Research Skills Workshop

On Thursday, October 26 from 1-4 pm, prior to the start of the 11th Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State, the Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) will hold a Research Skills Workshop that will provide the opportunity for symposium attendees to learn about cutting-edge neuroscience techniques, including the use of resources available in the BHRI Collaboratories.

Four speaker presentations will highlight advanced research techniques being used in BHRI faculty labs, including in vivo-calcium imaging using mini-microscopes, virus-mediated tract tracing, in vitro-slice electrophysiology combined with optogenetics and calcium imaging, light sheet microscopy, use of a high throughput slide scanner microscopy, multiplex fluorescent in situ hybridization, and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS).  Presentations will be followed by small group, in-person demonstrations of these techniques.



Lique Coolen, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

   Title: High throughput analysis of gene expression using multiplex fluorescent In Situ Hybridization and 3D whole tissue analysis using Lightsheet Microscopy.


Aleisha Moore, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

   Title: Mapping brain circuits using viral tract tracing and in vivo calcium imaging.


Richard Piet, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

   Title: Manipulating and monitoring neuronal activity with brain slice electrophysiology and optogenetics.


Julia Huyck, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences

   Title: Near Infrared Spectroscopy: Scientific background and potential application.



Thursday, October 26,  1-4PM



Lower-Level Lobby (069), Integrated Sciences Building, Kent State University