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About The Conference

The 29th Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference is the most important annual event of Neuroscience in Puerto Rico. An event that supports the Neuroscience research and training in Puerto Rico and beyond. This event is a one-day meeting that will be held in person and virtually on Saturday, December 4, 2021. The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus will host the event in collaborations with the UPR-Medical Sciences Campus, Institute of Neurobiology, Universidad Central del Caribe, Ponce Health Sciences University and Pontifical Catholic University Puerto Rico . 

This conference consists of four plenary talks by leading neuroscience researchers. In addition, the event will host the Women in Neuroscience panel with three promising Puerto Rican neuroscientists. Also, the event includes poster/oral presentations from: undergraduate, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty interested in a broad spectrum of topics within the neurosciences. The PRNeuro 2021 is expected to be an excellent way for students and faculty to interact, learn and discover the outstanding neuroscience research conducted in Puerto Rico and in the mainland.

Modality in Person

In this event you will have the opportunity to participate in person.

Modality Online

If you prefer to stay at home, you can participate in the event online

COVID-19 Protocol

Face masks are required. Vaccination Card or VACU-ID will be requested at the entrance.

Registration & Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 20, 2021

Meet the Speakers

Adrian R. Krainer, Ph.D.

St. Giles Foundation Professor Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory,

Deputy Director of Research, CSHL Cancer Center

Hosts: Emmanuel A. Cruz, Ph.D. & Zaira Mateo, Ph.D. 

Ponce Health Sciences University & Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Janet Neisewander, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Life Sciences

Arizona State University 

Host: Carmen S. Maldonado-Vlaar, Ph.D.

University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Salim Merali, Ph.D.

Molecular Center for Drug Discovery

Research Temple University School of Pharmacy

Host: David Rivera, Ph.D.

Universidad Central del Caribe

María Montiel, Ph.D. 

Senior Scientist

Beam Therapeutics, Cambridge MA

Hosts: Mark Miller, Ph.D. & Annabell Segarra, Ph.D.

Institute of Neurobiology & University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

Panel: Women in Neuroscience

Nancy Padilla-Coreano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neuroscience Department

University of Florida

Edmarie Guzmán-Vélez, Ph.D.

Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP)

Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab

Claudia Lugo-Candelas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

The Conference Schedule

7:15 AM

Registration and Poster Set-up

8:15 AM

Opening Remarks (In person & virtually)

Carmen S. Maldonado-Vlaar, Ph.D.

President, Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference

Néstor M. Carballeira, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Natural Sciences
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

8:30 AM

First Lecture (In person & virtually)

Title: mRNA-Targeted Therapies for Neurological Disorders

Adrian R. Krainer, Ph.D.

St. Giles Foundation Professor Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory,
Deputy Director of Research, CSHL Cancer Center

Hosts: Emmanuel A. Cruz, Ph.D. & Zaira Mateo, Ph.D.

Ponce Health Sciences University & Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

9:30 AM

Concurrent Activities (In person only)

Poster Session I

Mental Health Fair & Outreach Exposition

Morning Break

11:00 AM

Second Lecture (In person & virtually)

Title: Social and environmental impacts on the neural mechanisms of substance use disorders

Janet Neisewander, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Life Sciences

Arizona State University

Host: Carmen S. Maldonado-Vlaar, Ph.D.

University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Third Lecture (In person & virtually)

Title: Advancements on RNA editing therapeutics

María Montiel, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Beam Therapeutics, Cambridge MA

Hosts: Mark Miller, Ph.D. & Annabell Segarra, Ph.D. 

Institute of Neurobiology & University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

2:00 PM

Concurrent Activities (In person only)

Poster Session II

Mental Health Fair & Outreach Exposition

3:30 PM

Panel: Women in Neuroscience (In person & virtually)

Nancy Padilla-Coreano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neuroscience Department

University of Florida

 

Edmarie Guzmán-Vélez, Ph.D.

Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital | Harvard Medical School

Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP)

Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab

 

Claudia Lugo-Candelas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

4:45 PM

Break

5:00 PM

Final Lecture (In person & virtually)

Title: Novel therapeutic approach for activating antioxidant response in Alzheimer’s disease

Salim Merali, Ph.D.
Molecular Center for Drug Discovery
Research Temple University School of Pharmacy
Host: David Rivera, Ph.D.
Universidad Central del Caribe

6:00 PM

Closing Remarks (In person & virtually)

Carmen S. Maldonado-Vlaar, Ph.D.

President, Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference

Sponsors