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Undergrads present research at international neuroscience conference

Jan 13, 2023
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Student researchers at Neuroscience Convention 2022

When the world’s premier gathering of neuroscientists took place in San Diego, Creighton students were there.

Creighton students have unparalleled opportunities that prepare them for success, and among the 28,000 attendees at Neuroscience 2022 were several Creighton undergraduates and faculty from the Department of Biology.

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Creighton student researchers at the Neuroscience Convention 2022

Several Creighton students presented their research at the event, which was organized by the Society for Neuroscience and attracted neuroscientists from more than 80 countries.

Tavian Sanchez, a senior neuroscience major, presented a poster titled, “Impairment of choroid plexus epithelial cells upon age-related genetic deficiency.”

Nathan Zimmerman, a senior neuroscience major, presented a poster titled, “Investigation of CPT 2 deficiency using a zebrafish model system,” along with Carly Baker and Aaron Marta, two graduates from the Class of 2022, who are now enrolled in Creighton graduate programs.  

Neuroscience 2022 Convention

“At international meetings, presentations are about discussing data,” said Gwen King, PhD, assistant professor of Biology. “When the goal is scientific discourse it changes the way you prepare, present and even visit posters.”

Sanchez was excited to attend and present.

“Being able to go to one room and listen to a world-renowned scientist give a lecture and then walk across the hall to brainstorm ideas and learn from hundreds of other students, trainees and scientists at poster sessions was incredibly fascinating,” he said.

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Poster presentation by Nicholas Sande

Students saw presentations from Nobel Prize winners, listened to research groups talk about psychedelics and heard special lectures from renowned researchers such as Dr. Frank Badkey from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

The Society for Neuroscience, founded in 1969, describes itself as “the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and the nervous system.” The Neuroscience annual meeting started in Washington, D.C., in 1970 with only 1,396 scientists in attendance

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