Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, 185 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ.

Medical Science Building, MSB, B-552 (Alumini Lecture Hall)

Registration for lunch and transportation is now closed. All are welcome to attend the Symposium.


8.00-8.30 AM Check-in/Breakfast
8.30 – 8.45 AM

Gary Aston-Jones, PhD

Director, Brain Health Institute

Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health

Chancellor Brian Strom, MD, MPH

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Introductions and brief remarks
8.45- 9.00 AM

Andrew Thomas, PhD

Senior Associate Dean, GSBS, Thomas P. Infusino Endowed Chair, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, RBHS-NJMS.

Dean Robert Johnson, MD, FAAP

Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean, Professor of Pediatrics, RBHS-NJMS

Introductions and brief remarks
9.00-9.15 AM

Hon. Herbert C. Klein, Esq.

Rutgers alum, emeritus member of the Rutgers Foundation Board of Overseers, Represented NJ in US Congress, served in NJ General Assembly

9.20-10.00 AM

Luciano D’Adamio, MD, PhD **

Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, RBHS-NJMS

** Nominated for the Herbert & Jacqueline Krieger Klein Endowed Chair

 Studying AD and Dementia Pathogenesis in Knock-in Animals
10.05 -10.35 AM

Qian Cai, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers-New Brunswick

Axonal Transport and Autophagy-Lysosomal Regulation in Alzheimer’s Disease
10.35-10.50 AM Coffee break
10.50- 11.20 AM

Steven Levison, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience,  Director, Laboratory For Regenerative Neurobiology, RBHS-NJMS

How Insights from Alzheimer’s Disease Research Inform the Mechanisms of Tertiary Neurodegeneration after a Perinatal Brain Injury
11.25 -11.55 AM

Wilma Friedman, PhD

Professor of Cellular Neurobiology, Rutgers-Newark

The p75 Neurotrophin Receptor Promotes Neurodegeneration After Brain Injury


12 Noon- 1 PM


Jie Shen, PhD

Professor, Director, Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Lessons from Genetic Studies of Alzheimer’s Disease
1.15-2.30 PM Lunch Rosemary Gellene Room (MSB)
2.35- 3.05 PM

Laszlo Zaborszky, MD, PhD, DSc

Distinguished Professor

CMBN, RU-Newark.

The Cholinergic Basal Forebrain in MCI and Alzheimer’s Disease
3.10- 3.40 PM

Maral Mouradian, MD

William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases, RBHS-RWJMS

Novel Disease Modifying Therapeutic Strategies in Parkinson’s Disease
3.45- 4.15 PM

Cheryl Dreyfus, PhD

Professor and Chair Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RBHS-RWJMS

Enhancing recovery from a demyelinating lesion through the actions of BDNF:  The role of astrocytes and metabotropic glutamate receptor agonists
4.20- 4.50 PM

Teresa Wood, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, Rena Warshow Endowed Chair in Multiple Sclerosis

White Matter Vulnerability: Intracellular Signaling Pathways in Oligodendroglia that Regulate Demyelination and Repair