Welcome to the 2013 Rhythms in South East Region (RISER) Meeting


Key Dates

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Abstract Submission Deadline
Thursday, May 2, 2013 Registration Deadline (without abstract)
Thursday-Friday, May 16-17, 2013 RISER Meeting

About Riser

The Rhythms in South East Region Meeting will feature talks from regional laboratories and two poster sessions for anyone involved in basic or clinical research related to biological rhythms and sleep. The goal of this symposium is to showcase circadian rhythms research in the Southeastern US and providing an opportunity for students and postdocs to present their work in a friendly setting. The meeting be held in the Hill University Center Great Hall at the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Organizing & Planning Committees
We give thanks to our Organizing Committee:  Karen Gamble, Martin Young, and Shannon Bailey (Co-Organizers) and Planning Committee members: Rachel Besing, Uduak S Udoh, Jodi Paul, Lauren M Hablitz, Rachel Brewer, Chu-Fang Chou, and Rodrigo Garcia.



Registration is now closed. Please contact klgamble@uab.edu for late registration availability.





Parking information:

If you are staying in a hotel on campus, your best option is to park at the hotel and walk to the conference center. However, if you staying off campus, there are three main options, listed below. The best option may be the visitor parking pass. UAB will send a one day parking permit which allows parking in any Lot 15 (the commuter parking lots). A map of where those lots are can be seen by clicking here.  Yellow spaces mark Lot 15 parking. If anyone is going to be carpooling, they may be able to each order a pass so that they can have one for both days.

More information on visitor parking at UAB can be found on their website.  There are a few more parking deck options that can be seen on the parking website, but they are mainly for patients with appointments at hospitals and are much more expensive for non-patients. Because classes will be over, there shouldn't be too much of a fight for any of these options in the morning, but if possible, walking from the hotel may still be the best option.

Three best parking options by the Hill University Center (conference center):

Visitor Parking Pass to Lot 15 - locations vary, but closest is University Blvd & 13th St S - Free (closest is 1.5 blocks from conference center) (Register here for a free one-day permit)

9th Avenue Parking Deck - 1602 9th Ave S - $6 per day (1.5 blocks from conference center)

University Boulevard Deck - 1915 University Boulevard - $6 per day (4 blocks from conference center)


There are four hotels within walking distance (15 min) of the conference center (Hill University Center):  Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown UAB, Spring Hill Suites Birmingham Downtown at UABDoubletree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham and the Marriott Courtyard Downtown at UAB. There are probably some cheaper off campus hotels if you would prefer to drive to the conference and pay to park. Otherwise, there is plenty of parking at the hotel. 

Of the four hotels, the Doubletree is nice and definitely the least expensive.  We have been given a promotion code for the Doubletree.  The code is P03. Please reference this code if you make reservations at the Doubletree to recieve a discounted rate.

We are having an after-dinner cocktail hour in the “Edge of Chaos” room located on the 4th floor of Lister Hill Library.



The Hill University Center is located at 1400 University Blvd. Birmingham, Alabama 35233.

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Thursday, May 16

Session I:  Late RISERS

“Central Mammalian Oscillators - SCN”

Session Chair, Karen Gamble

Hill University Center

2:00 PM


3:00 PM

RISER Meeting Begins
Karen Gamble, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology

3:10 PM

Iann Webb: "NMDA and PACAP receptor signaling interact to mediate retinal-induced SCN cellular rhythmicity in the absence of light."

3:35 PM

Jeff Jones, “Per1 is essential for the single-cell coupling of molecular and electrophysiological circadian rhythms.”

4:00 PM

Joanna M. Cooper, “Involvement of both tPA and LRP-1 in regulating circadian clock phase.”

4:25 PM

Coffee Break



“Central Mammalian Oscillators – extra-SCN”

Session Chair, David Resuehr

4:40 PM

Rachel Besing, “Modulation of glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta (GSK3β) alters circadian oscillation of core clock genes in the hippocampal formation and suprachiasmatic nucleus.”

5:05 PM

Andrea Stathopoulos, “Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Stimulates Prolactin by Inhibiting Dopamine and Stimulating Oxytocin Neurons.”

5:30 PM

Vishal Sharma, “Circadian rhythms of glioma stem cells and progenitor cells.”

6:00 PM


8:30 PM



Friday, May 17

8:00 AM

Bagels and Coffee

HUC Great Hall


Session III: Early RISERs

“Circadian Rhythms and Metabolism”

Session Chair:  Shannon Bailey

8:30 AM

Uduak Udoh, "Hepatic Glycogen Metabolism is Impaired by Alcohol Consumption: Possible Role of the Liver Molecular Clock."

8:55 AM

Shuqun Shi, "Circadian disruption leads to insulin resistance and obesity."

9:20 AM

Sharon Owino, "Melatonin receptor 1 signaling regulates glucose metabolism in C3H mice."

9:45 AM

Coffee Break


“Peripheral Mammalian Oscillators”

Session Chair:  Martin Young

10:00 AM

Matthew D'Alessandro, "An in vitro and in vivo analysis of the degradation mechanism of circadian rhythms in mammals."

10:25 AM

Paramita Pati, "A low salt diet and circadian dysfunction synergize to induce angiotensin II-dependent hypertension in Period knockout mice."

10:50 AM

Wei Zhang, "The nutrient sensor TRIB3 is regulated as a function of time-of-day in metabolically active tissues:  infulence of the cardiac circadian clock."

11:15 AM



Session IV:  Postprandial dip RISERs

"Sleep  in Humans and Animal Models"

Session Chair:  Chou-Fang Chou

1:00 PM

Felicia Jefferson, “Sex dependent regulation of REM sleep following psychological stress.”

1:25 PM

Megan Ruiter Petrov, “Elevated Experimental Pain Sensitivity is Associated with Poor Sleep Quality and Behaviors in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.”

1:50 PM

Kristin Avis, “Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Affects Pedestrian Safety in Children.”

2:15 PM

Closing Remarks & Business Meeting
Karen Gamble, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology

2:30 PM

Meeting Adjourns



Dinner, continental breakfast, and lunch will be free for the first 75 registrants. You will be notified by email before the symposium if you do not make the “cutoff”. If you do not receive an email, there will be a lunch reserved for you. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a vegetarian lunch and/or have any food allergies.


Abstract and Poster Submission Information

The abstract should be less than 250 words in length. Submission of the abstract is required for poster and oral presentations using the online registration form BY TUESDAY, APRIL 16th. Please indicate on the form whether you would prefer to present a 15-20 minute talk or poster or both. Trainee (student or postdoc) speakers will be given priority, with one speaker per laboratory for oral presentations. We will make every effort to include a presentation slot for everyone who wants to present. However, in the event that there are more presentation requests than time allotted, oral presentations will be chosen by the RISER planning and organizing committee.

Poster - Maximum size of 4’ x 6’

Poster topics can include anything related to sleep and/or biological rhythms.


 We would like to enthusiastically thank the following departments and centers which made this event possible.


Contact Information

If you have any questions specifically about the symposium or abstracts, please contact Karen Gamble, klgamble@uab.edu. For any problems with the website or your registration, please contact Jamie White, jcarleen@uab.edu.  


History of the Rhythms in South East Region (RISER) Meeting

The first RISER meeting began in 2009 under the organization of Drs. Carl Johnson, Doug McMahon, Terry Page, and Shin Yamazaki at Vanderbilt University. This meeting originated as an opportunity to bring together circadian/sleep researchers who were relatively close (geographically) and could potentially collaborate. In addition, the initiators of this meeting also hoped to give junior people from each lab an opportunity to present and to get feedback. The group has met three times, two as a conference/meeting at Vanderbilt (2009 and 2011) and once as a social at SRBR (2010). Finally, an important initiative of this meeting was to provide a low or no-cost venue (in terms of registration, etc).

We are excited about continuing this tradition in the Southeastern U.S. Hosting the meeting at different locations will hopefully enable different groups to be able to attend from year to year and promote our field to different local research communities.

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