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Breakthrough Blitz

A biweekly summary of three recently published breakthroughs in neuroscience. The eight-minute presentations are delivered by a scientist, a clinician, and a trainee followed by a five-minute question/answer session. The Blitzes are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in conference room 301 of the Erma Byrd Biomedical Building at 4:45 PM (hors d'oeuvres at 4:30 PM).

2015 Blitz Lectures:

April 2015

Event Location: 301 BMRC

The Breakthrough Blitz is back, with a new emphasis on student presenters. Join us for another round of exciting topics. As usual, presenters will be kept a secret until the Blitz starts, so don't miss the big reveal!

When: Thursday, April 9, at 5:00 PM
Where: 301 BMRC

Come at 4:45 PM for some light hors d'oeuvres, and stay for the science!


March 2015

Event Location: 301 BMRC

The Breakthrough Blitz is back, with a new emphasis on student presenters. Join us for another round of exciting topics. As usual, presenters will be kept a secret until the Blitz starts, so don't miss the big reveal!

When: Thursday, March 12, at 5:00 PM
Where: 301 BMRC

Come at 4:45 PM for some light hors d'oeuvres, and stay for the science!

Presenters for March's Blitz:
Linda Nguyen: It still hurts: Altered endogenous opioid activity in the brain during social rejection and acceptance in major depressive disorder (Molecular Psychiatry)
Xuefang Sophie Ren: Amplification of regulatory T cells using a CD28 superagonist reduces brain damage after ischemic stroke in mice (Stroke)
Candice Brown: Blood-brain barrier breakdown in the aging human hippocampus (Neuron)


February 2015

Event Location: 301 BMRC

The Breakthrough Blitz is back, with a new emphasis on student presenters. Join us for another round of exciting topics. As usual, presenters will be kept a secret until the Blitz starts, so don't miss the big reveal!

When: Thursday, February 12, at 5:00 PM
Where: 301 BMRC

Come at 4:45 PM for some light hors d'oeuvres, and stay for the science!

Presenters for February's Blitz:
Gordon Meares: Vascular and neurogenic rejuvenation of the aging mouse brain by young systemic factors (Science)
Ashley Kerr: Our thoughts are susceptible to external influence, even against our will (Science Daily - San Francisco State University)
Brandon Lucke-Wold: Patient use of cannibis in epilepsy (Science Daily - American Epilepsy Society)


January 2015

Event Location: 301 BMRC

The Breakthrough Blitz is back, with a new emphasis on student presentations and studies of the human nervous system. Join us for another round of exciting topics, such as prosthetic skin with embedded sensors, among others! As usual, presenters will be kept a secret until the Blitz starts, so don't miss the big reveal!

We invite our friends from engineering and physical sciences to join the fun and discuss ways to amplify these kinds of technical developments at WVU.

When: Thursday, January 8, at 5:00 PM
Where: 301 BMRC

Come at 4:45 PM for some light hors d'oeuvres, and stay for the science!

Presenters for January's Blitz:
Erienne Olesh: Stretchable silicon nanoribbon electronics for skin prothesis (Nature)
Ashley Petrone: Integrated systems analysis reveals a molecular network underlying autism spectrum disorders (Molecular Systems Biology)
Valeriya Gritsenko (title TBD)