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The annual NEURAL Conference is the only regional neuroscience graduate trainee conference of its kind and the cornerstone of the efforts put forth by the UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program. The conference is designed to benefit the underrepresented neuroscience graduate trainee; however, all are encouraged to participate! It will take place in a hybrid format (in-person for UAB attendees, virtual for non-UAB attendees) on June 16-17, 2022. Registration is free! 

Registration for NEURAL 2022 is closed.

If you are interested in participating in the virtual poster session, you must submit your abstract through the registration link by Sunday, June 5, at 11:59 PM CST. After receiving your poster number, return to the home page and follow the instructions under "Already Registered?" to enter the course and submit your virtual poster.

Virtual Poster Presentation Timeline:

Abstracts due and registration closes for presenters: June 5, 2022, 11:59 PM CST.
June 8: Presenters will be contacted.
June 13-15: Access to Canvas course for online poster submission opens. Upload presentation in the assigned Canvas discussion board.
June 15-17: Judging of online posters. Judges will view presentations and ask questions on the Canvas discussion board.
June 17: Deadline for judges to complete scoring rubrics within Canvas.
June 17: Poster winners announced at the end of the conference, 4:45 PM CST.


Thursday, June 16 

Location: UAB Hilton, Hamilton Ballroom

3:00 - 5:00 PM                      Poster Session & Reception (in-person event only)     
Light hors d'oeuvres served
Free headshots offered

Friday, June 17 

Location: Cudworth 102 Auditorium (in-person attendees), webinar registration here (virtual attendees)

8:00 – 8:15 AM                  Opening Remarks from Dr. Farah Lubin, Dr. Michelle Gray, and Dr. Constanza Cortes                                            
8:15 – 9:15 AM                 First Session: Student Oral Session
8:15 AM Matheus de Araujo “Topological Perturbations in the Functional Connectome Support the Deficit/ Non-deficit Distinction in Antipsychotic Medication-naïve First Episode Psychosis Patients” (in person)
8:30 AM Prathibha Sekar "Understanding the role of Cul3 in post-natal neurodevelopment" (in person)
8:45 AM Jhodi Webster "The Role of Co-pathologies and T cell infiltration in Parkinson’s Disease" (in person)
9:00 AM Nicole Gallups "IFNγ drives neuroinflammation and demyelination in the Olig001-SYN mouse model of multiple system atrophy (MSA)" (in person)
9:15 – 9:30 AM            Bio Break
9:30 – 10:30 AM            Keynote Speaker (virtual): Dr. Gina Poe
Professor, University of California, Lost Angeles
Director of Maximizing Access to Research Careers U*STAR Program
Eleanor Leslie Chair in Innovative Brain Research
"Where We Are in Solving the Mysteries of Sleep"
10:35 – 10:55 AM           Virtual Meet & Greet with Keynote Speakers
11:00 – 12:00 PM           Keynote Speaker (virtual): Dr. Kafui Dzirasa
Associate Professor, Duke University
Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosurgery
“Discovering and Regulating Brain Networks Underlying Emotions”
12:00 – 1:00 PM           Lunch Break: boxed lunches provided
1:00 – 1:45 PM           Shark Tank
1:45 – 2:45 PM           Second Session: Student Oral Session
1:45 PM Silvienne Sint Jago “Effects of DNA methylation in response to Aerobic Exercise in a Rodent model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy” (in person)
2:00 PM Antonija Kolobaric "Number Two When Feeling Blue: Characterizing Microbiome Alterations in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Late Life Depression" (virtual)
2:15 PM Jhony Alejandro Mejia Perez "ConEEGtome: An intuitive end-to-end EEG pipeline for dementia diagnosis" (virtual)
2:30 PM Amrita Pal "White matter microstructure correlated with BMI in untreated obstructive sleep apnea patients" (virtual)
2:45 – 3:00 PM           Bio Break
3:00 – 4:00 PM           Keynote Speaker (virtual): Dr. Rebecca Calisi Rodriguez
Associate Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Davis
“Revealing genomic mechanisms of stress and reproduction while stressed and Reproducing”
4:00 – 4:30 PM           Group Photos
4:30 – 5:00 PM           Awards and Closing Remarks:
RMS Outstanding Mentor Award
RMS Outstanding Career Coach Award
Poster and Oral Presentation Awards
5:00 PM           Adjourn