Abstract submission guidelines

Abstract submission closes on March 16th, 2018. Early abstract submission is recommended. The total number of abstracts that can be accepted for the one day conference is around 200 (80 oral presentations and 120 poster presentations).

Abstract should be a maximum of 250 words, written in 12 point Times New Roman Font.

The heading of the abstract should include the abstract title (entirely capitalized); the name(s) of the student researcher(s) with an asterisk next to the name of the presenter; the name(s) of the faculty sponsor(s) in parentheses; and finally, the name and address of the institution.

Abstracts should be submitted using the registration form.

Shown below is an example of a properly formatted abstract

EXAMINING THE CHANGES TO THE PROTEOME DURING DENDRITOGENESIS IN CULTURED EMBRYONIC RAT SYMPATHETIC NEURONS. Brandon Adams*, (Vidya Chandrasekaran), Saint Mary’s College of California, Dept. of Biology, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA 94575.

Dendritogenesis is critical to the proper functioning of the nervous system. While the specific mechanisms underlying dendrite growth are not completely understood, studies have shown that treatment of neurons with bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP-7) induces dendrite growth in vivo and in vitro in central and peripheral neurons (Withers et al., 2000). Previous studies by Garred et al., showed that transcriptional regulation was necessary for BMP-7 induced dendritic growth in embryonic rat sympathetic neurons (Garred et al 2011). The goal of this study was to elucidate the changes to the proteome following exposure of these neurons to BMP-7. Cultured embryonic sympathetic neurons from the superior cervical ganglia were maintained in control media or in the presence of BMP-7 (50 ng/mL) for 24 hours or 48 hours. The cells were then lysed and processed for mass spectrometry. Further analyses were performed using Panther (http://pantherdb.org/) to identify potential signaling pathways that were regulated during dendritogenesis. Preliminary data from the mass spectrometric analysis showed that expression of around 300 proteins were found to be altered in the presence of BMP-7 for 24 hours and at 48 hours compared to control neurons, some of which had been previously shown to be important in the nervous system or for dendritic growth. Interestingly, the expression of many proteins that were changed at 24 hours returned to control levels by 48 hours. Thus, our data provides a first glimpse into proteomic changes during dendritic growth and demonstrates the feasibility of proteomic studies with small number of cells.