The 2019 MidBrains conference is being hosted by Augustana College in Rock Island, IL on Saturday, September 21, 2019. All attendees must register for the conference. First authors of undergraduate poster presentations are asked to complete the abstract submission process. Registration and abstract submission will close on September 7, 2019.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan T. LaLumiere from the University of Iowa as the keynote speaker for the 2019 MidBrains conference. 

Title: Making you who you are: Memory Systems in the Brain

Abstract: Why do we remember what we remember and how do we do it? We know memory is not instantly formed but rather consolidates over time with some information retained but much lost, indicating that mechanisms must exist that help to sift information for value. However, memory is not monolithic – there are many different kinds of memories with distinct neural systems mediating those memories, meaning that separate systems must be involved in the consolidation of different kinds of memories. Evidence suggests that the amygdala plays a key role in influencing the strength of the memory across multiple forms of learning, yet the larger neural connections that enable this function are still being elucidated. In this presentation, I will first discuss my early research, focusing on how the amygdala serves as a critical modulator of memory consolidation for multiple kinds of learning. I will then present findings from our more recent work in which we have used optogenetic approaches in combination with different types of learning to discover how different pathways influence the consolidation of different kinds of learning. From this, we have begun to unravel how the amygdala is able to modulate the consolidation of so many kinds of learning via separable and distinct projections as well as how other systems are involved in this process.

See his laboratory website here: https://psychology.uiowa.edu/lalumiere-lab

Schedule
Find the schedule for the day here.

Sponsoring Institutions
We would like to thank Augustana College for hosting this year’s conference and for providing financial and organizational assistance.

We would like to thank the following schools for sponsoring this year’s MidBrains conference with a generous donation:
Marquette University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, and University of South Dakota. Faculty and graduate students from these schools will be presenting at the grad school information session, giving research talks, and will be available to answer questions at the graduate school fair, concurrent with the undergraduate poster session.

We would also like to thank these additional schools for providing support and joining us for the graduate school fair: Washington University and University of Texas Health in San Antonio.

Registration Table/Check-in/Storage

  • Name badge & conference program pickup
  • Opens at 8:30am outside the Gavle Rooms on the 4th floor of the Gerber Center (Building 43 on the campus map below)
  • Please arrive to campus as early as possible to expedite name badge/program pickup.
  • Coffee, pastries, etc. will be available to early arrivers

Map and Parking

Download the MidBrains 2019 campus map

  • The primary lot for parking on campus is Lot E next to Centennial Hall on the corner of 38th Street and 7th Avenue. 
  • There are also a limited number of spots available in Lots J, H, and U.  
  • A number of handicapped-accessible parking spots are available next to the Bartholomew House right across from the Gerber Center Entrance.
  • If your group plans to travel to the conference by bus, the most convenient loading location will be right in front of the Gerber Center on 9 1/2 th Avenue.  If you are unable to find space in one of the lots on campus to park the bus, there are open lots on 39th Street and 6th Avenue that are close to campus and can accommodate bus parking.
  • All lots marked “Faculty/Staff” are open to the public without a permit on the weekends.  Please avoid residential lots reserved for students.

Poster presentation information

  • Please label your poster tube clearly with your name.  When you arrive, please store your poster in the bins provided at the registration table. You can hang your poster from 2-2:15p before the poster session begins.
  • An easel, foam board (4’ x 3’), and push-pins will be provided
    • We recommend printing posters no larger than 48” x 36”
    • You are assigned a specific location to hang your poster
      • Consult the program for your board #
    • Do not hang your poster anywhere but your assigned location
  • Never made a scientific poster before? Check out these resources:

Please contact Shara Stough (309-794-3376; sharastough@augustana.edu) if you have any questions about the conference.

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