The Fifth Annual BHI Symposium will be held at Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill NJ. It will feature talks by Rutgers faculty presenting their cutting-edge research on autism, addiction, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, artificial intelligence, stem cells and much more. The afternoon session includes student/post-doc poster presentations with cash awards to the top three best posters.
The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Eve Marder. Dr. Marder is a University Professor and the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University. Dr. Marder is known for her pioneering work on small neuronal networks which her team has interrogated via a combination of complementary experimental and theoretical techniques. Dr. Marder is particularly well known in the community for her work on neural circuits in the crustacean stomatogastric nervous system (STNS), a small network of 30 neurons. She discovered that circuits are not “hard-wired” to produce a single output or behavior, but can be reconfigured by neuromodulators to produce many outputs and behaviors while still maintaining the integrity of the circuit. Her work has revolutionized the way scientists approach the studies of neural circuits with respect to the study of structural and functional behavior. The general principles that have resulted from her work are thought to be generally applicable to other neural networks, including those in humans. Dr. Marder has received numerous awards for her pioneering work in the field including memberships in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

On-site registration on Nov 1 will be available (Cash only- $60 faculty; $25 trainees).
Registration and Check in will be in the lobby of Hamming Auditorium (Bldg. 15 in below map).
Poster Session and Lunch will be in the main building. Poster board size- is 60 inches long and 40 inches wide. Each poster has been assigned a number. The number will be on the tag of the presenter and is also included in the symposium book. A PDF version of symposium book available here.
For Attendees who requested and paid for round trip transportation
Newark- Bell Labs (Murray Hill NJ)- Newark Round trip
Morning Pick up location & time-
197 University Avenue, Newark NJ (in front of Boyden Hall)- 7.15 AM departure
185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ (in front of Medical Science Bldg. of NJMS)- 7.35 AM departure.
Evening pick up and Drop off- Pick up at Nokia Bell Labs Main Building (poster session location)-5.45 PM- drop off at Newark Penn Station, 197 University Avenue (if needed) and 185 South Orange Ave.
Piscataway- Bell Labs (Murray Hill NJ)- Piscataway Round trip 
Morning Pick up location & time- 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway (in front of SPH)- 7.30 AM departure;
Evening pick up and Drop off- Pick up at Nokia Bell Labs Main Building (poster session location)- 5.45 PM- drop off at 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, NJ.
Directions to Venue and Venue Map-
Click here for PDF directions from I-78. Click here for Google map directions to the symposium parking lot.

Symposium Program

8.00 AM – 8.30 AMRegistration and Breakfast
8.15 AM- 8.30 AMWelcome by Dr. Gary Aston-Jones (BHI Director)
8.30 AM – 9.00 AM

Gary Aston-Jones (Director, Brain Health Institute)

BHI Overview and Updates

9.00 AM - 9.10 AM

Maria Chiara Manzini (RBHS-RWJMS)

"Sex-specific signaling in sex bias in neurodevelopmental disorders"

9.15 AM – 9.25 AM

Alexander Kusnecov (RU-NB-SAS)

“Maternal T Cell Activation During Pregnancy: Impact on Postnatal Microglial and Behavioral Development”

9.30 AM – 9.40 AM

Ioana Carcea (RBHS-NJMS/BHI)

“Oxytocin neuromodulation in social behavior”

9.45 AM – 9.55 AM

Jeffrey D. Zahn (RU-NB-SOE)

"Strategies for Promoting Controlled Neuronal Interactions for the Development of Micro-Neurocircuitry Platforms"

10.00 AM – 10.10 AM

Konstantinos Michmizos (RU-NB-SAS)

"Towards Less Artificial Intelligence: Neuronal-Astrocytic Networks"

10.15 AM – 10.25 AM

KiBum Lee (RU-NB-SAS)

“Direct Cellular Programming of Reactive Astrocytes into Neurons for Enhanced CNS Repair”

10.30 AM – 10.40 AMRefreshment Break
10.45 AM – 10.55 AM

Pingyue Pan (RBHS-RWJMS)

"Understanding Parkinson's Disease from the Synapse"

11.00 AM – 11.10 AM


“Adenosine for Epilepsy Prevention”

11.15 AM – 12.15 PM

Keynote Lecture- Eve Marder (Brandeis University)

Differential Resilience to Perturbation of Circuits with Similar Performance

12.30 PM – 2.00 PMLunch
2.00 PM – 2.10 PM 

David Barker (RU-NB-SAS/BHI)

"Investigating Lateral Preoptic Inputs to the Ventral Tegmental Area and their Role in Motivated Behavior"

2.15 PM – 2.25 PM


"Decision neuroscience of addiction"

2.30 PM – 2.40 PM

Chris Pierce (RBHS-RWJMS/BHI)

“The sins of the fathers: Transgenerational Effects of Paternal Cocaine”

2.45 PM – 2.55 PM

Mei-heng Lin (RU-Newark-CMBN)

"Cognitive control deficits in childhood leukemia survivors"

3.00 PM – 3.10 PM

Brian Greer (RBHS-RWJMS/BHI)

“Using Quantitative Theories of Relapse to Improve Treatments for Problem Behavior”

3.15 PM – 4.45 PMPost-doc and student Poster Session
4.30 PM – 5.30 PMWine & Cheese Reception and Best Poster Awards