10th Annual Center for Biomedical Neurosciences (CBN) Retreat
The 10th Annual Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Retreat was held Friday, May 4th, 2012, on the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio campus, at the GCCRI Commons and Auditorium. Over forty abstracts were presented by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty and researchers/technicians, at the day long event. This event has served as an outstanding venue for bringing together the neuroscientists, on campus, from different schools and departments, including: Biochemistry, Cellular and Structural Biology, Endodontics, Medicine, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry and the Research Imaging Center.
The primary mission of the CBN is to enhance and promote the discipline of neuroscience at the UTHSCSA and South Central Texas, by serving as an umbrella organization for research and teaching activities related to the discipline. Neuroscience is the science of the nervous system, it is the name for the multidisciplinary bodies of science, that analyze the nervous system, to understand the biological basis for behavior and includes diverse basic areas, such as neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neurophysiology and neuropsychology. Clinical disciplines include, but are not limited to, ophthalmology, neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry.
The event begins with the welcome message from the CBN Director and Retreat Coordinator, David Morilak, Ph.D. (pictured here, left), of the Department of Pharmacology, at the UTHSCSA.
This was followed by the first poster presentation session, as judges made 'rounds' to various presenters, listening to presentations and asking a variety of questions about each of their respective research projects.
The platform talks follow the first round of presentations. Three speakers are asked to present brief (approximately 15 minutes) talks on their neuroscience related research. This years platform speakers included:
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UTHSCSA
Title: 'Translational Research Across Species in Schizophrenia'
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UTHSCSA
Title: 'The Structural Basis for Regulation of Tyrosine Hydroxylase'
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, UTHSCSA
Title: 'Functional MRI applications to neuroscience'
After a brief lunch break, the second poster presentation session takes place, again, with judges 'making the rounds'.
CBN retreat attendees then gather in the Auditorium for Dr. Morilak's 'State of the CBN' address and the introduction of the CBN Retreat's featured speaker, who this year was Andrew Miller, M.D. (pictured right), Professor of Psychiarty and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Psychiatric Oncology Winship Cancer Institute, at Emory University. Dr. Miller's talk was titled: 'Cytokines and Depression: Pathways and Therapeutic Promises'.
The CBN retreat concludes with Dr. Morilak announcing the poster award winners, in each of the categories, and handing out the certificates and cash awards.
2012 CBN Poster Presentation Winners
|Student Category||Postdoctoral Fellow Category||Junior Faculty Category||Researcher/Technician Category|
|1st Place - Elaine Por (Jeske Lab)||1st Place - Sonya Bierbower, Ph.D. (Shapiro Lab)||1st Place - Georgianna Gould, Ph.D. (Physiology)||1st Place - Amiksha Shah (Lodge Lab)|
|2nd Place - Allison Doyle (IMGP Student entering Lu/Lodge Lab this Fall)||2nd Place - Shivani Ruparel, Ph.D. (Hargreaves Lab)||2nd Place - Jason O'Connor, Ph.D. (Pharmacology)|
|3rd Place - Dustin Green (Hargreaves Lab)||3rd Place - Stacy Hussong, Ph.D. (Galvan Lab)|
The CBN conducts several events throughout the year, in addition to the CBN Annual Retreat. These include the annual Brain Bowl, various CBN Seminars and the Mariann Blum Memorial Lectureship in the Neurosciences. In addition, the CBN also sponsors the Interdisciplinary Pre-doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience, integrating existing and emerging strenghts in neuroscience research and education at the UTHSCSA and is also a co-member of the San Antonio Neuroscience Alliance (SANA), an initiative between the UTHSCSA and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), formed to enhance neuroscience research and training at the two institutions.
The CBN would like to thank the volunteer poster session judges for performing what can be a difficult task. This years judges were, in the student category: Dr.'s Gerak, O'Connor and Walss-Bass, in the Postdoctoral category, Dr.'s Ginsburg, McMahon and Thompson and in the Junior Faculty and Researcher/Technician categories: Dr.'s Eaton, France and Jeske. In addition, thanks also to Bethany Reid, Pharmacology Program Coordinator, for her assistance to Dr. Morilak with all aspects of the retreat, Marlys Quick for her administrative support, Joel Hager for his IT support and Sandy Westerman for her administrative leadership. See you next year!