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The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Retreat

The Ernest J. Del Monte InsPhoto of DelMonte VIPtitute for Neuroscience retreat was held on Thursday December 1st at the Hilton Garden Inn at College Town.  The retreat, scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. brought together scientists working in all neuroscience fields across the University.

The retreat saw key stakeholders present promising ideas, programs and services. After the presentations, feedback was solicited with small group discussions to help direct priorities and goals for the Institute’s upcoming strategic plan. Photo of John Foxe

A printable version of the agenda is below and feel free to forward to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

PDF versions of each presentation are available for you to download.


The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hilton Garden Inn at College Town

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Welcome and Introduction - John Foxe, PhD
12:50 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Official Opening – Mark Taubman, Dean and CEO

watch the Introduction and Session 1 video

Photo of Margot Mayer-ProschelSession 1: Neurodevelopmental Disorders 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
1. Tris Smith– The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)
2. Margot Mayer-Proschel/Jon Mink/Mark Noble/ - Rare Diseases (Rett Syndrome, The Lysosomal Storage Disorders and other Neurogenetic Diseases)
3. Tom O’Connor – Maternal stress and the neural sequelae in offspring (The ECHO Program)

watch the Session 2 video

Photo of Hany Gelbard

Session 2: Regenerative Neuroscience 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
4. Bradford Berk – The University of Rochester Neurorestoration Institute (RNI)
5. Handy Gelbard – The Center for Neural Development and Disease (CNDD)
6. John Elfar – Neurotherapeutics in nerve injury

Break 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

watch the Session 3 video

Photo of Kerry OBanionSession 3: Aging Neuroscience 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
7. Erika Augustine/Ray Dorsey – The Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research (UDALL)
8. Jan Moynihan/Yeates Conwell – Report from the Psychiatry Department (Sensory-motor Integration in Aging, The Center for Healthy aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Initiatives)
9. Kerry O’Banion – Alzheimer’s Disease from bench to the bedside, from molecules to mind

watch the Session 4 video

Photo of Brad MahonSession 4: Cognition, Circuits and Addiction 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
10. Jessica Cantlon and Ben Hayden – The Center for the Origins of Cognition
11. Bradford Mahon – Invasive mapping & deep-brain stimulation: A Report from the Neurosurgery Suite.
12. Suzanne Haber – Neural Circuits and the Study of Addiction

watch the Session 5 and Closing Remarks video

Photo of Dave WilliamsSession 5: Vision and Pain 5:15 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
13. Eli Eliav – Center for Pain Research and Innovation
14. Krystal Huxlin/Dave Williams – The Center for Visual Sciences (Vision Restoration & Virtual Environments)

Final remarks and next steps 6:00 p.m.

Closing Reception: Please join us after the retreat for drinks, appetizers and good conversation.

Please Contact Kathleen Jensen at or 276-8730 if you are interested in obtaining any of the original presentations.

Retreat Agenda