The 2018 BHI Symposium will be held at Nokia Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ on Friday, Nov 30, 2018.

The day long-symposium will feature Dr. Richard Youle from NIH as the Keynote speaker. Rutgers faculty awarded the 2017 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).

Early on-line registration and abstract submission is now closed.

(On site cash only registration will be available on Nov 30th at the venue. Faculty: $60; Student/Post-doc/Staff: $25)

For Poster Presentation: Poster boards with numbering will be provided. Your poster number will be assigned and included in the symposium booklet. The size of the poster board is 60 inches long and 40 inches wide. Your posters should be within these dimensions.

Agenda for Fourth 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),

8.30 AM – 9.00 AM

Gary Aston-Jones (Director, Brain Health Institute)

BHI Overview and Updates

9.00 AM - 9.10 AM

Ronald Hart (RU-SAS-Cell Biology & Neuroscience)

Interaction of opioids and HIV in developing human brain

9.15 AM – 9.25 AM

Candice Chavez (RU-Newark-CMBN)

Striatal Activity During Auditory Learning and Habit Formation

9.30 AM – 9.40 AM

Morgan James (BHI)

The hypothalamic orexin system as a novel target for binge-eating pathology

9.45 AM – 9.55 AM

Jorge Serrador (RBHS-NJMS-Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience)

Neurovascular Coupling in Gulf War Illness

10.00 AM – 10.10 AM

Olga Boukrina (Kessler Foundation)

Brain Markers Predicting Reading Recovery after Stroke

10.15 AM – 10.25 AM

Xiaoyang Xu (NJIT)

Dopant-free hydrogels with intrinsic photoluminescent, injectable and biodegradable properties

10.30 AM – 10.40 AMRefreshment Break

10.45 AM – 10.55 AM

Nanxia Zhao (RU-NB-Chemical & Biochemical Engineering)

Antioxidant Nanoparticles for Inhibition of α-Synuclein Fibrillization and Intracellular Aggregation in Microglia

11.00 AM – 11.10 AM

Henri Antikainen  (RU-Newark-Biological Sciences)

Autophagy induction drives neuroprotection after traumatic brain injury by inhibiting the pro-apoptotic TFEB/ATF4-mediated integrated stress response

11.15 AM – 12.15 PM

Keynote LectureRichard Youle (NINDS, NIH)

How PINK1- and Parkin-mediated Mitophagy Prevents Neurodegeneration

12.30 PM – 2.00 PMBuffet Lunch

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM


Nokia Bell Labs mini talks

Marcus Weldon, PhD (President of Bell Labs & CTO of Nokia)

Inventing the Digital Future: A Bell Labs Perspective"

Shreyas Shah, PhD (Member of Technical Staff, Physiological Communications)

Future of Human Sensing: Beyond Vital Signs to Biochemistry

Chris White, PhD (Director for Algorithms, Analytics & Augmented Intelligence)

Augmented Intelligence

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