Synapse-SENC Announcement 2013

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Complete Meeting Program with Location Map for sites of Registration & Poster and Keynotes, Oral Sessions, Workshops Click here.

Google Map for sites of Inn at USC, site of Registration & Poster and site of Keynotes, Oral Sessions, Workshops, Lunch pickup Click here.

SENC-SYNAPSE Poster Dimensions Click here.

Register for SYNAPSE or SENC


Register by February 1 and save $10 on registration!!

Registration Fees:




Postdoc / Research Faculty


Undergraduate or Graduate student

Onsite registration will be $50 for students and $70 for all other participants.
You can mail in payment or pay online through a secure site. 

Information Submitting Abstracts & Applying for Travel Awards


Undergraduates submit SYNAPSE abstracts and apply for travel awards at:

Direct link for SYNAPSE abstract submission is:

SENC participants:

Abstract Submission Form

  • SENC Abstracts due March 1, 2013

SENC 2013 travel awards: 

  • SENC provides a forum for junior neuroscientists to present their work to colleagues throughout the southeast. To help provide support of these individuals, several modest travel awards will be presented to help defray meeting registration costs for students and junior faculty selected for giving oral presentations. 
  • Applications for SENC travel awards due February 22, 2013

Application Process:

  • Applicants should register for the meeting, since announcements of presentations will be made once abstracts are received. Register here
  • For Application email the following to:
    • Use ‘SENC travel application’ as subject line of the email
    • Travel Application Form
    • Copy of abstract
    • Brief CV
    • If applicable, a brief letter of support from your advisor


Saturday March 23, 2013: SYNAPSE & SENC at the University of South Carolina
Location: Capstone Convention Center & Close/Hipp meeting rooms, USC

8-8:15 am                    Breakfast & Poster Set-up
8:30-9:45 am               Welcome & Keynote Address: Joe Z. Tsien, Georgia Health Sciences University
10-10:45 am                Student/Young InvestigatorPresentations
10:45-12:00 (noon)     Poster Session I 
Noon- 2:00 pm            Lunch & Workshops
2:00-3:00 pm               Poster Session II 
3:15-3:45 pm               Student Platform Presentations
4:00-5:00 pm   Keynote Address: Robert Gerlai, University of Toronto Topic - “Zebrafish and alcohol: The first steps towards a translational model”

Sunday March 24, 2013: SENC continues at the University of South Carolina
Location: Close/Hipp Building, USC

8-8:30 am                    Breakfast
8:30-9:30 am               Young Investigator Presentations  
9:45-11:00 am             Data Blitz Sessions:  Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuronal Plasticity, Cognitive Neuroscience, Molecular Neuroscience

Full Prgram

Hotel Information

Blocks of Rooms are being held at two Columbia Hotels until February 22, 2013

SYNAPSE/SENC Reservations at the Inn at USC
YNAPSE/SENC Reservations at the Inn at USC
Group Code: NEURO
$115.00 + tax for Double or King Room includes breakfast buffet

Clarion Hotel Downtown:
803-771-8711 $110.00 + tax for Tower Rooms (2 Queen Beds)
$85.00 plus tax for Courtyard Rooms (2 Double Beds)
Group Room Rate includes buffet breakfast for 1 person in hotel restaurant

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joe T. TsienDr. Joe Z. Tsien,
Co-Director Brain & Behavior Discovery Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University


Research Interests

We are interested in understanding how the brain forms memory, emotion, and behaviors. We apply various genetic techniques and large-scale recording methods to analyze the molecular and neural network mechanisms underlying learning, emotion, and addictive behavior. We are also interested in applying the neural principles to explore new ways of doing intelligent computing.

More Information Here

Dr. Robert GerlaiDr. Robert Gerlai
Associate Chair, Department of Psychology
University of Toronto

Topic: “Zebrafish and alcohol: The first steps towards a translational model”

Research Interests

  • Understanding how genes influence brain function and behavior using zebra fish as a model system.

The ultimate goal of behaviour genetics is to understand how genes influence brain function and behaviour. This exciting but rather complex problem is broken down to manageable scientific questions in Prof. Gerlai's laboratory. Using zebra fish as a model system, the laboratory will be screening for behaviourally interesting mutants generated by chemical mutagenesis, an approach called forward genetics.

More Information Here