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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
 DeLong 0115 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
 Marina-Wolf 0115 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

Clover 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 011315.3Welcome 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
 Alumni House UAB Alumni House
1301 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(Google Map)
8:30 am Opening Remarks
McMahon 0115 Lori McMahon, Ph.D.
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Standaert 0115 David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
 McLain 0115 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 0115 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"
Schwartz 0115 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"
LRH 0115 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"
Peckham 0115 P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.
Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
2:00 pm Afternoon Remarks
Alexander 0115 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"
 Walker 0115 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"
Bolding 0115 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"
Shum 0115 Corey Shum
Technical Director, Enabling Technology Laboratory
University of Alabama at Birmingham
3:30 pm Brain-Machine Interface: A Future for Schizophrenia?
 Lahti 0115 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"
Kana 0115  Rajesh Kana, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
4:00 pm Closing Remarks
 palazzo 0115 Robert Palazzo, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
4:15 - 6:00 pm Reception
 aeiva 010115 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 UABResidence Inn Birmingham Downtown UABSpring 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 2014Update 2014
in collaboration with the Alabama Academy of Neurology

Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:45 am - 3:45 pm

The Bradley Lecture Center

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.

2012 Pain 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.








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.




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:

Glial Biology/Neuroimmunology/Neurooncology Retreat

January 20, 2012

UAB Alumni House

1301 10th Avenue South

8:00am – 5:00pm



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




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/


Session V – Poster Session   3:00pm – 5:00pm

Poster Session and Reception



Neuroscience Day

Friday, February 10th, 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 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.


7:30 – 8:30

Registration and Continental Breakfast

4th 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


Vulcan Park and Museum



Welcome to the homepage for the

2012 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!

Key Dates

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Abstract Submission Deadline
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.


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.


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

Welcome to the homepage for the 2011

Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!


Key dates


Friday April 1st                        Abstract submission deadline

Wednesday April 20th             Glenwood Lectureship

Thursday April 21st                 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





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 9th Street (D9A-9th 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 




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


11:50 am         Poster session and lunch (free)

1:00 pm           History of Simpson-Ramsey Symposium, introduction to afternoon


Fred Biasini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of


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


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.




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, If you have any questions specifically about the symposium, abstracts, or poster competition, please contact Rita Cowell, For any problems with the website, please contact Molly Moran,


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 22nd, 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

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. 


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


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


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. 



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. Meador-Woodruff

A Neuroprotective Role of Angiogenin in Models of Parkinson Disease

Trent Steidinger, David Standaert, Talene Yacoubian

Transduction of Dopamine Neurons by Adenoviral Vectors is Modulated by CAR Expression: Rationale for Tropism Modified Vectors in PD Gene Therapy

Travis B Lewis, Joel N Glasgow, Anya M Glandon, David T Curiel, and David G Standaert.

Targeting the Tau-Fyn Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease

Nick Cochran and Erik Roberson

Mitochondrial Ca2+ update capacity as a therapeutictarget in Huntington's disease

Ashish Kumar, Giselle M. Perry, Sara Tallaksen-Greene,Mary Y. Heng,
Andrew Kneynsberg, Thomas van Groen, Peter J. Detloff, Roger L. Albin
and Mathieu Lesort

Inflammatory modulation of NMDA receptors on oligodendrocytes 

Brandi J. Baker, Igor Gembitsky, and Tara M. DeSilva

Histone Methylation: a critical regulator of long-term memory formation

Swati Gupta, Robin L. Davis, Farah D. Lubin

Extraction of stimulus parameters from responses of directionally selective retinal ganglion cells

Przemyslaw Nowak, Timothy J. Gawne, Allan C. Dobbins, Franklin R. Amthor

Directed analysis of candidate genes implicated in autism 

Rebecca L. Tomlinson, Dan E. Arking and Andrew B. West

The length of estrogen deprivation, not chronological age, limits the ability of estrogen replacement to enhance synaptic function in hippocampus of ovariectomized female rats.

Lindsey C. Vedder, Caroline C. Smith, Amy R. Nelson, Teruko M. Bredemann, Lori L. McMahon             

Insulin Deficiency Promotes Alzheimer’s Disease

A. Kneynsberg, A. Kumar, G. Perry, I. Kadisha, T. van Groen, R. Jope, E. Roberson, and M. Lesort

Loss of association between PGC-1alpha and its putative targets in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of patients with schizophrenia  

Rita M. Cowell, J. Matt Rutherford, Elizabeth K. Lucas, Vahram Haroutunian, James H. Meador-Woodruff

Region-Specific Transcriptional Changes of Interneuron Markers in the R6/2 model of Huntington Disease

Dougherty SE, Lesort M, Cowell RM

Novel targets of the transcriptional coactivator PGC-1α in the brain: Implications for neurological disorders

Elizabeth K. Lucas, Courtney A. Sparkman, Alisa T. Trinh, & Rita M. Cowell

Impaired presynaptic structure and function in area CA1 of symptomatic Mecp2 mutant mice do not account for hippocampal hyperexcitability

Gaston Calfa, Michelle D. Amaral, John Hablitz and Lucas Pozzo-Miller

CaMKII regulation of chloride channels in human glioma cell proliferation

Vishnu Cuddapah and Harald Sontheimer

Sympathetic sprouting rescues cholinergic innervation and compensates for deficits in
M1 receptor function, non-amyloidogenic processing of APP, and learning.

Amy R. Nelson, Krystyna Kolasa, Caroline C. Smith, and Lori L. McMahon

Glutamatergic signaling during cerebral white matter development

Heather Minkel, Brandi Baker, Igor Gembitsky, and Tara DeSilva

Regulation of endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced neuron death

Arindam Ghosh, Barbara.J.Klocke and Kevin.A.Roth

The role of the temporoparietal junction in mindreading and its dysfunction in autism

Rajesh K. Kana, Ph.D., Lauren L. Libero, Hrishikesh Deshpande

Voltage-gated Calcium Channels of C. elegans Glial Cells

Randy F. Stout Jr., Vladimir Parpura. 

Frontotemporal Dementia-related Behavioral Abnormalities in a Murine Model of Progranulin Insufficiency


Using LCM-qPCR to Study Neuronal Circuitry of Schizophrenia in Postmortem Human Brain Tissue

Micah Simmons, Stefani Yates, Grant Nelson, Vahram Haroutunian, Robert McCullumsmith and James H. Meador-Woodruff

Environmental enrichment enhances synaptic input to newborn neurons during their critical period

Jessica Chancey, Matthew Sapp, Phyllis Pugh, Elena Adlaf, Jacques Wadiche, Linda Overstreet-Wadiche

Fcγ Receptors are Required for NF-κB Signaling, Microglial Activation and Dopaminergic Neurodegeneration in an AAV-synuclein Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease

Shuwen Cao, Shaji Theodore and David G. Standaert

Developmental underpinnings of individual differences in rodent novelty-seeking and emotional reactivity

Sarah M. Clinton, John D. H. Stead, Sue Miller, Stanley J. Watson, and Huda Akil

Virtual Interactive Presence Technology

Barton L. Guthrie, M.D., Alan M. Shih, Ph.D., Marcus W. Dillavou, P. Corey Shum

Altered dendritic morphology of Purkinje cells in Dyt1 GAG knock-in and Purkinje-cell specific Dyt1 conditional knockout mice 

Lin Zhang, Fumiaki Yokoi, Yuanhu jin, Mark P. DeAndrade, David G. Standaert, and Yuqing Li

Elevated Garp2 Mice Exhibit Decreased Light Response and Increased Phototransduction Gain

Steven J. Pittler,  Glen R. Rubin, Timothy W. Kraft, and  Shanta Sarfare

The Center for Glial Biology in Medicine is pleased to announce the upcoming Bevill Conference on Glial Biology in Medicine scheduled for December 5-7, 2010.  The preliminary conference program and registration page can be found at  Through the generous support of the Bevill Family and the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center registration fees for the 2010 conference are being waived.  We hope that you will encourage your students and postdocs to attend this upcoming meeting.  Please contact Anne Wailes ( with any questions concerning the conference. 

Glial Conference Poster

Welcome to the 2010 Neurodevelopment/ Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!



Wednesday, March 31st Abstract submission deadline
Wednesday April 21st Glenwood Lectureship
Thursday April 22nd Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium


Bevill Neuroscience Symposium 2009


October 6, 2009

8:45 am – 3:00 pm

Children’s Harbor – Bradley Conference Center

1600 6th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233

For information contact




October 6, 2009

8:45 am – 3:00 pm

Children’s Harbor – Bradley Conference Center

1600 6th Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233

For information contact

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