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The FSU Life Sciences Symposium


2016 Life Sciences Symposium

Seeing the Heart & Mind: Modern Imaging Techniques  

February 25-26, 2016
College of Medicine Auditorium
Florida State University


Registration is now closed. Limited walk-up registrations will be available.


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Information for Attendees

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Thursday, February 25
12:30 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks Janet Kistner, Ph.D. Interim Vice President for Faculty Development & Advancement
 12:35 PM Novel Techniques for fMRI Data Analysis Mingzhou Ding, Ph.D.  Pruitt Family Professor, University of Florida Department of Biomedical Engineering
 1:30 PM Engineering Mini-Brain Construct from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Yan Li, Ph.D.   Assistant Professor, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
 2:00 PM High Field MRI/S in Stroke  Jens Rosenberg, Ph.D.  Research Faculty 1, FSU National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
2:30 PM Category Learning Increases Discriminability of Relevant Object Dimensions in Visual Cortex Jonathan Folstein, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, FSU Department of Psychology
3:00 PM Coffee and Networking  
3:30 PM Investigating functional brain networks in animal models of drug use disorders Marcelo Febo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Program Director of Translational Research Imaging, Department of Psychiatry, McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida
 4:30 PM Discerning the cellular pathologies underlying microcephaly and ciliopathy disorders using imaging technologies Timothy Megraw, Ph.D.   Associate Professor, FSU Department of Biomedical Sciences
5:00 PM Oxytocin in Social Brain Development Elizabeth Hammock, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, FSU Department of Psychology
5:30 PM Reception  


Friday, February 26   
 9:00 AM Incorporating brain measures into assessment  of health-related trait characteristics Christopher J. Patrick, Ph.D.  Professor, FSU Department of Psychology
 9:30 AM Taming Tumors: Exploring the Role of Ultra-High Field MRI in Brain Cancer Care
Cathy W. Levenson, Ph.D.  Professor, FSU Department of Biomedical Sciences
 10:00 AM  Seeing the process of smelling Wen Li, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, FSU Department of Psychology
 10:30 AM Professional Development Gary K. Ostrander, Ph.D.  Vice President for Research
 11:30 AM

"Come to my Poster" Poster Preview Talks  

New this year! Graduate students and postdocs who are presenting posters will be able to give a 1-2 minute talk to get people interested in their posters.

 12:30 PM

Poster Session and Lunch  

Visit the posters you heard about at the preview and talk with the presenters. Then grab a boxed lunch and enjoy it with your colleagues from across campus. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees with tickets (register above).

 2:00 PM Quantitative Techniques in Cardiovascular MRI Thomas S. Denney Jr., Ph.D.   Director, Auburn University MRI Research Center
 3:00 PM Skeletal Muscle Index Derived from Computed Tomography Predicts Post-operative Recovery and Hospital Length of Stay afterTranscatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Insights Into a Novel Marker of Frailty Wayne B. Batchelor, M.D.  Cardiologist, Southern Medical Group/Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
 3:30 PM Coffee and Networking  
 4:00 PM Following the heart during aging and exercise training: Imaging Walls, Blood Flow, and Blood Vessels Judy Delp, Ph.D.  Professor, FSU Department of Biomedical Sciences
 4:30 PM Unlocking the secrets of the striated muscle thick filament using cryoelectron microscopy Kenneth A. Taylor, Ph.D.  Professor, FSU Institute of Molecular Biophysics
 5:00 PM Relationship between diastolic dysfunction, aging, and mood disorder as revealed by a mouse model of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy  Amanda Dossat  Graduate Student, FSU Department of Biomedical Sciences
 5:30 PM Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks  


Information for Attendees:

Registration Desk:
The registration desk opens at 11:00 AM. Don’t forget to stop by and pick up your packet. This includes your name badge and your lunch ticket. There will be a limited number of walk-up registrations available, so if you know of someone who missed the registration deadline, please let them know.

There will be a badge recycling box available at the registration table throughout the symposium. You are welcome to keep your name badge as a souvenir, but if you don’t want it, we can recycle it for you.

Social Media:
Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@FSUBiomed) for late breaking announcements. Use #FSULSS to tweet along.

Lunch will be served on Friday to those who have tickets, and to anyone else on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be coffee breaks both days to allow plenty of time to talk.

Thursday evening at 5:30, please join us for a Reception.

Poster Competition:
This year, we are trying something new! On Friday at 11:30 AM, poster presenters will have the opportunity to give a 1-2 minute talk to convince people to visit their poster during the poster session. The poster session is on Friday from 12:30-2:00. Presenters will be available at that time to discuss their research.
Instead of having a small panel of judges, this year, YOU are the judge! Voting will be available online (link will be included in your registration packet). Voting closes promptly at 4:00 pm on Friday. Poster winners will be announced at Award Presentation on Friday evening.

Information for Poster Presenters:

We have space for 30 poster presentations. Posters will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please register using the link above (be prepared to enter your poster's abstract!). A $250 prize will be awarded for one outstanding poster on Friday evening.

Please bring your poster to the COM atrium beginning 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 24. Please have your poster up before 3:00 on Thursday. We will have 40” x 60” foam core poster boards, easels, push pins, and binder clips available for you to use to display your work.

If you plan to present a talk during the “Come to my Poster” session on Friday at 11:30 AM, please email your intent to Tiffany McNabb no later than 7:00 pm Thursday night. You may submit one slide to accompany your talk. Please have your slide to Tiffany no later than 7:00 pm on Thursday. We will not be able to accept any submissions after that. Remember that there is a prize for the best poster, so you want to convince people to vote for you!

Please remove your posters by 4:30 pm on Friday, February 26. Any posters left behind will be kept for 2 weeks for pickup in the Biomedical Sciences Office. After that, any posters remaining will be disposed of.


Invited speakers will be registered automatically. If you have any special needs, please contact . If you are traveling from outside Tallahassee, please contact Jonquil Livingston for assistance and reimbursement.

About the Symposium: 

Sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, Florida State University, the Life Sciences Symposium is a dynamic forum that brings together speakers doing innovative, cutting edge, and ground-breaking research from different departments at FSU. These presentations are augmented with talks from speakers outside of FSU who are leaders in their respective fields. While promoting the broad-spectrum of biomedical science research at FSU, the Life Sciences Symposium also provides a venue for faculty, postdocs and students to present their research, spark interdisciplinary and interdepartmental collaborations, and foster professional development.

Organizing Committee

  • Richard Nowakowski (Chair), Biomedical Sciences
  • Judy Delp, Biomedical Sciences
  • Sam Grant, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Wen Li, Psychology

Administrative support

  • Tiffany McNabb, Biomedical Sciences
  • Jonquil Livingston, Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences Staff
  • College of Medicine IT Services


For additional information about the symposium, please email .