Celebrating 40 years of neuroscience

Nipissing University is celebrating 40 years of neuroscience this Thursday to Saturday at a conference featuring faculty and alumni.

The conference starts Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. on campus in the Vittori Fedeli Business Centre, room F210. The conference will feature 25 individual presentations, with 15 of those by Nipissing University graduates and eight by current faculty members.

Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Grande Event Centre on Main Street, there will be five short five-minute presentations exploring how current research may change the world in the next 25 years:

• Dr. Jeff Kleim: Engineering New Brains

• Dr. Phil Nickerson: The future of stem cell therapy in the eye

• Dr. Andrew Weeks: Nice to meet you, can I see your connectome?

• Dr. Michael Jones: Why industry cares about modeling your brain and how it works

• Dr. Justin Carré: Sex hormones and behaviour: the future

These presentations are part of the NU2042 at Nipissing University this year.

Dr. Matti Saari is the organizer of the conference and founded the first neuroscience laboratory at Nipissing University in 1977. He will be giving a presentation on the history of neuroscience at the university Thursday afternoon.

“When I first started doing research here, it was tough. It’s a very labour intensive process and graduate students typically assist to a large extent,” Dr. Saari said, in a release Wednesday. “I didn’t have graduate students so I recruited undergraduate students who showed interest, and that model has been very successful, as evidenced by the amazing graduates we have returning this weekend. I’m very proud and humbled to have had a hand in building this wonderful program.”

Dr. Jeff Kleim, who graduated from Nipissing University in 1992, was a former student of Dr. Saari’s and worked in his lab as a student. Dr. Kleim is currently an associate professor at Arizona State University and will be giving the…

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