Bond Life Sciences Center

Join colleagues representing a diverse range of interdisciplinary expertise and participate in igniting interest in coordinated high-impact neuroscience research efforts at Mizzou.

Friday, January 13, 2023
8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
1201 Rollins Street


For questions, contact the College of Arts & Science at muASevents@missouri.edu or 573-882-4421.

Keynote Speaker

Peter Kalivas, PhD

Dr. Kalivas has focused on the cellular mechanisms and brain circuitry mediating brain and behavior disorders — particularly in research to elucidate the brain molecules and neurocircuitry that underlie addiction.

Dr. Kalivas holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at both the Medical University of South Carolina and Washington State University and is an Honorary Professor of Neuroscience at Nanjing Medical University.

Peter Kalivas
Schedule & Sessions

8 to 8:30 a.m. — Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 to 9 a.m. — Introductions and welcoming remarks

9 to 9:45 a.m. — Keynote speaker

  • Peter Kalivas
    Medical University of South Carolina

10 to 11:15 a.m. — Session 1: Neurodegeneration

  • Excitatory amino acid transporter 2 (EAAT2) positron emission tomography: CNS imaging in a canine disease model of ALS
    Joan Coates, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Molecular genetics and therapeutic development for neurodegenerative diseases
    Chris Lorson, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Biological aging at the nexus between the nervous system and muscle
    Dave Arnold, Director, NextGen Precision Health
  • Imaging human brain structure and chemistry in aging and neurodegenerative disease
    Melissa Terpstra, School of Medicine

    11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Session 2: Neurodevelopmental processes

    • Challenges and opportunities for precision medicine in neurodevelopmental disorders
      Paul Carney, School of Medicine
    • Stress and implications for pharmacology and development in ASD
      David Beversdorf, College of Arts & Science and School of Medicine
    • Integration of neuroscience to studying the development of close relationships
      Ashley Groh, College of Arts & Science
    • Sleep apnea and the brain: Bedside to bench and back
      David Gozal, School of Medicine

    12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch

    1:30 to 2:45 p.m. — Session 3: Neuroplasticity and recovery of function

    • Metabolic markers of neuroplasticity in the injured human nervous system
      Carmen Cirstea, School of Medicine
    • Impacts of loss of central inputs on neuronal properties and ion channel expression in neurons of peripheral ganglia
      Dave Schulz, College of Arts & Science
    • Blast-induced neurotrauma (BINT): Unveiling invisible injuries and risk for neurodegeneration
      Zezong Gu, School of Medicine
    • Development of tools to study transmitter release from single cells and single vesicles
      Kevin Gillis, College of Engineering

    to 4:15 p.m. — Session 4: Neuropsychiatric and co-morbid neurological disorders

    • Reverse engineering brain circuits: The burgeoning role of computation
      Satish Nair, College of Engineering
    • Neuroplasticity: The key to mitigating breathing and swallowing deficits with neurodegeneration
      Nicole Nichols, College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Neural circuit informed treatments for addiction
      Brett Froeliger, College of Arts & Science and School of Medicine
    • Characterizing risk for alcohol use disorder with human event-related brain potentials
      Bruce D. Bartholow, College of Arts & Science

    4:30 to 6 p.m. — Poster session and closing reception

    This symposium is part of NextGen Precision Health, an initiative to expand collaboration in personalized health care and the translation of interdisciplinary research for the benefit of society. The University of Missouri System’s bold NextGen initiative highlights the promise of personalized health care and the impact of large-scale interdisciplinary collaboration.

    The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Science, College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Health Professions, and School of Medicine.