2021 – Hybrid Meeting at FIU/Zoom

If attending the meeting in person you should be vaccinated because this is the best way to protect yourself and the community. We are following CDC guidelines which now require everyone (vaccinated or not) to wear a mask. Prior to your visit you will receive a screening questionnaire via email from the Panthers Protecting Panthers (P3) app. Generally, FIU policies on operations during COVID can be found here: https://repopulation.fiu.edu/university-operations/index.html.

The conference is at FIU main campus on the corner of 8th street (aka Calle Ocho or Tamiami Trail) and 107th. The exact address is:

AHC3 Rm 205
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199

Parking is best in Parking Garage 5, which has visitor parking on the first floor that is meter paid using the PayByPhone app (https://parking.fiu.edu/visitor/).


Day 1 – Thursday August 5th, 2021

8:30am – Introduction and Welcome (Dr. Tim Allen, FCNC President)

9am-11am – Session 1: From Genes to Circuits: Mechanisms Underlying Cognition and Disease
Organizer: Dr. Sarah Stern, MPFI – Zoom

  • Dr. Tim Holford (Bolton Lab), MPFI“Intercalated Neurons: The gate keepers of the amygdala” – Zoom
  • Brandon Hindman (Stackman Lab), FAU“Brief Novel Context Exposure Enhances Object Recognition Memory: Dopaminergic Recruitment and Context Relevancy” – Zoom
  • Dr. Henriette Van Praag, FAU “Effects of exercise on hippocampal function” – Zoom
  • Jenna Levy (Page Lab), Scripps“Regulation of growth in the developing brain by autism risk genes” – Zoom

11-11:15am – Break & Place Lunch Orders (Sorry – In Person Only)

11:15am-1:15pm – Session 2: A Translational Look at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
Organizers: Danielle Benthem, FSU – In Person and Melissa Mendasy, FSU – Zoom

  • Dr. Aryeh Sudwarts (Thinakaran Lab), USF“BIN1 regulates inflammatory transcriptome in microglia” – Zoom
  • Dr. Allaura Cone (Meckes Lab), FSU“Mesenchymal stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles ameliorate Alzheimer’s disease-like phenotypes in a preclinical mouse model” – Zoom
  • Dr. Karina Alvina, UF “The myokine FNDC5/Irisin as mediator of exercise-related cognitive improvement and implications for Alzheimer’s disease” – Zoom
  • Andrea Mejia (Glenn Smith Lab), UF“Behavioral Interventions for MCI” – Zoom

1:15-2:30pm – Individually Packaged Lunch. Outside eating area with ample space for spreading out.

2:30-3:00pm – Dr. Andrew Maurer – Featured Member Talk – “A pragmatic position on neural rhythms”Zoom

3:00-3:15pm – Break

3:15-5:00pm Sarah Johnson Data Blitz (open to all levels – undergraduate through professor) – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash awards.

  • Jessica Dixon (Undergraduate in Wilber Lab), FSU“Spatial Disorientation and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Relationship Between Activation Profiles in the Brain’s Navigational System and Reorientation Deficits in the 3xTg-AD Mouse Model of Tau and Amyloid Beta Aggregation” – Zoom
  • Jordan Ogg (Undergraduate in Kee Lab), Stetson“Amyloid-β-Induced chemotaxis behavior and neuronal morphology in transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans” –  Zoom
  • Caroline Davidson (Undergraduate in Burke Lab), UF“Paired Associates Learning Task to Assess Cognitive Impairment in Traumatic Brain Injury” – Zoom
  • Dr. Carly Logan (Postdoctoral Fellow in Burke Lab), UF “Expression of the Immediate-early Genes Arc and Narp during Cognitive Multitasking is Attenuated in Aged Rats” – Zoom
  • Dr. Nathan Shultheiss (Postdoc in Allen Lab), FIU“Deescalating Seizure and Behavior-Related Hypersynchrony of the Hippocampal Theta Rhythm Caused by Chronic Exposure to Lead (Pb2+)” – In Person
  • Maanasa Jayachandran (Graduate Student in Allen Lab), FIU “Neuronal representations in Medial Prefrontal Cortex during Nonspatial Memory for Sequences of Events” – In Person
  • Alina Stimmell (Graduate Student in Wilber Lab), FSU “Sleep reverses Spatial Reorientation Impairments in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease” – In Person
  • Puck Reeders (Graduate Student in Allen Lab), FIU “Finding the midline thalamus in humans for the investigation of neurological disorders” – In Person
  • Danielle Benthem (Graduate Student in Wilber Lab), FSU“Rescuing impaired cortical-hippocampal interactions during sleep in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease” – In Person
  • Samantha Smith (Graduate Student in Burke Lab), UF“The Role of the Dorsal Striatum in Paired-Associates Learning” – In Person
  • Sabrina Zequeira (Graduate Student Bizon and Setlow Labs), UF“Acute Effects of Cannabis on Cognition in Aging” – Zoom
  • Andy Garcia (Undergraduate Student Allen Lab), FIU“Rapid shifts in the spectral dynamics of the medial prefrontal cortex and hippocampus during nonspatial memory for sequences of events in rats” – Zoom

Day 2 – Friday August 6th, 2021

9-10:40am – Session 3: Neurodevelopment and Cognition
Organizer: Dr. Tim Allen, FIU

  • Adam Kimbler (Mattfeld Lab), FIU “Differential effects of emotional valence on mnemonic performance with greater hippocampal maturity” – In Person
  • Dana McMakin, FIU”Sleep-dependent memory consolidation in pediatric anxiety: A programmatic example of how developmental neuroscience might inform our understanding and treatment of child psychopathology” – In Person
  • Dr. Alex Meyer, FSU“Individual differences in the error-related negativity (ERN) and cognitive control” – Zoom

10:40-10:55am – Break & Place Lunch Orders (Sorry – In Person Only)

11:00am-12:00pm Bita Moghaddam – Keynote Speaker – “Thinking differently about modeling anxiety” – In Person

12:00-1:00pm – Individually Packaged Lunch. Outside eating area with ample space for spreading out.

1:00pm – 2:30pm – Session 4: Important Risk Factors and Contributors to Cognition and Cognitive Decline
Organizer: Dr. Barry Setlow, UF and Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, UF – Zoom

  • Dr. Barry Setlow, UF – “Social contributions to risky decision making” – Zoom
  • Dr. Elizabeth Losin, UM“Neuroimaging sociocultural modulation of pain” – Zoom
  • Nicholas DiCola (Burke and Maurer Labs), UF“Velocity modulated theta in the hippocampus is increased in age rats” – In Person

2:30-2:45pm – Break

2:45-3:15pm – Continuation of Session 4:

  • Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, UF“Studying Pain and Cognition in Aging” – Zoom

3:15-5:15pm – Session 5: Role of Medial Prefrontal Cortex and Medial Temporal Lobe Circuitry in Cognition
Organizers: Dr. Mojdeh Faraji, UF and Dr. Carly Logan, UF

  • Dr. Tim Allen, FIU“Medial prefrontal cortex and hippocampus circuits and dynamics in memory for time” – In Person
  • Dr. Sara Burke, UF“Age-related changes in medial temporal-frontal cortical functional connectivity in relation to cognitive multi-tasking” – Zoom
  • Alfonso Brea Guerrero (Kabbaj Lab), FSU“Brain circuit communication during relapse to ketamine” – In Person
  • Jessica Wood (Nee Lab), FSU“Interactions among frontal-parietal and cingulo-opercular networks supporting cognitive control” – In Person