The Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference

of the Upper Midwest

Welcome to MidBrains 2014!
October 18, 2014,
Bethel University

The inaugural MidBrains Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference - MidBrains 2007 - was held at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday, April 28th, 2007. Both the 2008 conference (May 3, 2008) and 2009 conference (May 2, 2009) were also hosted by Macalester College. The conference is a joint effort of the MidBrains Neuroscience Consortium-- a network of faculty from undergraduate neuroscience programs in the upper midwest, and now the conference rotates among the various network institutions. MidBrains 2010 was held at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN on May 1, 2010, and MidBrains 2011 was there as well, on April 30, 2011. The rotation moved to Carleton College for 2012 and 2013, and to the Fall Semester, when it is now permanently scheduled. This annual event provides a forum for undergraduate students in the Midwest to present research findings, to attend research lectures and special panels, and to meet other undergraduate students interested in the neurosciences. Representatives from several major research universities are also present to discuss graduate school opportunities. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts in all fields of the neurosciences and related disciplines!

Hope to see you at Bethel University in October 2014!

Abstract Submission is OPEN! Deadline: October 3, 2014

Online Registration is OPEN! Deadline: October 10, 2014

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Register Online

All attendees are required to register online for MidBrains 2014. Online registration helps us to estimate the number of attendees in advance of the conference and to allocate resources appropriately. There is no registration fee.

REGISTER for MidBrains 2014 »

Submit an Abstract Online

In order to present either a poster or a talk at MidBrains 2014, you'll need to submit an abstract. The abstract should provide a descriptive account of the content of the presentation and should be limited to 200 words. Abstracts will only be accepted for registered attendees, so take a moment to register for the conference before submitting your abstract.

SUBMIT an ABSTRACT for MidBrains 2014 »

MidBrains 2014 Keynote Address:

The Hippocampus in Space and Time

Howard Eichenbaum, Boston University

The hippocampus plays a central role in spatial and temporal learning. The discovery of hippocampal place cells in 1971 by O'Keefe and Nadel provided the first glimpse of how the hippocampus codes spatial location. The recent discovery of hippocampal time cells by Eichenbaum and others provided a first glimpse into how the hippocampus codes time. Taken together, these discoveries provide a foundation for understanding how the hippocampus forms and retrieves memories across space and time.

Interested in the 2013 schedule? MidBrains 2014 will be similar. The 2013 schedule was:

8:00am - Registration (Weitz Center for Creativity)

9:00am - 10:00am - Keynote Address

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 - 11:30am - Graduate School Presentations

11:30am - 12:15pm - Graduate Program Faculty Research Talks

12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch

1:30pm - 2:15pm - Graduate Student Research Talks

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Student Research Talks

2:30pm - 4:30pm - Poster Session, Graduate Program Information Tables & Social

Questions about MidBrains 2014?

Further information will be posted here as it becomes available, but you can also contact Adam Johnson, Professor of Psychology at Bethel University with any questions about MidBrains or the MidBrains 2014 conference.

Last Updated: September 4, 2014.