Wednesday, June 22 - Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 Sixteenth Street North
Birmingham AL 35203
2-5 pm Registration and Check-In
5:30 pm Shuttle to Reception
6:00 pm Dinner Reception
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
7:30 pm Return Shuttle

Thursday, June 23

Hill University Student Center
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham AL 35294-1150
7:15 am Breakfast 
8:00 am  Opening Remarks - Hill University Student Center - Ballroom
8:15 am  Professional Developement Session 1 - Hill University Student Center - Ballroom
Frank Davis Frank Davis, BSEE, MBA
President & CEO
The Horizon Group-Process and Materials Specialists

"Inner Drivers" 
9:00 am Break 
9:15 am Professional Development Session IIa  - Hill University Student Center - Ballroom
Nancy Abney Nancy G. Abney
Instructor & Program Manager
Professional Development Program
UAB Graduate School

"Developing a Professional Portfolio"
10:00 am Professional Development Session IIb - Stereotype Threat - Ballroom
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Lecture & Life Path 
 leggegordon Hill University Student Center - Alumni Theater

Gordon E. Legge, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of Minnesota

"The Impact of Impaired Vision on Reading and Mobility: Personal 
and Professional Insights"

12:30 pm Boxed Lunch Break 
1:30 pm Oral Session I  - Hill University Student Center - Alumni Theater
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Oral Session II  - Hill University Student Center - Alumni Theater
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Lecture & Life Path 
 scharh01 Hill University Student Center - Alumni Theater

Helen Scharfman, PhD
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine

"Diverse Roles of Adult Dentate Gyrus Neurogenesis"

5:30 pm Dinner - Hill University Student Center - Ballroom
7:00 pm Poster Session
The Edge of Chaos
1700 University Blvd - 4th Floor Lister Hill
Birmingham, AL 35294
9:00 pm Adjourn for the Evening

Friday, June 24 - Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall 104
1401 University Blvd
Birmingham AL 35294-1150
7:45 am Breakfast 
8:30 am Oral Session III - Heritage Hall 104
9:30 am Break
9:45 am Professional Development Session III - Heritage Hall 104
stephanie yates 2 Stephanie Yates, PhDJ.R
Associate Professor, UAB Collat School of Business

Jackie Russell, JD
Instructor of Accounting and Business Law

"Personal Finance" 
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Lecture and Life Path
 Hart Carl Heritage Hall 104

Carl Hart, PhD
Professor of Psychology

Columbia University

"Using Science to Promote Justice" 
12:30 pm Pizza Lunch 
1:30 pm Oral Session IV - Heritage Hall 104
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Professional Development Session IV - Heritage Hall 104
Gabriel Gabriel Gasque, PhD
Associate Editor
PLoS Biology

"A Successful Paper Submission: Do's and Don'ts"
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Professional Development Session V - Heritage Hall 104
Dr Jones London Michelle Jones-London, PhD
Director of Diversity Training and Workforce Development
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

"The Neuroscientists' Toolkit for Research and Career: Empowering Yourself to Follow Your Passion"
4:45 PM Awards & Closing Remarks - Heritage Hall 104
5:00 PM Break
6:00 PM Full Moon BBQ & Potato Bar at UAB Mini-Park

Conference Details and Registration


The annual NEURAL Conference is the only regional graduate trainee neuroscience conference of its kind and the cornerstone of the efforts of the UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program.  The conference is designed to benefit the *underrepresented graduate neuroscience trainee.  Non-UAB *underrepresented graduate neuroscience trainees are targeted for attendance.  

Attendance by ALL UAB neuroscience trainees is requested and encouraged.  

Poster presentations and attendance is open to ALL neuroscience trainees.  Oral presentations will be chosen from *underrepresented neuroscience graduate attendees ONLY.  3 poster awards and 3 oral awards will be made.  Abstract details and a submission form can be found below.

The NEURAL Conference will take place at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

A limited number of TRAVEL AWARDS are available for non-UAB *underrepresented neuroscience graduate students!  Preference will be given to trainees who submit quality abstracts by the April 15th deadline. Abstracts can be submitted through June 1.  Travel awards will take the form of free lodging and travel reimbursements upon receipt of detailed receipts.  Indicate your interest in a Travel Award on the registration form.

* Underrepresented (must be citizens or permanent residents):
1. Racial and ethnic groups such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders. 
2. Students with disabilities, i.e., who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. 

Please send Jamie White your questions or call the UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program at 205-996-1673!


Presenting is an important aspect of the NEURAL conference.  Poster presentations are open to ALL neuroscience trainees.  Oral presentations will be selected from *underrepresented neuroscience trainees only.

Abstracts must be neuroscience-related.  Abstract bodies should be no longer than 250 words and include:  Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Conclusion.  Use ariel 11, single spaced, microsoft word.  The first round of travel awards have been made.  We have limited funds to support a second round of travel awards.  Please register asap and submit SECOND ROUND ABSTRACTS BY June 1.  Please email your abstract to  If you don't recieve a confirmation email, please call 205-996-1673.   

Posters must fit on 4 feet X 8 feet poster boards.  Oral presentations will be a total of 10 minutes in length.  (8 minutes science and slides, 2 minutes for questions)


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development sessions!

UAB New Student CenterConference to be be held at the 
new UAB STUDENT CENTER and Heritage Hall

nfrh exteriorLodging
in the new dorms!