2020 Symposium Program and Schedule

13th Annual

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

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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Arthur Liesz
Dr. Albert Stroberg and Dr. Elizabeth Patterson Keynote Lecture: Arthur Liesz, M.D., Ph.D. 

Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
"Immunological mechanisms in Stroke”

2020 Symposium Schedule

9:30 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.


Monica Carson
Symposium Opens

Welcome and Introduction to the Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions

Monica J. Carson, Ph.D. 
S.Sue Johnson Presidential Endowed Chair
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Sciences
Director of Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions, University of California, Riverside



Arthur Liesz
Dr. Albert Stroberg and Dr. Elizabeth Patterson Keynote Lecture

Arthur Liesz, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD), Stroke-Immunology Group, Munich Center for Neurosciences – Brain & Mind
Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Presentation: “Immunological mechanisms in Stroke”

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11:15 a.m. — 1:20 p.m.

Lunch Buffet and  Poster viewing

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.

Afternoon Address & Introduction
Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences 
Mark and Pam Rubin Dean
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine 


1:30 p.m. — 2:10 p.m.

Pam Lein
Afternoon Session I

Pam Lein, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, MIND Institute - College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis

Presentation: “Neuron-glia interactions in traffic-related air pollution effects on Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-related phenotypes in a genetically susceptible rat model”

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2:10 p.m. — 2:50 p.m.

Daria Mochly-Rosen
Presentation 2

Daria Mochly-Rosen, Ph.D.
The George D. Smith Professor in Translational Medicine, Chemical and Systems Biology Operations at Stanford University

Presentation: "Cytoprotection or cell death propagation from glia to neurons by extracellular mitochondria in neurdegenerative diseases"

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2:50 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Aileen Anderson

Aileen Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine

Presentation: "Neural stem cell trafficking is stop and go"

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3:30 p.m.

Poster Session with Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. — 4:40 p.m.

Sika Zheng
Afternoon Session II

Sika Zheng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,  Division of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Riverside

Presentation: “Neurogenetics of Axonogenesis”

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4:40 p.m. — 5:20 p.m.

Kelly Monk
The Glenn Hatton Lecture

Kelly Monk, Ph.D.
Co-Director and Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute, Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Vollum Institute - Oregon Health & Science University

Presentation: “Molecular and genetic mechanisms of glial cell development”

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5:20 p.m. — 5:40 p.m.

Award Presentations

5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Closing Session

Wrap-Up and Summary