The Neurobehavioral Research Symposium brings together researchers from the fields of neural and behavioral sciences, providing a forum of collegial interaction and collaboration. This year's symposium will be held on Aug. 15 and 16 in the Muenster University Center at USD, with registration opening in June.

Presentations include talks from internationally recognized experts in the field, invited speakers and poster presentations from CBBRe students and faculty. Students who have recently completed the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Addiction (SPURA) at USD will also present their work at the poster session.

Please visit our Google sites page to learn about previous symposiums, including profiles of the featured speakers from the event, along with a link to their websites for additional information.

The research symposium is made possible through support from the University of South Dakota, the Sanford School of Medicine, Sanford Health, the Center for Brain and Behavior Research and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), grant number R25-DA033674.

Invited Speakers

Pablo CastilloPablo E. Castillo, M.D./Ph.D.
Harold and Muriel Block Chair Professor
Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The main goal of Castillo's research program is to understand the cellular and molecular basis of activity-dependent changes in synaptic strength at both excitatory and inhibitory connections, and how such changes are modified during pathological conditions.

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Amy JanesAmy C. Janes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital

Janes is director of the Functional Integration of Addiction Research Lab within the Brain Imaging Center at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, which uses neuroimaging and behavioral measures to explore addiction. Her current research uses clinical neuroimaging to clarify how individual differences in brain function, chemistry, and structure influence drug use and relapse.

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Randolph NudoRandolph J. Nudo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Professor & Vice Chair of Research Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine
Director, Landon Center on Aging
University of Kansas Medical Center

Nudo's research focuses on translating basic science research into more effective clinical interventions for neurological disorders that accompany aging. He is recognized for his work on the effects of rehabilitative training on functional plasticity after stroke and is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia on stroke, neurology, physical therapy and rehabilitation.

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Jeffrey TaskerJeffrey G. Tasker
Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience
Director, Tulane Neuroscience Program
Tulane University School of Science and Engineering

Tasker is investigating the electrical, synaptic and hormonal mechanisms responsible for generating and coordinating neuroendocrine outputs that control energy and fluid balance, and how these mechanisms change under conditions of acute and chronic stress.

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Poster Session

The poster session will be held on the afternoon of Aug. 15. Students, postdoctoral researchers, staff and faculty are encouraged to present their research during the session and should indicate on the registration form if they would like to be considered for a presentation prize. Poster submissions will begin in early summer 2017 and should be no larger than 40 inches high and 60 inches wide.