Society for Neuroscience Oregon/SW Washington Chapter

The Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapter is the local group affiliated with the Society for Neuroscience. Our goal is to be a networking resource for neuroscience students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty throughout the region. Our annual meeting in the spring brings together scientists to share projects, network with elected officials and government entities, and engage with colleagues from across the state.

We were delighted to be back in-person for our 2023 Chapter meeting! See the agenda below and stay tuned for information about our 2024 meeting.

Friday, May 12, 1 - 9 p.m.

Mini-symposium on the Neuroscience of Psychedelics

1:15 p.m. | The Psychedelic Translatome of the Prefrontal Cortex
Andrea Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

2 p.m. | From Receptor to Synapse to Circuit: Mechanisms of Psychedelic Action
Atheir Abbas, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

2:30 p.m. | Break

2:45 p.m. | A Mechanistic Theory of Serotonergic Neuromodulation
Luca Mazzucato, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology and Mathematics, University of Oregon

3:15 p..m. | Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for Substance Use Disorders
Christopher Stauffer, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, OHSU

3:45 p.m. | Poster Session I and Networking Social Hour

6 p.m. | Dinner

6:45 p.m. Meeting Keynote | Psychedelic Neuroscience in Context: Learning to Listen to the Concerns of Communities
Brian T. Anderson, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Saturday, May 13, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

7 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. | A scientist walks into a bar ... tactics for communicating the value of neuroscience to a public audience
Larry S. Sherman, Ph.D.
Presidence, Society for Neuroscience OR/SWW Chapter
Professor, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center and OHSU

8:30 a.m. | No Brain? No Problem! Understanding Neural Regeneration Using Freshwater Planarians
Bret Pearson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, OHSU

9 a.m. | Role of retrograde neurotrophic factor signaling during mechanosensory circuit formation
Lauren Miller
Graduate student, Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, OHSU

9:15 a.m. | Using whole-cell patch clamp to characterize immortalized hypothalamic kisspeptin neurons in vitro
Kayleana Green
Graduate student, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University

9:30 a.m. | Poster Session II

10: 45 a.m. | Impacts on Cognitive Aging
Kathy Magnusson, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University

11:15 a.m. | Early changes in N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor subunits in the development of the 5xFAD Alzheimer's mouse model
Kaitlyn Kim
Graduate student, Linus Pauling Institute and Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University

11:30 a.m. | Identifying mechanisms of selective vulnerability in Alzheimer's disease using spatial transcriptomics
Matthew R. Frischman
Graduate student, Linus Pauling Institute and Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University

11:45 a.m. | The hyaluronidase cell migration inducing and hyaluronan binding protein is elevated in inflammatory demyelination and inhibits myelin formation
Alex Peters
Graduate student, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center

12 noon | Lunch

1 p.m. | Increasing access to electrophysiology experiments
Kenton C. Hokanson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University

1:15 p.m. | Neural Mapping of Sensorimotor Function in Humans
Michelle Marneweck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Human Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Oregon

1:45 p.m. | Awards and Adjournment

Abstract submissions

Awards will be given for the best student and postdoctoral posters and talks. Submit your abstract to Larry Sherman no later than Friday, May 5, 2023.

The poster boards are 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide. Please make sure your poster will fit in this space.

Please follow these guidelines when submitting your abstract:

  • Use Arial font, 12 point. 
  • The first line should be the title, and should be BOLD.
  • The following line should be the author list, with the presenting author listed first (and also BOLD).
  • The next line should include the affiliations of all of the authors (name of institution, city, state, country).
  • The body of the abstract should be a single paragraph, 2,300 characters (including punctuation but not spaces).

Here is a sample:

PV-expressing cells in the mouse spinal dorsal horn gate the transmission of innocuous tactile input to lamina I 

1Univ. of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom; 2Dept. Immunol., Kagoshima Univ., Kagoshima, Japan; 3Harvard Med. Sch., Boston, MA; 4Univ. of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia

Chronic pain presents a major unmet clinical problem. ...


McMenamin's Edgefield Winery Ballroom
2126 SW Halsey Street
Troutdale, OR 97060
Ph.: 503 669-8610

We have a small block of rooms for participants who would like to stay the night, Friday, May 12. Individual reservations for the group room block are required no later than Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Please indicate you are with the OHSU Society for Neuroscience group when booking your room.

McMenamins Edgefield is a unique facility featuring 114 overnight rooms. Some guest rooms are equipped with private baths, however the majority of the guest rooms are European style with bathrooms located in the hall. Please note, there are no televisions or telephones in the guest rooms and all rooms are non-smoking.

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Download  the 2023 SfN OR/WA Chapter flyer.

Contact us

Kate Stout
Program Coordinator, OHSU Brain Institute

Larry Sherman, Ph.D.
President, SfN OR/SWW Chapter
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center, OHSU