The UF departments of neuroscience and psychiatry and the McKnight Brain Institute co-sponsored the 10th Annual North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Conference on Friday, Jan. 31.
The conference began with a poster competition held in HPNP Building lobby, followed by presentations in the MBI’s DeWeese Auditorium. Tyler Fettrow, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Neuromotor Behavior Lab, presented “Mind in Motion: Preliminary results of the CRUNCH point in motor imagery and working memory tasks of older adults,” followed by Marylin Horta, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of psychology, presenting “Oxytocin alters patterns of brain activity and amygdalar connectivity by age during dynamic facial emotion identification.”
A special visiting professor grand rounds followed featuring Mark Frye, M.D., chair of psychiatry and psychology at Mayo Clinic with his presentation “Biomarkers to Potentially Inform Clinical Practice and Drug Development in Mood Disorders.”
The afternoon portion of the conference included a panel discussion titled “Tools for Resiliency: Health and Wellness in Academia,” featuring:
- Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D., UCLA professor of psychology
- Beverly Dede, Ph.D., UF program director of student counseling and development, and clinical assistant professor in the department of community health and family medicine
- Sara Burke, Ph.D., UF associate professor of neuroscience
- Ben Lewis, Ph.D., UF assistant professor of psychiatry at Center for Addiction Research & Education member
Izquierdo also served as the conference’s keynote speaker with her presentation “Frontocortical contributions to value learning and value-decisions.”
The conference concluded with a poster award presentation. See photos from the panel discussion, keynote speech and the poster awards presentation below.