The goal of this virtual conference is to educate trainees and inform new entrants into the field about the opportunities and challenges of epigenetics research in neurobiology. We aim both to introduce major concepts in this field and to discuss exciting new research findings. We will highlight specific, integrative stories that show how the application of methods and concepts from the field of epigenetics can advance understanding of neurobiological questions. The program will comprise four one-hour sessions that move from the foundations to the future of the field.
Watch short videos from neuroscientists in the field as they describe important epigenetics methods they use in their lab. The videos are available on Neuronline so you can watch them throughout the live day or after the conference. Lightning Talks are provided by Christie Fowler, Ki-Jun Yoon, Tony Southall, and Zhuzhu Zhang.
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Epigenetics in Neurobiology is intended to be applicable to individuals at all career stages. This conference will not only discuss exciting new research but also introduce major concepts in the field of epigenetics.
- Hear from leaders in the field and gain new insight on epigenetics in CNS plasticity and technological approaches linking genes, the environment, and behavior.
- Lightning Talk presentations will include short videos accessible to attendees. These videos feature neuroscientists in the field providing a research summary. The videos will be available on Neuronline so you can watch them throughout the live day or after the conference.
- Lightning Talks will be provided by Christie Fowler, Ki-Jun Yoon, Tony Southall, and Zhuzhu Zhang.
- Ask questions and get answers from experts — each session will be accompanied by a Live Q&A opportunity.
- Network with other attendees from around the world in the interactive networking lounge.
- Avoid travel costs and learn about new research findings that show how the application of methods and concepts can advance understanding of neurobiological questions.
- Host watch parties with students and colleagues — only one registration is required. Please find information about watching in a group and using second screen participation links for individuals who are not registered here.
- Enjoy six months of on-demand access. Can’t make it for the live day or want to watch the talks again? All sessions are immediately available on demand.
Click on each session title to reveal its description or download a one page version of the agenda here.
Speakers: Anne West and Frances Champagne
Time: 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Epigenetic regulation of gene transcription is mediated by biochemical changes to genomic DNA and its associated histone proteins, which are collectively called chromatin. The discovery that chromatin can be dynamically modified in postmitotic neurons by sensory stimuli opened the possibility that epigenome regulation could underlie persistent aspects of environmentally induced neuronal adaptations.
Speakers: Hyejung Won and Ian Maze
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 EDT
Emerging evidence of critical roles for chromatin dysregulation in neuropsychiatric disorders, including dysregulation caused by genetic mutations at GWAS-identified risk loci, has added to our understanding of how transcriptional programs in the brain may be disrupted to precipitate maladaptive behaviors. In this session, Hyejung Won and Ian Maze will present on recent advances in the field of molecular psychiatry that are helping to unveil novel neuroepigenetic mechanisms contributing to psychiatric disease.
Speakers: Yue Yang and Johannes Gräff
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Epigenetic mechanisms can be influenced by changes both in the environment and in the genome. This session aims to shed light onto these upstream modulatory aspects of epigenetic changes: first, by illuminating activity-dependent remodeling of the epigenome and genome architecture in the cerebellum, and second, through discussion of genetic-epigenetic interactions, using as an example methylation quantitative trait loci (mQTLs) in Alzheimer’s disease.
Speakers: Seena Ajit and Charles Gersbach
Time: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. EDT
This session will cover technological advances that offer opportunities for pushing the frontiers of neurobiology research using molecular tools for epigenome regulation. Seena Ajit will present on how small noncoding RNA and protein cargo transported by small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) are being investigated as noninvasive biomarkers for various neurological disorders. She also will discuss the therapeutic utility of sEVs from macrophages in attenuating pain. Charlie Gersbach will conclude the conference by discussing advances in Cas9/CRISPR technology and how his lab is using this molecular genetic toolkit to promote neuronal reprogramming.
- Presentations and Q&A Sessions: Watch presentations and ask speakers your questions live during the virtual conference. View the agenda for a full list of speakers and sessions.
- Networking Lounge: Meet colleagues and conference faculty in the virtual lounge.
- Resources: Download additional information and resources chosen by speakers.
- On-Demand Access: All sessions are available on demand for six months following the conference.
- Lightning Talks: Watch short videos on research related to the conference topic. Access these videos through Neuronline.
Review SfN’s Code of Conduct, rules for virtual events in the Digital Learning Community Guidelines, and communications policies regarding dissemination of unpublished scientific data, listed below. SfN asks that conference attendees respect the sensitivity of information and data being presented that are not yet available to the public by following these guidelines:
- Do not capture or publicly share details of any unpublished data presented.
- If you are unsure whether data is unpublished, check with the presenter.
- Respect presenters' wishes if they indicate that the information presented is not to be shared.
When will the conference open? The conference will open for registrants on Wednesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. Sessions will run live from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.
How long is the conference available on demand? After the live day, this conference will be available on demand for six months.
How do I access the conference on the live day and on demand? To enter the conference either live or on demand, use the login button found in your registration confirmation email and enter your email address in lowercase letters. Your login information should not be shared and can only be entered by one person at a time. You may access the conference as many times as you would like.
How can I broadcast the event to a group and allow group viewers to participate in the sessions? A virtual conference access link can be used to broadcast the event on one device at a time. Please find information about watching in a group and using second screen participation links for individuals who are not registered here.
How do I find my receipt for the virtual conference? Receipt information is included in your registration confirmation email.