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University of Alabama at Birmingham
Wednesday, June 19 - Friday, June 21, 2019



 Wednesday, June 19

Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)
Atrium Lobby
1221 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205
2-5:00 PM Registration (dorm guests only) in lobby of New Freshmen Residence Hall
5:45 PM Shuttle to Reception (dorm guests)
6:00 PM Dinner Reception & Professional Headshots
7:30 PM
Return Shuttle

 Thursday, June 20

UAB Hill Student Center
Third Floor Ballrooms
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294
7:00 AM Breakfast 
8:00 AM  Opening Remarks from Directors & Mixtroz Ice-Breaker 
8:15 AM Professional Development Session I
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"The Myth of Work-Life Balance"

Julie McDonald, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

McDonald Graham, LLC

9:45 AM Break 
10:00 AM Oral Session I
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Keynote I

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"Neuregulin-1 for Stroke Treatment: A Journey from the
Bench to Clinical Translation"

Byron Ford, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
University of California, Riverside

12:30 PM Boxed Lunch Break 
1:15 PM Oral Session II
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Keynote II
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"From fixation to exploration: Towards an integrative view of oculomotor function"

Susana Martinez-Conde, Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthamology and Physiology/Pharmacology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

3:45 PM Break
4:00 PM Oral Session III
5:00 PM Dinner Reception
6:00 PM Shuttle to Hilton
Hilton Birmingham at UAB
Hamilton Foyer
808 20th St South
Birmingham, AL 35205 
6:30 PM Poster Hanging
7:00 PM
Poster Session - OPEN TO ALL!
9:00 PM
Adjourn for the Evening (Shuttle Bus)

Friday, June 21

UAB Hill Student Center
Third Floor Ballrooms
1400 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Professional Development Session II
Postdoc Panel

9:00 AM Break
9:10 AM Oral Session IV
10:10 AM Break
10:15 AM Shark Tank
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Keynote III

Golshani round 
"New tools to record neural dynamics in freely behaving animals"

Peyman Golshani, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
University of California Los Angeles

12:45 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Awards & Closing Remarks
2:00 PM Adjourn + Lab Tours


Conference Details & Registration

National Enhancement of UnderRepresented Academic Leaders (NEURAL) Conference

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 19-21, 2019. 

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 on the following tab.

Follow the link to the appropriate registration form.

Registration is CLOSED.



Abstract Submission is CLOSED.

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.

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 1 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.

Abstracts must be neuroscience-related. Abstract bodies should be roughly 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 open. 

Abstracts for UAB trainees are due by May 1st.

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).

* 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.