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Neural Development (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Molecular Basis of Nervous System Assembly, Plasticity, and Disease


July 30-31, 2016


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI


Elena V. Abarinov & Jan H. Lui

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Neural Development is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2016 meeting will feature a wide variety of talks and posters on cutting-edge topics ranging from nervous system patterning, generation of cellular diversity, neural stem cells and regenerative medicine, circuit assembly, and neurodevelopmental diseases.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Neural Development" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmGlia-Neuron Interactions
Discussion Leader: Jeff Stogsdill (Duke University Medical Center, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:50 pm - 4:05 pmMegan Corty (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
"Genetic Analysis of Axon Ensheathment"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmBing Wu (Stanford University, USA)
"Ensheathing Glia Maintain Olfactory Neuron Targeting Specificity Through FGF Signaling Dependent Wrapping of Olfactory Glomeruli"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRegulation of Neurogenesis / Keynote Session: The Development and Organization of Light Touch Circuits
Discussion Leaders: Elena Abarinov (Columbia University, USA) and Jan Lui (Stanford University / Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmRebecca Andersen (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Pnky in the Brain: The lncRNA Pnky Regulates V-SVZ Neurogenesis and Neural Stem Cell Maintenance In Vivo"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmBeverly Piggott (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Ion Channel Disruption Affects Drosophila Stem Cell and Brain Tumor Development"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmBrian Rash (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
"Bidirectional Radial Ca2+ Activity Regulates Neurogenesis and Migration During Early Cortical Column Formation"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
8:40 pm - 9:25 pmDavid Ginty (Howard Hughes Medical Institute / Harvard Medical School, USA)
"The Development and Organization of Light Touch Circuits"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amGeneration of Cellular Diversity and Target Specificity in the CNS
Discussion Leaders: Shovan Naskar (Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy) and Vibhu Sahni (Harvard University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:20 amJay Bikoff (Columbia University, USA)
"Spinal Inhibitory Interneuron Diversity and Position Delineate Variant Motor Microcircuits"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amLynette Lim (King's College London, United Kingdom)
"Different Classes of Interneurons Take Distinct Migratory Routes to the Cortex"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amNaresh Hanchate (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA)
"Single-Cell Transcriptomics Reveals Receptor Transformations During Olfactory Neurogenesis"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:20 amTitas Sengupta (Yale University, USA)
"The Development of Synaptic Connections in a C. elegans Neural Circuit"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:40 amBulent Ataman (Harvard Medial School, USA)
"Evolutionary Repurposing of an Activity-Regulated Factor in Primate Neocortex"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmInterplay of Neural Development and Disease
Discussion Leaders: Ryan Kast (University of Southern California, USA) and Himanshu Sharma (Stony Brook University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmDaniel Pederick (The University of Adelaide, Australia)
"Mosaic Expression of Pcdh19 Causes Segregation of Pcdh19-Wild Type and Pcdh19-Null Neurons in the Developing Mouse Cortex Leading to an Epileptic Phenotype"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmGiordano Lippi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"MicroRNA-101 Constrains the Development of Neural Networks to Balance Excitation"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmGabrielle Rushing (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Neural Stem Cell Positional Identity Corresponds to Differential mTOR Activity in Subdomains of the Ventricular-Subventricular Zone"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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