GSBS Faculty and Students Participate in Maine Neuroscience Conference

The newly-formed Maine chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) held its first annual meeting at Bates College on April 23, 2011. Over 75 neuroscience faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates from around the state of Maine participated in the daylong event. Dr. Guoping Feng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered the external keynote address on his work on the neurobiology of compulsive behavior, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autism.  Dr. Marie Hayes, University of Maine and Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, presented the internal keynote lecture on her work on early neurobehavioral and brain development in normal and high-risk infants.  In addition, the program comprised 11 submitted short talks and about 40 posters.  The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was well represented at the meeting, which included research presentations from GSBS-affiliated laboratories at UMaine, the Jackson Laboratory, the University of New England, and the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.  The day ended with a business meeting that more formally established the chapter and started planning future meetings and K-12 outreach programs associated with SfN’s Brain Awareness week. For additional information on the Maine SFN chapter please contact Drs. Alan Rosenwasser <> or Edward Bilsky <>.