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Fifth Annual Neuroscience Research Day

April 5, 2019

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

Keynote Lecture

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

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

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

Syracuse University Presenters

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

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

Gwendolyn Thomas, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Exercise Science)

Caitlin Vose, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral fellow, Communication Sciences & Disorders)

Spandita Dutta (Graduate Student, Biology, SU)

Martin De Vita (Graduate Student Psychology., SU)

Date and Time

April 5, 2019

Registration 8:30-9:00 am. The conference will begin promptly at 9:00 am and will be finished by 4pm.


Registration is free! To register for the event, click here.

Poster submissions

The 2019 Neuroscience Research Day Conference will include poster presentations!

Please prepare an abstract of 250-300 words. Your abstract, should it be accepted, will appear in the Conference program. Abstracts will be evaluated by Neuroscience faculty. The top 2 poster abstracts will be selected as Meritorious posters, and these students will be invited to present a 6-8 minute overview to highlight their research before the poster sessions begin.

Based on the quality of their poster presentations, awards will also be given to the top graduate and undergraduate presenters.

The poster presentation session will last for 60 minutes, with half of the presenters presenting for the first 30 minutes and half presenting during the final 30 minutes.

Poster submissions are due by Friday, March 8, 2019 at midnight.

To submit a poster for the 2019 Neuroscience Research Day, please have your abstract ready, and click here.

Fourth Annual Neuroscience Research Day 2018