MAD SSCi 2017 Morgantown WV
June 19 - 21, 2017
Hosted by West Virginia University Shared Research Facilities

  • Keynote presentation, "Putting the 'Epigenomics' in Autism Epidemiology" by  Christine Ladd Acosta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Enhanced conference format to include hands-on workshops and a technology plenary session along with traditional presentations
    • Writing improved standard operating procedures and troubleshooting guides for your core with hands-on activities
    • Techniques for "selling" your core's needs that will get the attention of your institutional administrators
    • Addressing reproducibility and rigor
    • Getting the most from flow cytometry, electron microscopy, and genomics facilities
    • Core Facility Career Development Workshop
  • Sponsors/MAD SSCi Open House and Poster Session for scientists throughout the region
  • Welcome reception at WVU’s new Art Museum Education Center

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Keynote Lecture

Stragegies for Visualizing Large-Scale Datasets in Neurosciences

George Spirou, PhD

Professor of Otolaryngology, John W. and Jeannette S. Straton Research Chair in Neurosciences, Director of the West Virginia University Center for Neurosciences

A key goal of our laboratory is to understand the sequence of assembly of low-level circuits of the auditory system, focused on the brainstem and its activation by the auditory nerve. We have developed a novel whole-head brain slice preparation to pursue this goal. We have revealed that the auditory nerve fibers can generate action potentials by embryonic day (E) 14.5 and can drive synaptically neurons of the ventral cochlear nucleus (VCN) by E15.5 (see figure). By E17.5, ~1 day before birth, stimulation of the auditory nerve can elicit action potentials in the contralateral medial nucleus of the trapezoid body, indicating very early formation of synaptic connections.

Historic woodburn hall

Woodburn Hall, first known as University Hall, is the central and dominating building of Woodburn Circle. It was built between 1874 and 1876, and like its neighbor, the earlier Martin Hall, is in a predominantly red brick Second Empire style building under a mansard roof. It is considered one of the finest examples of Second Empire architecture in the State of West Virginia

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