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Annual Research Day 2019

Fifth Annual Neuroscience Research Day

April 5, 2019

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center - 801 University Avenue Syracuse, NY 13210



 8:30 – 9:00am

Registration desk opens and continental breakfast available

9:00 – 9:10am

Welcome and introduction of keynote speaker

Sandra Hewett, Ph.D. (Biology, Executive Director of Neuroscience Studies, SU)

9:10 – 10:25am

Keynote Lecture

Sally Temple, Ph.D. (Neural Stem Cell Institute)

Neural Stem Cells as the Basis for Central Nervous System Development and Repair 

10:25 – 10:40am


10:40 - 11:05am

Lynn Lohnas, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Psychology, SU) 

Event Boundaries Cause Shifts in Electrophysiological Measures of Temporal Context

11:05 - 12:00pm

Notable poster abstract presentations

12:00 – 12:50pm


12:50 – 1:20pm

Poster presentations: Posters with odd numbers

  1:20 – 1:50pm

Poster presentations: Posters with even numbers

  1:50 – 2:15pm

Caitlin Vose, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Communications Sciences & Disorders, SU)

  2:15 – 2:40pm

Rachel Steinhardt, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Chemistry, SU)

  2:40 – 3:05pm

Daniel Acuna, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, SU)

  3:05 – 3:15pm


  3:15 – 3:45pm

Graduate Student Presentations:

Spandita Dutta (Biology, SU)

Martin De Vita (Psychology, SU) Neuroplastic Mechanisms Underlying the Nexus of Pain and Substance Use


Poster Awards and Closing Remarks

Jonathan Preston, Ph.D. (Neuroscience Research Day Committee, Communication Sciences & Disorders, SU)

Keynote Lecture

Sally Temple, Ph.D., Neural Stem Cell Institute

Title:  Neural Stem Cells as the Basis for Central Nervous System Development and Repair

The discovery of neural stem cells (NSCs) in the developing and adult central nervous system (CNS)  of model organisms and humans has opened new avenues to address devastating and currently incurable neurological conditions.   Characterizing how NSCs produce the great variety of neuronal and glial progeny and how the environment impacts lineage choices has provided a foundational understanding of CNS development. This understanding is also important for therapeutic approaches using cell transplantation to replace lost CNS cells due to trauma or neurodegenerative conditions. Recently we identified a new stem cell in the adult human retinal pigment epithelium that we are using to develop a cell therapy for patients with the blinding condition age-related macular degeneration.  Translating basic NSC research towards the clinic presents challenges, including how to define these complex cell products more reliably, how to efficiently establish safety and efficacy, and how to gather resources to enable early phase studies.  In addition, we must address global challenges from unproven therapies that threaten genuine efforts to produce transformative stem cell-based therapies. This is an exciting time to think about how NSC research has expanded our knowledge of CNS formation and paved the way for new neuro-therapies. 

Registration is free! To register for the event, by March 29thclick here.

Fourth Annual Neuroscience Research Day 2018