Sixth Annual Neuroscience Symposium | Kent State University

Sixth Annual Neuroscience Symposium

The Neuroscience of the Healthy Brain

This symposium features internationally renowned neuroscientists presenting leading-edge research on mechanisms underlying a healthy brain. Neuroscience research at Kent State University is supported by over 35 faculty from numerous departments and disciplines. This event is free and open to the public. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available. Sign-up at the registration table.

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April 25-26, 2018

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time Details
7:00 PM

Welcome

Paul DiCorleto, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs

7:10 PM

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

James L. Blank, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

7:15 PM

Keynote Address
“A Gut (Microbiome) Feeling About the Brain”

John F. Cryan, PhD
Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork (Ireland)

8:15 PM

Reception and Poster Session

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018
TIME DETAILS
8:00 AM

Check-in and continental breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome

John Gunstad, Ph.D., Director, Applied Psychology Center, co-Director, Brain Health Research Institute and Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

8:35 AM

Overview

Ernest Freeman, Ph.D., Director, School of Biomedical Sciences, co-Director, Brain Health Research Institute and Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Morning Session
TIME DETAILS
8:45 AM

"Brain Outcomes in Severe Obesity"

John Gunstad, Ph.D.
Director, Applied Psychology Center, co-Director, Brain Health Research Institute and Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Kent State University

Introduced by Aaron Jasnow, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

9:30 AM

"Healthy Body, Healthy Brain:
Physical Exercise and Healthy Cognitive Aging"

Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Ph.D., PT
Director, Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and Canada Research Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

Introduced by Doug Delahanty, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Faculty Development and Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM

"Food, Mood, and Metabolism"

Simon Evans, Ph.D.
Senior Program Manager, Molecular and Nutritional Sciences, Institute for Systems Biology

Introduced by Colleen Novak, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

11:15 AM

"Social Microbes: Regulation of the Social Brain and Behavior by the Microbiota"

John F. Cryan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork (Ireland)

Introduced by Gemma Casadesus-Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session
TIME DETAILS
1:30 PM

"Can Lifestyle Activities Prevent and/or Delay Alzheimer’s Dementia in Elderly?"

P. Hemachandra Reddy, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Garrison Institute on Aging and Professor, Departments of Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Pharmacology & Neuroscience and Neurology,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Introduced by Jennifer McDonough, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

2:15 PM

"Inflammation 'Hijacks' the Healthy Brain Causing
Depressed Mood and Impaired Cognitive Function"

John D. Johnson, Ph.D.
Chair, Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience Program and Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University

Introduced by Eric Mintz, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

3:00 PM

Final Comments

Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., Symposium Chair,
Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences

3:05 PM

Poster Session