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Online Retreat

Friday May 14, 2021

8:00 – 8:30am       Welcome and State of the Center Dr. Adrienne Lahti, CNC Director

What can the CNC do for you?

Session I:Substance Use Disorders Pillar, Drs. Jeremy Day & Aurelio Galli

8:30 – 8:35am        Session introduction, Pillar leaders

8:35 – 8:47am        Sam Mabry (GBS Neuroscience, Galli lab), Microbial Regulation of Psychostimulant Abuse.

8:47 – 9:00am        Jennifer Tuscher, PhD (Neurobiology, Day lab), Single-nucleus RNA-sequencing reveals cell-type specific transcriptional responses to cocaine and dopamine.


Session II: Circadian Rhythm and Sleep Pillar, Drs. Karen Gamble, Patricia Patrician, Courtney Peterson, & Amy Amara

9:00 – 9:05am       Session introduction, Pillar leaders

9:05 – 9:17am       Lacy Goode (GBS Neuroscience, Gamble lab), Diurnal variation of inhibitory synaptic transmission in hippocampal CA1.

9:17 9:30am       Adeel Memon, MD (Neuroengineering PhD program, McMahon and Amara labs) Effects of exercise on frontal delta oscillation during slow-wave sleep.

Session III: Epilepsy and Related Disorders Pillar, Drs. Larry Ver Hoef & Farah Lubin

9:30 – 9:35am       Session introduction, Pillar leaders

9:359:47am       Ayushe Sharma (Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience, Szaflarski lab), Everyone has a Fire Inside, but Some Have One in Their Brains.

9:47 – 10:00am     Anandh Ramaniharan, PhD (Neurology, Ver Hoef lab), Next generation quantification of hippocampal dentation.

10:00 – 10:10am     BREAK

Session IV: Glial Biology and Pathology Pillar, Drs. Michelle Gray & Anita Hjelmeland

10:10 – 10:15am    Session introduction, Pillar leaders

10:15 – 10:27am    Deepayan Kar (Vision Science, Dr. Curcio lab) Connectomics of the human retina: Morphology and abundance of two distinct Müller glia types identified in the adult fovea.

10:27 – 10:39am    Ken Matoba, PhD (Psychiatry Behavioral Neurobiology, Kano lab) Thalamic microglia activation, cognitive decline, and aging.

Session V: Mental Health and Disorders Pillar, Drs. Yogesh Dwivedi & Nina Kraguljac

10:40 – 10:45am    Session introduction, Pillar leaders

10:45 – 10:57am    Lindsay Stager (Medical/Clinical Psychology, Fobian lab) Sleep as a Novel Moderator Between BMI and Working Memory.

10:57 11:10am     Kongpyung Kim, PhD (Psychiatry Behavioral Neurobiology, Niwa lab) A novel cortico- cortical pathway underlying social isolation-induced social behavioral deficits in the postpartum period.

Session VI: Neuroimaging Pillar, Drs. Kristina Visscher & Junghee Lee

11:10 – 11:15am     Session introduction, Pillar leaders

11:15 – 11:27am     Sara Sims (Medical/Clinical Psychology, Visscher lab), Functional Network Segregation is associated with executive functioning in the Healthy Oldest Old: Findings from the McKnight Brain Aging Registry.

11:27 11:40am     Juliann Purcell (Medical/Clinical Psychology, Knight/Mrug labs), Stress-elicited neural activity in young adults varies with childhood sexual abuse.

11:40 – 12:05pm   2020 CNC Pilot Awardee, Dr. Andrew Hardaway (Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, SOM), "Process of Illumination: Real-time Dopamine Signaling Measurement using a Genetically-Encoded Biosensor".

12:05 – 1:05pm      LUNCH and Pillar Breakout Rooms – finalize voting for best trainee presentation.

1:05 – 1:25pm        2020 CNC Pilot Awardee, Dr. Ashley Harms (CNET, Neurology, SOM) The role of T cells in alpha-synuclein models of Parkinson disease.

1:25 – 2:00pm       Award Announcements and Closing Remarks