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2022 ANNUAL MEETING preliminary scientific Program

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April 11, 2022


April 12, 2022


April 13, 2022

April 14, 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022

08:30 – 09:30 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Plenary 1.0 (PL.01) - Presentation Title TBA

Speaker: Susan Ackerman

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.01 Neurotherapeutics 

Chair: Evanthia Bernitsas

Co-Chair: Jun Li

        S.01.01 Gene Therapy and Neurological Disease 

                Speaker: Peter Lewitt, MD

S.01.02 Identifying Molecular Targets Among the Network of Pro-Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines

Speaker: Rebecca Sappington, Ph.D

S.01.03 Gut Microbiome, Bacterial Toxins, CNS Immune Privilege, and Inflammatory Demyelination.

Speaker: Timothy Vartanian, MD, Ph.D

S.01.04 Unlocking the Drivers of Neuroinflammation in Neurodegenerative Disease

Speaker: Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.02  Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Myelin Maintenance and Remyelination

Chair: Terri Wood

Co-Chair: Vittorio Gallo

S.02.01 Elucidating Molecular Mechanisms of Neural Stem Cell-Derived Gliogenesis in Remyelination

Speaker: Katrina Adams, PhD

S.02.02 Immunometabolism Through Amino Acid Transport in CNS Remyelination Efficiency

Speaker: Jeffrey K. Huang, PhD

S.02.03 Fbxw7, an E3 Ligase Component, Limits Myelin Production in Mammalian Oligodendrocytes

Speaker: Tyrell Simkins, PhD

S.02.04 Signaling Pathways and Myelin Maintenance

Speaker: Terri Wood

13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Marian Kies Award Symposia

Symposium S.03 Emerging Views On Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neural Circuit Establishment

Chair: Tracy Tran (Marian Kies Awardee)

Co-Chair: Martin M. Riccomagno

S.03.01 Regulation of Granule Cell Development by Rab11 GTPase Impacts Cerebellum Organization and Size

Speaker: Tracy S. Tran (Marian Kies Awardee)

S.03.02 Cas Cytoplasmic Signaling Adaptor Proteins Organize the Cortical and Cerebellar Scaffold

Speaker: Martin M. Riccomagno

S.03.03 Diverse Role of Dystroglycan in Axon Guidance Events in Neural Development

Speaker: Kevin Writght

S.03.04 Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotrophin Signaling in Neural Circuit Assembly and Degeneration

Speaker: Christopher Deppmann

13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.04  Lipid Metabolism of Myelin

Chair: Jian Hu

Co-Chair: Xianlin Han

S.04.01 Qki Regulates Dynamic Lipid Turnover in Mature Myelin

Speaker: Jian Hu

S.04.02 Early Myelin Lipid Losses Occur in Mouse Models of Diabetes: Lipidomics Sheds Light on Diabetic Neur

Speaker: Xianlin Han

S.04.03 Macrophage-Schwann Cell Cross Talk in Sphingolipidosis

Speaker: Laura Feltri

S.04.04 Fatty Acid Binding Protein-8 in Myelinating Schwann Cell Metabolism

Speaker: Sophie Belin

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.01  Glio-Vascular Mechanisms Regulating Brain Health and Disease

Chair: Dimitrios Davalos

Co-Chair: Richard Daneman

C.01.01 How Does the Blood-Brain Barrier Regulate Brain Function and Behavior?

Speaker: Richard Daneman

C.01.02 Impact of Blood Pressure on Neurovascular Function

Speaker: Jessica Filosa

C.01.03 Distinct Features of Brain Perivascular Fibroblasts and Mural Cells Revealed by In Vivo Imaging

Speaker: Andy Shih

C.01.04 Microglial Regulation of Blood Brain Barrier Integrity

Speaker: Dimitrios Davalos

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.02  Endosomal/Lysosomal Trafficking: An Update from a Pan-neural Point of View

Chair: Babette Fuss

Co-Chair: Christian Gonzalez-Billault

C.02.01 Coordinated Roles of Small GTPases Define Neuronal Morphology

Speaker: Christian Gonzalez-Billault

C.02.02 Neurotrophic Signaling From Endosomes and Exosomes: New Cellular Pathways

Speaker: Bettina Winckler

C.02.03 Synaptic Function and Dysfunction in Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Speaker: Ernesto Bongarzone

C.02.04 The Role of Sulfatide in Intracellular Trafficking of Myelin Proteins

Speaker: Jeffrey Dupree

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

08:30 – 09:30 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Plenary 2.0 (PL.02) - Presentation Title TBA

Speaker: L. Felipe Barros

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.05 Neuroepigenetic Regulation of Brain Function and Dysregulation in Disease - Supported by the Basic Neurochemistry

Chair:  Elizabeth Heller

Co-Chair: Frances A Champagne

S.05.01 Chromatin Regulation of Synapse Maturation in Postmitotic Neurons

Speaker: Anne E West

S.05.02 Epigenetic Mechanisms of Persistent Gene Expression Across Abstinence

Speaker: Elizabeth A Heller

S.05.03  3D Genome Dynamics in the Mouse Brain Across the Estrous Cycle 

Speaker:  Marija Kundakovic

S.05.04 Prenatal Stress Influences on the Epigenome and Associations With Biobehavioral Outcomes

Speaker: Frances A Champagne

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.06  The Many Faces of Calcium Signaling in Astrocytes

Chair: Isabella Farhy

Co-Chair: Rahul Srinivasan

S.06.01 Regulation of Synapse Development by Astrocytic Store Released Calcium

Speaker: Isabella Farhy

S.06.02 Ca2+ Influx Signals in Astrocytic Mitochondria in a Mouse Model of Early Parkinson’s Disease

Speaker: Rahul Srinivasan

S.06.03 Astrocytic Network Encoding of Excitatory and Inhibitory Signals

Speaker: Kira Poskanzer

S.06.04 Developing New Tools To Functionally Interrogate Astrocyte Diversity in the Brain

Speaker: Benjamin Deneen


13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.07  Emerging Roles of Signaling at the Synapse in Goal-Directed Behavior

Chair: Adema Ribic

S.07.01 Excitatory Synaptogenesis in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex Is Required for Effort/Reward Evaluation

Speaker: Francesco Paolo Ulloa Severino

S.07.02 Neuropilin 2 Signaling Mediates Corticostriatal Transmission, Spine Maintenance, and Goal-Directed L

Speaker: Tracy Tran (Marian Kies Awardee)

S.07.03 Cell Adhesion Factors in the Orbitofrontal Cortex Control Cue-Induced Reinstatement of Cocaine Seeki

Speaker: Shannon Gourley

S.07.04 Disruption of Nrxn1α Within Excitatory Forebrain Circuits Drives Value-Based Dysfunction

Speaker: Marc V Fuccillo


13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Jordi Folch Pi Award Symposia

Symposium S.08  Expanding the Toolbox: Using PET and MRI in Animal Models To Answer Neurochemistry Questions

Chair: Pedro Brugarolas (Jordi Folch Pi Awardee)

S.08.01 Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) in the Common Marmoset: An Alternative and Promising Model to Study Multiple Sclerosis

Speaker: Maxime Donadieu

S.08.02 Using PET To Investigate Neuroinflammation in Rodent Models of MS

Speaker: Michelle L. James, PhD

S.08.03 Using [18F]3-Fluoro-4-Aminopyridine to Image Demyelination in Animal Models of Brain Injury

Speaker: Pedro Brugarolas, PhD (Jordi Folch Pi Awardee)

S.08.04 An Introduction to Brain PET Imaging, or Adventures of the 21st Century Psychonauts

Speaker: Peter J.H. Scott


15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.03  The Back and Forth Impact Between Inflammation and Neuronal Signaling

Chair: Ira Blader

Co-Chair: TBD

C.03.01 Microglial Modulation of Synaptic Connectivity

Speaker: Travis Faust

C.03.02 Control of Neuronal Activity by Microglia

Speaker: Anne Schaefer

C.03.03 Mechanisms Underlying Microglial Ensheathment of Neurons and Perisomatic Synapse Loss Following Para

Speaker: Gabriela Carrillo

C.03.04 Ntersection of Neuronal Innate Immune Signaling Pathways With the Latent Herpes Simplex Virus Genome

Speaker: Anne Cliffe


15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.04  Molecular Diversity Underlying Neural Circuit Heterogeneity

Chair: Sharon Swanger

Co-Chair: Shannon Farris

C.04.01 The Temporal and Molecular Heterogeneity of Central Synapse Development in Olfactory Circuits

Speaker: Timothy Mosca

C.04.02 Molecularly Distinct Mitochondria Display Synapse-Specific Localization

Speaker: Shannon Farris

C.04.03 Synaptic Receptor Diversity Underlies Target-Specific Corticothalamic Excitatory Drive

Speaker: Sharon Swanger

C.04.04 Cell-Type-Specific Morphology, Physiology and Modulation of Pain in the Amygdala

Speaker: Yarimar Carasquillo

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

08:30 – 09:30 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Plenary 3.0 (PL.03) - Presentation Title TBA

Speaker: Maria Lehtinen

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.09 Functions of the Meninges in Brain Development and Function

Chair: Antoine Louveau

Co-Chair: Jasmin Herz

S.09.01 TBD

Speaker: Julie Siegenthaler

S.09.02 TBD

Speaker: Brant Weinstein

S.09.03 TBD

Speaker: Jasmin Herz

S.09.04 Meningeal Lymphatic Regulation of Brain Maturation

Speaker: Antoine Louveau

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.10  Novel Regulatory Mechanisms of MS Pathogenesis and Repair

Chair: Anastassia Voronova

Co-Chair: Soheila Karimi

S.10.01 Understanding the Functional Plasticity of Adult OPCs To Promote Remyelination in MS and AD

Speaker: Dr. Alban Gaultier

S.10.02 Neuregulin-1; an Emerging Regulator of MS Pathogenesis and Repair 

Speaker: Dr. Soheila Karimi

S.10.03 Fractalkine Signaling Engages Endogenous CNS Precursor Cells for Enhanced Oligodendrocyte Genesis 

Speaker: Dr. Anastassia Voronova

S.10.04 Targeting Mitochondrial Metabolism in Neuroinflammation With Neural Stem Cells and Their Cargo Vesi 

Speaker: Dr. Stefano Pluchino


13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.11  Astrocytes in Stroke: Blocking the Bad and Boosting the Good To Promote Recovery

Chair: Elena Blanco-Suarez

Co-Chair: Marion Buckwalter

S.11.01 Astrocytes in White Matter Stroke/Vascular Dementia Neural Repair

Speaker: S Thomas Carmichael

S.11.02 Region-Specific Roles of Astrocytes in Post-Stroke Plasticity 

Speaker: Elena Blanco-Suarez

S.11.03 Comprehensive Transcriptional Analysis of the Astrocytic and Microglial Response to Stroke

Speaker: Victoria Hernandez

S.11.04 Reversing Age-Induced Epigenetic Modification in Astrocytes To Improve Stroke Outcomes

Speaker: Farida Sohrabji

13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Bernard Haber Award Symposia

Symposium S.12 Unexpected and Overlooked Partnerships Shaping Neuroimmune Outcomes in Brain Function and Disease

Chair: Monica Carson (Bernard Haber Awardee)

Co-Chair: Paula Da Silva Frost

S.12.01 Sex-Specific Mechanisms in Microglia Action of TLR4-Induced Pain and Inflammation

Speaker: Michael Burton

S.12.02 Microglia: Bona Fide Component of the Neuro Vascular Unit

Speaker: Ukpong B. Eyo

S.12.03  It Takes Guts: How the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis Controls Neuroimmune Interactions

Speaker: Melanie Gareau

S.12.04 Sex Differences in Adipose Tissue Distribution Determine Vulnerability to Cognitive Impairment in Ob

Speaker: Alexi Stranahan

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.05 Nanodelivery Systems for CNS Therapeutics

Chair: Lee Korshoj

Co-Chair: Tammy Kielian

C.05.01 Antibiotic Reloading via Nanoparticle Micelles for Treating S. aureus Craniotomy Infection 

Speaker: Lee E. Korshoj

C.05.02 TBD

Speaker: TBD

C.05.03  CNS Delivery for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases 

Speaker: Mansoor M. Amiji

C.05.04 TBD

Speaker: TBD

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.06 Inflammasomes in CNS

Chair: Kiran Bhaskar

Co-Chair: Michael Heneka

C.06.01 ASC-ing for Trouble: A Causal Link Between Microglial Inflammasomes and Tau 

Speaker: Kiran Bhaskar

C.06.02 Inflammasome Driven Neurodegeneration- a Possible Therapeutic Target?

Speaker: Michael Heneka

C.06.03 How Does Amyloid-β Conformation Impact Neuroinflammation (and Vice Versa)

Speaker: Michael Nichols

C.06.04 Targeting Maladaptive Microglia To Treat Tauopathy

Speaker: Li Gan

Thursday, April 14, 2022

08:30 – 09:30 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Plenary 4.0 (PL.04) - Presentation Title TBA

Speaker: Dwight Bergles (Annual Basic Neurochemistry Lecturer)

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.13 Promoting Repair Following Neuroinflammatory Demyelination

Chair: Larry Sherman

Co-Chair: Seema Kaushalya Tiwari-Woodruff

S.13.01 Roles of Hyaluronan Catabolism in Inflammatory Demyelinating Disease 

Speaker: Larry Sherman

S.13.02 Novel Hormone-Based Approaches to Modulating Inflammatory Demyelination 

Speaker:  Seema Kaushalya Tiwari-Woodruff

S.13.03  How Cytokine Signaling by Oligodendrocytes Impacts Inflammatory Demyelination 

Speaker: Xiaoxia Li

S.13.04 How Oligodendrocytes Influence Neuroinflammation Following Coronavirus Infection

Speaker: Stanley Perlman

10:00 – 12:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.14  Non-Coding RNAs in Normal CNS Development and Diseases

Chair: Yue Feng

Co-Chair: Bing Yao

S.14.01 miRNAs in Neuron-Glia Communication To Reprogram Neuronal Cell Fate

         Speaker: Andrew Yoo

S.14.02 circRNA Landscape and the circRNA-miRNA-mRNA Axis in Human Oligodendroglia Differentiati

Speaker: Bing Yao

S.14.03 A Novel Schizophrenia miRNA-lncRNA Pathway in Human Neuron Development

Speaker: Yue Feng

S.14.04 Repeat Associated Non-AUG (RAN) Proteins in Neurologic Disease: Molecular Insights and Therapeutic  Opportunities

Speaker: Laura Ranum


13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.15 Unravelling Novel Cellular and Molecular Pathways in Microglia Signaling: From Neonatal Brain Injury to Aging Related Neurodegenerative Disorders

Chair: Jasna Kriz

Co-Chair: Bahareh Ajami

S.15.01 Microglia-Derived Extracellular Vesicles As Modulators of Inflammation and Injury in Neonatal Stroke

Speaker: Zena Vexler

S.15.02 Understanding the Role of Microglia in Motor Neuron Vulnerability in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Speaker: Bahareh Ajami

S.15.03 Microglial PARP-1 Signaling Driving Synaptotoxicity and Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

Speaker: Tiina Kauppinen

S.15.04 SRSF3 Controls Innate Immune Genes Translation and Microglia Activation in Acute and Chronic Brain Neurodegeneration

Speaker: Jasna Kriz

13:00 – 15:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Symposium S.16 Supplying the Synapse from the Inside and Out 

Chair: Zila Martinez-Lozada

Co-Chair: Milhail V. Pletnikov

S.16.01 Regulation of ATP Supply and Demand in the Postsynaptic Compartment of Neurons

Speaker: Shelley Halpain

S.16.02 Regulation of MAP2 Interaction and Function by Phosphorylation

Speaker: Robert A Sweet

S.16.03 Neurons and Endothelia Regulate Astrocyte Transcriptome

Speaker: Zila Martinez-Lozada

S.16.04 Deficient Metabolism in Astrocytes Contribute to Synaptic Pathology

Speaker: Mikhail V. Pletnikov

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.07 Aerobic Glycolysis

Chair: Robert Zorec

Co-Chair: Nina Vardjan

C.07.01 The Role of L-Lactate Production in the Brain in Health and Disease

Speaker: Pierre. J. Magistretti

C.07.02 Adrenergic Regulation of Aerobic Glycolysis and Lipid Droplet Production

Speaker: Nina Vardjan

C.07.03 Fast Modulation of Astrocytic Glycolisis by K+  

Speaker: Ivan Ruminot

C.07.04 The Role of D-Glucose and L-Lactate in the Release of Astroglial Glutamate

Speaker: Vlad Parpura

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.08 Reactive Astrocytes and Therapeutic Potentials in CNS Injury

Chair: Shinghua Ding

Co-Chair: Selva Baltan

C.08.01 Bioenergetics and Metabolic Reprogramming of Reactive Astrocytes After Ischemic Stroke

Speaker: Shinghua Ding

C.08.02 Functional Characteristics of Aging Astrocytes in White Matter

Speaker: Selva Baltan 

C.08.03 Adenosine A1R/A3R Agonist AST-004 Reduces Lesion Growth Rate and Volume in a Transient MCAO in Non-H

Speaker:James D. Lechleiter

C.08.04 Delineating the Heterogeneity and Regulation of Reactive Astrocytes in Spinal Cord Injury

Speaker: Jiaqian Wu

15:30 – 17:00 EST  -  Session Room TBA

Colloquium C.09 Sterols in Neurologic Disorders

Chair: Zita Hubler

C.09.01 Interactions of Genetics, Pregnancy and Medications on Developing Brain

Speaker: Zeljka Korade

C.09.02 One Pathway, Two Products: Differential Effects of Cholesterol and 24,25-Epoxysterols on Oligodendrocyte Formation

Speaker: Zita Hubler 

C.09.03 Role of Bile Acid Metabolism in Neuroinflammation

Speaker: Pavan Bhargava

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