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Meeting of the Minds Symposium November 4

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Meeting of Minds

Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Second Annual Meeting of the Minds Symposium brings together leaders in the field of neurosciences to present the latest research advances and clinical care in focusing on five topics: Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neuroimaging, Neurosensory Disorders, and Psychiatric Disorders. Presented by the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences, the event will be held at the Charles B. Wang Center on November 4 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Meeting of the Minds is an open event, but geared for physicians, researchers, students, and other healthcare professionals with a special interest in the neurosciences. Through Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the symposium is also a continuing medical education (CME) event. Physicians and nurse practitioners may earn CME credits by participating.

The day’s itinerary includes 10 interactive presentations from School of Medicine faculty following the keynote address to be delivered by Carla J. Shatz, Professor of Biology and Neurobiology at Stanford University. and Director of BioX, a Stanford University program that focuses on interdisciplinary research to advance bioscience discoveries. By studying the visual system of mammals, Shatz and colleagues discovered that adult wiring emerges from dynamic interactions between neurons involving neural function and synaptic plasticity. This research has relevance not only for understanding brain wiring and developmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, but also for understanding how the nervous and immune systems interact. Her presentation is titled “Releasing the Brake on Synaptic Plasticity.”

Presentations by Stony Brook faculty include the following, categorized by each area of focus:

Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders: “The Medical Journey to Seizure Freedom” (Rebecca Spiegel); “Non-Image Forming Vision: Light, a Clock and Photo Somnolence” (Lawrence P. Morin); Pediatric Neurosurgery: “Chiari Malformation” (Michael Egnor); “Metabolomic Consequences of General Anesthesia” (Helene Benveniste, M.D.); Neuroimaging: “Endovascular Treatment of Aneurysms” (David Fiorella); “Imaging the Human Brain in Diseases of Addiction” (Joanna S. Fowler, Ph.D.); Neurosensory Disorders: “The Sweet Taste of Anticipation” (Alfredo Fontanini); “Vestibular Dysfunction (David Schessel); Psychiatric Disorders: “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical Update” (John Pomeroy); “Using Studies in Rats to Unravel the Neurobiological Basis for Male Vulnerability in Psychiatric Disease” (Mary F. Kritzer).

During lunch there will be a special guest lecturer, Diane B. Re, Associate Research Scientist, Motor Neuron Center for Neurobiology and Disease at Columbia University. She will discuss cutting-edge research regarding amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by presenting “Astrocytes at the Crossroad of Familial and Sporadic ALS.”

Cost for the symposium is $25 per person. Breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information and to register, see Meeting of the Minds.

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