Inaugural Research Day of the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology

This research day on Oct. 19 will provide a forum to share the Department's research and to promote scientific interactions with students and researchers from other departments and institutions. This year’s event will include talks from Dr. Warren Grill, a neural engineer from Duke University, and Dr. Geraldine Dawson, the Chief Scientific Officer of Autism Speaks.

When Oct 19, 2012
from 11:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Where G202 MBRB, MBRB lobby
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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: MBRB, Ground Floor Auditorium (Room G202) - “Temporal Patterns of Deep Brain Stimulation: From Mechanisms to Novel Therapy” presented by Warren Grill, PhD.

Dr. Warren Grill will discuss how his basic laboratory advances led to the successful design of neural prosthetic devices.  His current projects include using electrical stimulation for restoration of bladder function, deep brain stimulation for treatment of motor disorders, electrical stimulation for restoration of multi-joint motor function (e.g., reaching), and design of novel electrodes and waveforms for selective stimulation of the nervous system.

12:30 – 1 p.m.: Refreshments (MBRB, Ground Floor Lobby)

1 - 2:30 p.m.: Poster session #1* (MBRB, Ground Floor Lobby)

2:30 - 4 p.m.: Poster session #2* (MBRB, Ground Floor Lobby)

4 - 5 p.m.: MBRB, Ground Floor Auditorium (Room G202) - “Autism spectrum disorders: Challenges in bridging the gap from preclinical research to clinical trials” presented by Geraldine Dawson, PhD.

Dr. Geraldine Dawson will discuss her oversight of basic and translational research at one of the largest and most prominent Autism organizations in the world. Dr. Dawson's scientific achievements include discovering that autism symptoms could be recognized during infancy, defining the earliest manifestations of autism, pioneering the use of event-related brain potentials to study early brain dysfunction in autism, and development of behavioral and electrophysiological endophenotypes in genetic studies of autism. Dr. Dawson has published over 180 scientific articles and chapters and co-edited or authored a number of books about autism spectrum disorder and brain development

5 - 6:30 p.m.: Reception (MBRB, Ground Floor Lobby)

Please register online at Registration is free of charge and enables us to provide name tags, refreshments and poster abstract booklets for all who attend.

*Department members are invited to present a poster—please indicate whether you intend to present a poster when you register. Abstracts will be due by October 8th. Additional information and instructions are available here:

Contact Adriana Tavernise (; 966-9396) with questions. We hope you can join us for all or part of this day.