2021 Symposium Program and Schedule

14th Annual

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

Friday, January 8, 2021
"First Virtual Symposium" held via Zoom

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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2021 Symposium Schedule

General Info


Registration is free (but required) for attendees from non-profit organizations and includes full symposium program (Zoom) and poster viewings held via SLACK. Registration is $175 for those from for-profit organizations.

9:15 a.m.




9:30 — 10:30 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
Robin Franklin, PhD
2021 CGNI Keynote Lecture
Robin Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor of Stem Cell Medicine, Wellccome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute,
University of Cambridge

Presentation: "Myelin regeneration: reversing the ravages of time"

Prof. Franklin lab website

10:30 — 11 a.m.

11 — 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Interactive breakout session A 

Lunch and open discussion between symposium speakers and students via zoom breakout rooms (bring your lunch)

Interactive breakout session B

Lunch and open discussion between symposium speakers and students via zoom breakout rooms (bring your lunch)

Poster viewings and interactions in SLACK

Student and fellow posters will continue to be available for review via SLACK during the full lunch hour 10:30am - 12pm

12:00 — 12:10 p.m.

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


SOM Dean Website

12:10 — 12:50 p.m.

Ukpong Eyo, PhD 1
Afternoon Session I
Presentation II
Ukpong Eyo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia
University of Virginia
Presentation: "Mechanisms and significance of physical interactions between microglia and neurons"

12:50  — 1:30 p.m.

Djurdjica Coss, PhD
Presentation III
Djurdjica Coss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine,
University of Riverside, California
Presentation: 'Fat opens the gates to the brain: Sex differences in obesity-induced neuroinflammation'

1:30 — 2:10 p.m.

Tarik Haydar, PhD
Presentation IV
Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Neuroscience Research
Children's National Research Center
Children's National Hospital
Presentation: 'Maturation of the oligodendrocyte lineage in Down syndrome; Lessons from forebrain, spinal cord and from stem cells'

2:10 — 2:40 p.m.

Afternoon break. Poster viewings and interactions via SLACK

2:40 — 3:20 p.m.

Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD
Afternoon Session II
Presentation V
Tony Wyss-Coray, Ph.D.
D.H. Chen Professor II, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Neurology,
Stanford University
Presentation: 'Systemic regulation of brain function and aging"

3:20 — 4:00 p.m.

Alexis Stranahan 4
The Glenn Hatton Lecture
Alexis Stranahan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine,
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta University
Presentation: "It's not the fat, it's where it's at: Adipose tissue distribution
determines the cognitive effect of obesity"


4:00 — 4:10 p.m.

Award Presentations

4:10 — 4:15 p.m.

Closing Session

Wrap-Up and Summary