Satellite Events

Sunday, November 09 - 12, 2014

Basic fMRI Design and Analysis

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 9-Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9am - 5pm
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Neurometrika.org & University of Maryland

Organizer/Moderator: Tom Zeffiro, MD

Sunday Nov 9 - Wednesday Nov 12, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM University of Maryland, College Park Campus While functional neuroimaging provides an effective means to measure human brain function in a variety of contexts, mastery of the methods required to obtain sensitive and specific estimates of neural activity can be difficult. Basic fMRI Design and Analysis is an intensive 4-day workshop that will focus on using SPM12 and its extensions for preprocessing, statistical modeling and visualization of data associated with a range of basic and clinical fMRI experimental designs. The fundamentals of acquiring and analyzing both task-related and resting state fMRI data will be covered in detail. While the primary emphasis will involve using the core SPM12 programs for these purposes, there will also be extensive discussion of a variety of software tools that facilitate fMRI data visualization and quality assurance through artifact detection and mitigation at various analysis stages. The workshop is designed for investigators having familiarity with the fundamental principles of fMRI measurement and design. As the presentations will include demonstrations and tutorials, participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with MATLAB and SPM12b already installed.

Contact: Tom Zeffiro, MD, at http://www.neurometrika.org/BFDA2014

Further information and registration information can be found at: www.neurometrika.org



Contact:

Tom Zeffiro, MD, Neurometrika.org/Univ. of MD
Email: zeffiro@neurometrika.org
Phone: (301) 963-3472

Donald Bolger, PhD, University of Maryland
Email: djbolger@umd.edu
Phone: (301) 405-9103,
Fax: (301) 405-2891

Wednesday, November 12 - 14, 2014

Alzheimer's Fast Track Workshop

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 8am - 9pm
Location: Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8am - 9pm
Location: Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 9pm
Location: Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: BrightFocus Foundation, Internationale Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek, Alzheimer Forschung Initiative, LECMA

Organizer/Moderator: BrightFocus Foundation

The Alzheimer’s disease research field continues to grow in size and scope. For people entering such a prolific environment, acquiring an initial understanding of the disease becomes more difficult each year. The goal of this workshop is to offer graduate students and postdocs an immersive opportunity to learn and discuss some of the latest trends in Alzheimer’s disease research through close interaction with established leaders in the field. Workshop sessions emphasize open discussion between students and lecturers, and immediate application of new knowledge. Students will participate in faculty-led exercises such as debate and mock grant proposals. All sessions will be held November 12-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, with Metro access to the SFN meeting. This is a cost-effective opportunity to build knowledge and professional contacts in the Alzheimer’s disease field. The $400 registration includes all program activities, as well as costs of hotels, meals, and social activities. Registrations are limited, and we encourage early submission. For more information please visit the BrightFocus Foundation website



Contact:

Kara Summers, BrightFocus Foundation
Email: ksummers@brightfocus.org
Phone: (301) 948-3324 ,
Fax: (301) 948-4403
Web: http://www.brightfocus.org/

Guy Eakin, PhD, BrightFocus Foundation
Email: geakin@brightfocus.org
Phone: (301) 556-9359
Web: http://www.brightfocus.org/

Thursday, November 13, 2014

American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Annual Meeting

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 7am - 10pm
Location: Hyatt Capitol Hill
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: American Society of Neurorehabilitation

Organizer/Moderator: Shannon Wild

 

The American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) is excited to be back for a fourth year, now bringing the ASNR Annual Meeting to SfN as a satellite meeting. This one day meeting will focus on advances in neurorehabilitation research that are ripe for clinical translation. It will provide opportunities to share knowledge, experience, and developments in the field. All of the sessions will address methods and concepts applicable across several neurological disease entities. The scientific program will include distinguished invited speakers, engaging symposia, and a poster reception. For those with a particular interest in neurorehabilitation of motor deficits, look at the Translational and Computational Motor Control satellite the following day.

Organizer/Moderator: Albert Lo, MD

For additional information and to register, please visit www.asnr.com.
Contact: Leslie Orvedahl, LeslieOrvedahl@llmsi.com



Contact:

Leslie Orvedahl, LLMSI
Email: LeslieOrvedahl@llmsi.com
Phone: (952) 543-5349,
Fax: (952) 545-6073

Big Data Opportunities Using NIH/NIMH Data Repositories

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:30am - 4pm
Location: Carlyle Crescent, Alexandria, VA, 1940 Duke St., 2nd Floor
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: NIMH

Organizer/Moderator: Svetlana I Novikova, PhD

The NIH established the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR) in 2008. Since then, de-identified human subjects research data on 77,000 research participants across hundreds of cognitive, diagnostic and clinical measures are now shared. Secured in the Amazon cloud, large datasets from over 8,000 exome sequences, 2,000 structural images exists (see NDAR Query) and event based fMRI, EEG, and eye tracking experiments make NDAR one of the largest data repositories in the neurosciences. Recently, the NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Clinical Trials (NDCT) initiatives have adopted the same data sharing platform. Together, these platforms provide new and emerging opportunities that previously could not have been considered. This symposium will help educate the neuroscience community on the best practices used to drive scientific discovery using these resources. Further, NIH program officers will present on how such big data scientific efforts are now being funded. Registration link: http://fs30.formsite.com/NDAR/BigDataOpportunities/index.html



Contact:

Svetlana Novikova, PhD, NDAR
Email: novikovas@mail.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 443-0212
Web: ndar.nih.gov

Dan Hall, MS, NIMH
Email: dan.hall@nih.gov
Phone: (301) 467-0823
Web: ndar.nih.gov

Thursday, November 13 - 14, 2014

S4SN 2014 Annual Meeting

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 7am - 8pm
Location: Renaissance Washington DC, Grand Ballroom Central
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 7pm
Location: Renaissance Washington DC, Grand Ballroom Central
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Society for Social Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Kerry Bosch

Event Dates: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2-7 p.m. & Friday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that the Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN) will be holding its fifth annual meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting will consist of a keynote address by Dr. Michael Meaney, McGill Department of Neurology, a symposium discussing topics of social neuroscience from both the human and animal model perspectives, a hot topics session, and several poster sessions.

For more information visit http://www.s4sn.org



Contact:

Kerry Bosch, TM Events, Inc
Email: kbosch@taramillerevents.com
Phone: (916) 293-9409
Web: http://www.s4sn.org

J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:30am - 7pm
Location: Fairfax a Embassy Row Hotel
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 7am - 9pm
Location: Fairfax a Embassy Row Hotel
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Ann B Butler, PhD

The J.B. Johnston Club for Evolutionary Neuroscience is an international organization of researchers in comparative and evolutionary neuroscience. The 2014 annual meeting will begin with breakfast at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC. The Thursday meeting will be the 26th Annual Karger Workshop in Evolutionary Neuroscience. The topic this year is The Neurobiology and Behavior of Predators and Prey. The regular JBJC meeting on Friday will consist of short presentations by members on a variety of subjects.

Information about the meeting, including membership and abstract submission, is available online: www.jbjclub.org.

Questions can be directed to the Principal Executive Officer, Ann Butler (abbutler@gmu.edu).



Contact:

Ann Butler, PhD, George Mason University
Email: abbutler@gmu.edu
Phone: (207) 315-0198

Barrels XXVII

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8am - 10pm
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Glass Pavilion
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 5pm
Location: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Glass Pavilion
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Barrels Society

Organizer/Moderator: Joshua C Brumberg, PhD


Meeting Dates: Thursday, November 13, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m, through Friday, November 14, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

The 27th Annual Barrels Meeting highlights the latest advances in this rapidly growing field. The Barrels meeting annually focuses on the development, anatomy, physiology and behavior of the rodent whisker-to-barrel pathway. Speakers utilize diverse molecular, physiological, computational techniques to understand the development, sensory processing and motor commands that are involved with the rodent mystacial vibrissae.



Contact:

Joshua Brumberg, PhD, Queens College
Email: joshua.brumberg@qc.cuny.edu
Phone: (718) 997-3541 ,
Fax: (718) 997-3257
Web: qcpages.qc.edu/Psychology/people/faculty/brumberg.html

9th Brain Research Conference - Neuroprotection: Basic Mechanisms and Translational Potential

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8am - 6pm
Location: Sheraton Pentagon City
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 6pm
Location: Sheraton Pentagon City
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Elsevier Ltd

Organizer/Moderator: Laura Copeland

The protection of neurons that are intrinsically vulnerable to diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ALS, or are at risk of death due to stroke or traumatic injury is an area of immense importance. In recent years, inflammation, the blood-brain barrier, stem cells, hormones, and epigenetic factors have all been implicated in the rescue of neurons. Understanding their varied and complex roles in neuroprotection is critical to developing new therapies to preserve and promote brain function in the diseased or injured brain.



Contact:

Laura Copeland, Elsevier Ltd
Email: l.copelandl@elsevier.com
Phone: 44 (1865) 843274
Web: www.brainresearchconference.com

GABAergic Signaling in Health and Disease: 23rd Neuropharmacology Conference

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:30am - 6:30pm
Location: Sheraton Pentagon City
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 7pm
Location: Sheraton Pentagon City
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Elsevier Ltd

Organizer/Moderator: Kirsty Patricia Nichols

GABAergic signaling plays a critical role in regulating neuronal development, neuronal plasticity and dynamic network behaviour. GABA receptors are also key clinical targets and disrupted inhibition is implicated in a host of neurological and psychiatric disorders including epilepsy, stroke, neurodegeneration, schizophrenia and depression. Understanding the molecular and cellular events that underpin inhibitory control of neuronal function is therefore central to understanding both brain information processing and brain pathology. The aim of this two-day meeting is to bring together an international group of junior and senior scientists working on GABA and inhibition to discuss the latest findings in the field. World experts will present their most recent discoveries covering a broad array of topics from the formation and plasticity of inhibitory synapses, through to GABA receptor structure and function and regulation by endogenous and exogenous modulators. The central role of interneurons for coordinating network behaviour and pathology will also be a key focus.



Contact:

Kirsty Nichols, Elsevier Ltd
Email: k.nichols@elsevier.com
Phone: 44 (1865) 843670
Web: www.neuropharmacology-conference.elsevier.com

7th Intl. Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodly Road, NW
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 6:30pm
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodly Road, NW
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Albany Medical Center, Wadsworth Center

Organizer/Moderator: Gerwin Schalk

Electrically stimulating or recording the surface of the brain is called Electrocorticography (ECoG). ECoG has been used for decades for select clinical purposes — most commonly to identify functional and epileptic brain areas in people with epilepsy — and occasionally for research. The important role of ECoG for basic research and its potential to create a new range of clinical applications have long been underappreciated. Over the past several years, the unique qualities of ECoG have become widely and increasingly recognized by scientists engaged in basic and translational research. Basic research suggests that ECoG can elucidate brain function in ways that cannot be readily achieved using other imaging modalities. Translational research is producing exciting new ECoG-based applications that are already becoming available in the clinic. This two-day ECoG workshop will highlight current understanding and advances in scientific, engineering, and clinical domains that are relevant to ECoG recordings in humans or animals. It will be the seventh workshop in a highly successful workshop series. It follows an informal workshop at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting in 2008, the first formal ECoG workshop in upstate New York in 2009, the second ECoG workshop in San Diego in 2010 (satellite to Neuroscience 2011), the third ECoG workshop in Washington, DC in 2011 (satellite to Neuroscience 2011), the fourth ECoG workshop in New Orleans in 2012 (satellite to Neuroscience 2012), the fifth ECoG workshop in San Diego, in 2013 (satellite to Neuroscience 2013), and the sixth ECoG workshop in Berlin, Germany in March 2014. The results of these workshops have been reported in four highly visible proceedings articles that were published by Epilepsy and Behavior.



Contact:

Gerwin Schalk, PhD, Wadsworth Ctr, NYSDOH
Email: schalk@wadsworth.org
Phone: (518) 486-2559 ,
Fax: (518) 486-4910
Web: ecog.info

Jennifer Price, Albany Medical College
Email: PriceJ@mail.amc.edu
Phone: (518) 262-5828

Cell Symposia: Translational Neuroscience

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Sheraton Pentagon City
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Sheraton Pentagon City
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Cell Symposia

Organizer/Moderator: Amy McCormac

Diseases of the nervous system have a devastating impact on millions of people worldwide. The range of disorders affecting the brain and nervous system is vast and includes neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS), cognitive mood and anxiety disorders (schizophrenia, dementia, depression, anxiety, PTSD), neurodevelopmental disorders (autism), chronic conditions (epilepsy and pain), and hearing disorders, as well as brain injuries such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. The costs associated with brain disorders, both in terms of resources required for healthcare and the toll that they exact on patients and their families, are steep. There is an urgent need for new therapeutic approaches. The last few decades have seen a lot of progress in terms of identifying the mechanistic underpinnings of neurological diseases at the molecular, cellular, and circuit levels, but translating these discoveries into therapies remains a critical challenge. This symposium will focus on the question of how we can move from understanding disease mechanisms towards translation into therapeutics. Using case studies drawn from different disease areas, we will highlight areas where progress has been made, consider the roadblocks and how we might overcome them, and, moving beyond the lab, we will address how policy and organizational issues impact these scientific efforts. Focusing on the interface of basic disease research and clinical translation, this symposium will take a multi-disciplinary approach for translating the latest discoveries in the neuroscience field into new therapies and spark ideas for development and optimization of therapeutics. This meeting will provide ample time for discussion and a high level of interaction between speakers and attendees.

URL: http://www.cell-symposia-translationalneuroscience.com/
Contact: content-CSFN2014@Elsevier.com



Contact:

Amy McCormac, Elsevier Ltd
Email: a.mccormac@elsevier.com
Phone: +44 (0)1865 843643

13th Annual MCCS Meeting

Other
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 12pm - 4pm
Location: Almas Temple, 1315 K Street, NW, DC, Oasis
Poster Session
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Almas Temple, 1315 K St, NW, DC, Sphinx Grand Ballroom
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 9am - 5pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 207A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institutes for Health

Organizer/Moderator: Eric Klann, PhD

Rapid advances in molecular and cellular tools are driving the development of cross-disciplinary approaches to explain complex behavior. The Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society's (MCCS) 13th Annual Meeting will focus on recent discoveries in the field of molecular and cellular cognition. The MCCS will host a wine and cheese poster session and a symposium. Several symposium speakers will be chosen from submitted abstracts. The abstract deadline for those wanting to be considered for an oral presentation is Oct. 10, 2014. The deadline for submitting an abstract to present a poster is Oct. 24, 2014.

Invited speakers: Lennart Mucke (Gladstone, University of California, San Francisco), Leslie Griffith (Brandeis), Carmen Sandi (Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne), Rui Costa (Champalimaud), Susanne Ahmari (University of Pittsburgh), Huda Zoghbi (Baylor College of Medicine), Maiken Nedergaard (University of Rochester), and Minmin Luo (National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing).

In addition to the poster session and the symposium, MCCS will sponsor a course titled “Tools to Integrate and Plan Experiments in Neuroscience," taught by Maryann Martone (University of California, San Diego) and Alcino J Silva (UCLA). For more information go to the course website (link this with http://www.iclm.ucla.edu/MCCSCourse.html).

Registration is free but required (link this with http://www.iclm.ucla.edu/Registration.php).

For further information e-mail Eric Klann at eklann@cns.nyu.edu.



Contact:

Eric Klann, New York Univ
Email: eklann@cns.nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 992-9769 ,
Fax: (212) 995-4011

Nicole Zeak, NYU
Email: zeakn01@nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 992-8777

Synaptopathies in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: SHANK mutations as a window into synaptic function

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 1pm - 6pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Chinatown Room
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 6pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Union Station Room
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 5:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Shaw/LeDroit Park Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation

Organizer/Moderator: Geraldine Bliss

Synaptic dysfunction represents a major cause of autism, intellectual disability, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.  These disorders frequently show deleterious mutations in genes encoding synaptic proteins, providing an important window into neurobiology. Recently mutations in the post-synaptic density (PSD) SHANK proteins have been identified as contributing to neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism and schizophrenia, as well as intellectual disability and epilepsy.  The central role of SHANK proteins in developing and maintaining the PSD, and their critical role in linking signaling proteins at the synaptic surface with the underlying actin cytoskeleton, make them important targets for neurobiological analyses. This symposium will bring together expertise in broad synaptopathies and deep and extensive expertise in SHANK proteins to explore the neurobiology of human behavior and cognition. Participants will learn about the emerging translational research, successful examples in this arena, and will understand how to apply diverse approaches to additional genes implicated in synaptopathies.

***SCHOLARSHIPS still available***
We will offer five scholarships to scientists from underrepresented demographic groups and from resource-restricted countries. Please contact Geraldine Bliss at gbliss@att.net to request a scholarship application.

Preregistration is required to attend this event. www.regonline.com/ShankSymposium

$295 Standard
$125 Young Investigators

Inclusions:
Access to conference sessions and poster reception
Mid-session refreshments
Poster reception Thursday, November 13
Breakfast Friday, November 14
Lunch Friday, November 14



Contact:

Geraldine Bliss, MS, Phelan-Mcdermid Syndrome Foundation
Email: gbliss@att.net
Phone: (713) 984-8319
Web: www.pmsf.org

Sue Lomas, BS, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation
Email: sue@pmsf.org
Phone: (941) 809-6098
Web: www.pmsf.org

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 5pm - 7:30pm
Location: AAAS Building, 12th & H St. NW, DC
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 7:30pm
Location: AAAS Building, 12th & H St. NW, DC
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: International Neuroethics Society

Organizer/Moderator: Karen Graham

The professional meeting of the International Neuroethics Society will have discussions of the social, legal, ethical, and policy implications of advances in neuroscience at the AAAS building in Washington, DC.



Contact:

Karen Graham, International Neuroethics Society
Email: kgraham@neuroethicssociety.org

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tucker-Davis Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology (APAN)

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 7am - 7pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Liberty Ballroom IJKL
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: TDT-APAN

Organizer/Moderator: Yale E Cohen, PhD

This annual symposium facilitates the growth of auditory neurophysiology research in awake and behaving preparations and provides researchers the opportunity to discuss issues of common interest and share their latest findings. Those interested in giving an oral or poster presentation must submit an abstract (~250 words) by August 1. We encourage the submission of abstracts by newly established investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Registration fees ―  Advance (by Sept. 1, 2014): $120 (faculty), $60 (students); Onsite: $140 (faculty), $70 (students).

For abstract submission, registration, and scientific programs, visit www.med.upenn.edu/apan.

Contact: Lizabeth Romanski PhD (Liz_Romanski@URMC.Rochester.edu); Xiaoqin Wang, PhD (xiaoqin.wang@jhu.edu), Yale Cohen, PhD (ycohen@mail.med.upenn.edu).



Contact:

Yale Cohen, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Email: ycohen@mail.med.upenn.edu
Phone: (215) 898-7504,
Fax: (215) 898-7504

Spinal Cord Plasticity in Motor Control

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 5pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Georgetown Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Wadsworth Center, Health Research Inc.

This satellite symposium will focus on the role of activity-dependent spinal cord plasticity in motor control and motor learning in health and disease. The topics addressed will include: spinal cord plasticity during motor learning and in response to trauma and disease; interactions between brain and spinal cord plasticity; physiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying spinal cord plasticity and its impact on behavior; induction and guidance of plasticity in spinal reflex pathways and in corticospinal connections; therapeutic applications of spinal cord plasticity; and related subjects. The speakers will include: Arthur English (Emory University), Alain Frigon (Université de Sherbrooke), Vivian Mushahwar (University of Alberta), Monica Perez (University of Pittsburgh), Serge Rossignol (Université de Montréal), Janet Taylor (Neuroscience Research Australia), Julian Scott Taylor (National Paraplegia Hospital Toledo Spain), Aiko Thompson (Helen Hayes Hospital), and Jonathan Wolpaw (Wadsworth Center). At the last six SFN Annual Meetings, a small, informal half-day meeting has been held to discuss spinal reflex operant conditioning and related basic and clinical studies of spinal cord plasticity. This gathering has grown steadily through word of mouth both in the number of attendees and in the breadth of topics covered. Motivated by this growth and by the interest expressed by many, the meeting has now been upgraded to a full-day satellite symposium to which all interested people are invited. The symposium will feature 30- and 15-min talks as well as a poster session. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to attend and present. This symposium is organized by the National Resource Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (NIBIB P41 EB018783) which is part of the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Dept of Health. It seeks to encourage formal and informal presentation and discussion of new findings and theories related to spinal cord plasticity, its mechanisms and role in motor control, its therapeutic relevance, and related methods and technologies. Individuals who are interested in attending should contact Sophia Pallone for registration materials. (sophia.pallone@health.ny.gov). Registration will open September 2, 2014. Fees to be announced.



Contact:

Jonathan Wolpaw, MD, Wadsworth Center, NYS Dept Health
Email: wolpaw@wadsworth.org
Phone: 518-473-3631,
Fax: 518-486-4910

National Institute on Drug Abuse Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 6pm
Location: NIH, Natcher Auditorium, Bldg. 45, Bethesda, MD
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Organizer/Moderator: Roger G Sorensen, PhD

This day-long event features cutting-edge scientific presentations and discussions of future research directions aimed at understanding the neurobiology of drug abuse and addiction. The Mini-Convention consists of four themed symposia, an invited poster session focused on the research of early career investigators, and keynote presentations by two Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award winners. This year’s program includes: 2014 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Lecture - NIDA is pleased to invite the 2014 awardee to present a keynote speech. Established in 2003 by the Waletzky family, the Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award is given to a mid-career scientist for innovative research in substance abuse (Chairs: C. Sasek, R. Sorensen, NIDA); 2013 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Lecture – NIDA is pleased to invite the 2013 awardee, Rita Goldstein, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to present her keynote speech. (Chairs: C. Sasek, R. Sorensen, NIDA); Early Career Investigators Poster Session - (Chair: S. Volman, NIDA); Emerging and Novel Aspects of Neuronal Transmission - It is becoming increasing clear that a neuron does not release a single, or necessarily the same, neurotransmitter throughout development. This symposium will explore and describe what is known about these mechanisms, their physiological significance and implications for drug abuse and addiction (Chairs: R. Sorensen, N. Pilotte, NIDA; Speakers: N.C Spitzer, UCSD; B.L Sabatini, Harvard; T. Hnasko, UCSD); Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience: Biology, Biomarkers, and Therapeutics - This symposium will provide a broad introduction into the basic biology of extracellular non-coding RNAs, and their potential utility as biomarkers and therapeutic delivery agents (Chairs: J. Satterlee, J. Rutter, NIDA; Speakers: R. Kraig, U. Chicago Med Ctr; C. Wahlestedt, U. Miami Miller Sch Med; P. Kenny, Icahn School of Med at Mount Sinai); Advances in High Resolution and Large Scale Imaging of Brain Network and Circuits - This symposium will feature presentations of cutting edge technologies that can be used to understand the mechanisms of brain network function (Chairs: S. Grant, NIDA; J. Bjork, VCU; Speakers: V. Calhoun, Mind Institute, U. New Mexico; R. Buckner, MGH; M. Schnitzer, Stanford; L. Ye, Stanford); The Effect of Drug-, Stress-, and Pain-induced Neuroinflammation on Glymphatics and Sleep - This symposium will focus on neuroinflammation caused or exacerbated by three potential irritants associated with drug abuse: pain, stress, and drugs. Sleep may also be affected by these factors which additionally impacts drug abuse. Glymphatics is the cleansing of neurotoxic waste products within the brain by means of increasing interstitial space during sleep. (Chair: H. Gordon, NIDA; Speakers: M. Irwin, UCLA; B. McEwen, Rockefeller U.; A. Kavelaars, U. Texas, M. Nedergaard, U. Rochester). For additional details and to register, go to: https://www.seiservices.com/nida/frontiers2014/.



Contact:

Cathrine Sasek, PhD, NIDA
Email: csasek@nih.gov
Phone: 301-443-6071

Roger Sorensen, PhD, Natl Inst on Drug Abuse, NIH
Email: rsorense@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-443-3205,
Fax: 301-594-6043

Translational and Computational Motor Control

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 7pm
Location: Renaissance Washington DC, Renaissance Ballroom, East Salon
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Johns Hopkins University

Organizer/Moderator: Shannon Wild

 

The Translational and Computational Motor Control meeting will be held in conjunction with Neuroscience 2014. The day will consist of a morning session that is looking at translational research with two keynote lectures by internationally renowned speakers. The afternoon sessions are oriented toward more basic and computational motor science. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Additional information regarding abstract submission will be available at https://sites.google.com/site/acmcconference/.



Contact:

John Krakauer, MD PhD , Johns Hopkins University
Email: jkrakau1@jhmi.edu
Phone: 410-955-9320

Neural Mechanism of Feeding and Swallowing

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 6pm
Location: American Institute of Architects, District Architecture Center
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Xcitex, Ripple, U Mizz Voice, Swallow and Airway Center, NFODS; Vicon

Organizer/Moderator: Kazutaka Takahashi, PhD

Feeding behavior is one of the most critical behaviors, not simply because we need to eat nutrition to survive and develop, but also because eating heavily affects quality of life. Feeding can be characterized as a sequence of cycle types and their seamless transitions;ingestion, transport,rhythmic chew,and swallow. In each cycle type,the orofacial apparatus needs to achieve precisely coordinated movements with minimal failure. Swallowing, in particular, is a very complex sensorimotor action involving many brain regions, despite its apparent simplistic reflex behavior. A large population worldwide experiences feeding deficits, especially swallowing impairments (dysphagia), that are accompanied by major neurological disorders such as stroke,Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Dysphagia can lead to serious complications such as dehydration,malnutrition,aspiration pneumonia,and choking,all of which can lead to death. Recently, the neural mechanism of feeding regulation has been under the spotlight in neuroscience. However, despite the long history of research, the basic motor control of orofacial and pharyngeal functions has not been well studied. Thus it is critical to examine underlying neural circuitries and to identify therapeutic targets. This satellite will feature our current understanding of the neural mechanisms of feeding and swallowing in human and animals along with research on rehabilitation/assistive methodology for behavioral and neural recovery. We will have three sessions:1) Feeding 2) Swallowing and 3) Intersection of Feeding and Swallowing. 1)The Feeding session chaired by German will feature the role of the sensorimotor cortex in chewing, swallowing, and related sensorimotor functions (Sessle), neuronal circuit of premotor neurons for bilateral coordination of jaw and tongue muscles (T. Inoue), importance of information processes at both cortical and subcortical regions on the sensory information such as texture, taste, as well muscle spindle and periodontal mechanoreceptors (Soros), and spectral changes in cortical oscillation and in topology of motor cortical circuits at different stages of feeding sequence (Takahashi). 2) The Swallowing session chaired by Lever will feature how sensory inputs are utilized at the level of brainstem and the cortex (Ludlow), the use of imaging techniques on the neural control of swallowing in normal subjects and patients with dysphagia (Malandraki), evidence from neurotoxin and transgenic rodent models for PD suggesting that dysphagia is related to multiple brain pathologies (Ciucci), and development of dysphagia rehabilitation devices and their assistive performance (M.Inoue). 3) The Intersection of Feeding and Swallowing session chaired by Plowman will feature how heightening or dampening the role of oral processing during feeding impacts the kinematics of swallowing in healthy adults (Humbert), and the integrated view of the whole feeding sequence particularly the transition from transport to swallow involving a coordination of musculoskeletal elements, sensory input to and motor signal from cranial nerves and brainstem (German).



Contact:

Ianessa Humbert, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Email: ihumber1@jhmi.edu
Phone: (410) 502-4458,
Fax: (410) 502-4900
Web: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/physical_medicine_rehabilitation/team/ianessa_humbert.html

PTSD, the Amygdala and Alcohol Use Disorders

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 207B
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Organizer/Moderator: Changhai Cui, PhD

Epidemiological evidence has indicated a connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and alcohol abuse. This relationship has been emphasized recently by returning combat veterans who suffer from PTSD and have a high incidence of alcohol abuse. The co-occurrence of both PTSD and alcohol abuse exacerbates the adverse health condition and makes treatment and recovery more complex. In order to reduce the consequences of PTSD and the associated alcohol abuse, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying both PTSD and the link between PTSD and alcohol abuse must be determined. While some progress has been made, especially regarding the role of the amygdala in both PTSD and in alcohol abuse, any hope for further advances rests on identifying the changes in amygdala function following PTSD and determining how these adaptations lead to increased alcohol use. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together existing knowledge on PTSD, the amygdala, and its involvement in alcohol abuse. This information will enable development of future approaches and set priorities for investigation going forward.

This event is sponsored by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and organized by Drs. Lindsey Grandison, Changhai Cui, and Antonio Noronha.

Information on the registration and the detailed agenda will be available through NIAAA event website (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/news-events/meetings-events-exhibits).

 



Contact:

Changhai Cui, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH
Email: changhai.cui@nih.gov
Phone: (301) 443-1678

Lindsey Grandison, PhD, NIAAA, NIH
Email: lgrandis@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-433-0606

Neuroepigenetics

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 7pm
Location: The Westin in Crystal City
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Abcam

Organizer/Moderator: Sarah Dolny, BS

Epigenetic regulation of neuronal gene expression and chromatin structure play an important role in normal brain function. Studies continue to highlight the significance of epigenetic regulation in neuronal development, neuronal plasticity, memory, neurological disease and aging. These findings have paved way for new insights into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the nervous system. This meeting aims to bring together experts exploring various aspects of neuroepigenetics including histone modification in cellular reprograming and neurological diseases, DNA modifications in development, plasticity, cognition and brain disorders and how they could influence the development of future therapies.



Contact:

Sarah Dolny, BS, Abcam
Email: sarah.dolny@abcam.com

The Virtual Brain : Node #2 Workshop

Other
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, Congressional Ballroom
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Virtual Brain

Organizer/Moderator: Tanya M Brown

In this workshop we will explain the fundamental principles of full brain network modelling using the open source neuroinformatics platform The Virtual Brain (TVB). This simulation environment enables the biologically realistic modelling of network dynamics using Connectome-based approaches across different brain scales. Configurable brain network models generate macroscopic neuroimaging signals including functional MRI (fMRI), intracranial and stereotactic EEG, surface EEG and MEG for single subjects. Researchers from different backgrounds can benefit from an integrative software platform including a supporting framework for data management (generation, organization, storage, integration and sharing) and a simulation core written in Python. The architecture of TVB supports interaction with MATLAB packages, for example, the well-known Brain Connectivity Toolbox. Workshop Goals: to create a conceptual and technical understanding of the various network modelling approaches in TVB; familiarization with TVB graphical user interface, Python and Matlab programming environment and data formats.



Contact:

Tanya Brown, The Virtual Brain
Email: tbrown@research.baycrest.org
Phone: 416-785-2500 x 2782,
Fax: 416-785-2862
Web: thevirtualbrain.org

Randy McIntosh, The Virtual Brain
Email: rmcintosh@research.baycrest.org
Phone: 416-785-2500
Web: thevirtualbrain.org

Advances in ALS and FTD Genetics

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8:30am - 6pm
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW, DC
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The ALS Association; NINDS; Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration

Organizer/Moderator: Lucie Bruijn, PhD

Next-generation sequencing techniques have emerged as a powerful approach to address knowledge gaps in the genetic etiology of complex neurodegenerative diseases. Accordingly, efforts are underway to sequence a growing number of human exomes and whole genomes to identify rare variants that could increase the risk for or modify the onset, progression or severity of neurodegenerative diseases.

In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), two disorders with genetic and pathological overlap, recent gene discoveries are transforming our understanding of disease biology. The identification of the C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat expansion, for instance, now defines a spectrum disorder termed FTD-ALS, where the same mutation can cause either motor or cognitive onset, and in rare cases both. However, a significant proportion of familial ALS and FTD, and most of the sporadic forms of these diseases, remain unexplained. Multiple large-scale sequencing efforts are underway to identify missing disease mutations. These efforts are being conducted by multiple genetics consortia supported by private and/or public sources.

This symposium will provide a forum for these consortia to provide status updates, discuss opportunities to coordinate efforts, build consensus on common data elements, facilitate data sharing across different platforms, and identify remaining gaps and next steps. The workshop will be led by The ALS Association, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).

https://meetings.ninds.nih.gov/meetings/ALS_FTD_Genetics/



Contact:

Lucie Bruijn, PhD, The ALS Association
Email: lucie@alsa-national.org
Phone: (727)412-0234,
Fax: (727)499-9578
Web: www.alsa.org

Amelie Gubitz, PhD, NINDS
Email: gubitza@ninds.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 496-5680

7th Satellite Symposium on Motor Systems

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 9am - 5pm
Location: Porter Neuroscience Center, NIH
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: NINDS, NIH

Organizer/Moderator: Michael J O'Donovan, MD;PhD

The seventh Satellite Symposium on Motor Systems will be held at the Porter Neuroscience Center on the Bethesda campus of the NIH. This meeting will bring together an outstanding group of researchers and students representing diverse fields related to the operation of motor behavior. The goal is to assess the current status of the field, discuss strategies for future research directions, and to establish a foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration. In an attempt to accomplish these objectives, we will invite researchers using diverse animal models, from invertebrates to mammals, and who use methodologies ranging from molecular to behavioral. This will provide a unique opportunity to bring together researchers who seldom, if ever, attend the same meetings in an attempt to foster future interactions, collaborations, and new approaches towards understanding the operation of motor networks for breathing and for locomotion. Announcements and other publicity for the meeting will encourage attendance by women and under-represented minorities. This will be published in a prominent journal such as Science and additional mailings will include institutions with under-represented minorities (e.g., by using the membership mailing list to the Association for Ethnic Diversity in the Neurosciences).

Contact: Michael O'Donovan, odonovm@ninds.nih.gov



Contact:

Michael O'Donovan, MBChB PhD, NINDS, NIH
Email: odonovm@ninds.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 496-8892 ,
Fax: (301) 480-2659

Using NEURON to Model Cells and Networks

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 9am - 5pm
Location: Click Web Site Link
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Yale University School of Medicine

Organizer/Moderator: Nicholas T Carnevale

This one-day course, with lectures and demonstrations, will present the principles and practices involved in modeling cells and networks with NEURON. Topics to be covered include basic concepts and workflow for creating and using models, speeding up simulations with parallel hardware from multiprocessor personal computers and workstation clusters to massively parallel supercomputers, using Python with NEURON, and using the RxD class to model reactive diffusion.

For more information and an application form: http://www.neuron.yale.edu/neuron/courses

Contact: Ted Carnevale, ted.carnevale@yale.edu.



Contact:

Nicholas Carnevale, MD PhD , Yale Univ Sch Med
Email: ted.carnevale@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 494-7381
Web: www.neuron.yale.edu

Next Generation Technologies for Large-Scale Recordings of Neural Activity

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 1pm - 6pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 156
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Inscopix Inc

Organizer/Moderator: Stephani L Otte

Technologies that enable large-scale recording of neural activity promise to reveal how neural circuits shape mammalian behavior. Inscopix, a startup company that spun-out of Stanford University in 2010, has developed and commercialized a breakthrough imaging technology. Based on a miniature, integrated microscope, this imaging technology permits researchers to visualize the activity of up to 1,000 individual, genetically-identified neurons in freely behaving mice. Since its launch at Neuroscience 2012, Inscopix’s flagship product, nVista HD, has been disseminated to more than 50 neuroscience laboratories. Researchers at these laboratories are regularly imaging dynamic Ca2+  activity in hundreds of neurons concurrently for a range of established mouse behavioral assays in deep brain areas such as the hippocampus and amygdala and, in many cases, chronically over time. Inscopix’s nVista HD was selected as the most innovative product in 2013 by The Scientist and the technology and its promise for studying the brain and brain disease has been featured on NBC, ABC, and Nature News. This Neuroscience 2014 ancillary workshop is intended to educate the broader neuroscience community on Inscopix’s technology and methods for enabling large-scale recordings of neural circuit activity in freely behaving animals. The workshop will be structured in two parts. The first part will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of in vivo brain imaging including surgical methods for enabling optical access of deep brain and surface tissue, the best practices for chronic imaging with the nVista HD system, analysis workflows for extracting activity time traces, and calcium events for each of the hundreds of neurons imaged. This pedagogical overview will be led by Inscopix scientists and will comprise a mix of lectures and interactive demo sessions. The second part will showcase the pioneering work of some of the early adopters of Inscopix’s technology and methods. In a series of talks, researchers from labs that are part of Inscopix’s Neuroscience Early Access Program will present data and results from research uniquely enabled by nVista. Overall, workshop participants are expected to leave with both a perspective of how new technologies like Inscopix’s miniature, integrated microscope and nVista HD imaging system are enabling large-scale recordings of neural activity in freely behaving animals, and a deeper appreciation for how the resulting data sets are providing unprecedented, new insights into how the brain works and, of more clinical significance, how it malfunctions during brain disease.



Contact:

Stephani Otte, PhD, Inscopix
Email: stephani@inscopix.com
Phone: (773) 655-2725

Illumina Discovery Symposium

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 2pm - 7pm
Location: Grand Hyatt Washington
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Illumina, Inc.

Organizer/Moderator: Illumina

Illumina Genomics Symposium at Neuroscience 2014

Next-Generation Sequencing Applications in Cell Biology for Neurological Disorders

Today, biologists studying the etiology of neurological disorders have a variety of methods at their disposal to analyze cells in human tissue-microscopy, flow cytometry, and immunostaining comprise only a few. Many conventional approaches for studying cell biology rely on antibody-based staining or other methods to detect specific proteins. Now, cell biologists are looking to new methods, like next-generation sequencing, to investigate the genetic underpinnings of disease biology and generate hypotheses for further studies that analyze gene expression and protein function.

Join the Illumina Genomics Symposium at Neuroscience 2014 to hear how thought leaders in the neuroscience community are leveraging genomics to inform and guide their experimental designs.

When:
Friday, November 14, 2014
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where:
Grand Hyatt Washington



Contact:

Danielle Kremer, Illumina
Email: dkremer@illumina.com
Phone: 858-255-5029

Friday, November 14 - 15, 2014

Birdsong 4: Rhythms and Clues from Neurons to Behavior

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Friday, November 14, 2014 8am - 7pm
Location: Georgetown University
Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15, 2014 8am - 10:30am
Location: Georgetown University
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Birdsong Research Community

Organizer/Moderator: Sarah W Bottjer, PhD

The fourth annual Satellite Birdsong Conference will take place at Georgetown University. The emergence of complex vocal communication during ontogeny requires a careful choreography between time-sensitive developmental processes and socially rich experience. This satellite symposium will highlight recent advances in the understanding of neural mechanisms underlying sensory and motor learning and how they shape behavior. Invited speakers will discuss their work in a variety of systems. We will have seven sessions, each focusing on specific mechanisms of vocal learning, from behavior, to systems, to the molecular level. We will also present and discuss translational vocal learning research.

Tentative schedule: Friday morning -- Basal ganglia, Genetics & genomics, vocal babbling; Friday afternoon – Translational vocal learning research, short talks, posters; Saturday morning – Ecology, Auditory mechanisms, Central/peripheral, Computational.

Registration is required.



Contact:

Sarah Bottjer, PhD, University of Southern California
Email: bottjer@USC.EDU
Phone: (213) 740-9183 ,
Fax: (213) 740-6980
Web: http://bottjerlab.usc.edu/

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Using the Neuroscience Gateway Portal for Parallel Simulations

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:30am - 10:30am
Location: See Web Site Link
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Yale University School of Medicine

Organizer/Moderator: Nicholas T Carnevale

This workshop is intended for neuroscientists who are already using, or would like to use, the Neuroscience Gateway (NSG) portal for parallel simulations. The NSG portal eliminates most administrative and technical barriers that face neuroscientists who need to use high-performance computing resources for large-modeling projects. Its web-based interface simplifies tasks such as uploading models, specifying job parameters, monitoring job status, and storing and retrieving output data. Simulators currently installed and ready to use include Brian, pGENESIS, NEST, NEURON, and PyNN. The workshop will combine didactic presentations by NSG's developers, discussions with experienced users, and hands-on instruction in how to use the portal. Registration is limited so be sure to sign up early.

Website: http://www.nsgportal.org/

To Register: http://www.nsgportal.org/workshop.html.

For more information, contact Ted Carnevale, ted.carnevale@yale.edu; Amit Majumdar, majumdar@sdsc.edu.



Contact:

Nicholas Carnevale, Yale University School of Medicine
Email: ted.carnevale@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 494-7381
Web: www.neuron.yale.edu

Amit Majumdar, PhD, University of California San Diego
Email: majumdar@sdsc.edu
Phone: 858 534-8356

Findings of the International Brain Research Report

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Georgetown Room
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Elsevier

Organizer/Moderator: Holly J Falk-Krzesinski, PhD

 In conjunction with its partners, U.S. and EU researchers and funders involved in brain and neuroscience research, Elsevier will present the findings and insight from the international Brain Research Report. The human brain is currently the focus of attention in both a scientific context and in the more popular media. Most recently, global collaborations between governments, academic institutions, and private enterprises in the EU, U.S., and Japan have taken off to explore and fund brain research on a large scale. The Brain Research Report aims to provide an overview of the state of research and opportunity in the areas of brain and neuroscience research to support these efforts. The Brain Research Report will analyze both the quantity and the quality of research in these areas over the course of a five-year period, reporting on research from China, Japan, the U.S., and the EU. Four aspects will be addressed in the report: Research output, research impact, research collaboration, and research excellence. Moreover, new methodologies will be used to conduct predictive analyses examining the movement of researchers between neuroscience disciplines, emerging research areas, and opportunities for further investment in the brain and neuroscience research. Elsevier executives, researchers, and funders will share their thoughts about the report findings and what new directions may be worth pursuing.



Contact:

Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Elsevier
Email: h.falk-krzesinski@elsevier.com
Phone: (847) 848-2953,
Fax: http://www.linkedin.com/in/hollyfk

Stephane Berghmans, DVM, Elsevier
Email: s.berghmans@elsevier.com
Phone: +32 471 78 19 00

g.tec's Brain-Computer Interface Workshop for Control, Assessment and Rehabilitation

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 156
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: g.tec Guger Technologies OG

Organizer/Moderator: Christoph Guger, PhD

Research groups all over the world are feverishly and successfully working on a direct connection between the human brain and a computer, a so-called Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). A BCI translates brain waves into control signals. BCIs have been developed over the last few years for people with severe disabilities to improve their quality of life. Applications of BCI systems include the restoration of movements, communication, and environmental control. During this workshop, we will demonstrate the major concepts for BCI control like motor imagery, P300, and steady state evoked potentials (SSVEP) for spelling and robot control. New trends like active and dry electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes, coma assessment and communication, stroke rehabilitation, and invasive electrocorticographic (ECoG) based systems will be explained. We will invite people from the auditorium to participate in the live demonstrations. Real-time experiments will show you the required components and steps to successfully perform BCI studies to help speed up your own research. Attendance is free, but registration is required because space is limited.

For registration please contact Barbara Vogt: vogt@gtec.at



Contact:

Barbara Vogt, g.tec Guger Technologies OG
Email: office@gtec.at
Phone: 0043 7251 22240 14,
Fax: 0043 7251 22240 39
Web: www.gtec.at

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Filling Unmet Medical Need in CNS Diseases: Systems Biology for Fun(ding) & Profit

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Cherry Blossom Room
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Organizer/Moderator: Larry W Hardy, PhD

The meeting will be a casual gathering of scientists from academia, sponsored research and pharma organizations interested in how systems biology approaches can accelerate the discovery of new treatments for psychiatric diseases. This will be an opportunity to network with other scientists, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and jawbone about various topics such as: • the utility and limitations of behavioral and other phenotypic assays • clinical relevance of animal models and tests • detecting drug and disease effects on brain activity (using methods such as EEG, functional MRI, and two-photon fluorescence microscopy) • biomarker and genetic approaches • high content assays with patient-derived iPS cells • metabolomics/metabonomics • eHealth and any other wild and crazy ideas that people want to discuss. This event is sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.



Contact:

Larry Hardy, PhD, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Email: Larry.Hardy@Sunovion.com
Phone: 508-787-4024 (office); 774-230-4382 (cell)
Web: www.sunovion.com

Sharon Engel, PhD, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Email: Sharon.Engel@sunovion.com
Phone: 508-787-4125
Web: www.sunovion.com

Ernst Strüngmann Forum Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Scarlet Oak Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Ernst Strüngmann Forum

Organizer/Moderator: Julia Lupp

“A funny thing happened on the way to the forum…" Not to mention during and after the last Ernst Strüngmann Forum! Join us for an evening of relaxed conversation and reconnect with colleagues. All are welcome!



Contact:

Julia Lupp, Ernst Strungmann Forum
Email: lupp@esforum.de

Georgetown University Neuroscience Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Georgetown Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Georgetown University

Organizer/Moderator: Jamie Cooper

Join Georgetown University Medical Center faculty, students, and alumni for wine and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. Learn more about exciting neuroscience developments at Georgetown.



Contact:

Stephanie Seitts, Georgetown University
Email: ss3176@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202-687-3487

Dutch Neuroscience Social 2014

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 10pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Chinatown Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Organizer/Moderator: August B Smit, PhD

The annual Dutch Neurofederation Social is the informal get-together for Dutch neuroscientists all over the world. This social is a great opportunity for Dutch postdocs, graduate students, and staff to meet informally and exchange information about neuroscience in the Netherlands and international neuroscience experiences. Moreover, postdocs and graduate students who are considering careers in the Netherlands in clinical, preclinical, and translational aspects of neuroscience can meet basic and clinical scientists from diverse settings, including government, academic, nonprofit, and industry from the Netherlands who may have jobs opportunities.



Contact:

August Smit, MD PhD , Center For Neurogenomics & Cognitive Research, VU University
Email: guus.smit@vu.nl
Phone: 31 31-20-598 7116,
Fax: 31 31-20-598

Brigitte Borgman, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterd
Email: brigitte.borgman@vu.nl
Phone: +31205987116,
Fax: +31205989281
Web: www.cncr.nl

ASPET's Neuropharmacology Division Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Dogwood Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: ASPET's Neuropharmacology Division

Organizer/Moderator: Lakshmi A Devi, PhD

This is a social event hosted by the Neuropharmacology division of the American Society of Pharmacological and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) for students, faculty, alumni, and others with an interest in this or related disciplines. Our goal is to provide an exciting networking opportunity for neuropharmacologists attending the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting to socialize with like-minded researchers. Join us to meet those who are making neuropharmacology an exciting field. Light refreshments and libations will be available. There is no charge or registration for SfN annual meeting participants.



Contact:

Lakshmi Devi, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Email: Lakshmi.devi@mssm.edu
Phone: (212) 241-8345 ,
Fax: (212) 996-7214

Society for Neuroeconomics Decision Making Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, Renaissance West A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Society for Neuroeconomics

Organizer/Moderator: Samanta Shaw Mohammed

Come grab a drink at our purely social reception with colleagues in decision neuroscience and neuroeconomics. You can reunite with old friends, make new connections, and mingle with past presidents of the Society for Neuroeconomics, including Paul Glimcher, Michael Platt, and Eric Johnson. There is no formal schedule for this event.



Contact:

Samanta Shaw Mohammed, Society For Neuroeconomics
Email: shaw@cns.nyu.edu
Phone: (212) 998-3620
Web: http://www.neuroeconomics.org

Chinese Neuroscientist Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Salons 1-4
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Society for Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA)

Organizer/Moderator: Bing Ye, PhD

The Neuroscience Division of the Society for Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA) invites all SfN 2014 attendees to its annual social event (Time and location to be determined). Attendees will have ample opportunities to interact with guest distinguished Chinese neuroscientists on experience in cutting edge neuroscience research, leadership in research in academic and industry settings, role of women in neuroscience and the future of neuroscience research in general. This is a great opportunity to network, see old friends and make new ones. Food and drinks will be offered. All scientists, who are of Chinese or non-Chinese origin, are welcome.



Contact:

Bing Ye, PhD, University of Michigan
Email: bingye@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 647-5992
Web: http://www.lsi.umich.edu/labs/bing-ye-lab

Richard Lu, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Email: Richard.Lu@cchmc.org
Phone: 513.636.7684
Web: www.cincinnatichildrens.org/bio/l/qing-richard-lu

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Research Foundation Poster Reception

Poster Session
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Liberty Ballroom IJKL
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

Organizer/Moderator: John David Sweatt, PhD

One of the goals of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) is to improve the quality of life of people afflicted by age-related memory loss by promoting research and investigation of the brain and the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance. The MBRF Poster Reception provides a venue for scientists to discuss current research findings.



Contact:

Vicki Hixon, BS, McKnight Brain Institute/University of Alabama at Birmingham
Email: vhixon@uab.edu
Phone: (205)934-4066,
Fax: (205)975-5097

2014 NIMH BRAINS Awards Ceremony

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, 3
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: NIH/NIMH

Organizer/Moderator: Michele N. Pearson

This congratulatory ceremony will honor the 2014 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) R01 awardees. Each BRAINS investigator will give a brief overview of their project funded through the BRAINS program. Before and after the presentations there will be an opportunity to meet and network with NIMH leadership, program staff, and previous BRAINS award recipients. This event is open to anyone attending Neuroscience 2014. We hope you will join us for this celebration!



Contact:

Michele Pearson, NIMH
Email: pearsonmi@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 4109244053

Arab Neuroscientists Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 209B
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Society for Arab Neuroscientists

Organizer/Moderator: Yasmine El-Shamayleh, PhD

This is the Society for Arab Neuroscientists’ Ninth Annual Meeting. Our mission is to foster professional networking between Arab neuroscientists in academia and industry, to recognize excellence and innovation in the field by Arab scientists, to promote neuroscience education in the Arab world, and to leverage support for research and development in the region.

For more information, visit: http://www.arabneuroscientists.org/



Contact:

Yasmine El-Shamayleh, PhD, Society for Arab Neuroscientists
Email: yasmine@arabneuroscientists.org
Phone: (917) 478-0803
Web: http://www.arabneuroscientists.org

Neuroimmunology Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Capitol
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society,Keith W.Kelley, Univ.of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Editor-in-Chief of Brain,Behavior,and Immunity,Dr. Jonathan Kipnis of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia, & Elsevier

Organizer/Moderator: Staci D. Bilbo, PhD

Your immune system critically links your body, brain, and behavior. Please join us for the third annual Neuroimmunology Social at SfN. It will be a fun evening of conversation with new and familiar friends. Anyone interested in neuroendocrine-immune communication and its role in brain, behavior, health, and disease is welcome!

This event is generously sponsored by the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, Dr. Keith Kelley in conjunction with the Integrated Immunology and Behavior Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Dr. Jonathan Kipnis in conjunction with the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia; and Elsevier for Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Contact: Staci Bilbo, staci.bilbo@duke.edu.



Contact:

Staci Bilbo, PhD, Duke Univ
Email: staci.bilbo@duke.edu
Phone: (919) 681-7005 ,
Fax: (919) 660-5726
Web: people.duke.edu/~sdb13/

Jonathan Godbout, PhD, Ohio State University
Email: jonathan.godbout@osumc.edu
Phone: 614-293-3456,
Fax: 614-323-5877

NeuroRehabilitation Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Archives
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: American Physical Therapy Association

Organizer/Moderator: Fay B Horak, PhD

 This 28th Annual Neurorehabilitation Social invites attendees of Neuroscience 2014 to meet others interested clinical neurology and rehabilitation. This purely social event will also be a good opportunity for students and postdoctoral fellows to meet scientists who have an interest in translating neuroscience for neurology and rehabilitation. A cash bar and light snacks will be provided. Information on relevant meetings and grant opportunities will also be available.



Contact:

Fay Horak, PhD, OHSU
Email: horakf@ohsu.edu
Phone: (503) 704-3988,
Fax: (503) 418-2701

Patty Carlson-Kuhta, PhD, OHSU
Email: carlsonp@ohsu.edu
Phone: 360-607-3138

International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, 15
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

Organizer/Moderator: Marianne Van Wagner

This will be a social gathering open to all Neuroscience 2014 registrants with an interest in the relationship between brain function and behavior. This event will provide an opportunity to meet with other individuals with similar interests and will serve as a rendezvous point for current International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) members. IBNS, founded to encourage research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience, has members from 34 different countries. Annual meetings of the society are held in late spring each year, with locations varying to reflect the international nature of this organization. The IBNS's 23rd annual meeting was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in June. The 2015 meeting will be held in Victoria, Canada, June 2-7. Information on future meetings and membership in the society will also be available. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be open.

For additional information, please visit the IBNS booth or contact the IBNS Central Office by email at ibns@ibnsconnect.org or by phone at (830) 796-9393.

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Contact:

Marianne Van Wagner, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
Email: ibns@ibnshomepage.org
Phone: (830) 796-9393
Web: http://www.ibnshomepage.org

g.tec's Functional Mapping with the ECoG

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 156
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: g.tec Guger Technologies OG

Organizer/Moderator: Christoph Guger, PhD

This workshop will highlight practical aspects of passive functional mapping using electrocorticographic (ECoG) signals and brain-computer interface (BCI) control with ECoG. Functional mapping of the eloquent cortex is important prior to invasive brain surgery. Many studies over the past decade have shown that ECoG activity in the high gamma band is a reliable indicator of local task-related cortical activity, and could thus complement existing methods for functional mapping, such as electrical cortical stimulation (ECS) mapping or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Topics of the workshops will include the acquisition of ECoG in clinical environments, suitable electrodes, connectors, and amplification technologies, as well as experimental paradigms, real-time feature extraction, real-time mapping using cortiQ technology, topographic arrangement, and validation with electrical current stimulation. Attendance is free, but registration is required because space is limited.

For registration please contact Barbara Vogt: vogt@gtec.at



Contact:

Barbara Vogt, g.tec Guger Technologies OG
Email: office@gtec.at
Phone: 0043 7251 22240 14,
Fax: 0043 7251 22240 39
Web: www.gtec.at

Stanford Neuroscience Program Alumni Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Mint
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Stanford Neurosciences PhD Program at Stanford University

Organizer/Moderator: Ross Colvin

The Stanford Neurosciences Program will be hosting an alumni reception.



Contact:

Ross Colvin, Stanford University
Email: larkspur@stanford.edu

So You Want to Be a Scientist... and Get Paid Along the Way – a Workshop for Early Career Investigators

Other
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 103A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Organizer/Moderator: Roger G Sorensen, PhD

This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are conducting biomedical research. We will discuss what a student or postdoctoral fellow should look for in identifying a mentor, a research laboratory, how to choose a research project, and what a laboratory head expects from members of his or her lab. We will also discuss the particular requirements of individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant applications for predoctoral students, dual-degree candidates, and postdoctoral fellows. Also included will be how these applications are reviewed, emphasizing the importance of the training plan, the individual development plan, the research project, and plans for training in the responsible conduct of research, all of which are significant yet often misunderstood review criteria. Ample time is provided during the workshop to answer your specific questions.

[This workshop will be held pending NIH approval].

Speakers: Introducing the NIH and Finding Intramural and Extramural Research Opportunities - Nancy Pilotte, PhD, NIDA; Understanding Mentoring - Harold Gordon, PhD, NIDA; Funding Your Predoctoral or Postdoctoral Adventure through the NRSA - Roger Sorensen, PhD, NIDA; Perspectives from an Intramural Science Director - Antonellio Bonci, MD, NIDA.



Contact:

Nancy Pilotte, PhD, NIDA/NIH
Email: npilotte@nida.nih.gov
Phone: 301.435.1317

Roger Sorensen, PhD, Natl Inst on Drug Abuse, NIH
Email: rsorense@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-443-3205,
Fax: 301-594-6043

University of Chicago Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, Grand Ballroom North
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: University of Chicago

Organizer/Moderator: Nicole Kaminski-Ozturk

The Committees on Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience invite students, faculty, alumni, and friends to the 11th annual social gathering at Neuroscience 2014. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.



Contact:

Christian Hansel, PhD, University of Chicago
Email: Chansel@uchicago.edu
Phone: 773.702.6371

Journal of Neurophysiology Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Renaissance Washington DC, Grand Ballroom Central
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: American Physiological Society

Organizer/Moderator: Veronica Purvis

The American Physiological Society (APS) invites you to the Journal of Neurophysiology Social. You can hear firsthand the changes the editorial team has in store, and also find out how APS membership benefits SfN members and non-members alike.



Contact:

Charmon Kight, American Physiological Society
Email: ckight@the-aps.org
Web: www.the-aps.org

UW-Madison Neuroscience Training Program Social

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, Room 4
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: UW-Madison Neuroscience Training Program

Organizer/Moderator: Mallory Musolf, MA

Come celebrate and reunite with fellow alum, faculty and current students at the UW-Madison Neuroscience Training Program Social. Appetizers will be served.



Contact:

Mallory Musolf, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Email: musolf@wisc.edu
Phone: (608)262-4932
Web: http://ntp.neuroscience.wisc.edu/

NeuroEpigenetics Symposium: Research Questions, Technological Advances and Analytical Challenges

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 152B
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Elsevier ltd

Organizer/Moderator: Ruslana Khatagova

Neuroepigenetics: Research Questions, Technological Advances and Analytical Challenges
This symposium is in celebration of the launch of a new Elsevier journal titled “Neuroepigenetics”. Neuroepigenetics is an open-access, on-line-only journal committed to publishing advances in understanding the impact of epigenetic mechanisms on brain function in health and disease and advances in exploiting epigenetic mechanisms for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA:

Welcome and Introduction

Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Suzana Petanceska, NIA/NIH

David Sweatt, UAB

The Emerging Field of Neuroepigenetics: Key Questions

John Satterlee, NIDA/NIH

NIH Common Fund Epigenomics Program: Building the Foundation for Neuropigenetics

Li Huei-Tsai, MIT

Epigenetic Regulators as Therapeutic Targets for Neurodegeneration

Hongjun Song, Johns Hopkins

Epigenetics Regulation of Neurogenesis in the Adult Mammalian Brain (CONFIRMED)

Claes Wahlestedt, University of Florida

Role of non-coding RNAs in Brain Development and CNS disorders

Schahram Akbarian, Mount Sinai Hospital

The Genome in Three Dimensions: A New Frontier in Human Brain Research

Frances Champagne, Columbia University

Behavioral Epigenetics:  Understanding Prenatal Programming of Behavior



Contact:

Carolien van der Zanden, MSc, Elsevier
Email: c.zanden@elsevier.com
Phone: 0031 20 4853346

Drexel University Colllege of Medicine Alumni Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Judiciary Square Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Drexel University College of Medicine

Organizer/Moderator: Cory Miller

Join Drexel University College of Medicine alumni and friends at a complimentary networking reception. Meet our Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD and Vice Dean, Biomedical Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, Barry D. Waterhouse, PhD



Contact:

Cory Miller, Drexel University College of Medicine
Email: Cory.E.Miller@drexel.edu
Phone: (215) 255-7341

Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 7pm - 10pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Magnolia Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Sandra Grasso

The Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience invites students, faculty, alumni, prospective students and friends to join us at our annual SfN social gathering.



Contact:

Sandra Grasso, MS, Graduate Program For Neuroscience
Email: neurosci@bu.edu
Phone: (617)358-1123,
Fax: (617)358-1124
Web: ://www.bu.edu/neuro/

Shelley Russek, PhD, Boston University
Email: srussek@bu.edu
Web: www.bu.edu/neuro/

OIST Social

Other
Date & Time: Sunday, November 16, 2014 7pm - 9pm
Location: Renaissance Washington DC, Grand Ballroom South
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Organizer/Moderator: Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama, PhD

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) invites all students, faculty, and alumni of our workshops, internships, and events to join us in a celebration of the growing network of international scholars who have joined our scientific community. OIST has continued to grow and evolve, as have the careers of our students. We wish to celebrate our collective success and promote future intellectual exchange. Students and fellows thinking of applying to future OIST workshops or our graduate school are welcome to meet the co-directors, our alumni, and other faculty participants. Please join us for a relaxing evening reception.



Contact:

David Van Vactor, Harvard Medical School
Email: davie_vanvactor@hms.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-432-2195,
Fax: 617-432-2808

Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University
Email: yazaki-sugiyama@oist.jp
Phone: 81-98-966-8542,
Fax: 81-98-966-2891

Monday, November 17, 2014

Exploring the Mind Using the Semblance Hypothesis

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 7am - 8am
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 209A
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Kunjumon Vadakkan

Organizer/Moderator: Kunjumon Vadakkan, PhD

Identifying the set of neurons that fire during a task can become meaningful if we discover how they are related to the formation of the inner sensations during the execution of the task. First-person properties of the mind can only be accessed by the owner of the nervous system. The testable Semblance Hypothesis is trying to find a mechanism that can explain most brain functions; replicating neurons firing in an artificial system and obtaining readouts of the inner sensations to make it accessible to a second person. Identifying the right frame of reference that can connect major findings by various faculties of brain sciences at different levels - molecular, cellular, electro-physiological, systems, and behavioral - is essential to understand the mind. We will explain the steps towards the artificial replication of the hypothesized mechanism.



Contact:

Kunjumon Vadakkan, MD PhD , University of Manitoba
Email: umvadakk@cc.umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204 998 8593
Web: semblancehypothesis.org

From Theories to Therapies: Accelerating Neuroscience Research on Human Diseases and Disorders

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 152B
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: National Disease Resource Interchange

Organizer/Moderator: Kerri Harvey

Organizer/ Moderator: Thomas Bell, PhD

Species-specific differences in genome, transcriptome, and proteome profiles are emerging as major hindrances for translational medicine. Experimental analysis on primary human tissues provides an alternative method to overcome this challenge, but acquiring appropriate biospecimens to develop human model systems is a critical impediment for most scientists. The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) has recently established a high-throughput system to provide human neurological biospecimens for biomedical research. Our neuroscience program provides scientists with a reliable mechanism to study the physiological properties of human neurons and supporting cells. This event will include a presentation on recent scientific advances with human biospecimens and a Q & A session to discuss how we can help facilitate your research.

Speakers:

Bill Leinweber, President & CEO

Jeff Thomas, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Thomas J. Bell, MS, PhD, Director, Scientific Services

 

Contact: Thomas Bell, PhD

Email: tbell@ndriresource.org

 



Contact:

Kerri Harvey, The National Disease Research Interchange
Email: kharvey@ndriresource.org
Phone: (215) 557-7361
Web: http://www.ndriresource.org

Schizophrenia Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Scarlet Oak Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Schizophrenia Research Forum

Organizer/Moderator: Hakon Heimer

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Neuroscience 2014 and have a drink and  snacks with colleagues whose work touches on schizophrenia. We will have a purely social event this year, and we expect a number of senior scientists to appear, so polish up your two-minute project summaries!



Contact:

Hakon Heimer, Schizophrenia Research Forum
Email: hakon@schizophreniaforum.org
Phone: 224 938 9523
Web: www.schizophreniaforum.org

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, University of DC Room & Catholic University Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Simons Foundation

Organizer/Moderator: John E Spiro, PhD

All are welcome to join  Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative's (SFARI) investigators and scientific staff for an evening of socializing and presentations on autism research. We welcome newcomers to autism research as well as those already working to uncover the mysteries of this complex condition. Simons Foundation staff will be available to answer any questions that you may have about the work SFARI funds, the resources we’ve created for the scientific community, and opportunities for funding.

Primary Contact: Anastasia Greenebaum, agreenebaum@simonsfoundation.org



Contact:

John Spiro, PhD, Simons Foundation
Email: jspiro@simonsfoundation.org
Phone: (212) 524-6090

Anastasia Greenebaum, Simons Foundation
Email: agreenebaum@simonsfoundation.org
Phone: 212.524.6097,
Fax: 654.654.0220
Web: sfari.org

Autism-Like Behaviors in Rodent Models

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Chinatown Room
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Dr. Mu Yang, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis School of Medicine California, CA, USA

Organizer/Moderator: Noldus Information Technology b.v.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a family of heterogeneous, neurodevelopmental disorders with unknown etiology. An estimated 3 million people in the EU and 1.5 million in the U.S. are diagnosed with ASD at a prevalent rate of 1 in 88 children. ASD is behaviorally diagnosed by the presence of deficits in social interactions and communication, as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. The etiology of ASD is highly heterogeneous, with genetic, environmental, and epigenetic factors being possible causes. No reliable biomarkers are available for diagnosing ASD. To discover causes of ASD and to develop pharmacological and behavioral treatment strategies, it is important and necessary to utilize valid animal models. Traditional methods of recording and analyzing behaviors and ultrasonic vocalizations are time consuming and subject to the personal bias of each human rater. Efficient automated systems are essentials tools for conducting high-throughput experiments and obtaining reliable results. Conversations between technologies and behavioral experts, and among users of automated systems are important for further expansion of such system. This satellite symposium will feature leading experts in the field of ASDs who will discuss their latest developments and techniques for revealing the behavioral components in rodent models.

Contact: Yvonne Humphrey, Noldus Information Technology Inc. Phone: (703) 771-0440 / (800) 355-9541 Fax: (703) 771-0441 E-mail: Yvonne.Humphrey@noldus.com

Sponsoring SfN member: Dr. Mu Yang, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine



Contact:

Yvonne Humphrey, Noldus Information Technology
Email: yvonne@noldus.com
Phone: (703) 771-0440 ,
Fax: (703) 771-0441
Web: www.noldus.com

Natasja Bogers, Noldus Information Technology
Email: natasja@noldus.nl
Phone: +31-317-473300
Web: www.noldus.com

The Grass Foundation and Marine Biological Laboratory Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Georgetown Room
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Grass Foundation and the Marine Biological Laboratory

Organizer/Moderator: Jennifer Park

This informal gathering welcomes everyone involved or wanting to learn more about the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) or the Grass Foundation. The MBL, an affiliate of the University of Chicago, is an internationally renowned center for full-immersion training and research in neuroscience. Fifty-three Nobel Laureates have been associated with the MBL, and the lab continues to offer cutting-edge training in a unique cross-disciplinary research environment. Many neuroscience summer courses are offered at the MBL. Students learn from leading scientists about the history and the outstanding question in their fields. They also receive hands-on training in state-of-the-art facilities from the experts. The Grass Foundation is a nonprofit, private foundation focused on advancing teaching and research in neuroscience. The flagship program of the foundation is the 14-week Grass Fellowship Program at the MBL in Woods Hole. This fellowship program provides the opportunity for neuroscientists to conduct independent research for scientific discovery. While sharing the Grass Laboratory, fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL community. Grass Fellows work independently but frequently collaborate with other investigators at the MBL. Fellows can also take advantage of the extensive equipment loaner program. This fellowship grant covers research and living expenses. Come learn more about these amazing opportunities!
Contact Linda Maninger, execassist@grassfoundation.org



Contact:

Linda Maninger, The Grass Foundation
Email: execassist@grassfoundation.org
Phone: (310) 266-0300
Web: www.grassfoundation.org

Felix Schweizer, PhD, The Grass Foundation
Email: fschweizer@grassfoundation.org
Phone: 310-266-0300
Web: www.grassfoundation.org

Neuron-Glia Interactions Social

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 209A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Journal Glia, Wiley Press

Organizer/Moderator: R. Douglas Fields, PhD

The Neuron-Glia Interactions Social aims to bring together individuals from diverse areas to meet and learn from their colleagues who are exploring new frontiers of research incorporating glia. Traditionally, non-neuronal cells in the nervous system (glia) were relatively neglected by the majority of neuroscientists, but this has changed. Interactions between neurons and glia are now understood to be fundamental to nearly all aspects of nervous system function and disease. The diversity of non-neuronal cells and the wide range of functions they influence make interactions between students, researchers, and physicians particularly important for advancing current research and developing the future direction of research. A cash bar will be provided. All are welcome to attend!

Co-organizers: Doug Fields, PhD, Amy Shafqat, MS, and Michael O'Donovan, PhD.



Contact:

R. Douglas Fields, PhD, National Institutes of Health
Email: FieldsD@mail.nih.gov

Washington University in St. Louis Neuroscience Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: R.F.D. Washington
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Washington University in St. Louis

Organizer/Moderator: Tayler Sheahan, BS

The neuroscience community at Washington University invites you to an informal social gathering for lively company and conversation. Join us in forming and renewing friendships and collaborations between past and present professors, postdoctoral fellows, and students. Prospective graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are also welcome to mingle and learn about current developments and future directions. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served to aid in the merriment. Reception will be help at R.F.D. Washington: 810 7th St. NW Washington, DC. Phone: 202.289.2030



Contact:

Tayler Sheahan, Washington University In St. Louis
Email: tayler.sheahan@wustl.edu
Phone: 7085673037

Association of Korean Neuroscientists: Annual Meeting and Social

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Twelve & K Hotel
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Association of Korean Neuroscientists

Organizer/Moderator: Young-Jin Son, PhD

In order to foster networking and collaboration among Korean neuroscientists, the Association of Korean Neuroscientists in the U.S. (AKN) organizes this annual social and dinner meeting for those attending SfN. All the Korean scientists and students from America, Korea, and other countries are welcome to join the event. Seated dinner is included. The event will be at:

Twelve & K Hotel (1201 K St. NW)
6:30-9:30 p.m. (Monday, Nov. 17)

Please check the AKN website for updated information on the agenda, location, time, and registration. Website: https://akneuro.org/cms/

Contact: Young-Jin Son yson@temple.edu; Kwang-Soo Kim kskim@mclean.harvard.edu



Contact:

Young-Jin Son, PhD, Temple University School of Medicine
Email: yson@temple.edu
Phone: (215)926-9354,
Fax: (215)926-9325

DFG Leibniz Lecture: CHRISTIAN HAASS

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Salons 3 & 4
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: German Research Foundation DFG

Organizer/Moderator: Sigrid Classen

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) is proud to present Dr. Christian Haass from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, winner of the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. In this lecture, Dr. Haass will discuss his devotion to the discovery of cellular and molecular mechanisms of dementia as well as his interdisciplinary approaches ranging from biophysics, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology to in vivo models and life imaging in his research on Alzheimer's disease and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.



Contact:

Emily Formica, Research in Germany
Email: emily.formica@dfg.de
Phone: (202)785-4206
Web: www.dfg.de

11th Anniversary of the Christopher Reeve "Hot Topics" in Stem Cell Biology Data Blitz

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 146AB
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: EMD Millipore and other orgs (TBD)

Organizer/Moderator: Evan Y Snyder, PhD, MD

You are invited to the 11th Annual Christopher Reeve Hot Topics in Stem Cell Biology, organized by the La Jolla member institutions of the Southern California Stem Cell Consortium, which comprise the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM): Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego. In this perennially popular "data blitz" format satellite symposium, you will hear 10-15 minute, short presentations by multiple investigators, each telling a single story and each talk followed by lively discussion and debate. Contact: Evan Snyder, M.D.,Ph.D. esnyder@sanfordburnham.org or Rachel Braithwaite, rachelb@sanfordburnham.org



Contact:

Evan Snyder, MD PhD , Sanford|Burnham Medical Research Institute
Email: esnyder@sanfordburnham.org
Phone: (858) 646-3158 ,
Fax: (858) 795-5273
Web: www.sanfordburnham.org

Rachel Braithwaite, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Email: rachelb@sanfordburnham.org
Phone: 858-795-5326,
Fax: 858-246-1575
Web: www.sanfordburnham.org

Axon Electrophysiology Symposium

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 150B
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Molecular Devices, LLC

Organizer/Moderator: Jeffery Tang

Molecular Devices’ Axon Instruments has been the market leader for manual patch-clamping in ion channel research for more than 30 years. We will again be organizing the Axon Electrophysiology Symposium to meet with our existing customers and new electrophysiology researchers. In this symposium, we will provide a product update to Axon Instruments. Invited speakers will present the use of Axon instruments in their research. In addition, we will provide tutorials on our pCLAMP software to existing or new electrophysiology researchers. Axon pCLAMP software is a powerful data acquisition and analysis software and is widely used for a variety of electrophysiological recordings in many academic laboratories. We will highlight features that can facilitate your experimental workflow in the process of data acquisition and analysis. All principle investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are welcome to join this educational event. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. To RSVP for this free interactive and educational event, please email to Jeffrey Tang at jeffrey.tang@moldev.com.



Contact:

Jeffery Tang, Molecular Devices, LLC
Email: jeffrey.tang@moldev.com
Phone: (408) 747-3734
Web: www.moleculardevices.com

Annual International Society for Serotonin (ISSR, formerly Serotonin Club) Mixer

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Fado's Irish Pub
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: International Society for Serotonin Research

Organizer/Moderator: Kelly A Berg, PhD

Ay…. ‘Tis the luck of the Irish- yet AGAIN! Please join us at Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant. We will have great food, bountiful beverage, and plenty of blarney (ummm – we mean banter) in the relaxing ambiance of this traditional Irish Pub one block from the convention center. The cost is $25 per head and will include an appetizer buffet, two drink tickets, and, of course, a delightful stand-up routine (likely about “serotonin”) by a surprise guest. Payment can be made by sending a check payable to “The International Society for Serotonin Research” to Kelly Berg, or by credit card at our society website (www.serotoninclub.org).

Website: www.serotoninclub.org

Contact: Kelly Berg, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Pharmacology, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229. Email: berg@uthscsa.edu.



Contact:

Kelly Berg, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center
Email: berg@uthscsa.edu
Phone: (210) 567-3528 ,
Fax: (210)567-6952
Web: www.serotoninclub.org

Club Hypnos

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Salon 7
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Sleep Research Society

Organizer/Moderator: Nicholas Cekosh

The Sleep Research Society invites meeting attendees to its Club Hypnos reception. This event provides an opportunity for colleagues to share interests in sleep and circadian research. As part of the Sleep Research Society’s continuing efforts to advance the field of sleep and circadian research, all interested neuroscientists are welcome to attend the reception. This is a social event that provides a networking opportunity for professionals interested in sleep and circadian research and sleep medicine. It offers meeting attendees the opportunity to interact and learn about the activities of the Sleep Research Society and the benefits of becoming a member. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.



Contact:

Dayna Merrow, Sleep Research Society
Email: dmerrow@srsnet.org
Phone: (630)737-9702,
Fax: (630)737-9790
Web: sleepresearchsociety.org

John Noel, Sleep Research Society
Email: jnoel@aasmnet.org
Phone: 630-737-9702
Web: sleepresearchsociety.org

Friends of Ohio State University Social

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, Grand Ballroom South
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Ohio State University

Organizer/Moderator: Dana M McTigue, PhD

The Ohio State University Department of Neuroscience invites all current and previous students, staff, faculty, and friends to attend the Friends of OSU Neuroscience Social. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to network and socialize with past and present colleagues and friends.



Contact:

Dana McTigue, PhD, Ohio State Univ Col Med
Email: dana.mctigue@osumc.edu
Phone: (614) 493-6349,
Fax: (614) 688-8742
Web: medicine.osu.edu/neuroscience/people/faculty/dana-m-mctigue-ph-d/Pages/index.aspx

Jonathan Godbout, PhD, Ohio State University
Email: jonathan.godbout@osumc.edu
Phone: 614-293-3456,
Fax: 614-323-5877

Multi-Analyte Detection Techniques for Neuroscientists: More Data from Less Sample

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 147B
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: R&D Systems, Inc

Neuroinflammation is a process that has both advantageous and detrimental effects. When it occurs at the right time for an appropriate extent, it can eliminate a triggering insult and restore neural homeostasis and function. Beneficial acute neuroinflammatory responses typically repair existing damage and minimize further injury. In contrast, prolonged, unregulated responses are often accompanied by release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-, IL-1, and IFN-. This can create a detrimental neurotoxic environment that damages neurons and compromises brain function. Understanding the complex cascade of events that result in altered expression of pro- and anti-inflammatory factors is a challenge for researchers studying neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). The ability to precisely detect multiple analytes while conserving limited sample volume is a methodological challenge that can be addressed by various multiplex approaches. Although many researchers still employ RT-PCR, these experiments do not confirm that changes in RNA levels equate to genuine differences in the expression of the proteins that drive functional changes in neuroinflammation. For neuroscientists facing this problem, multiplex technologies exist but remain an intimidating or unknown resource. In this satellite event, we will describe three distinct techniques: Proteome ProfilerTM membrane-based antibody arrays; bead-based multiplex assays for the Luminex® platform; and CyPlexTM, a novel, microfluidics-based, quantitative multi-analyte immunoassay platform. The merits and applications of each system will be presented, compared, and supported by experiments using relevant samples from the field of neuroinflammation.



Contact:

Gregg Hickey, PhD, R&D Systems Inc
Email: gregg.hickey@rndsystems.com
Phone: (800) 328-2400 ,
Fax: (612) 379-6580
Web: www.rndsystems.com

Martin Ramsden, PhD, R&D Systems Inc
Email: martin.ramsden@rndsystems.com
Phone: 8003282400
Web: www.rndsystems.com

Knockout Rats: Generation and Characterization of More Translational Models of Parkinson's Disease

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 147A
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: SAGE Labs

Organizer/Moderator: Kevin M Gamber, PhD

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease. Current treatments only provide symptomatic relief and do not alter its progression. As such, there is a necessity for better treatment options for PD. Animal models play a key role in preclinical research; translational and predictive models are critical to develop new treatments. Novel knockout rat models of PD have recently been developed by SAGE Labs in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. This symposium will explore recent characterization efforts in these new models that aim to help elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying PD and could facilitate drug development.



Contact:

Kevin Gamber, PhD, SAGE Labs
Email: Kevin.Gamber@sageresearchlabs.com
Phone: (314)400-6610
Web: www.sageresearchlabs.com

Lara Reid, SAGE Labs
Email: lreid@sageresearchlabs.com

NIH Funding Opportunity: Longitudinal Study of Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Substance Use

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 150A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: NIH

Organizer/Moderator: Nora D Volkow, MD

New NIH Funding Opportunity: National Longitudinal Study of Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Substance Use. The Collaborative Research on Addiction (CRAN) at NIH (National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA], National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA], and the National Cancer Institute [NCI]) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are hosting a workshop to solicit input for a large-scale prospective study to assess developmental effects of substance exposure during childhood and adolescence through young adulthood in human subjects. The study goals are to understand the impact of various patterns and trajectories of substance exposure on brain structure and function; future substance use disorders or other psychopathology; and functional outcomes, including academic achievement , social development and other behaviors. Problem Statement: Research suggests that drugs (including nicotine and alcohol) affect the developing brain in lasting ways. However, no prospective study has been conducted to definitively assess the effects of drug exposure on human brain development. Rationale: As policy over drugs in the U.S. continues to be debated, there is a growing chance that youth will have greater access, particularly to marijuana. Within this context there is an urgency to understand the effects of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs on the developing human brain. Advances in brain imaging technologies have provided new tools with which to investigate human brain development. For example, with brain imaging it is now possible to measure the effects of substance use on brain architecture and function and link these to cognitive and emotional behaviors. Substantial evidence from animal model studies has shown that drug use is particularly deleterious during the adolescent period, which brain imaging allows us to now study in humans This study intends to answer the following major questions: 1. What is the impact of occasional versus the regular use of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine, and other substances on the developing brain? In what ways does use of one substance predispose toward or interact with use of others? 2. What are the neurodevelopmental pathways that link adolescent substance use and pre-existing or emerging mental illnesses? What are the effects of multiple substances in combination? 3. What impact do these substances have on information processing, academic achievement, motivation, social development, and other behaviors? The workshop will provide information about the proposed study design, in order to solicit feedback from the neuroscience community and to alert them to an upcoming NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement. Welcoming Remarks will be presented by CRAN leadership: Drs. Nora Volkow (NIDA), George Koob (NIAAA), and Bob Croyle (NCI); and Dr. Alan Guttmacher (NICHD). Dr. Michael Charness (Veteran’s Administration Boston Healthcare, Harvard Medical School) will describe the proposed protocol and lead the discussion.



Contact:

Nora Volkow, MD, NIH/NIDA
Email: nvolkow@nida.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 443-6480 ,
Fax: (301) 443-9127

Susan Weiss, PhD, NIDA/NIH
Email: sweiss@nida.nih.gov
Phone: 301-443-6487

Taiwan Night

Dinner
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 103A
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Taiwan Neuroscience Society, ROC

Organizer/Moderator: Cheng-Chang Lien, PhD, MD

To foster networking and collaboration among neuroscientists in Taiwan and abroad, the Taiwan Neuroscience Society (TNS) will organize a social event during Neuroscience 2014 in Washington, DC. All students, postdocs, and professors from Taiwan and around world are welcome to join this informal event. It is a great opportunity to meet old and new friends. Anyone who wants to announce an upcoming meeting or position posting is welcome. Snacks and drinks will be served.



Contact:

Cheng-Chang Lien, MD PhD , Natl Yang-Ming Univ
Email: cclien@ym.edu.tw
Phone: 886(2)28267325,
Fax: 886(2)28215307
Web: http://lienlabnas.ym.edu.tw/lienlabwebsite/

2014 Functional Brain Imaging Symposium

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Capitol/Congress Rooms
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Olympus

Organizer/Moderator: Olympus

Functional and Fixed neural network imaging maps are critical for identifying structural connections. Parallel projects are developing to detail the actual function of live neurocircuitry. Once the realm of pure electrophysiology, functional mapping at the cellular level has taken on new dimensions with the proliferation of opto-genetic tools, fast calcium indicators and optical stimulation technologies that allow optical stimulation and functional mapping of cellular responses across large brain areas. As a continuation from last year, this symposium will expand further on new techniques in light of the NIH BRAIN initiatives and discuss recent progress and challenges in fixed tissue and functional mapping of living neurocircuitry.
 



Contact:

Jennifer Reed, Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas
Email: jennifer.reed@olympus.com
Phone: (484)896-3188,
Fax: (484)896-7131
Web: www.olympusamerica.com

Brendan Brinkman, Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas
Email: brendan.brinkman@olympus.com

Neuroscience Downunder 2014

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: The Australian Embassy
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: SfN - Melbourne Australia Chapter

Organizer/Moderator: Peter J. Crack, PhD

Neuroscience Downunder. A social function hosted by the Australian Chapters of the Society for Neuroscience. Monday 17th of November 2014. 6.30pm to 8.30pm Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW RSVP essential by 11th November Photo ID needed for entry.



Contact:

Peter Crack, PhD, University of Melbourne
Email: pcrack@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: 61 (03) 83448417,
Fax: 61 (613) 8344924

Junhua Xiao, PhD, The University of Melbourne
Email: xiaoj@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: 61390359759

WWN Mentoring Circles to Increase Collaborations, Networking and Career in Neuroscience

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 209B
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Committee on Women in World Neuroscience (WWN) of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)

Organizer/Moderator: Orly Weinreb, PhD

The Committee on Women in World Neuroscience (WWN) of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) will be supporting this satellite event to create a unique opportunity for researchers to focus on the social and professional pathways for career enhancement. This workshop will provide practical advice on funding mechanisms for research, mentoring networking strategies, and professional development, as well as explore potential academic / nonacademic careers in neuroscience while forming links between junior and senior women neuroscientists across the globe. The event will feature Dr. Emmeline Edwards, WWN Chair, who will cover the latest successful activities of the IBRO-WWN committee. Attendees will also join various WWN member-led mentoring circles. Each mentoring circle will have two WWN members who can discuss and answer attendees' questions about topics including establishing fruitful collaborations, the art of negotiation, building consensus, the work and life balance, as well as developing a research team. Attendees will be able to choose their preferred topic and potentially join more than one discussion station. Discussions will be informal and motivated by the attendees. After the mentoring circles there will be an opportunity for networking and social engagement activities between the junior and senior woman neuroscientists.



Contact:

Emmeline Edwards, PhD, IBRO Women World Neuroscience
Email: edwardse@mail.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 594-7102

Jean King, PhD
Email: Jean.King@umassmed.edu

HEKA Electrophysiology Update

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Dogwood
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Heka Elektronik

Organizer/Moderator: Jan Dolzer, PhD

For over 40 years, HEKA Elektronik has provided innovative products, expert tech support and unmatched service to their customers. HEKA's commitment to technological innovation is reflected by consistent updating of both hardware and software. While yesterday's gold standards try to keep pace with the latest research techniques, HEKA takes the lead. By popular demand, HEKA is hosting a series of user meetings with tutorial presentations. On one hand, some of the new products will be showcased to the experienced user and, on the other hand, step-by-step guidance is provided to the researcher who is new to the field. Who should attend? • Scientists with experience in patch clamp electrophysiology and related scientific techniques • Researchers who want to become more efficient in the use of electrophysiology acquisition and analysis software • PostDocs and graduate students who want to learn more about electrophysiology techniques



Contact:

Jan Dolzer, PhD, HEKA Elektronik
Email: marketing@heka.com
Phone: +1 902-624-0606
Web: www.heka.com

Telly Galiatsatos, BS, HEKA Instruments
Email: ussales@heka.com
Phone: +1 516-882-1155
Web: heka.com

Lafayette-Campden 2014 Touchscreen Symposium

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 207B
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: Lafayette-Campden Neuroscience

Organizer/Moderator: Lafayette Instrument Company

Lafayette-Campden Neuroscience is excited to host the 2014 Touchscreen Symposium. Rodent touchscreens continue to advance and offer a wide range of cognitive neuroscience tasks, which include tasks that are readily learned and offer high throughput. The touchscreen platform offers considerable flexibility with physical chambers that can be configured with different floors and walls and augmented with different reward systems and other operant devices. There are 10 different tasks for rats and mice, some of which directly translate to the monkey and human Cambridge neuropsychological test automated battery (CANTAB) touchscreen tasks. Work with other species, such as the tree shrew and mouse lemur, has also been successful. Many of these studies have been recently highlighted in Nature Neuroscience and previous papers related to Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia. When combined with in vivo electrophysiology, touchscreen tasks offer a powerful platform for the integrated study of brain and behavior. Additionally, recent developments in electrophysiology systems offer low weight wireless and tethered systems that enable an unencumbered and freely-moving animal to still achieve a high work rate on a demanding cognitive touchscreen task. Invited speakers will discuss their work using a variety of related systems and techniques followed by a lively Q & A session.

Speakers: To be announced
Website: http://www.lafayetteneuroscience.com/product_list.asp?catid=116
Flier: http://www.limef.com/Downloads/bussey-chambers.pdf



Contact:

Greg Prescott, MA, Lafayette-Campden Neuroscience
Email: market@lafayetteinstrument.com
Phone: (765) 423-1505 ,
Fax: (765) 423-4111
Web: www.lafayetteneuroscience.com

Jennifer Rider, BS, Lafayette Instrument Company
Email: jrider@lafayetteinstrument.com
Phone: 7654231505
Web: www.lafayetteinstrument.com

Trisomy 21 Research Society Social Gathering

Symposia Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Union Station
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: T21RS, Lumind

Organizer/Moderator: Jean Maurice Delabar

This event will allow the presentation of this new non-profit international research society.

Objectives of this society are the following:
• Facilitate the interaction between neuroscientists and scientists of other disciplines by holding scientific meetings and other appropriates actions
• Promote the general public dissemination of scientific information by publications in journals and through other communication methods such as conferences and meetings
• Support education and training of young researchers by providing educational resources for scientists interested in Down syndrome at all stages of their careers, including undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows. The actions will include schools and training programmes and grants to young scientists
• Promote understanding and involvement in Down syndrome research among the general public and Inform legislators and other policymakers about new scientific knowledge and recent developments in Down syndrome research and their implications for public policy, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress
• Promote interactions of scientists with patient associations, foundations and pharmaceutical industries.

This event will allow neuroscientists and clinicians interested in finding new collaborators and resources in the field of Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s research to gather at this time and space in a relaxed atmosphere. This event is free, but registration would be appreciated. infos@T21RS.org

www.t21rs.org

Contact persons: Jean Maurice Delabar, Mara Dierssen



Contact:

Jean Maurice Delabar, CNRS
Email: delabar@univ-paris-diderot.fr
Phone: +33157278354
Web: http://www.t21rs.org

Workshop on Continuous Wave Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIR)

Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Monument Room
Sponsor Category: Commercial
Sponsored By: fNIR Devices

Organizer/Moderator: BIOPAC Systems, Inc.

The satellite symposium is a great opportunity to learn more about functional near infrared spectroscopy and optical imaging. The symposium will cover the theory of FNIR and a discussion regarding the latest FNIR Devices hardware and software solutions for brain imaging. Experts in the field of optical brain imaging will discuss the technology and answer application specific questions. fNIR functional near infrared optical imaging systems measure oxygen level changes in the prefrontal cortex of human subjects. Each fNIR system provides real-time monitoring of tissue oxygenation in the brain as subjects take tests, perform tasks, or receive stimulation and allows researchers to quantitatively assess brain functions—such as attention, memory, planning, and problem solving—while individuals perform cognitive tasks. The fNIR device provides relative change in hemoglobin levels, calculated using a modified Beer-Lambert law. The powerful fNIR spectroscopy imaging tool measures NIR light absorbance in blood of hemoglobin with and without oxygen and provides information about ongoing brain activity similar to functional MRI studies. It eliminates many of the drawbacks of fMRI and provides a safe, affordable, noninvasive solution for cognitive function assessment. The technology empowers researchers by providing greater flexibility for study design, including working within complex lab environments and operating in non-traditional lab locations for field studies. fNIR data can easily be combined with physiological signals acquired through BIOPAC’s data acquisition and analysis systems, such as ECG, respiration, cardiac output, blood pressure, electrodermal activity and stimulus response markers; The systems interfaces with most stimulus presentation systems (such as E-Prime or SuperLab) and BIOPAC's range of Virtual Reality systems. FNIR Devices has tethered sixteen, four and dual channel systems, plus wireless options and fNIRSOFT specialized analysis software. fNIRSOFT (fS) is a stand-alone software package designed to process, analyze and visualize functional near infrared (fNIR) spectroscopy signals through a graphical user interface and/or scripting (for automation). Join us to learn more about fNIR solutions for your lab!



Contact:

Brenton Pyle, BIOPAC Systems, Inc.
Email: brentonp@biopac.com
Phone: (805)685-0066 EXT 151,
Fax: (805) 685-0067

Frazer Findlay, BIOPAC Systems Inc
Email: frazer@biopac.com
Phone: 805-685-0066 ext. 117

Marmoset Social

Reception
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 7pm - 10pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, 4
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Self

Organizer/Moderator: James A Bourne, PhD

The New World marmoset monkey has become an exciting model for neuroscience in terms of its capacity for genetic manipulation, behavioral testing and optogenetic studies. This event provides an opportunity for researchers working with marmosets, and those interested, to share their experiences and to garner further information about new technologies that have been adapted for the species. The evening will comprise short talks from experts in the field, an open Q and A session and plenty of time to converse with colleagues.



Contact:

James Bourne, PhD, Aust. Reg. Med. Inst.
Email: james.bourne@monash.edu
Phone: 61(3)99029622
Web: www.neurorepair.net

LGBT Social

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 7pm - 9pm
Location: Number Nine
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Andrew Murtishaw & SfN LGBT Neuroscientists

Organizer/Moderator: Andrew Scott Murtishaw, MA

After a brief hiatus, the SfN LGBT Social is back! This event is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the neuroscience community and their colleagues. All are welcome! This year’s event will be held offsite at Number Nine, located approximately one mile northwest of the convention center at 1435 P St NW, Washington DC, 20005 (across from the Whole Foods in Logan Circle). Please join us for an evening of appetizers, drinks, and conversation. The bar is a cash bar but appetizers and conversation will be provided!

For inquiries, please contact Andrew.Murtishaw@unlv.edu.



Contact:

Andrew Murtishaw, MA, UNLV Neuroscience Doctoral Student
Email: Andrew.Murtishaw@unlv.edu
Phone: (702) 217-5922

Neuroscience in Germany XXI Social

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 7:30pm - 10pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: Research in Germany

Organizer/Moderator: Sigrid Classen

The annual German Social facilitates an exchange of ideas, contacts, and information for scientists interested in research cooperation and career opportunities in Germany. Come, mingle and network. Get in touch with German Research. Refreshments will be served.



Contact:

Emily Formica, Research in Germany
Email: emily.formica@dfg.de
Phone: (202)785-4206
Web: www.dfg.de

Sleep and Circadian Biology DataBlitz

Other
Date & Time: Monday, November 17, 2014 8pm - 10pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Salons 8,9,10
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: University of Pennsylvania

Organizer/Moderator: Aaron Laposky, PhD

The Sleep and Circadian Biology DataBlitz is an opportunity for those attending the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting to meet informally with researchers in related disciplines. Fast-paced DataBlitz presentations (one minute, one slide) will highlight recent research developments. These presentations will be followed by an honorary, “two minute” plenary speaker presentation. Representatives from the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and NIH will be present to discuss current research, future directions, and support mechanisms. There is no charge or registration for SfN annual meeting participants. Light refreshments will be provided.



Contact:

Aaron Laposky, National Institutes of Health
Email: laposkya@nhlbi.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 435-0193

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IBS Career Opportunity Reception

Reception
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis, Liberty Ballroom IJK
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: Institute for Basic Science

Organizer/Moderator: Institute For Basic Science

The Institute for Basic Science in South Korea (http://www.ibs.re.kr/eng.do) invites young neuroscientists and postdocs to our informal gathering on Tuesday, November 18. This reception is a great opportunity to meet with our distinguished neuroscientists and students and exchange information about career opportunities currently available at the IBS’ three Research Centers in neuroscience: Center for Cognition and Sociality (Director Hee Sup Shin) at KIST, Center for Synaptic Brain Dysfunctions (Director Eunjoon Kim) at KAIST, Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research (Director Seong-Gi Kim) at SKKU.

RSVP via this link at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibs-socialsfn-society-for-neuroscience-2014-tickets-12298799039

For further information please visit IBS Booth(#3309) or send e-mail at global@ibs.re.kr

 

 



Contact:

Seonhea Sunny Kim, Institute For Basic Science
Email: sunnykim@ibs.re.kr
Phone: 82(428)788135,
Fax: 82(428)788067
Web: www.ibs.re.kr

Global Cooperation Team , Institute for Basic Science
Email: global@ibs.re.kr
Web: www.ibs.re.kr

Iranian Neuroscientists Community Annual Social Event

Other
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 103A
Sponsor Category: Individual Group
Sponsored By: IRNSC members

Organizer/Moderator: Mahmoud Kiaei, PhD

The ninth Iranian Neuroscientists' Social will be held at SfN's annual meeting in Washington, DC. The goal is to facilitate and encourage scientific and social interactions among the expanding community of Iranian neuroscientists. This social is open to all conference registrants, exhibitors, and their guests. The evening event will continue offsite with details to be posted on IRNSC's website.

Website: www.IRNSC.net.



Contact:

Mahmoud Kiaei, PhD
Email: MKiaei@uams.edu
Phone: 501-526-5638
Web: www.irnsc.com

Amir Rezvani, PhD, Duke University
Email: azadi@duke.edu
Phone: 919-259-0959

North Carolina Neuroscience Social

Reception
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, 5
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The SfN Triangle & Western North Carolina Chapters

Organizer/Moderator: Shannon Farris, PhD

Description: The Triangle and Western North Carolina Chapters of SfN invite all scientists & friends hailing from North Carolina to attend the North Carolina Neuroscience Social. This event is purely social and our goal is to provide an opportunity for fellow Carolinians to socialize as well as spread the word about the recent reactivation of the Triangle Chapter. There will be a cash bar and dry snacks available and drink tickets for chapter members. See y'all there!

Contact:

Christos Constantinidis, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy Wake Forest School of Medicine
President, Western North Carolina Chapter of Society for Neuroscience
Winston Salem, NC 27157-1010
Email: christos.constantinidis@wakehealth.edu
Tel: 336-716-7424



Contact:

Shannon Farris, PhD, NIH/NIEHS
Email: shannon.farris@nih.gov
Phone: (919) 541-4304

Friday, November 21, 2014

Public Workshop - Brain-Computer Interface Devices for Patients with Paralysis and Amputation

Date & Time: Friday, November 21, 2014 8:30am - 5:30pm
Location: FDA White Oak Campus
Sponsor Category: University/Non-Profit
Sponsored By: The Food and Drug Administration

Organizer/Moderator: Cristin G. Welle

Public Workshop - Brain-Computer Interface Devices for Patients with Paralysis and Amputation, November 21, 2014 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public Workshop entitled: “Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Devices for Patients with Paralysis and Amputation”. The purpose of this workshop is to obtain feedback on scientific, clinical, and regulatory considerations associated with BCI devices. Ideas and suggestions generated during this workshop may facilitate development of draft guidance to provide our initial thoughts regarding the content of premarket submissions for emerging BCI technologies and help to speed development and approval of future submissions. This meeting will be held November 21, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the following location: FDA White Oak Campus 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Bldg. 31, Room 1503 (the Great Room) Silver Spring, MD, 20993 The workshop general session will also be available via webcast. To Register: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/ucm410261.htm#registration



Contact:

Cristin Welle, FDA
Email: cristin.welle@fda.hhs.gov
Phone: (301) 796-2492

Pauline Nuguid, FDA
Email: pauline.nuguid@fda.hhs.gov
Phone: (301) 796-5560