October 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm

Neuroscience Research Day | Keynote on Tuning Auditory Cortex for Vocal Communication, Oct. 6

neuroscience illustration of neurons

Ohio University neuroscientists will put their brains to work next month at the second Neuroscience Research Day.

Neuroscience Research Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake Hope Lodge.  The event will include graduate and undergraduate poster competitions, presentations by OHIO faculty, and a keynote lecture by Columbia University professor Dr. Sarah M.N. Woolley. Woolley is a prominent neuroscientist who studies the neural basis of vocal learning and communication in songbirds.

The talks by OHIO faculty members will encompass a broad range of topics in neuroscience, including brain changes following joint injury and recovery, computational models of electrical signal propagation in neurons of different morphologies, the cellular and molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease, eating disorders and the enteric nervous system, and electrophysiological methods for assessing hearing impairments.

Neuroscience Program director Dr. Daewoo Lee said the event will feature “electrifying, yet productive discussions” about the brain.

“This is the day all about our brain,” Lee said. “(This event) last year was a great success; we just hope that this year’s research day will be even more inspiring to young scientists.”

The event is free and open to all OHIO faculty, students and staff. Transportation and catered meals are provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Dr. Corinne Nielsen at by Thursday, Sep 27. For more information, visit

Tentative Program

8:00 to 8:55 a.m. Arrival and Breakfast

8:55 to 9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Tuning auditory cortex for vocal communication; Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sarah M. N. Woolley, Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Reducing Tau phosphorylation using synthetic peptides: developing peptide-based inhibitors of MARK2 activity; Dr. Robert Colvin, Professor & Chair of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio University

10:30 to 12 p.m.  Coffee Break and Graduate Poster Session

12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Dynamics of tree networks of excitable elements: application to sensory neurons; Dr. Alexander Neiman, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences, Ohio Univ.

1:45 to 2:15 p.m.  The role of Apolipoprotein A-IV in lipid-induced thermogenesis via sympathetic activity; Dr. Chunmin Lo, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University

2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Subcortical pitch representation in neonates and adults; Dr. Fuh-Cherng Jeng, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Health Sciences & Professions, Ohio University

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Afternoon Snacks and Undergraduate Poster Session

4:15-4:30 p.m. Awards and Closing Remarks

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