“It is important to bring scientists from different institutions to learn about our research and identify fruitful avenues of collaboration with scientists at locations in our home state,” said Gegorio Valdez, affiliated faculty from the School of Neuroscience.
The challenges and opportunities of neuroscience will come into focus Sunday and Monday as researchers from universities across Virginia and special guests from elsewhere in the U.S. converge at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute for the annual symposium of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience (CVCSN).
Three nationally known neuroscientists will visit the VTCRI from other states and present their discoveries in three critical areas of research — Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injury.
In addition, researchers from throughout Virginia will present their latest findings, according to Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, president of CVCSN and lead organizer of this year’s gathering.
“We are providing a window into some of the fascinating neuroscience research areas in Virginia,” Valdez said. “Some of the brightest minds in Virginia come together each year for this symposium to exchange ideas and identify potential nexus for collaboration. The symposium is especially important for students, because it shows them what Virginia universities have to offer. It also allows students at all levels to hone their presentation skills and interact with scientists they normally would not have had the opportunity to meet.”