The Dartmouth Neuroscience Center organized its 26th annual Neuroscience Day on March 16th, 2012. Faculty, postdocs, and students from Dartmouth and the region all participated to make this day a success!
The keynote speakers this year were Dr. John Trojanowski (MD/PhD) and Dr. Virginia Lee (PhD/MBA), both from the University of Pennsylvania—they each gave brilliant talks describing neurodegenerative diseases and the molecular mechanisms behind such pathologies.
There were more than 70 posters submitted for the poster session! Congrats to Pamela Rosato and Sarah Katzenell from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth for winning the best poster award for their poster describing latency of herpes simplex virus infections.
Their findings so far show that innate immunity, and autophagy, a process in which cells digest some of their compartments, might be involved in this process. Additionally, Daniel Avesar, a graduate student in the physiology and neurobiology department here at Dartmouth gave a great presentation describing how a special type of neurons in the brain called commensurate neurons (COM) may contribute to the positive symptoms of psychosis during hallucinations.
The day did not end at Dartmouth but continued at the Norwich Inn where students had the opportunity to dine with Dr. Lee and Dr. Trojanowski who had much advice for them, including these simple but important words of wisdom: Never give up, keep on working hard and smart, and you can achieve your goals. Well done, Dartmouth! We look forward to next year’s conference for another day of sharing fascinating findings and discussing science!
by Gilbert Rahme