2016 Precision Neuroscience Conference

Hosted every two years, the Precision Neuroscience Conference builds on a collaboration between Nordic and Virginia universities to advance neuroscience-based precision medicine, including diagnosis and treatment.

Welcome to Virginia Tech

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Tim Sands, Ph.D.

President, Virginia Tech

Dynamic Regulation of Signaling Pathways in Dopamine Neurons: The Intracellular Actions of Amphetamines

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Susan Amara, Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research Program and Chief, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Genetic Basis of Major Depression

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Jonathan Flint, M.D.

Professor-in-Residence, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; and Senior Scientist, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Industry Perspectives: Bradley Miller, M.D./Ph.D.

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Bradley Miller, M.D./Ph.D.

Senior Director, Tailored Therapeutics Neuroscience, Eli Lilly and Company

Industry Perspectives: Michael Wood, Ph.D.

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Michael Wood, Ph.D.

CEO, Neupharm, LLC

A Quantitative Signature of Change in Impulsivity: Toward Prediction of Clinical Response

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Warren K. Bickel, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor; Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Professor of Psychology, Virginia Tech

Serotonin, Impulsivity, and Cue Reactivity: Preclinical and Clinical Studies

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neurology, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); Director, VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies and Director of Addiction Medicine; Director, C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research; Associate Vice President for Clinical Research

Engineering Viral Vectors for Targeted Therapeutics and In Vivo Circuit Connectomics

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Tomas Bjorklund, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Wallenburg Neuroscience Center, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

A New Approach to Rapid Neurotransmitter Measurement in Humans During Active Cognition

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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P. Read Montague, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Carilion Vernon Mountcastle Research Professor; Director, Human Neuroimaging Laboratory, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Professor of Physics, Virginia Tech; Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College, London

SorCS2 Regulates Dopaminergic Wiring and BDNF-Dependent Plasticity

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Anders Nykjaer, M.D./Ph.D.

Professor of Medical Biochemistry; Director of the Lundbeck Foundation Research Centre MIND; Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience - DANDRITE; Nordic - EMBL Partnership of Molecular Medicine; Aarhus University, Denmark

Insulin Resistance and Neurodegeneration: Novel Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Suzanne Craft, Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research Program and Chief, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Synaptic Biomarkers: Promise and Perils for Identifying and Using Them to Optimize Neuronal Health

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Greg Valdez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Amyloid-β and Tau: the Trigger and Bullet in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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George Bloom, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology and of Cell Biology, University of Virginia

Toward Understanding Differential Risk for Intellectual Disability: An Experimental Approach

Event was held October 5, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Craig Ramey, Ph.D.

Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Illuminating the Brain Circuits Underlying Cognitive Behavior in Animal Models

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.

Co-Recipient, 2015 Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize; Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA

The NIH BRAIN Initiative: Achieving Precision in Interrogating and Modulating Brain Circuitry

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Walter Koroshetz, M.D.

Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

Clinicians' Panel: James Ecklund, M.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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James Ecklund, M.D.

Chair, Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute, Inova Health System, Falls Church, VA; Professor of Neurosurgery, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University

Clinicians' Panel: Tor Haugstad, M.D./Ph.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Tor Haugstad, M.D./Ph.D.

Neuroscience Chair of Clinic and Professor, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Nesodden, Norway

Clinicians' Panel: Alex Valadka, M.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Alex Valadka, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Clinicians' Panel: James Ecklund, M.D., Tor Haugstad, M.D./Ph.D., Alex Valadka, M.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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The Role of Patterned Stimulation in Inducing Synaptic Plasticity in the Normal and Injured Brain

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.

Vice President of Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech; Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; and Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Decoding the Brain's Surface to Track Whole-Brain and Interior Brain Activity

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Stephen LaConte, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Associate Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering

Proteomics and CRISPR/Cas Genome Editing Empower Deafness Research

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Jung-Bum Shin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Virginia

Critical Period-Like Plasticity in the Adult Brain

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Eero Castren, M.D./Ph.D.

Director, Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki, Finland

Clinicians' Panel: Jeff Elias, M.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Jeff Elias, M.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia

Clinicians' Panel: Erin Foff, Ph.D./M.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Erin Foff, Ph.D./M.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Virginia

Clinicians' Panel: Thor Willy Ruud Hansen, M.D./Ph.D., M.H.A., F.A.A.P.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Thor Willy Ruud Hansen, M.D./Ph.D., M.H.A, F.A.A.P.

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Oslo, Norway

Clinicians' Panel: Anita Kablinger, M.D.

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Anita Kablinger, M.D.

Carilion Clinic Program Director, General Psychiatry Training Program; Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Brain-Computer Interfaces for Basic Science

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Byron Yu, Ph.D.

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

The Molecular Control of Synaptic Plasticity and Its Importance for Precision Neuroscience

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Clive Bramham, M.D./Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Biomedicine and KG Jebsen Centre for Neuropsychiatric Disorders, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Matricryptins Trigger Inhibitory Synapse Formation in the Developing Neocortex

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Michael Fox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Director of the VTCRI Developmental and Translational Neurobiology Center

Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
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Eric Betzig, Ph.D.

2014 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus

How Glutamate and GABA Became Neurotransmitters

Event was held October 6, 2016 at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
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Jon Storm-Mathisen, M.D./Ph.D.

Professor, Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, University of Oslo, Norway

A New (Immune) Look into Neurological Disorders

Event was held October 7, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Jonathan Kipnis, Ph.D.

Harrison Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG), University of Virginia

The Lactate Receptor is Important for Brain Vascularization

Event was held October 7, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Linda Hildegard Bergersen, Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology, University of Oslo, Norway, and Professor of Neurobiology of Aging, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Targeted Therapy to Disrupt Aberrant Glutamate Release from Glioma

Event was held October 7, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D.

Professor/Director of the VTCRI Center for Glial Biology in Health, Disease and Cancer; I.D. Wilson Chair; and Executive Director of the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience

The 'Interactome' of HIV and Opiate Abuse: Glia as Architects of Amplified CNS Damage

Event was held October 7, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Pamela Knapp, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Identifying Precise Pharmacological Targets for Aberrant Neuronal Cell Cycle Re-entry in Alzheimer's Disease

Event was held October 7, 2016 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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John Lazo, Ph.D.

Harrison Distinguished Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Chemistry; Director, Fiske Drug Discovery Lab; University of Virginia