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Publish Date: 04/08/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Neuroscience Program Sponsors Eighth Annual "Neurofest"

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Office of Continuing Medical Education are sponsoring The Eighth Cincinnati Neurofest symposium April 12-13 at the Kingsgate Conference Center. The topic of this year's symposium is "Neurodevelopment and Brain Function." The symposium begins on April 12 at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast.

"The Neurofest Symposium allows us to spotlight an area of exciting new neuroscience research at UC and beyond," said Michael Lehman, PhD, professor of cell biology and director of the neuroscience program. "For this year's symposium, we have assembled a truly outstanding group of scientists from around the world whose current research will have a major impact on the treatment of many different types of nervous system diseases. Past symposia speakers have included Nobel Prize winners and other top researchers in basic and clinical brain research. Over the past few years, UC has developed a world-class neuroscience research program and this symposium helps us build on that reputation."

The purpose of the symposium is to highlight current advances in the understanding of signals and factors that control and guide nervous system development. This knowledge may provide new perspectives on treating human neurological and psychiatric disorders. The keynote speaker for this year's symposium is Zach Hall, PhD, former director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), now president and CEO of Envivo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The symposium will also include this year a Scripps lecturer, Anders Bjorklund, MD, PhD, who is a leader in the use of stem cells for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other disorders. Topics will include the latest research advances on stem cell neurobiology, axon guidance, cell migration, Drosophila models, neuron and glial-fate determination and neuronal plasticity. In addition, there will be poster presentations, "Meet the Professor" breakfasts and a social reception/dinner at the Newport Aquarium. This activity is designated for a maximum of 11.00 hours of Category 1 credit toward the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award. For more information or to register, call Deb Cummins at 513 558-1703.

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