Schedule of Events

Monday, April 16, 2018

Faculty TED Talks - **TIME CHANGED**

  • "Breaking the Code: How Molecular Machines Determine Brain Function"
    Samuel Young, PhD, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • "Ability and Liability: Human Brain Evolution and Degenerative Brain Disease"
    Peggy Nopoulos, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
  • "4 Hz Oscillations and Cognitive Control in Parkinson's Disease"
    Nandakumar Narayanan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology

11:00-12:00pm 
Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (2117 MERF)
*Lunch to follow in the MERF Atrium.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Keynote Lecture: Frances Jensen, MD, FACP
& Neurology Grand Rounds

"The Shared Biology of Epilepsy and its Comorbidities"

Professor and Chair of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania

12:00-1:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

The major focus of the Jensen lab is on developing new age-specific therapies for epilepsy and its comorbidities. We specifically focus on forms of epilepsy that affect the infant and early childhood brain, and have extensive expertise in investigations of human tissue as well as rat and mouse models of early life epilepsy. Our interests have been on hypoxic/ischemic injury and seizures in the perinatal and young postnatal brain.  See the Jensen Lab website for more information.


Poster Session: Graduate, Medical, PharmD Students

1:30-3:30 pm
MERF Atrium
Posters from ALL disciplines are welcome!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Keynote Lecture: Ricardo Dolmetsch, PhD

"A New Day for Drug Discovery in Psychiatry and Neurology"

Global Head of Neuroscience
Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research

Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

12:00-1:00 pm
​Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF)

The Dolmetsch lab studies the neurobiology underlying autism and other orphan developmental brain diseases. Dr. Dolmetsch is particularly interested in how cellular signaling among neurons is changed in patients with autism and identifying treatments for this disease. See the Dolmetsch Lab website for more information.


Poster Session: Postdoctoral Fellows, Faculty and Staff

1:30-3:30 pm
MERF Atrium
Posters from ALL disciplines are welcome!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Erwin Neher

"Short-term Synaptic Plasticity"

Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine 1991)
Emeritus Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

12:00-1:00 pm
Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110 MERF)

Dr. Neher is a Nobel Laureate and a pioneer in ion channel function. He was one of the first people to record ionic currents in a living cell, which has inspired a large body of work on basic membrane and cellular function. 


Awards Reception

1:00-2:00 pm
MERF Atrium
Open to all faculty, staff and students.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sonya Housholder in advance at (319) 335-8587.