First Annual UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a large and growing community of researchers and engineers who directly address issues relating to the nervous system and whose work is inspired or affected by brain research. This Conference is meant to showcase the breadth of research on the UMass campus and in Western Massachusetts highlighting neuroscience research interests, spanning biology, cognition, computation, engineering, medicine, and public health.

When: Wednesday May 2, 2018; 12:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: UMass Amherst Campus. Registration and Symposium at Integrated Science Building: See more...

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Advanced Registration is now closed. There will be on site registration to attend. Registration is free. There will be a catered reception at the poster session. Poster awards will be offered by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Keynote Speaker

Wolfram Schultz

University of Cambridge

Winner of the 2017 Brain Prize

"How my brain is getting me the best reward"

Alumni Speaker

Graeme Davis

University of California, San Francisco

"The Stable Brain: Homeostatic control of neural function in health and disease"

UMass Faculty Presentations

Jacquie Kurland

Department of Communication Disorders

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

"Methods of Examining Treatment-Induced Neuroplasticity in Post-Stroke Aphasia"


Abigail Jensen

Department of Biology

College of Natural Sciences

"Identifying mechanisms regulating the renewal of photoreceptor outer segments"


Joe Pater

Department of Linguistics

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

“How is language learned in the lab? Insights from ERPs”


Jianhua (Joshua) Yang

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

“Bio-inspired Computing”


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