The 2017 BHI Symposium will be held at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ on Friday, December 1, 2017.

The day long-symposium will feature Dr. Regina Carelli from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Keynote speaker. Rutgers faculty awarded the 2016 BHI-RUN-NJIT Pilot Grant Awards will present their work. A poster session will be held at the end of the day; please submit no more than one poster from each lab. 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.

On-site cash only registration will be available (Faculty: $60; Student/Post-Doc/Staff: $25)

RVCC Conference Center

Agenda for Third Annual Rutgers BHI Symposium

8.00 AM – 8.30 AMRegistration and Breakfast

8.15 AM- 8.30 AM

Welcome by Dr. Gary Aston-Jones (BHI Director), Dr. Nabil Adams (Vice-Provost for Research Rutgers-Newark), Dr. Robert Weider (Provost-New Jersey Medical), Dr. Atam Dhawan (Senior Vice Provost for Research, NJIT)

8.30 AM – 9.00 AM

Gary Aston-Jones (Director, Brain Health Institute)

BHI Overview and Updates

9.00 AM - 9.10 AM

Kelvin Kwan (RU-SAS-Cell Biology & Neuroscience)

A Bio-Inspired Transcription Factor for Spiral Ganglion Neuron Regeneration

9.15 AM – 9.25 AM

Teresa Wood (RBHS-NJMS-Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience)

Delineating Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Subtypes and their Roles in CNS Remyelination

9.30 AM – 9.40 AM

Morgan James (BHI)

Designer Receptors: A novel potential therapeutic for management of trigeminal neuropathic pain

9.45 AM – 9.55 AM

Viji Santhakumar (RBHS-NJMS-Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience)

Novel model targeting Semaphorin-Neuropilin Signaling in Inhibitory Circuit Development to examine mechanisms of Pediatric Epilepsy-Autism Comorbidity

10.00 AM – 10.10 AM

Madhuvika Murugan (NJIT)

Biomechanical differences in injury rate determine neurological outcomes after blast and impact TBI

10.15 AM – 10.25 PM

Neha Sinha (RU-Newark)

Neurocognitive and Brain imaging Biomarkers that Track the Progression of Striatal Neurodegeneration in Early Prodromal Huntington’s Disease

10.30 AM – 10.40 AMRefreshment Break

10.45 AM – 10.55 AM

Nicholas Minar (RBHS-RWJMS-Pediatrics)

Intersenory Integration in Typically Developing and Children At-Risk for ASD

11.00 AM – 11.10 AM

Tracey Shors (RU-SAS-Psychology)

It's About Time: Learning to Recover from Sexual Trauma in the Past

11.15 AM – 11.25 AM

Kevin Beck (RBHS-NJMS-Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience)

Establishing a model for sex specific enhanced avoidance learning in opioid-dependent individuals

11.30 AM – 12.30 PM

KeynoteRegina Carelli (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Unraveling mechanisms of impaired learning & decision-making in addiction

12.30 PM – 2.00 PMBuffet Lunch

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM


RUCDR-Infinite Biologics & Human Genetics Institute of NJ (HGINJ) mini talks

Jay Tischfield (Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Distinguished Professor of Genetics; Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, RWJMS; Scientific Director & CEO, RUCDR; Executive Director, HGINJ)

“Identifying Genes for Tourette disorder and Deciphering their Molecular Pathology”

Ronald Hart (Director, Stem Cell Program, HGINJ; Professor, Cell Biology & Neuroscience)

Human iPSC Models of Neurological Disorders”

Jennifer Moore (Associate Director, Stem Cell and Lymphocyte Laboratories, RUCDR)

“RUCDR Infinite Biologics: Providing Biospecimen Services and Resources the Global Community”

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


For those driving:  Please park in Lot 1. Printable driving and parking directions available here.

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

Van 1 (from Newark): Driver: Matt Brassel (cell phone-201-638-1933)

6:50 AM pick up - In Front of Boyden Hall - 195 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102.

7:10 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: Phil  (cell phone- 917-204-3107)

7:10 AM pick up - 683 Hoes Lane West, School of Public Health/RWJMS Research Bldg., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

For Poster Presentation: Poster boards with numbering will be provided. The size of the poster board is 60 inches long and 40 inches wide. Your posters should be within these dimensions. Please note that each poster has been assigned a number (see symposium booklet for your poster #) and should be put up on the poster board with the corresponding number. Push pins will be provided on-site. Posters can be put up during the refreshment break or lunch. Please plan on being next to your poster between 3 PM and 4 PM. The judges will be visiting the posters during this time.