Gregorio Valdez presents lectures at the National Institutes of Health and international conferences in Brazil

Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.

Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has had a busy schedule this past month, having traveled the world to give several talks on his research regarding neuromuscular junctions.

Along with 10 other notable speakers, Valdez participated in a workshop at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, which was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Taking place on August 27, the meeting invited a handful of investigators from across the country to help identify gaps in the scientific literature on how the motor system changes with aging and the role of the peripheral synapse – the neuromuscular junction most associated with the decline of motor skills. Valdez served as a panelist and gave a talk titled, “Structural and Molecular Neuromuscular Changes Induced by Aging and Age-Related Diseases.”

From Maryland, Valdez flew to Brazil where he gave two more talks. He presented at a dual symposium combining the Second Symposium Integration of Graduate Programs in Cell Biology with the Sixth Symposium of Cell Biology, which was held at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais on September 2–6. The symposium was promoted by a group of postgraduate students from the university to bring together researchers, students, and practitioners to present and discuss relevant issues related to recent advances in cellular and molecular biology. On the second-to-last day of the symposium, Valdez gave a talk titled, “The Role of Synaptic Molecules in Diseases of the Nerve and Muscle.”

Not yet done with his travels to Brazil, Valdez’s second talk, less than a week later, was part of the annual Brazilian Society for Neuroscience taking place in the same location as the previous event from September 11–14. The meeting consisted of roughly 1,200 participants in the field of neuroscience, featuring symposia, national and international conferences, courses, and more than 700 poster presentations.