The Eighth Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University

The Changing Brain: Plasticity and Connectivity

September 10-11, 2020

The eighth annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University is a reflection of the strong and vibrant neuroscience community comprised of the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State and its regional partners in Northeast Ohio. This symposium is hosted by the  Brain Health Research Institute, whose mission is to improve our understanding of healthy brain function and offer potential avenues for prevention, treatment and recovery from brain disease.  This symposium brings world-leading neuroscientists to engage with faculty and students from Kent State and other academic institutions, health care professionals and community partners.

“The Changing Brain: Plasticity and Connectivity” reflects the intense interest and promise of research in this area by addressing brain health and the challenges of disease.  Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jeff Lichtman from Harvard University, is a world-renown neuroscientist whose pioneering work has provided insights into the rules governing neural development and plasticity.  Dr. Lichtman has also recently played a leading role in the Human Connectome Project which enhances our understanding of brain connections in health and disease.

Dr. Lichtman will be joined by leading investigators from the United States and Canada who study neurogenesis and plasticity in the adult brain as well as the development of connections in the developing and adult nervous systems. The symposium will provide informal networking opportunities for attendees and professional development activities for trainees.

Keynote Speaker

Jeff Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University
Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences

Featured Speakers

  • Heather Cameron, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Neuroplasticity, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Paul Frankland, Ph.D., Department of Physiology, University of Toronto
  • Woo-Yang Kim, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
  • Merri Rosen, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Kristy Welshhans, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
  • Catherine Woolley, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University


Thursday, September 10, 2020: KSU Student Center Kiva and Integrated Sciences Building
Friday, September 11, 2020: Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center


Our registration portal will be forthcoming--please check back in with us in the weeks to come.

The Brain Health Research Institute is committed to offering this symposium free of charge to attendees. We are actively seeking cooperate sponsorships. Individual donations are also welcome and will be used for the support of student-focused activities. More information regarding how to give will be available soon.