Symposia

Conte Center@UCI 8th Annual Symposium

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry Chief Scientific Officer @Harvard University
Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, is chief scientific officer and James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is also a professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and past-president of the Society for Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Ressler was previously an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Ressler’s lab focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders. He has published over 350 manuscripts ranging from basic molecular mechanisms of fear processing to understanding how emotion is encoded in a region of the brain called the amygdala, in both animal models and human patients.

 

Agenda

9:00 a.m. - Keynote: Kerry Ressler
10:15 a.m. - Break                                
10:30 a.m. - Virtual Poster Tour  
11:30 a.m. - Break                                
12:00 p.m. - Data Blitz Session

Virtual Poster Tour

There will be three concurrent poster sessions. Attendees will be randomly assigned to a session with the ability to jump between sessions.

***$100 Gift Card awarded to the three "Best Posters***

 

Poster Session A: Exploring the Spectrum of Mental Health in Human Participants

Natasha Bailey Chapman University Consistency of Maternal Mood from Pregnancy through Childhood Predicts Healthy Adolescent Development
Dewleen Baker Psychiatry, University of California San Diego Prospective Examination of Pre-Trauma Anhedonia as a Risk Factor for Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms
Marie Gillespie Psychiatry & Human Behavior, School of Medicine, UCI Impact of Depression on Executive Functioning in Adolescents: The Moderating Role of Unpredictable Parenting
Ella-Marie Hennessey Psychology, University of Denver Loneliness Increases Risk for Depression in Pregnant and Postpartum Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Kendra Leak Psychology, Chapman University Anhedonia in Infancy Predicts Adolescent Depressive Symptoms
Melissa Nevarez-Brewster Psychology, University of Denver Maternal Adverse and Protective Childhood Experiences Predict Infant Sleep Outcomes
Samantha Scott Psychology, University of Denver
Benefit Finding Moderates Associations Between COVID Stress and Mental Health Symptoms in Adolescents and Young Adults
Mareyna Simon Psychology, Chapman University Development of the QUIC-5: A Valid Measure of Exposure to Childhood Unpredictability
Sierra Soto Psychological Science, School of Social Ecology, UCI Acute Psychosocial Stress and Reward Learning During Adolescence: The Moderating Role of Gender
Karla Vinces Psychological Science, School of Social Ecology The Role of Sleep and Aging on an Emotional Directed-Forgetting Memory Task

Poster Session B: Imaging and Systems Approach Across Species

Joren Adams Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UCI
Enduring Maternal Grief Impacts Cognitive Functioning as Evidenced by Performance Differences on Neuropsychological Testing Measures
Hina Arora Statistics, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, UCI Assessing Early Life Unpredictability Through Entropy Across Species
Vinicius Duarte Developmental & Cellular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, UCI In vivo Temporal Calcium Dynamics Following Neuronal Dendrite Injury
Steve Granger Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UCI
Latent Anxiety in Clinical Depression is Related to Impaired Target Recognition of Negative Items in an Emotional Pattern Separation Task
Carey Y. L. Huh Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UCI Retinoid Therapy Restores the Brain's Binocular Circuitry in Adult Mice with Retinal Degeneration
Noriko Kamei Anatomy & Neurobiology/ Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCI
Can Changes in Methylome Profile Inform us About the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Neurodevelopment?
Nellie Nelson Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine, UCI Early-Life Exercise as an Intervention to Preserve Cognition After Early-Life Adversity: Revealing Epigenetic Signatures
Yihan Wang Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine, UCI Clustering Analysis of Functional Neural Circuit Connectivity Across Repeated Drug Exposure and Withdrawal
Kara Wendel Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine, UCI Early Life Adversity Sculpts Reward Circuits and Contributes to Anhedonia in Adulthood

Poster Session C: Mechanistic Studies

Matt Birnie Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCI A CRH-Specific Projection from the Basolateral Amygdala to Nucleus Accumbens Depresses Reward-Seeking Behaviors
Lulu Chen Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine, UCI Early Life Adversity Enhances Habit Formation
Yuncai Chen Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCI A Novel CRH-Expressing Projection from Basolateral Amygdala (BLA) to the Nucleus Accumbens (NAc)
Elizabeth Hubbard Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine, UCI Impact of Early Life Adversity on Nicotine-Dependent Behavior and Circuit Activity
Stephanie Min Law Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCI Microglia Control Hypothalamic Excitatory Synapse Number and Their Function is Inhibited by Early-Life Adversity
Sophia Levis Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine, UCI
Sex-Dependent Consequences of Early Life Adversity on Reward Circuit Development and Opioid Addiction Vulnerability
Anthony Raus Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine, UCI Stable Epigenetic Signatures of Early-Life Exercise and Memory Function May Persist Into Adulthood
Annabel Short Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCI
Single-Cell Transcriptomics of Hypothalamic CRH-expressing Neurons Informs Mechanisms by which Early-Life Adversity Sculpts Stress Responses

Data Blitz

Sabrina Liu Psychology, Chapman University
The Acute and Persisting Impact of COVID-19 on Trajectories of Adolescent Depression: Sex Differences and Social Connectedness
Cassandra Kooiker Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine, UCI The Paraventricular Thalamus: A Sensor and Integrator of Emotionally Salient Early-Life Experiences
Sarah Kark Neurobiology & Behavior, School of Biological Sciences, UCI
The Paraventricular Thalamic Nucleus: Insights from Resting-State fMRI and Applications to Enduring Maternal Grief Following Adult Child Loss
Nora Harhen Cognitive Sciences, School of Social Sciences, UCI Formalizing the Relationship Between Early Life Adversity and Addiction Vulnerability: The Role of Memory Sampling
Rachael Hokenson Anatomy & Neurobiology, School of Medicine, UCI
Blocking Estrogen Protects Female and Male Mice from the Memory-Impairing Effects of Multiple Acute Concurrent Stresses
Meghan Vinograd Psychiatry/ Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health,UC San Diego Associations Between Unpredictable, Fragmented Early Life Experiences and Anhedonia in the Marine Resiliency Study
Autumn Ivy Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UCI Genomic and Epigenetic Signatures of Early-Life Experiences Using the Novel Emx-NuTRAP Mouse
Gage Peterson and Crystal Brown Psychology, Chapman University A Predictable Home Environment May Protect Child Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic