Conference on Glial Biology in Medicine

October 14 – 16, 2018

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Avenue Roanoke, VA 24016

 Sunday, October 14


5:00pm – 7:00pm


Registration (Crystal Court) 

6:00pm – 9:00pm


Poster Session & Reception (Crystal Ballroom and Roanoke Foyer) 


Monday, October 15

All sessions held in the Washington Lecture Hall





8:00am – 8:10am



Harald Sontheimer, Director, VTCRI Center for Glial Biology in Health, Disease and Cancer; Executive Director Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience

 8:15am – 8:20am


 Michael Friedlander, Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech


Glia in CNS Development

(Chair, Mike Fox)

Session I

8:25am – 9:00am Nicola Allen – “Astrocyte regulation of neuronal synapses”
9:05am – 9:40am Ben Deneen – “Developmental Insights into Astrocyte Function”
9:45am – 10:15am Michelle Olsen – “BDNF contributes to astrocyte morphogenesis via the truncated TrkB receptor”
10:20am – 10:40am Break (Washington Lecture Hall Foyer)

Glia in Myelination and Metabolism


(Chair, Albert Pan)

Session II

 10:45am – 11:20am Sarah Kucenas – “Glial-Glial Interactions in Developmental Myelination”
 11:25am – 11:50am Laura Feltri – “Cell specific gene ablation in the study of Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy”
 11:55am – 12:15pm Lance Johnson – “Glia-neuron metabolic Interactions in Alzheimer’s disease: the role of apolipoprotein E”
12:20pm – 12:50pm Vittorio Gallo – “Environmental Enrichment Promotes Myelin Plasticity and Functional Recovery After Neonatal Brain Injury”
12:55am – 1:55am  Catered Lunch (Crystal Ballroom)

What’s new with Ca2+


(Chair, Stefanie Robel)

Session III

2:00 pm – 2:35pm Xinzhu Yu – “Reducing astrocyte calcium signaling in vivo alters striatal microcircuits controlling mouse innate behavior”
2:40 pm – 3:15pm Kira Poskanzer – “Optically decoding astrocyte-neuron circuits in cortex”
3:20am – 3:40am Break (Washington Lecture Hall Foyer)

What’s new with Ca2+ (continued)


(Chair, Harald Sontheimer)

Session IV

3:50 pm – 4:50 pm Key Note Address 

Andrea Volterra – “Decoding the language of astrocytes via 1D-to-3D Ca2+ -imaging”

6:30pm – 9:30pm  

Center in the Square Dinner Reception

Penthouse Level 6th and 7th Floors

1 Market Street, Roanoke, VA

(Enter through Market Square entrance)

Tuesday, October 16

All sessions held in the Washington Lecture Hall 

Glial Contribution to Injury & Disease

(Chair, Alicia Pickrell)

Session V

8:30am – 9:05am Jaime Grutzendler – “Uncovering the role of Glia in Neurodegeneration One Image at a Time”
9:10am – 9:45am Stefanie Robel – “Astrocytes dysfunction contributes to post traumatic epilepsy”
9:50am – 10:10am Sandro Da Mesquita – “Meningeal lymphatic drainage in brain aging and in Alzheimer disease”
10:15am – 10:35am Break (Washington Lecture Hall Foyer)

Microglia the Immune System and


(Chair, Georgia Hodes)

Session VI

10:45am – 11:20am Anna Molofsky – “Innate immune mechanisms of developmental synapse remodeling”
11:25am – 12:00pm Staci Bilbo – “Microglial elimination of dopamine receptors in the developing reward circuitry defines normal social behavior in rats”
12:15am – 1:30am  Catered Lunch (Crystal Ballroom)

Microglia the Immune System and Inflammation (continued)

(Chair, Sarah Clinton)

Session VII

1:45pm – 2:20pm Tajie Harris – “Glia-derived signals promote focal protective immunity to CNS infection”
2:25pm – 2:45pm Gretchen Neigh – “High fructose alters cognition and neuroinflammation in sex-dependent manner”
2:50pm – 3:10pm

Break (Washington Lecture Hall Foyer)

Glial Contribution to Injury & Disease

(Chair, Greg Valdez)

Session VIII

3:20pm – 3:55pm Jennifer Munson – “Interstitial flow in the brain: contributions to glial response and disease”
4:00pm – 4:20pm Yuanyuan Guo – “Study of astrocytes in modulating anxiety-related behaviour via multifunctional fibers”
4:25pm – 5:00pm Harald Sontheimer – “Disruption of perineuronal nets contributes to tumor-associated epilepsy”

Closing remarks

Harald Sontheimer

5:05pm – 5:15pm

6:30pm – 9:30pm  

Taubman Museum Dinner Reception

110 Salem Street

Roanoke, VA 24011 

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