NSU Students and Faculty Participate in Synapse 2015 Neuroscience Networking Event

Synapse groupStudents and faculty at the NSU Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and other NSU colleges participated in the Second Annual SYNAPSE 2015, a neuroscience networking event during which contributors shared their research findings with the local community.

Hosted by the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) in Jupiter, Florida, the event showcased more than 60 posters covering topics such as behavioral studies, neural computations, and molecular neuroscience.

“The Synapse meeting is designed to foster local scientific collaboration and idea-sharing,” said Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of psychology research at the college. “The meeting is held annually for local neuroscientists to be able to interact in a relaxed, open environment. This type of interaction not only allows the students to show their work and learn from others, but also opens up the possibility of learning about local internships and graduate school opportunities.”

Alumnus Isaac Chayo (2012, biology) and psychology major Samantha Sandor
Alumnus Isaac Chayo (2012, biology) and psychology major Samantha Sandor

Students, faculty, and researchers from NSU presented the following posters at the event.

  • “The Effect of 24-Hour Sleep Deprivation and Time of Day Circadian Factors on Neurophysiological Measures of Emotion Processing”

Co-authored by:

Isaac Chayo (B.S. Biology, 2012)

Samantha Sandor, psychology major

Jaime Tartar

Ana I. Fins, Ph.D., associate professor, NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies


  • “The Effect of Sleep Restriction and Delay on Psychological Health and Biomarkers of Stress and Inflammation”

Co-authored by:

Samuel Thomas, behavioral neuroscience major

Jaime Tartar

Ana I. Fins

Travis Craddock, Ph.D., assistant professor, NSU’s Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine, Center for Psychological Studies


  • “Neural Stem Cell Proliferation, Differentiation, and Survival in Response to AT1 and AT2 Angiotensin II Receptor-Specific Agonism”

Co-authored by:

Sujay Kamisetti, biology major

Puja Patel, biology major, Honors student, and Dual Admission participant

James R. Munoz, Ph.D., assistant professor, Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

Robert C. Speth, Ph.D., professor, NSU’s College of Pharmacy

Leena Couling, researcher, NSU’s College of Pharmacy

Brigitte Blanco, high school student /researcher


Behavioral neuroscience major Samuel Thomas
Behavioral neuroscience major Samuel Thomas

“The Synapse meeting provided an extraordinary opportunity for our behavioral neuroscience students to network and learn from more than 200 local neuroscientists and other students,” Tartar said.

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