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Joint Neuroscience and Epigenetics Symposium



April 11 and 12, 2016

UND Gorecki Alumni Center
3501 University Ave
Grand Forks, ND


The purpose of this event is to bring nationally recognized experts in the biomedical sciences to UND to share their work and to highlight the excellent research taking place in North Dakota.


Registration is now closed.


Schedule of Events:

Monday, April 11

12:00–1:15 PM

Badge and program pick up


1:15–5:00 PM

Opening remarks, guest speakers, panel discussions, and data blitz presentations




Tuesday, April 12

8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Keynote speaker, guest speakers, panel discussions, and data blitz presentations



Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided

Keynote Speaker:

Eric Nestler , MD, PhD
Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience,

Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and
Director of the Friedman Brain Institute,
Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Guest Speakers:

Detlev Boison , PhD
Dow Chair of Neurology and Director of Neurobiology Research
Director of Basic and Translational Research
Legacy Research Institute

Richard J. Bridges , PhD
Regents Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Montana

Peng Jin , PhD
Professor of Human Genetics, Department of Human Genetics
Emory University School of Medicine

Jungsu Kim , PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic

Avtar Roopra , PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Susan Masino , PhD
Vernon Roosas Professor of Applied Science, Trinity College

Kevin Francis , PhD
Associate Scientist in The Children's Health Research Center, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota



Data Blitz Information:

Abstracts will be selected for data blitz presentation.

For the data blitz, presenters should prepare no more than four PowerPoint slides.

  • The first slide should contain the title, names of authors, institutional affiliations, acknowledgements, and funding sources.
  • The second slide should contain an overview of the background and key questions being addressed.
  • The third slide should contain brief information explanation of the experimental design.
  • The fourth slide should contain one figure to convey a main finding.
  • Presentations cannot exceed 5 minutes.

 Submissions are encouraged from students, technicians, post docs, and faculty.

Abstracts were due Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

Abstracts have a 200 word limit. Indicate name of presenter with an asterisk.


Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Epigenomics of Development and Disease
Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Neurodegenerative Disorder Research
Department of Basic Sciences, UND SMHS


Parking is available in the south lot adjacent to the Gorecki Alumni Center.

For additional information, please contact:

Jonathan Geiger, Professor


Roxanne Vaughan, Professor


Joyce Ohm, Associate Professor


Mary Bohlman, Administrative Assistant


Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant