Neuroscience Graduate Program Symposium 2019 logo3rd Annual
Neuroscience Graduate Program Symposium

Monday, May 20, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
School of Pharmacy, Room 2020

Through talks and poster presentations, the Neuroscience Graduate Program Symposium brings together faculty and students and highlights the breadth of neuroscience research at KU, KUMC, UMKC and KCU.

All faculty and students performing neuroscience research are invited to participate.
Hosted by the KU-L and KUMC Neuroscience Graduate Program and KU School of Pharmacy

2019 Neuroscience Symposium Presentation Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 presentation award winners:

  • Dr. Olivia Eller-Smith - Senior Student Lecture Presentation Awardee
  • Maria Tickerhoof - Junior Student Lecture Presentation Awardee
  • Xin Zhang - Data Blitz Presentation Awardee
  • Ian Weidling - Data Blitz Presentation Awardee
  • Kyle Patton - Poster Presentation Awardee
  • Scott Koppel - Poster Presentation Awardee

Program Schedule

Monday, May 20, 2019
Location: School of Pharmacy Atrium (2nd Floor) & Room 2020
Time Agenda Item
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Poster Preparation
  • Oral presentation set up (Room 2020)
  • Poster set up (Atrium, 2nd Floor) - choose any available poster space
9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Symposium Opening & Welcome
Rick Dobrowsky, Ph.D.
9:05 - 10:00 a.m.
Plenary Lecture
"Molecular Underpinnings of Parkinson's Disease: A Path to New Therapies"
Yulan Xiong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
10:00 - 10:25 a.m.
Senior Student Presentation 1
Olivia Eller-Smith
The Effect of an Anti-inflammatory Diet Intervention on Early Life Stress-induced Co-morbid Disorders in Mice
10:25 – 10:40 a.m. Coffee break
10:45 - 11:05 a.m.
Junior Student Presentation 1
Maria Tickerhoof
Medial Amygdala Dopamine Receptor Activity Regulates Social Avoidance Response Following Social Defeat Stress in Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster)
11:05 - 11:30 a.m.
Senior Student Presentation 2
Khushboo Kapadia
Mutant Huntingtin-Calmodulin Interaction: Potential Therapeutic Target for Huntington’s Disease
11:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Junior Student Presentation 2
Blaise Menta
Lipid Homeostasis and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease
11:50 a.m. – noon Committee decision on one senior and junior cash prize of $50 each
Location: Mortar & Pestle Cafe (1st Floor)
Time Agenda Item
noon – 1:00 p.m. Buffet lunch
Location: School of Pharmacy Room 2020
Time Agenda Item
  Data Blitz - 5-minute presentation + 5-minute Q&A
1:00 – 1:10 p.m. Daniel Elliot
Neuropathic Effects of Paclitaxel Chemotherapy on C57BL/6 Mice, Predisposing to Diabetic Disease
1:15 - 1:25 p.m. Xin Zhang
ApoE2-mediated Neuroprotective Mechanism Through Regulation of Glycolysis
1:30 - 1:40 p.m. Ian Welding
Respiratory Chain Incompetence Influences Alzheimer’s Disease Related Phenomena
1:40 - 1:50 p.m. Irma Torres-Vazquez
Loss of Diversity in Electrical Synapse’s Connexins
1:50 – 2:00 p.m. Committee decision on two $50 prizes
Location: School of Pharmacy Atrium (2nd Floor)
Time Agenda Item
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Poster Presentation - Coffee & Cookies
Poster Competition:
  • Two groups of judges visit each poster
  • Presenters will have eight minutes to summarize objectives, outcomes and future goals, and answer judges questions
  • Judges will score 1-5 (low to high) on quality of poster, presentation and answers to questions
  • Top two presenters awarded certificate and $50 prize

Keynote Speaker

Yulan Xiong
"Molecular Underpinnings of Parkinson's Disease: A Path to New Therapies"
Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Symposium Format and Competition

The symposium will be a mix of short talks, 5 minute data blitzes and poster presentations as described below.

Four 25-minute oral talks will be selected from abstracts submitted between junior and senior students. Each pair of senior and junior students will compete for a certificate and $50.00 prize for best presentation and response to questions.

Four abstracts will be selected to present a five-minute data blitz along the lines of the concept of the Three-minute Thesis with a five-minute question period. The goal is to provide the audience the broad context of your work, its significance, a piece of data if desired and impact of the studies in no more than three slides. Participants will compete for two certificates and $50.00 prizes for most effectively delivered data blitz and response to questions.

A poster competition will be held with two groups of judges visiting each poster. The presenters and judges will have eight minutes in total in which the presenter will summarize the objectives, outcomes and future goals of their work and answer questions by the judges. The judges will provide an overall numerical score of 1-5 (low to high) of the quality of the poster, the presentation and answers to the questions. The top two presenters will be awarded a certificate and $50.00 prize.


Abstract registration is now closed.


Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Neuroscience Graduate Program
c/o Dr. Rick Dobrowsky
School of Pharmacy, Ste 2001-D
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Email: dobrowsky@ku.edu or psteffan@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-3531 or 785-864-3893

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