 10:35 am Andrew West, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology, UAB 11:00 am Eric Klann, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science, New York University 11:50 am Poster session and lunch (free) 1:00 pm History of Simpson-Ramsey Symposium, introduction to afternoon speakers Fred Biasini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology 1:10 pm Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAB 1:35 pm Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, University of California at San Diego 2:25 pm Presentation of poster awards Abstract and Poster Submission Information The abstract should be less than 250 words in length. Submission of the abstract is required using the online registration form BY APRIL 1st . It will be printed in an abstract book for distribution to all participants. Poster - Maximum size of 4’ x 6’ Poster topics can include, but are not limited to basic brain development studies of neurodevelopmental disorders (basic or clinical) child health education issues of special needs children clinical psychology clinical trials or any other discipline that relates to child mental and neurological health Poster Awards Posters will be judged based on -Rationale/purpose of the study (20 pts) -Use of scientific method (35 pts) -Clarity of presentation (35 pts) -Originality and creativity (10 pts) Here are examples of awards in the different categories (these were granted at the 2010 Symposium). Basic research Swati Gupta – “ Histone methylation is dynamically regulated in the entorhinal cortex during consolidation of long-term memories.” Basic research Elizabeth Lucas – “ Parvalbumin deficiency and GABAergic dysfunction in mice lacking PGC-1α.” Basic research – translational (any level) Rebecca Tomlinson – “Developing mouse models of autism.” Clinical/applied research Heather Wadsworth – “ Neural mechanisms underlying global and local information processing in children with autism.” Clinical/applied research Christie Salamone – “ Developing More Ways for Children to Share Their Perceptions of Parenting Behaviors.” Clinical/applied research – translational (any level) Annie Garner – “ Influence of parental distracted driving on teens with and without ADHD.” CME Credit If you would like to receive CME credit for this event, please indicate this on the registration form. Sponsors We would like to enthusiastically thank the following departments and centers which made this event possible. Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship Fund Office of the Vice President of Research Civitan International Research Center Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Department of Pediatrics Program in Translational Research in Normal and Disordered Development Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology UAB Sparks Clinics Department of Human Genetics Department of Cell Biology Department of Neurobiology Department of Pathology Directions to the Hill University Center Contact information For questions about your registration, please contact Robin Burkett, rburkett@uab.edu . If you have any questions specifically about the symposium, abstracts, or poster competition, please contact Rita Cowell, rcowell@uab.edu . For any problems with the website, please contact Molly Moran, mmoran@uab.edu . History of the Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship The Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship was established to honor the contributions of two men who devoted much of their lives to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Dr. John Simpson and Dr. Joseph Ramsey helped the Sparks Center make great strides in training professionals to care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. John Simpson dedicated his medical career to improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. He served as a staff physician at the Sparks Center from 1967 until his death in 1973. While at the Center, he was known as a “people person” who never tired of serving children and families with disabilities. An associate professor of pediatrics at UAB for 28 years, he was a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Alabama State Medical Association. Dr. Simpson was co-founder of the Charlanne School in Homewood, a residential school for children with cerebral palsy. After being in private practice for 23 years, Dr. Joseph Ramsey joined the UAB Sparks Center in 1971 for a one-year-post-doctoral fellowship in developmental pediatrics. After completing the fellowship, he was appointed Director of the Division of Medicine. Increasing other pediatricians’ awareness of developmental disabilities was only one of his many contributions. Dr. Ramsey was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Jefferson County Medical Association, and President of the Jefferson County Pediatric Society. He was also an associate professor of pediatrics in the UAB School of Medicine. Previous Distinguished Simpson-Ramsey Lecturers 1978-Julius B. Richmond, MD 1989-Marcel Kinsbourne, MD 1979-Thomas E. Malone, PhD 1991-Diana Slaughter-DeFoe, PhD 1980-H. Carl Haywood, PhD 1993-Wade F. Horn, PhD 1981-Phyllis B. Acosta, DrPH 1996-Jim Dearth, MD 1982-Jean K. Elder, PhD 2002-Reid Lyon, PhD 1983-Vince L. Hutchins, MD, MPH 2003-Albert C. Hergenroeder, MD 1984-Edwin W. Martin, Jr., PhD 2004-William E. Pelham, Jr., PhD 1985-Craig T. Ramey, PhD 2005-Zolinda Stoneman, PhD 1986-Marie Scott Brown, RN, PhD 2006-Joseph Piven, Jr., MD 1987-Paul Cassamassimo, DDS, MS 2007-Stephen D. Cederbaum, MD 1988-Robert J. Haggerty, MD Darryl C. DeVivo, MD Lane Rutledge, MD History of the Neurodevelopment Symposium In 2010, Fred Biasini (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology) and Rita Cowell (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology) decided to combine efforts and expand upon the Simpson-Ramsey Lectures to include lectures by scientists researching the neurobiology of neurodevelopment disorders. The initial symposium occurred on April 22 nd , 2010, and featured lectures by Alcino Silva, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology, University of California at Los Angeles, and Peter Mundy, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of California-Davis. Local speakers included Lucas Pozzo-Miller (Professor, Neurobiology), Bruce Korf (Chair of Human Genetics), Maria Hopkins (Assistant Professor, Psychology), and Alan Percy (Professor, Pediatrics). Also, there was a poster session held that featured over 20 poster presentations, and six poster awards were granted (see “Poster Awards”). The symposium attracted over 200 people from 22 different departments.
  • 2011 Neuroscience Poster Day Recap

    2011 Neuroscience Poster Day The poster day on Friday, February 18, 2011 was a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated by presenting a talk or a poster or who attended the event to see what is going on in Neuroscience at UAB. Talks Why do brain tumors cause seizures? Harry Sontheimer. PhD Professor, Deptment of Neurobiology Director, Civitan International Research Center Director, Center for Glial Biology in Medicine Epigenetic Mechanisms in Memory Formation J. David Sweat, PhD Evelyn F. McKnight Chair Department of Neurobiology Director, McKnight Brain Institute Epigenetic mechanisms in the Entorhinal cortex regulate hippocampal area CA1 during consolidation of long-term memory Swati Gupta Graduate Student Laboratory of Dr. Farah Lubin Department of Neurobiology HCN Channels Constrain Network Activity Asher Albertson MSTP Student Laboratory of Dr. John Hablitz Department of Neurobiology Posters Poster Title Poster Authors The Early-Onset Torsion Dystonia Gene Product, torsinA, is a Mediator of Intracellular Stress and Homeostasis Pan Chen, John C. Ricketts, AJ Burdette, Laura A. Berkowitz, Kim A. Caldwell and Guy A. Caldwell O-GlcNAcylation is a Dynamic Modulator of Synaptic Transmission at CA3-CA1 synapses Erica W. Taylor, Lori L. McMahon and John C. Chatham Glia in Huntington's Disease: A Study in BACHD Mice Toni Marie Mueller, William Lee, Reno C. Reyes, David Standaert, Michelle Gray The UAB Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Recombinant Technologies Core Scott E. Phillips, Michael Brenner and Anne Theibert Analysis and cloning of the epileptic mouse mutation, teetering. Scott E. Phillips and Scott M. Wilson Association of VSNL1 with schizophrenia, frontal cortical function, and biological significance for its gene product VILIP-1 as a modulator of cAMP levels and neuronal differentiation Braunewell K.H. Dwary A., Richter F., Schanrath K., Giegling. I., & D. Rujescu Enhanced integration of newborn neurons after neonatal insults Phyllis Pugh, Elena Adlaf, Chuan-Sheng Zhao, Sean Markwardt, Cristin Gavin, Jacques Wadiche, Linda Overstreet-Wadiche Attenuation of EAE in a Transgenic Mouse with Astrocytic Expression of the RNA Regulator HuR Crystal G. Wheeler, Burt Nabors, M.D. , Scott Barnum, Ph.D. , Xianzhen Hu , Trenton Schoeb, DVM, Ph.D., Peter H King, M.D. Gestational Nicotine Exposure Yields Changes in Neurophysiology and Neurogenesis in the Dentate Gyrus S. Hyman and R.A.J. Lester The effect of speed of processing training on eye movements Wesley Burge, Franklin Amthor, Rodolphe Nenert, Alexander Zotov, Kristina Visscher Upregulation in the Expression of Tryptophan Hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) and Tyrosine Hydroxylase (TH) in the Lower Brainstem in Major Depression. Kerman, I. A., Amilineni, N. S., Simpson, D. N., Jones, E. G., Bunney, W. E., Akil, H. , Watson, S. J. Corpus Callosum Size in Chronic Stroke Patients and its Importance to Arm Motor Recovery Chelsey Sterling. , Tyler Rickards, Ameen Barghi, Michael Graham, Ella Smith, Edward Taub, Ph.D., Victor Mark, M.D., Gittendra Uswatte, Ph. D. , Angela Chandler The relationship of ongoing EEG activity to suppression of interfering visual input: a comparison between younger and older adults Kristina Visscher, Neurobiology Ryan Vaden, Neurobiology Nathan Hutcheson, Neuroscience Lesley Bryant, Neuroscience Maximizing Spared Neural Resources in Chronic Stroke: Brain Parenchymal Fraction Correlates with Improvement due to Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Tyler Rickards, Chelsey Sterling, Michael Graham, Ameen Barghi, Victor W. Mark M.D., Edward Taub, Ph.D., Gitendra Uswatte, Ph.D. Expanded Operational Classification of Early Neurological Deterioration (END) Maruthi Kesani, MD, MS; Clotilde Balucani, MD; Kara Sands, MD; Michael Lyerly, MD; Kristian Barlinn, MD; Limin Zhao, MD; Luis F. Cava, MD; Ivan J. Lopez, MD; Karen C. Albright, DO, MPH ; Anne W. Alexandrov, PhD; Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD Altered dendritic morphology of Purkinje cells in Dyt1 GAG knock-in and Purkinje-cell specific Dyt1 conditional knockout mice Lin Zhang1, Fumiaki Yokoi1, Yuan-Hu Jin1, Mark P. DeAndrade1, Kenji Hashimoto2, David G. Standaert1 and Yuqing Li1* Vacuolar ATPase: a Putative Therapeutic Target for Neurodegenerative Disease and Acute Neuronal Injury John J. Shacka and the Shacka Lab Impaired Activity-Dependent BDNF Release From Presynaptic Mossy Fibers and TrkB/TRPC Postsynaptic Signaling in CA3 Pyramidal Neurons of Mecp2 Mutant Mice Wei Li and Lucas Pozzo-Miller CLOTBUST-Hands Free Operator Independent Ultrasound Device: Initial Safety Testing in Healthy Volunteers Kristian Barlinn, MD; Andrew D. Barreto, MD; David S. Liebeskind MD; April Sisson, RN; Limin Zhao, MD; Luis Cava, MD; John F. Rothrock, MD; Mark E. Schafer, PhD; John Alleman, BS, MBA; James C. Grotta, MD; Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD Estimated Peak Rarefaction Pressure Predicts Recanalization and Outcome in the Transcranial Ultrasound in Clinical SONothrombolysis (TUCSON) Trial Kristian Barlinn, MD; Georgios Tsivgoulis, MD; Carlos A. Molina, MD; Dmitri A. Alexandrov, BSEM; Mark E. Schafer, PhD; John Alleman, BS, MBA; Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD; for the TUCSON Investigators. Mouse model of bvFTD specifically targets the salience network Dheepa Sekar The Natural Ecology of Primate Visual Cortical Neurons Timothy J. Gawne, Jack R. Wimbish, William Kraft Tau and potassium channel Kv4.2 in Alzheimer disease-related neuronal dysfunction Alicia Hall, Katie Pullom and Erik Roberson An fMRI investigation of delay discounting in schizophrenia Kathy B. Avsar, David White, Meredith Reid, Mark Bolding, Luke E. Stoecke, James E. Cox1, Rosalyn E. Weller, Adrienne C. Lahti Post Graduate Academic Neurovascular Fellowship for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants Significantly Increases tPA Treatment Rates: Results from the First Graduating Class of the NET SMART Program Anne W. Alexandrov, PhD, FAAN, Tenisha Baca, MEd, Karen Albright, DO, MPH, Stephen DiBiase, Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD, for the NET SMART Faculty and Fellows HCN channels and 4-AP induced epileptiform activity Steven Palladino, Dr. John Hablitz Bradykinin promotes the chemo-tactic invasion of primary brain tumors Vedrana Montana and Harald Sontheimer Can Clinical Presentation Provide Clues to Conversion Disorder in Code Stroke Patients? A Descriptive Analysis of Clinical Findings Mary Brethour, PhD(c), CRNP; Karen C. Albright, DO, MPH; Anne W. Alexandrov, PhD, RN, CCRN, FAAN Ventral Striatum Neurodegeneration is Linked to Behavioral Symptoms in Frontotemporal Dementia Brian A. Warmus, Dheepa R. Sekar, and Erik D. Roberson The Value of CT Perfusion (CTP) Prognostic Maps in Predicting Reversible and Irreversible Neurological Dysfunction Following Reperfusion Therapies Limin Zhao, MD; Kristian Barlinn,MD; Karen C. Albright, MD; Maruthi Kesani, MD; Kara Sands, MD;Michael Lyerly, MD; Luis Cava, MD; Clotilde Balucani, MD; Anne W. Alexandrov, PhD; Mark Harrigan, MD; Joseph A. Horton,MD2; Damon E. Patterson, MD; Andrei V. Alexandrov, MD The regulator of active DNA demethylation, Gadd45b, suppresses memory consolidation Faraz A. Sultan, Jennifer Tront, Dan A. Liebermann, J. David Sweatt Lithium ameliorates behavioral and physiological phenotypes of fragile X syndrome in Fmr1 knockout mice M. K. KING*, C. J. YUSKAITIS, M. E. MINES, and R. S. JOPE HCN Channels Constrain Network Activity Asher J. Albertson, Sydney B. Williams, Dr. John Hablitz Immunocytochemical Localization of Enkephalin in the Human Striatum: A Postmortem Ultrastructural Study Lesley A. Bryant, Joy K. Roche, Rosalinda C. Roberts Glycogen synthase kinase-3 inhibitors provide a mechanism to control neuroinflammation. E. BEUREL, R. S. JOPE Cyberplasm Vladimir Grubišić, Randy Stout, Robert Grammer, Vladimir Parpura Intracellular Signaling in Schizophrenia A.Funk, R.McCullumsmith, V.Haroutunian, J.Meador-Woodruff NR2B-Chromatin Structure Regulation in the Kainate-model of epilepsy R. Ryley Parrish, Farah D. Lubin Modulatory effect of trait anxiety on the unconditioned response during fear conditioning Kimberly H. Wood, Lawrence W. Ver Hoef, and David C. Knight Astrocytic calcium dynamics and exocytosis, and their role in synaptic neurotransmission and animal behavior. Reno C. Reyes, William Lee, Vladimir Grubisic, Randy F. Stout, Wei Liu, Erik B. Malarkey and Vladimir Parpura TARP γ and cornichon dysregulation in the ACC and DLPFC in schizophrenia J. Drummond, J. Tucholski, D. Dahl, M. Simmons, V. Haroutunian, and J. H. 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