You are cordially invited to the

Tenth Annual

McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Poster Reception

Sunday, November 12, 2017

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Embassy Suites DC Convention Center

Capital Room ABC

900 10th St NW

Washington, DC 20001

Hosted by:

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

The University of Arizona

Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute

The University of Florida

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

The University of Miami

Sponsored by:

McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Established by Evelyn F. McKnight

2017 Abstracts

The NSF funded REU program, Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN), seeks to provide an intensive basic neuroscience research experience for students without significant neuroscience research at their college/university.  As well, SPIN provides students with detailed professional development training to prepare for success in applying and adjusting to Ph.D. focused, graduate education.


SPIN has launched its application process for summer 2018. The program will run June 4- August 10
th, 2018.  Applications to participate will be accepted now through March 1, 2018.  Applications are accepted through our website:
http://www.uab.edu/medicine/neurobiology/education/undergraduate-summer-research.  SPIN seeks to ensure the best science through diversity. Students from traditionally under-represented groups and first generation college students are particularly encouraged to apply. Complete application packets will be reviewed after the March 1 deadline.  Finalists will then participate in phone interviews with the program director before final selection.


At the time of application, interested students will need to provide:

1) the name and email address of at least  1 reference. SPIN will solicit direct submission of a letter from this referee.   

2) a current transcript

3) provide relevant short answer responses describing motivation and goals for involvement in the SPIN REU as detailed on the application form.

2017 – 2018 Civitan International award recipients were honored at a reception on October 19, 2017 at the Civitan International Research Center.  A large crowd attended which included not only faculty from the Research Center but also members of the new Civitan International Board of Directors and representatives from the Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Lucas Pozzo-Miller and Dr. Tika Benveniste spoke briefly about the positive impact Civitan International (CI) has had on the CIRC in the past and the bright future of the CIRC.   Other speakers included, John Rynearson, retired CI Executive Vice President; Linda Hadley, FCIDD; Scarlet Thompson, Civitan International Executive Vice President; and Kendyl Massey, Civitan International President, Board of Directors. 

Emerging Scholar awards were granted to Rylie Hightower and Omar Maximo.  The W. John Rynearson Award was given to Mary Phillips and the Whitt Mallory Research Fellow was granted to Nancy Gallus.  Dr. Vladimir Parpura received the McNulty Award.   

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 Mary Phillips, Rylie Hightower, Omar Maximo, Nancy Gallus, Dr. Vlad Parpura


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Dr. Tika Benveniste, Rylie Hightower, Dr. Lucas Pozzo-Miller



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