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8:20 am

Tor Haugstad, MD/PhD, Neuroscience Chair of Clinic and Professor, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital

October 6, 2016 @ 8:20 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction of Speaker     (About Tor Haugstad)

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8:30 am

Illuminating the Brain Circuits Underlying Cognitive Behavior in Animal Models, Karel Svoboda, PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 8:55 am

Karel Svoboda, PhD, Co-Recipient, 2015 Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize; Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia -- The brain is an incredibly complex organ, and major new insights into its functions have typically followed on the heels of novel scientific instruments and new methods.  Now, through a confluence of […]

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8:55 am

The NIH BRAIN Initiative: Achieving Precision in Interrogating and Modulating Brain Circuitry, Walter Koroshetz, MD

October 6, 2016 @ 8:55 am - 9:20 am

Walter Koroshetz, MD, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH --  The investigators participating in the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) BRAIN initiative have opened technological doors that should enable researchers across the globe to better understand how the brain encodes and transmits information. Ongoing projects span from developing an in depth classification […]

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9:20 am

Clinician Panel: James Ecklund, MD; Tor Haugstad, MD/PhD; Alex Valadka, MD; John-Anker Zwart, MD/PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 9:20 am - 10:20 am

Presenters will share a clinical perspective on precision neuroscience from their experiences in clinical practice.

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10:20 am


October 6, 2016 @ 10:20 am - 10:50 am
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10:50 am

The Role of Patterned Stimulation in Inducing Synaptic Plasticity in the Normal and Injured Brain, Michael Friedlander, PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 10:50 am - 11:15 am

Michael Friedlander, PhD, Vice President of Health Sciences and Technology; Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine -- The role of patterned stimulation in inducing synaptic plasticity in the normal and injured brain Michael J. Friedlander, Quentin Fischer and Hodja Kalikulov, Virginia Tech Carilion Research […]

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11:15 am

Decoding the Brain’s Surface to Track Whole-Brain and Interior Brain Activity, Stephen LaConte, PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 11:15 am - 11:40 am

Stephen LaConte, PhD, Associate Professor, VTCRI and Associate Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering -- Current approaches to surface measurements of brain activity such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG) suffer from poor spatial resolution and an inability to directly observe interior brain regions and distributed […]

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1:00 pm

Proteomics and CRISPR/Cas Genome Editing Empower Deafness Research, Jung-Bum Shin, PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

Jung-Bum Shin, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Virginia School of Medicine -- The overall goal of my research is to understand the biology of hearing and the pathobiology of hearing loss. In particular, our focus is the sensory hair cell, the receptor cell of the auditory and vestibular system.  I will discuss two present […]

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1:25 pm

Critical Period-Like Plasticity in the Adult Brain, Eero Castren, MD/PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 1:25 pm - 1:50 pm

Eero Castren, MD/PhD, Director, Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki, Finland -- Experience-driven neuronal plasticity shapes neuronal networks during development, but plasticity is reduced in adult brain after the closure of early postnatal critical periods.  We have found that pharmacological treatment with the antidepressant fluoxetine reactivates a critical period-like plasticity in the adult rodent brain.  When […]

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1:50 pm

Clinician Panel: Jeff Elias, MD; Erin Foff, MD/PhD; Thor Willy Ruud Hansen, MD/PhD; Anita Kablinger, MD

October 6, 2016 @ 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm

Presenters will share a clinical perspective on precision neuroscience from their experiences in clinical practice.

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2:50 pm


October 6, 2016 @ 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
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3:20 pm

Brain-Computer Interfaces for Basic Science, Byron Yu, PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Byron Yu, PhD, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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3:45 pm

The Molecular Control of Synaptic Plasticity and Its Importance for Precision Neuroscience, Clive Bramham, MD/PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 3:45 pm - 4:10 pm

Clive Bramham, MD/PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Biomedicine and KG Jebsen Centre for Neuropsychiatric Disorders, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway -- The adaptive capacity of the brain depends on synaptic plasticity – the ability of a synapse to change in strength in response to use or disuse. Plasticity in neural circuits shapes emotional responses, […]

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4:10 pm

Matricryptins Trigger Inhibitory Synapse Formation in the Developing Neocortex, Mike Fox, PhD

October 6, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 4:35 pm

Mike Fox, PhD, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Director of the VTCRI Developmental and Translational Neurobiology Center -- Although inhibitory synapses comprise only ~20% of the total synapses in the mammalian cerebrum, they play essential roles in controlling neuronal activity. In fact, perturbing inhibitory synapses is associated with complex brain disorders, such […]

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6:15 pm

Dinner for Invited Guests, Hotel Roanoke

October 6, 2016 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
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7:45 pm

Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution, Eric Betzig, PhD: Talk Location – Hotel Roanoke Washington Lecture Hall

October 6, 2016 @ 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Eric Betzig, PhD,  2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia -- As our understanding of biological systems has increased, so has the complexity of our questions and the need for more advanced optical tools to answer them.  For example, there is a hundred-fold gap between the […]

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8:45 pm

How Glutamate and GABA Became Neurotransmitters, Jon Storm-Mathisen, MD/PhD: Talk Location – Hotel Roanoke Washington Lecture Hall

October 6, 2016 @ 8:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Jon Storm-Mathisen, MD/PhD, Professor, Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, University of Oslo, Norway -- During the decades that have passed since the epileptogenic and neurotoxic properties of glutamate and the mitigating properties of GABA were first noted, neurophysiological, neurochemical and neuroanatomic discoveries have brought forward an understanding of their role as major neurotransmitters of […]

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