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    For more information and to register, visit Neuronline: https://neuronline.sfn.org/scientific-research/early-life-stress-impact-on-brain-and-psychopathology Effects of early life stress are found to be dependent on many factors, including sex and genetic background, the age of early exposure, and the age and context within which the long-term impact is examined. This webinar will discuss the resultant high individual variability of early life stress and its impact on coping abilities and cognitive functions later in life. Individual presentations will speak to vulnerability and resilience to early life stress, the effects of early life stress on cognitive domains, its effects on the HPA axis as well as the role of sex differences, and the necessity of developing analysis approaches that move away toward more personalized types of analysis. In this webinar, speakers will cover points including: It is not the stress exposure per se, that is determining the impact on health and disease, but the interaction with (epi)genetic background, previous experiences and current context. Early life adversity generally impairs memory formation under non-stressful conditions and social behavior later in life, but increases memory formation of stressful events and anxiety. What the function of the HPA axis is and how this can be altered by early life stress. The plethora of factors that can influence the lasting effects of early life stress (e.g. sex, timing, brain region etc.) How vast and complex the literature concerning early life stress and later effects is. Explaining that individual differences in responses to early life stress and its implications are not “noise” but part of the picture. Why it is important to translate the accumulating understanding about the complexity of early-life effects on coping with challenges later in life to adequate research protocols. Speakers Gal Richter-Levin, PhD: Gal Richter-Levin is a professor at the University of Haifa, in Israel. Richter-Levin’s main research interests lie in behavioral neuroscience and the neurobiology of stress-related psychopathology. He received his undergraduate degree in agriculture from The Hebrew University and his PhD in neurobiology from The Weizmann Institute. He completed his postdoctoral training at The National Institute for Medical Research, in London. Marian Joëls, PhD: Marian Joëls is professor of neurobiology of environmental factors, and dean as well as a board member of the University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands. She obtained her PhD degree in Utrecht with David de Wied and carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Scripps Research Institute. Between 1991 and 2009 she was appointed at the University of Amsterdam, and between 2009 and 2016 she served as a professor of neuroscience and scientific director of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus at University Medical Center Utrecht. Her research focuses on stress hormone actions in the brain, with the aim of delineating the cellular and network effects of stress hormones in limbic brain regions, understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms, and examining the functional consequences for behavior, in health and disease. Her work has been published in more than 300 articles, and she currently is an ISI Highly Cited author. She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as president of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies from 2012–2014. Mathias V. Schmidt, PhD: Mathias V. Schmidt is a principal investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany. He earned his PhD in neuroscience from the Leiden University, in the Netherlands, and his postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and the Ludwig Maximilians University, in Munich. Schmidt's research focuses on unraveling the molecular underpinnings of stress-related disorders. Nichola Brydges, PhD: Nichola Brydges is a Jane Hodge Foundation research fellow in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute at Cardiff University, in Wales. Her research focuses on the role early life stress plays in the development of psychiatric illness, with a particular focus on social behavior and hippocampal function. She earned her BSc in biology from the University of Sheffield, in England, and her PhD in animal cognition, physiology, and behavior from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.
  5. Science reported on the progress of a number of new technologies and approaches to "artificial vision" which were presented at this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting. Comments on the status of this progress?
  6. It's been a little over a week since SfN's 2019 conference in Chicago concluded, and after several days of sleeping until 11AM, I'm just about recuperated from all the activities! What are some highlights from your time at the conference? Share your stories, photos, whatever made your week in Chicago! I got a neat little SfN bingo card from a friend of mine to keep track of the conference happenings 😎. Unfortunately I did not win but maybe you did! Check it out and hopefully it will bring you as much joy as it did me.
  7. Andrew Chen

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    Hey everyone! Thanks so much for this feedback, which will be provided to the SfN Program Committee. You will also receive a survey link soon asking for additional information so we can continue honing this program.
  8. The SfN Presidential Lectures are always given by amazing scientists and Sunday night's presentation by Dr. Paola Arlotta was no exception. In case you missed her talk on "Understanding Brain Development: from Embryos to Organoids" here is a brief summary. Her talk was broken into two categories: how the brain establishes cellular diversity and growing 3D human brain organoids outside the embryo. Dr. Arlotta built upon the Allen Institutes work to classify neuron types in the cerebral cortex and genetic markers for those classifications. It was found that most neurons do not have a single gene marker but rather signature gene groups. As the cerebral cortex grows from prenatal through adolescence cells differentiate in groups, not linearly. One cell does not become all cell types, but rather there are “decision points” that lead to branching of only subset of cell types from that point forward. Dr. Arlotta’s group focused on identifying what happens at these decision points in order to force progenitors to become specified neurons. They worked on isolating selected cell types and identifying which gene molecules were co-regulated. They then determined which progenitor cells changed when given these gene molecules in vivo. However, most genetic neurodevelopmental diseases are more complex than single cell types. To address this the Arlotta group began working on developing 3D human brain organoids. They used human blood and skin cells to form iPSCs. iPSCs were then grown into 3D spheres about 4-5mm that could live up to 9 months, much longer than typical iPSCs. These organoids will self-organize. Within the organoids, cell diversity similar to human brain could be observed. Ventricles, sub-ventricle, and cortical regions were all identified. They did begin to find that there was a large amount of variability between organoids. Work by Silvia Vaclasco began to show that after 3 months the cell diversity was indeed reproducible. By 6 months astrocytes could be identified. Most excitingly the gene profiling from these organoids matched that of a human brain. Dr. Arlotta concluded “organoids can serve as reductionist experimental model of human brain development,” and help us study patients with diseases we cannot model in animals. We can also use this method to produce patient-derived iPSCs and begin to identify molecular pathways and treatments for more complex diseases. If you missed this talk, the largest missing component was Dr. Arlotta’s passion for science. She shared slides just to ensure that all this differentiation is available in the genome. We all know that all cells have the same DNA and therefore the same information. But to hear Dr. Arlotta remind us that these human organoids started as skin cells was mind-blowing. Science can be epically cool sometimes, and this lecture was a great example of that.
  9. Majid Khalili Ardali

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    HI all, I think SKNB program was a good starting point. For me, it was the same as Mohammad and Sepideh have already mentioned. Though the idea of SKNB is really appreciated, with no feedback from any audience it really didn't bring much. I think for next events, the idea of presenting online (like streaming videos) in dedicated times might be a good solution.
  10. Michael Oberdorfer

    Science Knows No Borders

    National Public Radio has featured a story on those who presented at this years annual meeting, and those who were unable to present because of President Trump's travel ban. SfN, in the interest of facilitating global interactions despite the current ban on travel to the United States by scientists that have been denied a visa to travel to the United States, has established the "Science Knows No Borders" program to provide a means for these neuroscientists to present their research. Your thoughts...
  11. Mohammad Abdolrahmani

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    Same here, I got no questions despite the time I spent preparing. Yet I appreciate the effort taken to organize the SKNB online forum. Fortunately, my colleague 'physically' attended the conference and received useful comments. Thanks to SKNB.
  12. Sepideh Keshavarzi

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    Hi Andrew and SfN! First of all, I would like to say thank you very much for this initiative and for highlighting the issue this year. I really appreciate your effort. I would like to share my experience as a participant of the sknb program. Unfortunately, I did not gain anything out of this form of presentation. I did not get to hear what happened during my session, i.e. what other speakers talked about. I had no opportunity to engage in a Q/A, and received no questions via emails or other forms of contacts. So basically, it was a lot of work to make this pre-recorded talk, but sadly no scientific or networking gain at the end. Therefore, in my experience, this did not compensate, even a tiny bit, for a full participation. Thank you again for your effort, however in this current format I cannot recommend it to others for future years.
  13. This session is unique in that it is almost entirely Q&A. After a brief introduction from each speaker, they begin answer questions and giving advice. It is a wonderful chance to discuss issues facing women from balancing family and work to dealing with harassment. While the entire session will be available online later, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite moments. I was first drawn in when Dr. Kasey Jackson was asked what her biggest challenge to overcome was and she replied “myself.” It was so honest and so relatable. We can be our own largest enemy. Jackson described a familiar feeling of inadequacy and not being smart enough for science. Jackson said she reminds herself that it could not have been luck this many times. You don’t get this many grants, papers, etc by luck this many times. You have gotten where you are by hard work. I was most surprised when the panel had no response to a question about sacrifices they made to be a female scientist. Really, no sacrifices at all? They mentioned there were occasional talks they missed because they didn’t want to travel while 9 months pregnant. There were choices to wait to have kids. But none of them viewed them as sacrifices. Just choices they made to create the life they wanted. It wasn’t meant to be an idealistic response. But it became a subtle way to fight this idea that you have to “sacrifice” your life as a mother to be a scientist or vis versa. Dr. Michelle Jones-London admitted “you can’t have it all, all the time, in every moment.” But you are an adult, and you can choose what you want to prioritize when. For some women, that priority is going into a field that is not supportive of women. And that is great. We need trailblazers who are willing to start tipping the scales. But I want to thank the panelist who reminded me, not everyone has to be a trailblazer. You can pick an institute or job that is known to be more supportive of females. And that doesn’t make you less of a person. Just because you are a minority doesn’t’ mean you have to be the one to fight every battle. The most moving part though, was when an audience member was brave enough to ask what she should do next because she wasn’t getting the support she needed from her administration, including Title IX. To that woman, I admire you and thank you for your honest vulnerability. To the panel, I am so touched to see how deeply concerned you all became. Dr. VanHoven was near tears. The best advice from all of this panel was simply this: for anyone, male or female, student or faculty, young or old, your first priority is to be safe; your second is to make it safe for others. No job is worth risking your physical safety. It doesn’t matter if you need to switch labs and take longer to graduate, whatever the price, your physical safety must come first. And then report it so others can be safe as well. It won’t stop if you do nothing. Even if one person didn’t respond, the administration is made of multiple people, and you only need one to respond to you. You can take legal action. Do whatever you need to do to take care of your safety first and foremost. To all the amazing women who served on this panel, thank you. May you continue to inspire the next generation of female scientists.
  14. Alexey Kuznetsov

    Looking for a bed or room 21-23rd

    Due to last minute changes in travel plans, I'm looking for a place to stay from Monday the 21st to Wednesday the 23rd. If nothing else comes up, one night from the 22nd to the 23rd is also an option. My name is Alexey Kuznetsov, and I'm from Indiana University. You can contact me directly at askuznet@iupui.edu
  15. Zohre azimi is a PhD student in the institute of neuroinformatik at Ruhr University Bochum. Azimi’s research focuses on the study of serotonergic system in sensory cortical area using optogenetic tools. She earned her master’s degree in biomedical engineering from AUT. Her poster will be presented at this time (October 20, 2019, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM; Session Number: 141, Poster board Number: K29) and she will be available then. Feel free to contact her via SKNB Neuronline forum during the conference, and any time via email: zohre.azimi@ini.rub.de
  16. Abimbola, Idowu (PhD) Abimbola Idowu is a lecturer and research scientist in neurophysiology at Lagos State University College of Medicine, Lagos, Nigeria. He previously was a visiting scientist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States and at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Idowu’s main research interests lie in Age-dependent synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and his PhD in physiology from the Lagos State University, Lagos Nigeria. He completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University. I will be available to answer questions from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Saturday October 19, 2019 and from 8:00am - 9:00am on Monday October 21, 2019. You can reach me through email: abimbola.idowu@lasu.edu.ng OR through https://zoom.us/j/8584771183
  17. Victor Oswald

    Looking for a bed or room

    Hello, I am phd student from université de Montreal (canada) and i am looking for a bed or room from 18 oct to 25 - 26 oct, please let me know if you can help me, gonnaride@gmail.com, Victor
  18. Hi, I'm a PhD Student from Switzerland and I have a two queen beds room at the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificient Mile (from 19th to 23rd Oct). Unfortunately my roommate had to cancel, so if you are interested to share a room please email at chloe.benoit@unibas.ch Best, Chloe
  19. Chloe Benoit

    Looking for room 18-21

    Hi, I am a PhD Student from Switzerland. I have a bed available in a share room at the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile from the 19/10 to 23/10. If you are interested or need more detail please contact me at chloe.benoit@unibas.ch Best, Chloe
  20. Keelee Reid

    Looking for room 18-21

    Due to last minute travel plans I don't have anywhere to stay. I am a female looking preferably for a female roommate. Please contact me with price and location of hotel. Thanks!
  21. Hi, I am student from China, I will arrive Chicago at 18th, but the bed I found is started from 19th in Jaslin Hotel (1 mile from the conference site). I wonder if any one can share one bed for me for 18th night, Jaslin Hotel will be the best, closed hotel also OK, thanks. My name is Yunyun Rui, email ruiyunyun@zju.edu.cn.
  22. Mahmoud Abdellahi is a PhD student in the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Mahmoud's main research interest lies in memory reactivation during sleep with Targeted Memory Reactivation (TMR), with a particular focus on the use of machine learning for the sake of classifying memory reactivation in humans. He earned his Master's degree from the faculty of computers and artificial intelligence, Cairo University. Feel free to contact him via SKNB Neuronline forum during the conference, and any time via email: abdellahime@cardiff.ac.uk He will present his work via a pre-recorded talk at: Session 193, 13. Detecting cued memory replay during slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep using EEG classifiers Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4:15 PM Title: Detecting cued memory replay during slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep using EEG classifiers Session Type: Nanosymposium Session Title: Functional Role of Sleep Session Number: 193 Session Time: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4:15 PM Place: Room S404 Presentation Number: 193.13
  23. Sharad Gupta

    Last Minute room search

    Hi, This is Sharad travelling from IITGandhinagar, India. I had to wait till last minute to finalize the travel arrangement. I am looking to share a room from 20th to 24th/25th. If available from 19th that will be ok too. Thanks,
  24. Sharad Gupta

    need Room from October 18th to 24th

    Hi Kathiresh, This is Sharad from IITGn, write me back if you have not found the roommate yet
  25. Izzi Bauer

    Looking for Female Roommate 10/19-10/22

    This has been resolved. Roommates have been found 🙂
  26. Huriye Atilgan

    Looking for a roommate 18-21

    Same situation, I can cancel the room before the 16th if I find another place. If still looking, contact me via huriye.atilgan@yale.edu.
  27. Huriye Atilgan

    Looking for a female roommate

    I have a double room at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (19-23 Oct) close to the convention but my roommate had to cancel. If you are interested to share a room please email huriye.atilgan@yale.edu
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