2013 Neuroscience Day – June 7
Michael Salter, M.D., Ph.D. (left), a Professor of Physiology and the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine at the University of Toronto, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 OMV-SfN Neuroscience Day on Friday, June 7th at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Salter heads the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and also holds the Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity and Pain at SickKids.
As Dr. Salter writes, “Work in my laboratory is primarily directed to elucidating fundamental principles of cell-cell signaling in the central nervous system and to understanding how aberrations in signaling underlie nervous system disorders. We are using the understanding we have developed to devise new approaches to restoring physiological signaling, often through manipulating protein-protein interactions within cells.
One main area of focus is on glutamatergic signaling where we are studying biochemical processes that regulate the function and localization of the NMDA receptor subtype of glutamate receptor. We have identified several physiological regulatory mechanisms and are examining the potential role of alterations in these regulatory processes in disorders ranging from chronic pain, to epilepsy and to schizophrenia. A second main area of focus is on microglia-neuron signaling, which stems from our discoveries on the role of this signaling in persistent pain hypersensitivity. We are identifying the mechanisms by which microglia cause neuronal hyperexcitability with the goal of counteracting these mechanisms in order to devise strategies for new types of pain relieving medications.“
Graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty are invited to present posters related to recent findings in neuroscience and its related fields at Neuroscience Day. Please make sure to include the poster title in your online registration.