November 6, 2009

Serotonin to star in Conte Center neuroscience research symposium

Serotonin to star in Conte Center neuroscience research symposium

“Serotonin: A Day in the Life” will be the theme of the 2009 symposium of the Silvio O. Conte Neuroscience Research Center at Vanderbilt University.

The second annual symposium will be held Nov. 11 from 1-5 p.m. in the Student Life Center with a poster session and reception following at 5:30 p.m.

The afternoon's featured speakers and their topics are:

• Douglas McMahon, Ph.D., “A Hard Day's Night — The Circadian Clock and Serotonin”

• Laurence Tecott, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, “Serotonin and the 5HT2C Receptor: Feeding Your Obsessions”

• Michael Gershon, M.D., Columbia University, “Serotonin from Stem to Stern: Neurons from Adult Stem Cells”

• Lynette Daws, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, “Serotonin and the Organic Cation Transporters: Getting By When SERT Can't Suck It Up”

• Ronald Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., “When the Serotonin Party Ends: The Effects of Ecstasy on the Human Brain”

• Robert Williams, Ph.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, "It's the Network, Stupid: A Case Study of Serotonin-Associated Phenotypes."

To register, contact or call 936-1898. More information is available at