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The Ninth Annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium

Date & Time

Thursday, November 30, 2023, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.




Douglass Student Center 100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


On-site registration will be available on the day of the symposium (Nov 30, 2023)- $60 Faculty and $25 trainee/staff (cash only).

Infographic for ninth annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium on Nov. 30, 2023

The Ninth Annual BHI Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at the Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ. It will feature talks by Rutgers faculty presenting their cutting-edge research. The afternoon session includes student/post-doc poster presentations with cash awards to the top three best posters.

Early registration and poster abstract submission is now closed for the Ninth Annual BHI Symposium. On-site registration will be available on the day of the symposium (Nov 30, 2023)- $60 Faculty and $25 trainee/staff (cash only).

The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Michael N Shadlen. He is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute and Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical School. He is a member of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (ZI) and the Kavli Institute of Brain Science. Dr. Shadlen obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University, his PhD at UC Berkeley with Ralph Freeman. He trained in clinical neurology at Stanford University, where he joined William T. Newsome’s lab, as a postdoctoral fellow. He then joined the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Washington, where he remained until 2012. His research focuses primarily on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision making. He is also a jazz guitarist and co-curates the Jazz Artist in Residence program at ZI. Honors include the Alden Spencer Prize, Golden Brain, Lashley Award, and elections to the AAAS, National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

The symposium begins at 8 AM with breakfast, lunch at 12.30 PM, reception and award ceremony at 4.30 PM.



8:30 AM 

Welcome remarks and BHI updates

Dr. Gary Aston-Jones, PhD, Director of the Brain Health Institute

9:00 AM

Short Talks by New BHI Faculty

Drs. Avram Holmes, Nima Toosizadeh, Ying Xu, Soha Saleh, Noelle Stiles, Tejbeer Kaur, Linden Parkes, and Andrew Westbrook

11:15 AM

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Michael N. Shadlen, MD, PhD, Columbia University: Neural signals underlying choice and response time on a single decision

12:30 PM



2:00 PM

A new Clinical Research Center in Alzheimer Disease

Dr. Michal Beeri, Director of  the Herbert and Jacqueline Krieger Klein Alzheimer’s Research Center in BHI

2:30 PM Clinical Trial Resources at Rutgers Rey Panettieri, MD, Director of  Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science and Nancy Reilly, RN, MS. Executive Director of the RBHS Clinical Trials Office

3:45 PM

Student/Post-doc Poster Session


4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony

Best Poster Awards (First Prize: $200; Second Prize: $150; Third Prize: $100)