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Wednesday, June 20 - Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM)

Birmingham Negro Southern League Museum
120 16th St. S 

Birmingham, AL 35233
4:00 pm Registration (for dorm guests only) in lobby of New Freshmen Residence Hall
5:30 pm Shuttle to Reception
6:00 pm Dinner ReceptionProfessional Head Shots (dress for your free headshot!)
7:30 pm

Return Shuttle

Thursday, June 21 - Hill Student Center

UAB Campus
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294
7:00 am Guest Breakfast 
8:00 am  Opening Remarks from Directors & Ice-Breaker 
Amoy Antunet

Amoy Antunet

7-year-old Neuroscience Expert
8:20 am  Professional Development Session I: Career Panel
Corinne Augelli-Szafran

Corinne E. Augelli-Szafran, Ph.D.
Director, Chemistry Department
Southern Research
Ted Love 

Ted Love, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Global Blood Therapeutics
Tim Marzullo

Tim Marzullo, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Scientist

Backyard Brains
9:20 am Break 
9:30 am Oral Session I
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Keynote / Life Path I
 Eve Marder
"Differential Resilience to Perturbation of Circuits with Similar Performance"

Eve Marder, Ph.D.
Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience
Brandeis University

11:45 am Boxed Lunch Break 
1:00 pm Oral Session II
1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Keynote / Life Path II
 Damien Fair
"Using Graph Theory to Inform Heterogeneity in Typical and Atypical Brain Development"

Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Oregon Health & Science University

3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm  Professional Development Session II 
Emily Roberts
"Demystifying Taxes for Graduate Students"

Emily Roberts, Ph.D.
Founder, Personal Finance for PhDs
5:00 pm  Adjourn
  The DoubleTree Hotel
808 20th St. S
Birmingham, AL 35205
5:30 pm Poster Hanging
6:00 pm Dinner Reception 
7:00 pm
Poster Session - OPEN TO ALL!
9:00 pm

Adjourn for the Evening - Shuttle Bus

Friday, June 22  - Heritage Hall 104

UAB Campus
1401 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294
7:00 am Guest Breakfast
8:00 am Professional Development Session III
 Edgardo Falcon-Morales
Figuring out the Non-research Components of the NIH Fellowship

Edgardo Falcón-Morales, Ph.D.

Health Program Specialist
Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

9:00 am Break
9:15 am Oral Session III
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Shark Tank
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Keynote / Life Path III
 Manisha Patel
"Preventing Neuronal Death while Surviving in Academia"

Manisha Patel, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Colorado Denver
12:45 pm  Pizza Lunch
1:45 pm Oral Session IV
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Awards & Closing Remarks
3:00 pm Adjourn 

Conference Details, Travel Awards & Abstracts


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. It will take place at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on June 20-22, 2018. 

Non-UAB underrepresented* neuroscience graduate trainees are targeted for attendance.
 Attendance by ALL UAB neuroscience trainees is requested and encouraged.  

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

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 March 31 deadline. A second round of travel awards will be made if funds allow. 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.


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: Title; Author list; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Conclusion. Use Microsoft Word; Arial 11pt; single spaced. Abstract submission for Travel Awards is now closed.  If you would like to inqurie after remaing places, please email Jamie at

Abstracts for UAB trainees are due by May 31st.

Posters should fit on a 4-ft high by 8-ft wide poster board. Oral presentations will be a total of 10 minutes in length (8 minutes of science and slides; 2 minutes for questions).

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

Registration is CLOSED.

* Underrepresented (must be U.S. 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 activity.