Society for Neuroscience Oregon/SW Washington Chapter


As of March 10, this event has been canceled due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Refunds will be processed for those who have registered.

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 17-18, 2020
McMenamin's Edgefield Winery and Hotel
2126 SW Halsey Street, Troutdale, OR

Friday, April 17: Mini-symposium of the Gut Microbiome-Nervous System Axis

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

1:30 p.m. Microbial modulation of zebrafish behavior and brain development
Judith Eisen, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, University of Oregon

2 p.m. Environmental challenges, the gut microbiome, and behavioral and cognitive measures in mouse models
Jacob Raber, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

2:30 p.m. Emerging roles of gut microbiome in autism
Maude David, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Oregon State University


3:15 p.m. Talk selected from abstracts

3:30 p.m. Talk selected from abstracts

3:45 p.m. Poster session 1 and mixer

5:30 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. KEYNOTE: The brain-gut microbiome axis: challenges in translation
Emeran Mayer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCLA Health

Saturday, April 18

7 a.m. Continental breakfast

8 a.m. 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

8:30 a.m. Talk selected from abstracts

8:45 a.m. Talk selected from abstracts

9 a.m. Talk selected from abstracts

9:15 a.m. Talk selected from abstracts

9:30 a.m. Understanding functional architecture and neuromodulation of brain circuits using connectomic and novel imaging approaches
Tianyi Mao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Vollum Institute, OHSU

10 Poster Session 2

11:15 a.m. Lunch

12 p.m. Talk selected from abstracts

12:15 p.m. Talk selected from abstracts

12:30 p.m. Talk selected from abstracts

12:45 p.m. Mechanisms of encoding social vocalizations in the auditory midbrain
Christine Portfors, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, Washington State University Vancouver

1 p.m. Awards presentation

1:30 p.m. Adjourn

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
Senior Scientist, Oregon National Primate Research Center

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