2015 GW Institute for Neuroscience Symposium - "Evolving Brains: Genomes, Connectomes, and Diversity". Friday, May 1, 2015. Marvin Center Grand Ballroom.

The 2016 GWIN Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.



2015 GWIN Symposium:


Evolving Brains: Genomes, Connectomes, and Diversity
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom, Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at The George Washington University
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Sponsorship: The 2015 GW Institute for Neuroscience (GWIN) Symposium is co-sponsored by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the GW Office of the Vice President for Research.
Registration: Registration is closed.

Keynote Speakers:

Yoav Gilad, Ph.D., Professor for the Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago

David Van Essen, Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Professor for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University

Jon Kaas, Ph.D., Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology, Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University

Faculty Speakers:

Irene Zohn, Ph.D., Principal Investigator for the Center for Neuroscience Research, Children's National Health System (CNHS), and Associate Professor for the Departments of Pediatrics and Pharmacology and Physiology, GW SMHS

M. Chiara Manzini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and the Institute for Neuroscience, GW SMHS

Dwight Kravitz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology, GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) and the Institute for Neuroscience, GW SMHS

Student Speakers:

Julieta Lischinsky, Ph.D. Candidate, GW Institute for Biomedical Sciences

Akanni Clarke, Ph.D. Candidate, GW and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health

Rachel Kay, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Neuroscience Research, CNHS

Fenna Krienen, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Evolutionary Neuroscience, Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GWU

Poster Presentation:

This year, for the first time, the symposium will also include poster presentations during the lunch break. Anyone interested in presenting a poster must declare interest during registration and send the names of the author, the poster title, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to gwneuro@email.gwu.edu by Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

*As of Thursday, April 16, 2015, the period to declare interest in presenting a poster is now over.*


Schedule of Events
8:00 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM Welcome Opening
9:00 AM Irene Zohn, Ph.D. "Prevention of Neural Tube Defects by Periconceptional Supplementation - Beyond Folic Acid"
9:30 AM Julieta Lischinsky. "Aggression or Mating: Role of Two Distinct Embryonically Expressed Transcription Factors in Behavioral Control and Medial Amygdala Neuronal Diversity"
9:50 AM Keynote Speaker - Yoav Gilad, Ph.D. "Buffering of Protein Expression Within and Between Species"
10:50 AM Break
11:05 AM M. Chiara Manzini, Ph.D. "Leveraging Evolutionary Conservation to Study Human Disease"
11:35 AM Akanni Clarke. "Live Imaging of a Pioneer Axon In-Situ Suggests a New View of Growth Cone Structure and Dynamics"
11:55 AM Break
12:10 PM Lunch and Poster Presentation
2:10 PM Keynote Speaker - David Van Essen, Ph.D. "The Human Connectome Project: Elucidating Brain Structure, Function, and Connectivity"
3:10 PM Rachel Kay, Ph.D. "Mechanisms of Visual Field Construction in the Superior Colliculus"
3:30 PM Dwight Kravitz, Ph.D. "Nature and Nurture: Predicting Function from Neuroanatomy"
4:00 PM Break
4:10 PM Fenna Krienen, Ph.D. "Conservation and Innovation in Human Functional Brain Networks"
4:30 PM Keynote Speaker - Jon Kaas, Ph.D. "The Organization and Function of Parallel Sensorimotor Networks Involving Posterior Parietal Cortex in Primates"
5:30 PM Closing Remarks: Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., Director, GW Institute for Neuroscience; Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, GW SMHS.
5:45 PM Reception