The Friedman Brain Institute hosts a Neuroscience Retreat held in the spring of each year. Neuroscience is multidisciplinary by nature and, reflecting this, the scientists and physicians that contribute to the neurosciences at Mount Sinai hail from a variety of departments and campuses. The Retreat provides an opportunity for everyone in the Neuroscience community at Mount Sinai – faculty, fellows, students, researchers and clinicians – to meet and discuss their work in order to increase awareness of ongoing research and approaches, to foster new interactions, and to generate novel ideas.
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All Mount Sinai employees must bring their Mount Sinai ID which will double as both your vaccination card as well as your name tag. If, for some reason, your Mount Sinai ID does not have a Covid sticker on it, you must bring some other form of proof of vaccination.
Xiaosi Gu, PhD
Director of the Center for Computational Psychiatry, & Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
Postdoc and Student speakers
Roussos and Voloudakis Labs
Zoé Christenson Wick, PhD
Ana Catarina Ferreira, PhD
Insup Choi, PhD
Kevin Braunscheidel, PhD
JoColl Burgess, PhD
Azzurra Invernizzi, PhD
Leanne Holt, PhD
Sangjo Kang, PhD
Cai and Rajan Labs
Susana Isabel Ramos, PhD
Saraswathi Subramaniyan, PhD
J. Megan Fredericks
Web Content Specialist
Check-in at South Hall Lobby, Coffee in Assembly Hall
Brief intro Xiaosi Gu & Roland Friedel
Eric Nestler on Friedman Brain Institute
Paul Kenny on Nash Family Department of Neuroscience
George Huntley on Graduate Student Program
Vanna Zachariou on new T32 Addiction Program
Keynote Speaker 1: Hirofumi (Hiro) Morishita “Maturation of Frontal Circuits for Cognitive and Social Behavior”
Coffee Break in Assembly Hall
Duo 1: Silvia Rubeis & Zhuhao Wu: “Global mapping of altered neural circuits in a mouse model of DDX3X mutations”
Duo 2: Hongyan (Jenny) Zou & Dolores Hambardzumyan: “Mapping niche-specific immune contexture in GBM”
Kevin Braunscheidel:“Nicotine CCK-ing: evidence for brain-body interactions underlying drug addiction”
Insup Choi: “Roles of Microglial Autophagy in Alzheimer’s Disease”
Data Blitz 1
Audrey Warren: “Structural studies of psychedelic activity at the serotonin receptors 5-HT1A”
Sarah Montgomery: “Dopamine and naturalist behavior”
Leanne Holt: “Elucidation of the Astrocyte-Specific Transcriptome Following Exposure to Cocaine”
Saraswathi Subramaniyan: “Selective vulnerability of excitatory molecular signaling networks in Alzheimer’s disease”
Susana Isabel Ramos: “Mapping pre- and postnatal gliogenesis in the human neocortex using snATAC-seq”
Sango Kang: “A two-phase response of microglia to glioblastoma invasion governed by host age, immune status and Plexin-B2”
Boxed Lunch Start (in South Hall + Lobby)
Poster Session 1 (in South Hall + Lobby)
Zachary Pennington – Postdoc Association
Kelsey Lucerne – MINDS
Keynote Speaker 2: Erin Rich: “Neurons, populations, and tuning curves: Neural coding for flexible cognition in prefrontal cortex”
Duo 3: Laura Berner & Vincenzo Fiore: “Too sticky to stop: Impaired belief updating and devaluation in bulimia nervosa”
Duo 4: Ignacio Saez & Fedor (Ted) Panov: “Human intracranial research in epilepsy patients”
Megan Fredericks: “Neural circuit in learning”
JoColl Burgess: “Longitudinal caicum imaging in fear conditioning”
Data Blitz 2
Sanan Venkatesh: “Transcriptome Wide Association Study of Individually Imputed Genetically Regulated Gene Expression in the Million Veteran Program”
Kaustubh Kulkarni: “Computational mechanisms of craving and addictive decision-making”
Azzurra Invernizzi: “Shifts in local neuroplasticity in World Trade Center responders with post-traumatic stress disorder”
Yosif Zaki: “How does a fearful experience alter past memories?”
Zoé Christenson Wick: “Closed-loop control /seizure and cognition”
Ana Catarina Ferreira: “TIMP2 remodeling of the extracellular matrix regulates hippocampus-dependent cognitive function and plasticity”
Poster Session 2 / Reception (in South Hall + Lobby)
Alex Cagan is a scientific illustrator who specialises in live-sketching of scientific talks. Alex is also a geneticist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute where he studies the role of somatic mutations in aging and disease.
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Our awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the retreat. We are thrilled to honor the outstanding students, postdocs and faculty that make up the Friedman Brain Institute membership.
Philip Hausfeld Memorial Scholarship Award ($5,000)
Brain Award ($2,000): The Brain Award is given to a student with the best record of achievement in neuroscience.
Postdoc Award ($2,000): PI, self- and peer- nominations are submitted to the Retreat Committee, a select committee from the Friedman Brain Institute leadership chooses the awardee.
Exemplary Citizenship Award – $1000
Neuroscience Mentorship Distinction Award (NMDA) ($500): The Neuroscience Mentorship Distinction Award (NMDA) is presented to a Neuroscience MTA faculty member that exemplifies exceptional mentorship, dedication to trainee well-being, and career development and commitment to the educational mission of Mount Sinai and the community.
DiverseBrains Award ($250) – The DiverseBrains Award is presented to a student, postdoc, faculty, or staff who has worked above and beyond to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and good climate within the Friedman Brain Institute.
Postdoc presentation – The top two abstracts submitted by a postdoc and is selected to present a 10 min talk.
2 Postdocs – $250 each
Student presentation – The top two abstracts submitted by a student and is selected to present a 10 min talk.
2 students – $250 each
Best Data Blitz: The top twelve abstracts submitted by a student and postdoc are selected to present a Data Blitz.
Postdoc – First place ($200)
Student – First place ($200)
10 Runners-up ($50 each)
- FIRST PLACE – $200
- SECOND PLACE – $100
- THIRD PLACE – $50
Most “Liked” Social Media Image: Every image that is submitted is uploaded to all of the Friedman Brain Institute’s social media platforms – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram * The image that receives the most combined “likes” will win! *
- FIRST PLACE – $200
- SECOND PLACE – $100
- THIRD PLACE – $50
Cover of Biological Psychiatry Journal – The Biological Psychiatry team, led by Dr. John H. Krystal, Editor for Biological Psychiatry, will choose their favorite image to be highlighted on the cover of Biological Psychiatry.