Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting 2012

Recently several UCD neuroscience graduate students spent the weekend at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, learning about topics ranging from memory and attention to tDCS as a therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease. More than 1400 scientists were in attendance at the meeting in Chicago, IL, from March 31 to April 4, 2012. UCD neuroscience faculty members Ron Mangun and Charan Ranganath are among the organizers for this event, which included invited talks, featured symposia, and fancy catered poster sessions!

Ron Mangun and Charan Ranganath (standing L and R respectively) convene to discuss strategy just prior to Eve Marder’s (sitting, L) talk. Adam Aron is also pictured sitting.

Of note was an invited lecture by neurobiologist Eve Marder, a recent Perspectives guest, who spoke about degeneracy and variability in neural circuits.

Eve Marder speaks about variability and compensation in neuronal networks.

Several UCD Neuroscience students presented posters, among them Ling Wong, 4th year neuroscience graduate student.

Ling Wong, 4th year neuroscience graduate student, presents her CNS poster


Additionally, there were posters by UCD NGG alumni such as Rick Addante. And of course, no visit to Chicago is complete without a trip to Grant Park to visit the bean, which is actually named the Cloud Gate.

The Cloud Gate! AKA The Bean!

We couldn’t have asked for better weather to enjoy Chicago.

Beautiful Chicago Springtime Weather!

Mark your calendars for CNS 2013, which will be held in San Francisco!

— contributed by Sam Lockhart, 4th year graduate student in Charli DeCarli’s lab

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