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UVM Holds Neuroscience Research Forum

Release Date: 01-29-2010

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
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The University of Vermont Neuroscience Graduate Program, with support from the Vermont Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), kicked off its 5th Annual Neuroscience Research Forum on January 29 with a keynote lecture by Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D. at UVM's Davis Center. Titled "Brain Cancer: Current Paradigms," the lecture was supported by the SfN's Grass Traveling Scientist Lecture Program.

An associate professor of neurosurgery, oncology, neuroscience, and cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Quinones-Hinojosa specializes in the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery. In his research laboratory, he works to elucidate the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function. Quinones-Hinojosa — or "Dr. Q" as he is often called — has been recognized for his rise to success, which began with an illegal trip across the Mexican border and life as a California migrant worker and eventually led to community college, earning a degree from University of California at Berkeley, achieving citizenship and graduating from Harvard Medical School.

The Forum, which was organized by Rae Nishi, Ph.D., president of the Vermont SfN and UVM professor of anatomy and neurobiology and director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, continued on January 30 with a poster session and several presentations, including: "Non-classical p38 MAP kinase Functions: a Role in Neuronal Survival?" by Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D., UVM professor of medicine; "Forward Genetics Reveals Novel Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration" by Susan Ackerman, Ph.D., senior investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at the Jackson Laboratory; "Teaching Teachers To Teach: Provocations From The Neuroscience of Learning" by Charles Rathbone, Ph.D., UVM associate professor emeritus of education; and a panel discussion on "Public Advocacy and Communication in Science." For more information, visit Vermont Chapter of Society for Neuroscience.