The 2016 BHI Symposium will be held at the Edward Nash Theater, Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ

The day long-symposium will feature Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki from NYU as the keynote speaker. Rutgers faculty awarded the 2015 BHI-RUN-NJIT Pilot Grant Awards will present their work. The symposium will also include a special session with three talks by faculty from the Rutgers Neuroengineering group (RU-NEG). A poster session will be held at the end of the day; please submit no more than one poster from each lab. We will select one poster abstract submitted by a post-doc and and another by a PhD student for an oral presentation. The top three posters will receive cash prizes ($150, $75 and $50).

The registration fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a wine & cheese reception at the end of the day. Round transportation will be provided from Newark and Piscataway for a fee.

Early Registration is closed. On site cash only registration will be available (Faculty: $60; Student/Post-Doc: $25)

Directions to RVCC

For those driving:  Please park in Lot 2. See  campus map =RVCC-parking-lots.pdf

For those using BHI van transportation: (please arrive on time- driver will only wait 5 minutes)

Van 1 (from Newark): (Driver: Dave Justin : Cell #: 908-499-4444)

6:45 AM pick up - In Front of Boyden Hall - 195 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102.

7:00 AM pick up - In Front of Medical Science Bldg. of NJ Medical School - 185 South Orange Ave., Newark, NJ 07103

Van 2 (from Piscataway): (Driver: Alan Louis: Cell # 732-887-0773)

6:45 AM pick up - 683 Hoes Lane W. SPH/RWJMS Research Bldg., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

For Poster Presentation: Please note the size of the poster board is 60 inches long by 40 inches wide. Your poster should be less than or equal to those dimensions. Push pins will be provided. Please be present next to your poster from 3 PM to 4 PM; the judges will visit your poster during that time. Poster numbers are in the symposium booklet.

8.00 AM – 8.30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8.30 AM – 9.00 AM

Dr. Gary Aston-Jones: BHI Overview

9.00 AM - 9.10 AM

Dr. Bin Tian

Regulation of gene expression and mRNA isoform abundance in Down Syndrome patient-derived neurons”

9.15 AM –9.25 AM

Dr. John Pintar

“A novel ligand receptor system for treatment of chronic stress”

9.30 AM – 9.40 AM

Dr. Vanessa Routh

“The role of orexin in binge eating behavior and ventral tegmental glutamate plasticity”

9.45 AM – 9.55 AM

Dr. Rafael Benoliel

“Use of DREADDs (designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drugs) for pain control”

10.00 AM – 10.10 AM

Dr. Joshua Berlin

“A novel cellular approach to study acute hyperexcitability in TBI”

10.15 AM – 10.25 AM

Dr. Radek Dobrowolski

“The amino acid metabolite homocysteine activates mTORC1 to inhibit autophagy and form abnormal proteins in human neurons and mice”

10.30 AM – 10.45 AM

Refreshment Break

10.45 AM – 10.55 AM

Dr. Tracy Tran

“The role of Neuropilin 2 in excitatory versus inhibitory neuron development and contribution to Autism Spectrum Disorder”

11.00 AM – 11.10 AM

Dr. David Margolis

“Role of primary sensory cortex in behavioral inhibition”

11.15 AM – 11.25 AM

Dr. Brian Keane

“Therapeutic effects of transcranial current stimulation in schizophrenia”

11.30 AM – 12.30 PM

Keynote: Dr. György Buzsáki, M.D., Ph.D., Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, NYU School of Medicine.

“Emergence of cognition from action”

12.30 PM – 1.45 PM

Buffet Lunch

1.45 PM – 1.55 PM

Matthew Scarnati (PhD student in Dr. Kenneth Paradiso’s lab)

“Evidence for the presence of local protein synthesis at a presynaptic nerve terminal in the brain, and its requirement to maintain sustained synaptic transmission”

2.00 PM – 2.10 PM

Anna Giarratana (MD, PhD student in Dr. Janet Alder’s lab)

“The Role of Genetic Polymorphisms in a Mouse Model of Traumatic Brain Injury and Personalized Treatment Approaches”

2.15 PM – 3.00 PM

(10 minute talks)

Rutgers Neuroengineering group (RU-NEG) mini talks

  • Dr. Joachim Kohn:  A newly designed nerve wrap as a central part of a comprehensive solution to long-gap, peripheral nerve repair.”
  • Dr. Hilton Kaplan:  “Engineering Autologous Human Vascularized Nerve Grafts from Decellularized Xenogeneic Neurovascular Bundles”
  • Dr. Antonio Merolli: Single cell tracking of the myelination of artificial fibers”

3.00 PM – 4.30 PM

Post-doc and Student Poster Session

4.30 PM – 5.30 PM

Wine & Cheese Reception and Best Poster Awards