Precision Neuroscience Conference

May 20 – 22, 2020 in Roanoke, VA

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Advancing neuroscience-based precision medicine

Hosted every two years, the Precision Neuroscience Conference builds on a collaboration between Nordic and Virginia universities to advance neuroscience-based precision medicine, including diagnosis and treatment.

2020 Schedule
2018 Conference (Oslo)

Who should attend?

  • Master’s and Ph.D. Students and Trainees

  • Physicians specializing in brain disorders

  • Faculty interested in precision neuroscience research

Quick facts

  • Lodging and conference sessions will take place at the Hotel Roanoke in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Hotel Roanoke reservation pricing: $159 per night (single occupancy); $179 per night (double occupancy); $20 each additional person, per day

Keynote Speakers Include:

Keynote Speaker headshot Dr. Jan Hoeijmakers

Jan H.J. Hoeijmakers, Ph.D.

  • International Faculty, University of Cologne
  • Professor of Molecular Genetics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Carol Mason, Ph.D.

Carol A. Mason, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Neuroscience, Pathology and Cell Biology, and Ophthalmology, Columbia University
  • Principal Investigator, Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute
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Conference Program

The conference will feature roughly 25 – 30 presentations from leading international researchers. We are still finalizing the program, but here is the anticipated schedule and list of confirmed speakers.

8:00 AM: Welcome and Remarks

8:30 – 10:30 AM: Sessions

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Sessions

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 PM: Sessions

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Keynote Address

8:30 – 10:30 AM: Sessions

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Sessions

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 PM: Sessions

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Keynote Address

8:30 – 10:30 AM: Sessions

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Sessions

12:30 PM: Conference Concludes (Boxed Lunch Provided)

Confirmed speakers

  • Linda Hildegard Bergersen, Ph.D., University of Oslo | View Profile

  • Tomas Bjorklund, Ph.D., Lund University | View Profile

  • Clive Bramham, M.D., Ph.D., University of Bergen | View Profile

  • David Cifu, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University Health| View Profile“Repetitive Concussions from Blast and Combat-Exposure: Update from the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium 2013-2020”

  • Ditte Demontis, Ph.D., Aarhus University| View Profile“Large-Scale Genetic Studies Reveal Risk Loci and Elucidate the Polygenic Architecture of ADHD.”

  • Ukpong Eyo, Ph.D., University of Virginia Health System| View Profile | “Targeting Microglia in Seizure Disorders”

  • Shannon Farris, Ph.D., Fralin Biomedical Research Institute – Virginia Tech | View Profile

  • Steve Finkbeiner, M.D., Ph.D., University of California San Francisco | View Profile

  • Asta Kristina Haberg, M.D., Ph.D., Norweigan University of Science and Technology | View Profile | “Possibilities for precision aging”

  • Philip Haydon, Ph.D., Tufts University | View Profile

  • Eva Hedlund, Ph.D., Karolinska Institute | View Profile | “Unraveling fundamental aspects of motor neuron biology in health and ALS using axon-sequencing and single cell RNA sequencing”

  • Jan H.J. Hoeijmakers, Ph.D., University of Cologne, Erasmus University Rotterdam | View Profile | “Understanding the contribution of aging to neurodegeneration and the effect of nutritional interventions”

  • Kenneth Hugdahl, M.D., University of Bergen | View Profile

  • Carol A. Mason, Ph.D., Columbia University | View Profile

  • Read Montague, Ph.D., Fralin Biomedical Research Institute – Virginia Tech | View Profile

  • Gretchen N. Neigh, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University | View Profile | “Adolescent stress causes long-term sex-specific changes in neural metabolism and behavior”

  • Hilde Loge Nilsen, Ph.D., University of Oslo | View Profile | “Base excision repair as a risk modulator of Parkinson’s disease”

  • Anders Nykjaer, M.D., Ph.D., Aarhus University | View Profile

  • Jukka-Pekka Onnela, D.Sc., Harvard University | View Profile | “Smartphone-based digital phenotyping in precision neuroscience”

  • Michelle Olsen, Ph.D., Virginia Tech | View Profile | “Astrocyte Dysfunction Contributes to Disordered Breathing in Rett Syndrome”

  • Jennie Ponsford, Ph.D., Monash University | View Profile

  • Sharon Ramey, Ph.D., Fralin Biomedical Research Institute – Virginia Tech | View Profile

  • Stefanie Robel, Ph.D., Fralin Biomedical Research Institute – Virginia Tech | View Profile | “Targeting astrocytes after mild traumatic brain injury/concussion”

  • Aashit K. Shah, M.D., Carilion Clinic | View Profile

  • Sharon Swanger, Ph.D., Fralin Biomedical Research Institute – Virginia Tech | View Profile | “Functional diversity of the NMDA receptors in the thalamus”

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Accommodations

Hosted by Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the 2020 Precision Neuroscience Conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. 

Conference Venue

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is a Tudor-style hotel that offers world-class lodging, a spa, and the region’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, The Regency Room. Built in downtown Roanoke in 1882, the hotel is steps away from the museums, public art, craft breweries, shops, and restaurants that make downtown Roanoke such a popular destination. 

  • Free shuttle service to and from the airport

  • Spa, pool, fitness rooms, and business center

  • Hotel Roanoke reservation pricing: $159 per night (single occupancy); $179 per night (double occupancy); $20 each additional person, per day

  • Reserve your hotel room online or by calling 540-985-5900 or 1-866-594-4722 and request the “Precision Neuroscience Conference” room block rate

Traveling to Roanoke

Air service is provided to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) through a variety of international carriers, including Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, and U.S. Airways. Direct flights are offered from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, NYC, Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Washington, and Orlando.

  • Daily service provided to and from D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston via Amtrak

  • Take the Blue Ridge Parkway for a scenic drive to Roanoke through the famous Blue Ridge Mountains (Pictured Right)

  • Interstate 81 connects Roanoke to the northeast corridor. U.S. 220 is a main route coming from North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook

About Roanoke

Roanoke is a vibrant mountain city with 100,000 residents located in Southwest Virginia. Recently ranked one of the top mountain bike destinations in the world, Roanoke is an outdoor-lovers paradise offering hundreds of miles of hiking and cycling trails. 

City of Roanoke, Virginia

Register for Precision Neuroscience

Conference Fees

  • Regular registration fee is $275 USD
  • Graduate students may attend for a discounted rate of $75 USD ($100 including up to two dinners)
  • Register for the conference online

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Reserve your room at the Hotel Roanoke

  • Single occupancy rooms are $159 per night
  • Double occupancy rooms are $179 per night
  • Hotel Roanoke charges $20 per each additional person,  per day

Reserve your hotel room online or by calling 540-985-5900 or 1-866-594-4722 (toll free) and request the “Precision Neuroscience Conference” room block rate.

Reserve Hotel Room Online

Submit a poster abstract

Please submit your poster title, author(s), abstract, and contact information using this online submission form. Poster abstracts are due by February 3, 2020.

Submit Poster Abstract

Organizing Committee Members

Linda Hildegard Bergersen, Ph.D. University of Oslo, University of Copenhagen
Clive Bramham, Ph.D. University of Bergen
Pearl Chiu, Ph.D. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Michael Fox, Ph.D. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Tor Haugstad, M.D., Ph.D. Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
Hal Irvin, Ph.D. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Jon Storm-Mathisen, M.D., Ph.D. University of Oslo
Anders Nykjaer, M.D., Ph.D. Aarhus University

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