SYNAPSE Vision / Mission
SYNAPSE (Symposium for Young Neuroscientists And Professors of the SouthEast) is a vibrant annual regional undergraduate neuroscience conference in the Southeast. This one-day conference has continued in 2014 and 2015 at the University of North Carolina - Asheville.
SYNAPSE provides a truly unique and valuable forum for young neuroscientists to:
- - present their research results and obtain feedback from neuroscientists
at other institutions via
- poster presentations;
- - discuss important issues in neuroscience training;
- - learn about cutting-edge research from a keynote speaker;
- - form connections with other neuroscientists in the southeast region.
- The eighth and ninth SYNAPSE conferences were held at the University of South Carolina in 2012 & 2013.
The seventh SYNAPSE conference was held at the Wake Forest University in 2011 and attracted about 170 participants.Featured Speakers (March 25-26)
Gregory F. Ball, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
Vice Dean for Science and Research Infrastructure
Keynote address: Adult Neuroplasticity, Lessons from the Birds
Dr. Katy Läck
Department of Biology, Wake Forest University
Final address: Research Ethics
The sixth SYNAPSE conference was held at the Wake Forest University in 2010 and attracted about 140 participants.Featured Speakers (March 26-27)
Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D. University of Florida
Center for Smell and Taste
Keynote address: Behavioral Neuroscience: Taste psychophysics from the laboratory to the table
Sharon Letchworth, Ph.D.
Final address: Neuroscience drug development-past, present and future
The fifth SYNAPSE conference was held at the College of Charleston in 2009 and attracted about 150 participants.
2009 Meeting: College of Charleston
Featured Speakers (March 28, 2009)
Marcy MacDonald, Ph.D., Harvard University & Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Neurology & Richard B. Simches Research Center. Keynote address: Huntington's Disease: Genetics and Neuroscience
Misha Angrist, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy. Final address: And the Crowd Goes Wild: The Eruption of Personal Genomics
The fourth SYNAPSE conference was held at the College of Charleston in 2008 and attracted about 150 participants.
March 15, 2008:
Professor Diane O’Dowd, Ph.D., HHMI Professor, University of California, Irvine. Keynote address: Neurobiology in Drosophila: Small brain, Large potential
Dr. Jerome Kurent, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine and Neurosciences (Neurology), Medical University of South Carolina
2008 Meeting - Final Program
Links of interest:
About Professor O'Dowd
UC Irvine press release
The third SYNAPSE conference was held at Davidson College again in 2007. Professor Darcy Kelley, Columbia University was the keynote speaker. The keynote address: "The vocal synapse: perception and production".
The second SYNAPSE conference was held at Davidson College in 2006 and attracted more than 110 participants from seven states representing 18 institutions. Undergraduates presented 43 posters. HHMI Professor Ron Hoy was the keynote speaker. The keynote address: "Hearing on the Fly: Basic to Translational Research in Auditory Neuroscience."
The first SYNAPSE conference was held at James Madison University in 2003 and attracted 90 participants from five states representing 13 institutions. Undergraduates presented 39 posters.