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2019 Symposium Program and Schedule

12th Annual

Southern California Symposium on Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Health and Disease

Friday, January 11, 2019

Highlander Union Building, Room 302

The symposium is a forum for individuals with neuro-centric, glial-centric or disease-centric research focus (as well as for all who find themselves in between) to present their ongoing research and initiate collaborations across disciplines and between organizations.


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Baljit Khakh

Keynote Speaker: Bal Khakh, Ph.D.

Director, UCLA Physiology Outreach Program; Vice Chair, Neuroscience; Associate Director of Research, Brain Research Institute; Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology

"Cells That Tile Your Brain: Astrocyte Roles in Neural Circuits"

2019 Symposium Schedule

9:00 a.m.

Registration & Poster Setup

Registration is free (but required) for attendees from non-profit organizations and includes program, lunch and coffee breaks. Registration is $175 for those from for-profit organizations.

10 a.m.


10:15 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.


Baljit Khakh

Symposium Opens

Welcome: Monica J. Carson, Ph.D., Director of Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions, University of California, Riverside

Keynote Lecture: Baljit Khakh, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology, UCLA
"Cells That Tile Your Brain: Astrocyte Roles in Neural Circuits"
Go to Baljit Khakh's website

11:15 a.m. — 1:20 p.m.

Lunch and  Poster Presentations

Lunch with speakers and attendees is sponsored by CGNI. Student and fellow posters will be available for review.


1:20 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Dean Deborah Deas

Afternoon Address & Introduction

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H. , The Mark & Pam Rubin Dean, UC Riverside School of Medicine
Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs
Go to Deborah Deas' web page

1:30 p.m. — 2:10 p.m.

Afternoon Session I

Viji Santhakumar, Ph.D

Presentation 1

Viji Santhakumar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience, UC Riverside
Go to Viji Santhakumar's website

"Role of Immune Regulation of Neuronal Excitability in Acquired Epilepsy"

30-minute presentation followed by 10-minute discussion.
Iryna Ethell, Ph.D, Chair and Discussion Leader

2:10 p.m. — 2:50 p.m.

Jay Gibson

Presentation 2

Jay Gibson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Go to Jay Gibson's website

"Audiogenic seizures in the Fmr1 knockout mouse are specifically induced by Fmr1deletion in subcortical VGLUT2-expressing neurons"

30-minute presentation followed by 10-minute discussion.
Iryna Ethell, Ph.D, Chair and Discussion Leader

2:50 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.


Jyoti Watters

Presentation 3

Jyoti Watters, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin
Go to Jyoti Watters' website
"In Utero Exposure to a Model of Maternal Sleep Disordered Breathing Alters Offspring Microglia-neuron Interactions"

30-minute presentation followed by 10-minute discussion.
Iryna Ethell, Ph.D, Chair and Discussion Leader

3:30 p.m.

Poster Session with Coffee Break


4:00 p.m. — 4:40 p.m.

Afternoon Session II

Daniel Reich

Presentation 4

Daniel Reich, M.D., Ph.D., Senior investigator at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH)
Go to Daniel Reich's website
"What can MRI Tell Us About Microglia in Multiple Sclerosis"

30-minute presentation followed by 10-minute discussion.
Nicholas DiPatrizio, Ph.D, Chair and Discussion Leader

4:40 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Maria Lehtinen

The Glenn Hatton Lecture

Maria Lehtinen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard University
"Choroid plexus-cerebrospinal fluid based signaling in developing brain"

Go to Maria Lehtinen's website

5:30 p.m. — 5:40 p.m.

Award Presentations

5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Closing Session

Wrap-Up and Summary