We are thrilled that Dr. Harald Sontheimer will be the keynote speaker at Neuroscience Day 2014. Dr. Sontheimer is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Director of the Center for Glial Biology in Medicine, the Civitan International Research Center, and the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate program at UAB.
The goal of Dr. Sontheimer’s research is to understand how glial cells contribute to neuronal function in the healthy and diseased brain. His lab has investigated glial cell migration during development, after injury, and in malignancy with a focus on the intrinsic adaptations that facilitate cell shape changes during migration. His laboratory hopes to determine whether malignant transformation induces novel mechanisms allowing brain tumor cells to migrate and invade other portions of the brain. His laboratory recently discovered the important role that chloride secretion through anion channels plays as glia move through the extracellular spaces of brain tissue.
Dr. Sontheimer’s laboratory uses molecular biology, confocal and fluorescent cell imaging techniques, patch clamp electrophysiology, and quantitative measures of migration and cell invasion to examine glial cell function and pathophysiology. His studies employ cell culture models and tissues derived from biopsies of patients who present with glial tumors and other nervous system diseases.
Additional information and links to Dr. Sontheimer’s research and publications can be found here.
In addition to Dr. Sontheimer’s presentation, Neuroscience Day 2014 will include Professional Development Sessions aimed at graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The graduate student session will describe strategies for getting the most out of a post-doctoral experience. For post-doctoral fellows, the session will provide a glimpse into the workings of professional search committees in academia, industry, and government/policy positions.
As in the past, Neuroscience Day 2014 will include invited oral presentations from each OMV-SfN member institution and posters presented by graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty. Awards will be given to the best student poster from each OMV-SfN institution plus an award for the best presentation from a post-doctoral fellow at any institution.
Please take the time now to register for Neuroscience Day 2014. There is no fee for registration. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 1, 2014.
Finally, if you are not an OMV-SfN member or have not renewed your membership for 2014, please join/renew now!
This is yet another reminder that the Winter Meeting of the Ohio-Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience will be held on the Wright State University campus Next Week - Friday, February 21 starting at 12:30 pm (note the earlier time). The meeting will be held in the Ghandi Auditorium in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Building (White Hall).
We have the fortunate opportunity to hold our meeting in conjunction with a seminar presentation by Dr. Etty Benveniste on “Role of the JAK/STAT Signaling Pathway in Neuroinflammatory Disease”
You may download the agenda and the directions to the campus and meeting site at the end of this message. White Hall is indicated by “WH” at the bottom of the campus map. You can park in lot 16 right in front of White Hall but must pick up a parking pass at the meeting registration desk.
Bring your checkbook (no credit cards please) so you can pay your modest dues, update your membership for 2014, and make sure you receive notices of the activities sponsored by our chapter for 2014. These include the upcoming Neuroscience Day 2014 in May and Professional Development Workshop planned for the fall. Dues are only $25 for faculty, $10 for post-doctoral fellows, and $5 for students.
I look forward to seeing you at Wright State University on the 21st.
James Olson, Ph.D.
The OMV-SfN chapter is pleased to announce that both of our 2013 nominees received chapter travel awards from the Society for Neuroscience.
Jessica McKlveen, a student in the laboratory of James Herman, PhD, in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati, won a Chapters Graduate Student Travel Award for her abstract entitled “Chronic stress increases the inhibitory tone of the medial prefrontal cortex”.
Dr. Patrick Sonner, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Ladle, PhD in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology at Wright State University, received a Chapters Postdoctoral Trainee Travel Award for his abstract entitled “Modulation of reciprocal facilitation in mouse spinal cord during postnatal development”.
Each winner will receive $1,000 and complimentary registration to Neuroscience 2013.
The OMV-SfN chapter can make one nomination each for graduate student and postdoctoral travel awards to attend the national SfN meeting in the fall. Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
- Nominee must have participated in the OMV Neuroscience Day on June 7th
- Nominees must be first author of an abstract to be presented at the annual meeting with an abstract of the highest scientific merit
- The nominee and his or her advisor must be active members of SfN (provide membership ID numbers)
- The nominee must be a graduate student who has advanced to candidacy for a PhD or a postdoctoral fellow
- Nominee may not be nominated by the chapter for an award two years in a row
- Nominee is not a recipient of another SfN travel award in the same year
In order to be considered for the nomination, please send the following materials to Mark Baccei (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, May 31st:
- Copy of the abstract submitted for the 2013 SfN national meeting
- A one-page letter of recommendation from the nominee’s mentor/advisor commenting on the nominee’s contributions to neuroscience research
- Applicant’s one-page CV, including education (graduate student nominees must include the date they advanced to PhD candidacy and PhD nominees must include the date they were awarded their postdoctoral degree), honors/awards, and publications (abstracts and manuscripts)
- A brief summary of your research focus (250 words or less)
- Description of neuroscience outreach activities that you participated in this year and any contributions you made to the OMV chapter (150 words or less)
- A brief description of the funds, other than this award, that will be available to support your travel to the national SfN meeting
Additional information on these travel awards can be found at:
Please contact Mark Baccei with questions regarding this award.
Ohio Miami Valley Chapter
Society for Neuroscience
Winter Business Meeting
March 1, 2013
1. Opening Statements
Dr. Joyce Fernandez thanked the Chapter for its support during the last year.
The OMV members thanked Dr. Fernandez for her leadership over the past year as well as planning and coordinating Neuroscience Day.
A motion was made to install Dr. Mark Baccei (University of Cincinnati) as President of the Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. The motion was approved.
Chapter members present at the meeting nominated and elected the following officers for 2013: James Olson, Ph.D., President Elect (Wright State University); Kim Hagler Secretary Treasurer (Wright State University); Amit Singh, Ph.D., Officier at Large for the University of Dayton, and Kathleen Killian, Ph.D., Officier at large for Miami University. An Officer at Large for the University of Cincinnati will be nominated at a later date.
3. Science Olympiad
The Science Olympiad National Tournament 2013 will be held on May 17 and 18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Science Olympiad features competitions in biology, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, physics, and technology.
For information about the national tournament and how to be involved at the national event visit http://www.wright.edu/scienceolympiad/.
The State Science Olympiad Tournament 2013 will be held on April 27, 2013 at The Ohio State University. For information about this event go to http://www.ced.osu.edu/scioly/.
4. SfN Annual Meeting Sites
The leadership of the Society for Neuroscience has decided to remove New Orleans from the rotation of annual meeting sites for the next nine years. A SfN member-initiated campaign that questions the rationale for this change and seeks to modify this decision is underway. A short discussion of this matter was held at the recent OMV-SfN Winter Meeting in Cincinnati; however, the entire OMV-SfN community should be aware of this since it affects all Society for Neuroscience members. More information with additional links is provided on the OMV-SfN Web site.
5. Secretary/Treasurer Report
The current balance in the OMV-SFN account is $4,485.96 and there are no outstanding bills at this time.
The expenses for 2012:
- 2012 Post-doc Award $100
Income for 2012:
- Membership dues: $1,555.00
- Membership includes: 155 members which include 50 faculty and 6 staff, and 3 post docs, 55 graduate students, and 41 undergraduate students,
- Spring 2012 Society for Neuroscience Chapter Grant $2,000.00
The 2013 membership forms are available at http://www.med.wright.edu/omv_sfn/member_form.html.
Membership fees will remain the same $5 for students, $10 staff and post docs and $25 for faculty.
6. Neuroscience Day 2013
Neuroscience Day will be hosted at the University of Cincinnati on June 7, 2013. Dr. Michael Salter, University of Toronto has been invited as the keynote speaker. Additional information about the event will be sent out as it becomes available
7. Members Items
- Dr. Baccei announced that the OMV has been awarded the SfN Chapter Grant for $1,500.
- Save the date for Neuroscience Day – June 7. Dr. Baccei would like to have an itinerary by the end of March. He requested that each university submit topics to him as soon as possible.
- Continue to work on student outreach at OMV events.
- Discussion about having a faculty representative from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The OMV agreed to have a CCHMC contact and see how the relationship develops.
- Jun-Ming Zhang has agreed to oversee the OMV website http://www.omv-sfn.org/. Any items for the site should be sent to Dr. Baccei or Dr. Zhang.
The Society for Neuroscience leadership has decided to remove New Orleans permanently from the rotation of cities where the annual meeting is held. Prior to 2012, New Orleans hosted SfN annual meetings five times with the last one in 2003. New Orleans had been scheduled to host the annual meeting in 2006 and 2009, but these plans were canceled after Katrina hit the city in August of 2005. As many may know, the meeting returned to New Orleans in 2012.
The SfN leadership provides an explanation for their action on the SfN website and cites uncertainty regarding severe weather in that region of the country as a main reason for their decision (http://www.sfn.org/News-and-Calendar/News-and-Calendar/News/Annual-Meeting-Spotlight/Future-Meetings-Schedule-Announced). For the next nine years, the SfN council voted to hold annual meetings only in Chicago, San Diego, or Washington, DC. However, the vote of the SfN Council on this issue was not unanimous.
Several SfN members have raised awareness of this change in meeting plans on NeuroOnLine interest groups. In addition, a position statement and petition to return New Orleans to the SfN annual meeting cycle has been started at Change.org (https://www.change.org/petitions/the-society-for-neuroscience-put-new-orleans-back-on-the-rotation-of-venues-for-your-annual-meeting). In their statement, the Change.org petitioners suggest that no city is free from the potential of severe weather by noting Hurricane Sandy caused significant disruptions in Washington, DC around the time the SfN meeting was being held in New Orleans. Several thousand petition signers are needed to make a significant impact on the SfN leadership.
Consider whether you want to sign the Change.org petition to voice your views on annual meeting locations. This is an issue which impacts every SfN member.
The Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (OMV-SfN) Winter Meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 1st from 2-4 pm at the UC Reading Campus (Lecture Room in Building A). Please join us for three exciting talks by members of the OMV-SfN community as well as a general discussion about our plans for the upcoming year. If you are planning on attending, please email Mark Baccei (email@example.com) by the end of the day on Feb. 27th so that we can provide campus security with a list of participants. Here is a link to the program in PDF: OMV-SfN Winter Meeting, March 2013
Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
2013 Winter Meeting
University of Cincinnati
Reading Campus – Building A, Lecture Room
Friday, March 1st, 2013
2:00 Welcome Joyce Fernandes, Miami University, OMV-SfN President
2:10 “Creatine transporter deficiency: an overview”
Matt Skelton, Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
2:30 “New insights during retina regeneration through the reprogramming of the retinal pigmented epithelium”
Agustin Luz-Madrigal, Department of Zoology, Miami University
2:50 “Early postnatal development of proprioceptive spinal circuits in the mouse spinal cord”
David Ladle, Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology, Wright State University
3:10 Annual Business Meeting
1. Installation of 2013 President, Mark Baccei
2. Election of Officers
3. Update on Science Olympiad – Jim Olsen
4. Status of SfN New Orleans meetings – Jim Olsen
5. Secretary-Treasurer’s Report – Kim Hagler
6. Update on OMV-SfN Website
7. Brain Awareness Week activities – Mark Baccei
8. Planning for 2013 Neuroscience Day – Mark Baccei
9. Other Business
Directions to University of Cincinnati – Reading and Campus Map:
Parking: Parking is available in “UC Lot B Visitor Parking” (see above map).
Please confirm your attendance by e-mailing Mark Baccei (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than February 27th, 2013 as campus security has requested a list of all attendees. Also, please let him know if you will need parking so that we can ensure adequate space in Lot B.
The OMV-SfN chapter extends its hearty congratulations to Brent Myers, Ph.D. (left), who received a Postdoctoral Trainee Chapter Travel Award from the Society for Neuroscience. The award included $1,000 and complimentary registration to SfN’s Neuroscience 2012 annual meeting held in October.
Dr. Myers is a post-doc in the laboratory of James Herman, Ph.D., in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. His qualifying abstract at Neuroscience 2012 was “Stress-activated corticolimbic efferents innervate the posterior hypothalamic nucleus: a novel circuit for stimulating neuroendocrine stress responses.”
Eight applications were received for this year’s SfN’s Graduate Student Travel Awards, and two for the Post-doc Travel award.
The review and selection process has identified the following as nominees of the OMV chapter:
- Aminata Coulibaly (Graduate Student Award): Lab of Lori Isaacson, Miami University
- Brent Myers (Post-Doc Travel Award): Lab of Jim Herman, University of Cincinnati
Congratulations to the nominees on their achievements thus far, and congratulations to the mentors as well.
Each application was reviewed by 2 faculty members from institutions other than the applicant’s home institution. (Mentors were excluded from the evaluation process in the category that their student/post-doc applied). Reviewers scored the following attributes: scientific merit of abstract; academic accomplishments; research description; outreach activities: contributions to the chapter.
Thanks to the 17 faculty members who participated in the review process.