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Wednesday, June 14 - Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham AL 35203
2-5 pm Registration and Check-In
5:30 pm Shuttle to Reception
6:00 pm Dinner Reception & Professional Head Shots! (dress for your free headshot!)
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
7:30 pm Return Shuttle

Thursday, June 15 - Hill University Center - Ballroom

UAB Campus
7:00 am Guest Breakfast - Invitation Only
8:00 am  Opening Remarks & Ice-Breaker Exercise - Hill University Student Center - Ballroom
8:20 am  Professional Development Session I 
Steve Yoder "Networking for Introverts"

Stephen A. Yoder, JD
Asisstant Professor 
UAB Collat School of Business
9:20 am Break 
9:30 am Oral Session I- Graduate Trainee Presentations
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Lecture & Life Path 
 ketema paul Ketema Paul, PhD
Associate Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology
University of California, Los Angeles

"Sleep: A journey to understand its benefits and perils"
11:45 pm Boxed Lunch Break 
12:30 pm Oral Session II  - Hill University Student Center - Ballroom
1:15 pm Break
1:30 pm Lecture & Life Path 
 DCR Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, PhD
Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine

"Cell biological mechanisms of synaptic assembly, plasticity, and function: lessons from C. elegans"
2:45 pm Break- Prepare for Shuttle Bus to The Club - Invitation Only
3:15 pm Shuttle to The Club - Invitation Only
4:00 pm  Professional Development Session II - Invitation Only
 Fatimah "Discover Your Options.  Take Charge of Your Career."

Fatimah Williams Castro, PhD
Professional Development Consultant
Founder - Beyond the Tenure Track
5:30 pm Future Neuroscience Workforce Dinner - Invitation Only
  Poster Session - OPEN TO ALL!
The Club
1 Robert Smith Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
6:30 PM Break/Hang Posters
7:00 pm Poster Session I
8:00 pm Poster Session II
9:00 pm Adjourn for the Evening - Shuttle Bus

Friday, June 16  - Heritage Hall - R00m 104

UAB Campus
7:00 am Guest Breakfast - Invitation Only
8:00 am Oral Session III 
8:45 am Break
9:00 am Professional Development Session III - A Surprise 
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Professional Development Session IV 
Adam.West.round "Tax Workshop for the Graduate Trainee"

Adam West, CPA

Warren Averett- Accounting, Tax & Advisory Firm
10:50 am  Break
11:00 am Scientific Content TBA
 Weeber Edwin Edwin Weeber, PhD
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
University of South Florida
Chief Scientific Officer, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

"Reelin’ in Memories: The Challenges of Studying Cognitive Disorders"
12:15 pm Pizza Lunch 
1:00 pm Oral Session IV 
1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Professional Development Session V  
Molly Wasko "Leveraging LinkedIn and other Social Media for Careers in Research"

Molly M. Wasko, PhD
Professor & Chair
Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
UAB Collat School of Business
3:00 pm Awards & Closing Remarks
3:15 pm Adjourn

Conference Details


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 13th deadline.  A second round of travel awards will be made for qualified regsitratnts that submit quality abstracts by April 30!  Travel awards will take the form of free dorm lodging, meals 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.   If we have travel funds remaining after the intital April 13th deadline, a second round of awards may be offered.  Please email your abstract to  If you don't recieve a confirmation email, please call 205-996-1673.   

Posters dimensions will be noted shortly.  Oral presentations will be a total of 10 minutes in length.  (8 minutes science and slides, 2 minutes for questions)

2017 Highlights!


new professional development sessionstools


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