Kent State Holds Symposium on “The Neuroscience of the Social Brain” on April 7-8

Photo of Jacqueline N. CrawleyKent State University’s fourth annual Neuroscience Symposium will cover the latest research findings on “The Neuroscience of The Social Brain” on April 7-8 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center located in downtown Kent, Ohio.

In a keynote address on April 7 at 7:15 p.m., Jacqueline N. Crawley, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert on the use of mouse models to investigate causes and potential treatments for autism from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, will present “Preclinical Discovery of Treatments for Autism.” A reception and poster session will follow. All presentations and the poster sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

On April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the symposium will feature invited presentations from internationally renowned neuroscientists including Tony Jack, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; Karen Parker, Ph.D., Stanford; Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., Kent State; Zuoxin Wang, Ph.D., Florida State University; and a second talk by Crawley. They will cover topics such as the network architecture of the brain; autism research, therapies and treatments; the effects of oxytocin on behaviors; and monogamy and the brain. A panel discussion will be held at 2:15 p.m. followed by a second poster session at 3 p.m.

“We’re bringing together internationally renowned neuroscience researchers, clinical practitioners, students and the public to discuss leading-edge university research on mechanisms underlying the regulation of social behavior,” said James Blank, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State.  

With more than 35 neuroscientists working across multiple departments, Kent State conducts a broad array of research in areas such as molecular biology, behavior and basic functions through clinical evaluation.

About the Keynote Speaker
Jacqueline N. Crawley is the Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair of the MIND Institute and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. Her behavioral neuroscience laboratory employs mouse models of autism to understand genetic causes and to discover medical treatments. She was a principal investigator at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program since 1983, where she served as Chief of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience until moving to the UC Davis MIND Institute in 2012. Her honors include the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) Myers Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroscience, NIMH Director’s Award, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease Distinguished Scholar Award, and the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioural Genetics. Her sole authored book, “What's Wrong With My Mouse? Behavioral Phenotyping of Transgenic and Knockout Mice,” is in broad use throughout the biomedical research community.

For more information about the symposium and to register, visit or call 330-672-5002.

This symposium is organized and sponsored by Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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Photo Caption:
Jacqueline N. Crawley, Ph.D., from the University of California Davis School of Medicine will give the keynote presentation at the fourth annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University on April 7. Crawley will present strategies and early preclinical results, which may lead to clinical trials of medical interventions to improve the core symptoms of autism.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:17 PM
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 01:41 AM
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