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.

April 15, 2021

8:50 AM Welcome

Mini-symposium of the Gut Microbiome-Nervous System Axis

9:00     Insights into the enteric nervous system: perspectives from a gut stem cell biologist
Annie Zemper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Oregon

9:30    Environmental challenges, the gut microbiome, and behavioral and cognitive measures in mouse models
Jacob Raber, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

10:00    Microbial modulation of zebrafish behavior and brain development
Judith Eisen, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, University of Oregon

10:30    Longitudinal Study of Stool-Associated Microbial Features in Sibling Pairs with and without Autism
Maude David, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Oregon State University

11:00     Role of the Gut Microbiome in Effects of Dominant Human Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) Mutations on Behavioral and Cognitive Performance in Mice
Payel Kundu, Ph.D., OHSU

11:15    Lunch break and poster viewing

12:30    An eye on neurogenesis: Exploring how retinal progenitors transition from proliferation to differentiation in the developing zebrafish visual system
Kara Cerveny, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Reed College

1:00    Comparing Response Times Between HSAN2 and Typical Participants
Chris Koch, Ph.D., George Fox University

1:15     A Non-Human Primate Model of Neonatal Encephalopathy to Evaluate Novel Translational Therapeutics
Meredith Kelleher, Ph.D., Oregon National Primate Research Center

1:30     Brain Volumetrics Across the Lifespan of the Rhesus Macaque
Steven Dash, Oregon National Primate Research Center

1:45     Centella asiatica and Withania somnifera improve resilience in a Drosophila melanogaster model of aging
Christine McClure, N.D., M.S., OHSU

2:00     Cannabidiol Vapor Inhalation Effects in Memory, Social Interaction, and Instrumental Behavior of Female Rats
Maria Rivera-Garcia, Ph.D., Dow Neurobiology Labs - Legacy Research Institute

2:15     Break and poster-viewing

2:45    Understanding functional architecture and neuromodulation of brain circuits using connectomic and novel imaging approaches
Tianyi Mao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Vollum Institute, OHSU

3:15     Investigating the Role of Cell Migration Inducing and Hyaluronan Binding Protein (CEMIP) in Central Nervous System Disease
Alec Peters, Oregon National Primate Research Center

3:30    Expression and Distribution of Aquaporin-1 in Extremely Aged Rhesus Brain
Opal Stayer-Wilburn, Oregon National Primate Research Center

3:45     Ibuprofen induces differences in NMDA and AMPA receptor functions between males and females
Emily Sackinger, Oregon State University

4:00     Amyloidosis in the Prefrontal Cortex of Old Rhesus Macaques Resembles that of Humans, Showing Extracelluar Plaques and Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy
Gail Stonebarger, Oregon National Primate Research Center


4:20    John Cook
4:25    Raey Gesese
4:30    Bill Griesar and Jeff Leake
4:35    Alex Speers
4:40    Abby H. Gligor
4:45    Forrest Fearington
4:50    Angela Gonzalez
4:55    Jonathan Anguiano
5:00    Mikah Brandes
5:05    Mae Rose
5:10    AJ Mitchell
5:15    Sarah Holden
5:20    Tua’au Laolagi
5:25    Alisha Steigerwald
5:30    Matthew R. Blake
5:35    Geoffrey A. Dunn
5:40    Karli Corey
5:45    Sree Yeturu
5:50    Teagan James
5:55    Noa Rayzman

6:15 KEYNOTEHow genes and bacteria shape the risk of neuroinflammatory disease: The example of Multiple Sclerosis
Sergio Baranzini, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

7:15    Awards and closing

Students and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster session and oral presentations. Abstracts should be sent to Larry Sherman, Ph.D., by Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Abstracts should be in 12 point Arial font, capitalized title, followed by presenting author listed first and other authors with first affiliations thereafter. The abstract should not exceed 250 words. Please indicate if the presenting author is a student or postdoctoral scholar, and whether a short talk or poster presentation is preferred.

The Gut Immune Connection and How it Affects the Brain

From one of today’s leading experts on the emerging science of the microbiome comes a ground-breaking evidence that the gut-microbiome plays a pivotal role in the health crises of the twenty-first century.

April 7, 2021
7:00 p.m.

At this special Science on Tap we will be joined by gastroenterologist, UCLA professor, and researcher Dr. Emeran Mayer. In his acclaimed book, The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Mayer offered evidence of the critical role of the microbiome in neurological and cognitive health, proving once and for all the power and legitimacy of the “mind-body connection.” In his new book The Gut-Immune Connection, he proposes an even more radical paradigm shift: that the gut microbiome is at the center of virtually every disease that defines our 21st-century public health crisis. 

Join us as Dr. Mayer discusses evidence that the “conversation” that takes place between these microbes and our various organs and bodily systems is critical to human health. When that conversation goes awry, we suffer, often becoming seriously ill. Combining clinical experience with up-to-the-minute science, he will discuss the link between alterations to the gut microbiome and cognitive and mental health, as well as the development chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as susceptibility to infectious diseases like Covid-19.

This event is being held in collaboration with the annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience Oregon/SW Washington Chapter.

A computerized image of the brain.
Image courtesy of David Lahna.


Contact us

Kate Stout
Program Coordinator
(503) 494 0885

Submit abstracts to:

Lawrence Sherman, Ph.D.
Chapter President
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Robert Duvoisin, Ph.D.
Chapter Vice President
Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, OHSU