Program

First Annual Waggoner Center Advance - March 22, 2013


Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd.

8:30a
Registration
Briscoe Rotunda
Poster presenters set-up in the Connally Banquet Hall
9:00a
Breakfast
Continental breakfast buffet in the Connally Banquet Hall
9:15a
Director's Opening Remarks
R. Adron Harris, PhD
9:30a
Genomics/Neuroimmunology
Decoding Alcoholism: The Next Generation
Sean Farris, PhD, Mayfield Lab
9:50a
From Concept to Drugs: Neuroimmune Gene Expression, Alcohol Consumption, and Potential Intervention Targets
Yuri Blednov, PhD
10:10a
Chromatin Control of Gene Expression in Alcoholic Brain: Stories from "junk DNA"
Igor Ponomarev, PhD
10:30a
Epigenetic Modulation of a Pre-synaptic Gene Network Orchestrates the Development of Tolerance to alcohol in Drosophila
Alfredo Ghezzi, PhD, Atkinson Lab
10:50a
Morning Break
11:10a
Brain Addiction Circuit: Dopamine & Beyond
Synpatic Plasticity and Metaplasticity in VTA Dopamine Neurons: Drugs, Stress, and Junk Food
Hitoshi Morikawa, MD/PhD
11:30a
Accumbal Plasticity: An Engram for Ethanol Experience
Richard Morrisett, PhD
11:50a
TBA
Jon Dani, PhD
12:10p
Hypothalamic Modulation of Sex and Cocaine Response
Juan Dominguez, PhD
12:30p
Lunch & Poster Session
2:00p
Featured Speaker
Drinking Despite Aversive Consequences: Circuits and Receptors
Robert O. Messing, MD
2:30p
Diverse Genetics
What's Behind the Screen: Using Zebrafish to Identify and Characterize Ethanol-sensitive Genetic Loci
Johann Eberhart, PhD
2:50p
Candidate Gene Associations with Alcohol Use Phenotypes: A Developmental Perspective
Paige Harden, PhD
3:10p
Afternoon Break
3:30p
Medication Development
Sigma Receptors: Potential Therapeutic Targets For Substance Abuse
James Sahn, PhD, Texas Institute for Drug & Diagnostic Development
3:50p
Screening for Drugs that Reduce Symptoms of Chronic Ethanol Withdrawal
Angela Shen, Pierce-Shimomura Lab
4:10p
Identifying Novel BK Channel Modulators
Luisa Scott, PhD, Aldrich Lab
4:30p
Identification of Heptapeptide Modulators of the Glycine Receptor via Phage Display
Garrett Cornelison, Mihic Lab
5:00p
Adjourn