2nd Annual Neuroscience Graduate Students Symposium

Houston, TX US
May 20, 2024

This one-day conference features Houston Methodist frontier neuroscientists’ and their cutting-edge research with a keynote speech and presentations on various topics of neuroscientific advancement. The event will also highlight a round table discussion session focusing on career path development in Neuroscience.

Robert A. Hill, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences Dartmouth College


Target Audience

Graduate students, medical students, neurology/neurosurgery residents, interns, postgraduate fellows, and research associates who are interested in neuroscience.


Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/20/2024 - 7:30am CDT
Event ends: 
05/20/2024 - 4:30pm CDT
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast and Registration
Start the day with a nourishing breakfast and complete your registration.
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM: Introduction and Welcome by Jun Li, MD, PhD 
Jun Li, MD, PhD will kick off the symposium with a warm welcome and brief overview.
8:35 AM - 9:20 AM: Phil Horner, PhD (45 minutes)
Topic: Repairing the Injured and Degenerating Nervous System: Advances and Challenges
9:20 AM - 10:05 AM: Jun Li, MD, PhD (45 minutes)
Topic: Molecular Signaling in Myelination
10:05 AM - 10:25 AM: Break, Posters, and Exhibition (20 minutes)
Take a short break, explore posters, and engage with fellow attendees.
10:25 AM - 11:15 AM: Keynote Speaker Robert Hill, PhD (50 minutes)
Topic: The Life and Death of an Oligodendrocyte
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Joel Blanchard, PhD (Mount Sinai) (45 minutes)
Topic: Dissecting the Pathological Complexities of Neurodegeneration with In Vitro Models of the Human Brain
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch, Posters, and Exhibition
Enjoy lunch, network, and explore the fascinating posters on display.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: Rakez Kayed, PhD (UTMB) (45 minutes)
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM: Robert Krencik, PhD (45 minutes)
Topic: Asteroid Impact! Modulation of Human Neural Networks within Organoids
2:30 PM - 3:10 PM: Nour Abdelfattah, PhD (40 minutes)
Topic: Sex Differences and Immune Suppression in Brain Tumors: Insights from Multiomics and Single Cell Approaches
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM: Break, Posters, and Exhibition (20 minutes)
Another opportunity to explore posters and connect with colleagues.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Round Table Q&A: Career Path Development in Neuroscience
Engage in a lively discussion about career paths within the field of neuroscience.
Houston Methodist Research institute
6670 Bertner Avenue
John F. Bookout Auditorium R2-306
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Houston Methodist Research Institute 
John F. Bookout Auditorium R2-306
6670 Bertner Avenue
Houston, TX 77030, United States
Direction from nearest parking garages:
From Garage 1:
Take parking garage elevator to 3rd floor.
Exit and turn left and enter doors into the hospital on the right.
Take stairs down to ground level, walk straight past the Information Desk. This is the Crain Garden. Continue straight toward the Weiss Chapel, turn right and continue past the Gift Shop.
Turn right before the Dunn Tower Elevator bank and then a quick left (Starbucks will be on the right). Proceed down this hall toward the Market Café.
Turn Right, then a quick left to leave Dunn Tower and enter into the Research Institute.
Continue straight toward exit doors.
Turn right at the RI Information Desk. Proceed up the staircase and the John F. Bookout Auditorium will be on the right side.
Elevators to the second floor are also available, pass the staircase and proceed to end. Elevators will be on the right.
From Garage 7:
Take parking garage elevator to ground floor, exit and turn left to outer walkway.
Turn left and proceed to glass double doors on left, enter Walter Tower.
Proceed straight down hallway past the Fondren/Alkek elevators, then past the Dunn elevator bank.
Take a left (Starbucks will be on the right) and follow the directions from above to the Research Institute. 
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