Seminars & Events

Neurosciences Gateway

The University of Utah’s top-rated physicians and researchers are at the forefront of neuroscience: pioneering treatments in health care, breaking ground in imaging techniques, designing new solutions for brain and spinal cord repair, and more. The Neurosciences Gateway is a portal to discovering more about the U of U’s neuroscience expertise, distributed among many departments, centers, and institutes.

Launched in Fall, 2014, the Neuroscience Initiative unites the academic, translational, and clinical neuroscience communities toward the common goals of better understanding the brain in disease and in health. Learn more.


Upcoming Neuroscience Initiative Events:

TWO WEEKS AWAY: Demyelinating & Neuroinflammatory Diseases Symposium (June 11, 2015, 8:00 AM-4:15 PM): Health Sciences Education Building Alumni Hall, Salt Lake City UT. Please RSVP using this form.

Program Summary:

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast & Opening Remarks
8:30-11:40 Session 1: Neuroinflammation & Glial Biology
11:45-1:00: Lunch & Poster Viewing
1:00-3:30 Session 2: Pathology of Disease
3:30-4:00 New Frontiers in Human Immunotherapy & Closing Remarks


Allen Brain Institute Workshop @ Snowbird (October 31, 2015): Do you use, or would you like to use, the Allen Brain Atlases? In order to make our workshop as relevant as possible, we are seeking your input. Please email a sample or two of a question or problem you might be interested in addressing with the Allen Brain Atlases. Find out more about the atlases at

Neuroscience Community Events:

Translational Neuroscience Social Hour (May 28, 2015): Join a diverse group of neuroscientists from across campus for pizza, drinks, and three brief presentations. 383 Colorow Drive, Second Floor Seminar room #204. 6:00-8:00 PM.

Synapses Group Meeting (May 29, 2015): Wayne Davis will present "Wormbow - a tool for analyzing expression patterns in C. elegans" and Matt LaBella will present "Forever young: neurons that refuse to grow up." SMBB Room 4100. 4:00 PM.

Funding Opportunities:

CCTS & Program in Personalized Health Pilot Project grants: The University of Utah's Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Program in Personalized Health announce a request for proposals for pilot projects describing innovative approaches to personalized health and/or translational research. Grant proposals are due May 29, 2015. Please see CompetitionSpace for more information and to submit.

2015 Eppendorf & Science Prize: Eppendorf & Science are seeking entries for their prestigious 2015 prize, which comes with $25,000 and publication of the winner's research essay. Neuroscientists who perform research based on methods of molecular/cell biology who have received their advanced degree within the last 10 years and are 35 years old or younger are eligible. The deadline to apply is June 15. For more details and to enter, see

HHMI, Gates Foundation, & Simons Foundation 2016 Faculty Scholars Competition: A national competition for outstanding scientists. Find the program announcement here.

NIH Blueprint wants your input on neuroscience funding priorities: Visit to provide your ideas for how NIH Blueprint might best invest its future funds.



Utah Parkinson Disease Registry A Window Into Disease’s Causes

The Utah Parkinson Disease Registry ( was launched in May in an effort to understand an apparent rise in PD by 30 percent over the last ten years in Utah, and to uncover causes of the disease. Effective March 12, 2015, the Utah State Board of Health requires that health care providers report cases of PD and related movement disorders. Because Utah has one of the highest rates of PD in the nation, it is uniquely poised to contribute toward a new understanding of the disease. UPDR is the first registry of its kind in the nation. READ MORE

Misty Smith Epilepsy Foundation Award

Misty Smith Receives Epilepsy Foundation Award

Misty Smith, Ph.D., research assistant professor in pharmacology and toxicology was awarded the 2015 Targeted Research Initiative for Research regarding Cannabidiol and Epilepsy (TRICE) Award by the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA). She will investigate the interactions of cannabidiol with mechanistically different antiseizure drugs.  Margo  Thurman, Board President of the Epilepsy Alliance of Utah, presented a check on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation to Misty, with Steve and Karen in attendance.