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SfN Intermountain Chapter

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Administrative office:
20 S 2030 E
Salt Lake City UT 84112

Phone: 801-585-0343

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 SfN Intermountain Chapter Poster Session competition at the Snowbird Symposium!

Each year, the Society for Neuroscience sponsors a poster session in conjunction with the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience's Snowbird Symposium. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to compete for "Best Poster" in each category.

This year's session featured 36 posters from undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from the Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.  After multiple rounds of judging (any many difficult decisions), the winners were:

  • Postdoctoral: Jong-Hyun Son, Bonkowsky lab, University of Utah: In vivo Monitoring of Synapses in the Developing Zebrafish Brain by FingRs
  • Undergraduate: Kayla Alder, Kirwan lab, Brigham Young University: The Effects of Sleep on the Neural Correlates of Pattern Separation
  • Graduate: Meredith Gibbons, Wilcox lab, University of Utah: A novel plasmid, NASTIE, for distinguishing neurons and astrocytes during calcium imaging experiments in rat hippocampus
  • Graduate 2nd place: Greg Remigio, West lab, University of Utah: 5-HT6 receptor ligands modulate seizure thresholds and inhibitory synaptic transmission in the dentate gyrus


Many thanks to the judges: Dr. Jeff Edwards of Brigham Young University, Dr. Brock Kirwan of Brigham Young University, and Dr. Matt Wachowiak of the University of Utah. For a copy of the abstract booklet or to inquire about the 2016 competition, please email

About the Chapter

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is the world's largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to advancing understanding of the brain and nervous system, with over 100SfN Chapter Map of United States chapters worldwide. The Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Utah now serves as the administrative center for the chapter.

Chapters exist to support the society's four-fold mission: (1) to advance understanding of the brain; (2) to provide professional development activities for neuroscientists; (3) to educate the public about neuroscience research; and (4) to inform legislators about the implications of new neuroscience research for public policy. The Intermountain Chapter, which encompasses the entire state of Utah, has over 100 members. These members are affiliated with the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, Weber State University, and Salt Lake Community College. We are always eager to welcome new members! To join the SfN Intermountain Chapter, simply contact us per the contact information to the left.  

Chapter President

Chapter President
Brock Kirwan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physiology & Developmental Biology; Neuroscience Center
Brigham Young University

Faculty Representative

Matt Wachowiak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy
The University of Utah

Chapter Treasurer

Sumit Bhattacharya, Ph.D., M.S.
Program Manager, Neuroscience Initiative
The University of Utah

Student Committee

Anthony Iuso, University of Utah
Sasha Luks-Morgan, University of Utah
Yuanyuan Xie, The University of Utah

Last Updated: 9/26/16