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AKN 2008 Annual Meeting Summary

Poster Session: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Grand Ballroom I, JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC, USA

We held our annual reception with about 130 members attending the event.  A total of 22 posters were presented from US and Korea and members were able to socialize and exchange their scientific interests. These are the list of poster presentations.

From North America:

Assessing the role of kainate receptors in mossy fiber short-term plasticity

Hyungbae Kwon and Pablo E. Castillo

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dept. of


Does H5N1 influenza virus induces encephalitis and parkinsonism in the mammalian CNS?.

H.Jang1,2, D.A. Boltz3, R.G. Webster3 AND R.J.


1The Integrated Programs of Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee Health

Science Center, Memphis, TN , U.S.A,

2Dept. Developmental Neurobiology and

3Dept. of Infectious Diseases St Jude Children Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, U.S.A.

When previously irrelevant information becomes relevant: temporal rearrangement of firing patterns in the rat medial prefrontal cortex during attentional set shifting

E. Lee1, C. M. A. Pennartz2;

1Animal Phys. & Cognitive NS, CNS, SILS, Univ. of

Amsterdam, Amsterdam; 2Animal Phys & Cognitive NS,

CNS, SILS, Univ. of Amsterdam, Amsterdam,


Extracellular interaction defines AMPA receptor trafficking checkpoint regulated by stargazin

Christine I. Nam and Lu Chen

University of California, Berkeley

The combination of neural noise and transmission delays with anatomical structure enables the explorations of the brain’s dynamic repertoire in rest state.

Young-Ah Rho, Anandamohan Ghosh, Anthony Randal McIntosh, Rolf Kötter, Viktor Jirsa

Theoretical Neuroscience Group, Center for Complex System & Brain Sciences

Florida Atlantic University

Generation of functional GABA neurons from mouse embryonic stem cells

E. Shin, M. J. Palmer, R. A. Fricker-Gates

Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG, UK

Division of labor between frontal eye field neurons during spatial visual processing

S. Shin & M.A. Sommer.

Department of Neuroscience and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh, PA

NADPH Oxidase 1, a novel molecular source of ROS in dopaminergic neuronal death

*Dong-Hee Choi1, Tong H. Joh1, Ana Clara

Cristóvão1,2,3, M. Flint. Beal1, Yoon-Seong Kim1

1Neurology/Neuroscience department, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA, 2PhD Program in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal 3Health Sciences Research Center, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

Glutamatergic cells in the parabrachial nucleus and precoeruleus area regulate wakefulness

Elizabeth E. Hur, Clifford B. Saper, Jun Lu

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

HIV-1 proteins Tat and gp120 induce synapse loss via a process that is distinct from cell death

Hee Jung Kim and Stanley A. Thayer

Department of Pharmacology University of Minnesota Medical School, 6-120 Jackson Hall, 321 Church Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Suppression of endogenous Akt/PKB signaling in dopamine neurons by AAV transduction with a dominant negative form decreases dopaminergic innervation of the striatum in aged mice and transgenic mice expressing mutant A53T human alpha-synuclein

Sang R. Kim1, Vincent Ries1, Tatyana Kareva1, Hsiao-Chun Cheng1, Karen E. Duff2, Haung Yu2, Chuansong Wang4, Matthew J. During4, Nikolai G. Kholodilov1, Robert E. Burke1,2,3

Depts. of 1Neurology, 2Pathology, and 3Anatomy and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032; 4Human Cancer Genetics Program, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Theta burst stimulation-induced inhibition of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex reveals hemispheric asymmetry in striatal dopamine release during set-shifting task: a TMS/ [11C]raclopride PET study

Ji Hyun Ko1,2, Oury Monchi3, Alain Ptito1 Peter Bloomfield2, Sylvain Houle2 and Antonio P. Strafella2,4

1Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, 2PET Imaging Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 3Functional Neuroimaging Unit, Geriatric’s Institute, University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada,4Toronto Western Research Institute and Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

From Korea:

Ethanol and Substances Exposure on GABAB-Receptor and Apoptosis Downstream Pathway: Effect of siRNA in Prenatal Rat Cortical and Hippocampal Neurons

N. Naha, H. Y. Lee, J. S. Hwang, S .E. Kim, M. I. Naseer, M. O. Kim*

Division of Life Science & Applied Life Science(BK21), Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea

Interleukin-4-induced oxidative stress contributes to death of hippocampal neurons in amyloid beta treated hippocampus in vivo

Keun W. Park1,2 and Byung K. Jin2*

1Department of Biochemistry, Brain Korea 21 Project Center, Kyunghee University School of Medicine, 2Age–related & Brain Diseases Research Center, Kyunghee University, Seoul 130-701, South Korea

TRPV1 contributes to warm allodynia and heat hyperalgesia, but not to mechanical and cold allodynia, following peripheral nerve injury in rats and mice

Jaehee Lee, Keun-Yeong Jeong, Seung Keun Back, Chengjin Li, Heung Sik Na*

Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Temporal coding of the spatial frequency and direction tuning in cat cortical areas 17 and 18
Neurosci, Coll of Vet Med., Seoul Natl. Univ., Seoul, Republic of Korea

TRPM2 inhibits neurite outgrowth via LPA receptor.

Y. Jang and U. Oh

Department of Pharmacology, Seoul national university

Role of microglial IKKb in kainic acid-induced hippocampal neuronal cell death

Ik-Hyun Cho1†, Jinpyo Hong1†, Eun Cheng Suh2, Jae Hwan Kim3, Hyunkyoung Lee1, Jong Eun Lee3, Soojin Lee4, Chong-Hyun Kim5, Dong Woon Kim6, Eun-Kyeong Jo7, Kyung Eun Lee2, Michael Karin8* and Sung Joong Lee1*

Spatial and temporal effects of response modulation of the primate V1 neurons for sequential stimuli.

Taekjun Kim1, Tae Hwan Yoon2 and Choongkil Lee1,2

Department of Psychology1, Program in cognitive science2, Seoul National Univ.

Ex vivo model for neurodegeneration after spinal cord injury using organotypic slice culture

Jung-Sun Cho, Hwan-Woo Park, Sang-Gyu Park, Han-Jeong Park, Sang-ho Roh, Ki-Suk Paik and Mi-Sook Chang

Department of Oral Anatomy, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

The rhythmic cap-independent translation of mPeriod1 plays a decisive role in circadian expression.

Kyung-Ha Lee, Tae-Don Kim, Kyung-Chul Woo, Do-Yeon Kim and Kyong-Tai Kim*

Department of Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 790-784, South Korea

Reduction of synaptophysin expression by proteasome inhibition in young adult rats

Woori Kim, Hyungtae Kim and Hyemyung Seo

Division of Molecular & Life Sciences, College of Science & Technology, Hanyang University, Korea

Among those who submitted their applications for AKN research awards and presented the posters at the meeting, several students and postdoctoral fellows were selected for AKN Awards by the Symposium Committee. The Symposium Committee Chair from US was Dr. Kyung-Tai Min (Indiana U) and from Korea was Dr. Eunjoon Kim (KAIST).  The rest of the members were Drs. Young-Jin Son (Drexel U), Daeyeol Lee (Yale U), Daewood Lee (Ohio U), Myoung-goo Kang (UT), Un Jung Kang (U Chicago) from US and Kwang Chul Chung (Yonsei U), Sunghoe Chang (GIST), Sukwoo Choi (SNU), Woong Sun (Korea U), Joung-Hun Kim (Postech), Wonki Kim (Korea U), Seungbok Lee (SNU), Jaesang Kim (EWU), Kyungjin Kim (SNU) from Korea.  Please see the list of this year’s awardees at this link


We also introduced new members from Korea and US: they included Professors Tae June Yu at University of Tennessee and Kyung-An Han from Penn State University.

There were also announcement of several job opportunities. They include positions at KIST, Seoul National University School of Pharmacy, Seoul National University Department of Physiology, and KAIST Department of Bio& Brain Engineering as well as future position prospects at the Brain Research Institute that is currently under consideration by Korean government. Please see our career page (http://www.akneuro.org/protected/careerfaculty.html) for the details. Some of the details are not posted yet, but will be available very soon.

The 22nd Biennial Meeting of the ISN (International Society for Neurochemistry)/APSN (Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry) will be held in Busan, Korea from August 23-28, 2009. The Travel Award application deadline is January 31, 2009. Please see the ISN website (http://www.isn2009.org/) for further details.

The US faculty members of the AKN had a business meeting on November 16, 2008. Agenda included the format of the reception, which was deemed to be optimal for the large number of attendees and the consensus was to keep the current format. Previous meetings were often held at a restaurant, but the size the participants preclude most restaurants. Poster presentation was thought to be an essential component of the meeting for the members to exchange scientific ideas. The funding for the organization included membership fees in the past and donations from various organizations. AKN members decided that voluntary membership fees (suggested minimum of $50) will be reinstituted and further fundraising effort will be coordinated in US and Korea.


The members also elected the new officers. The officers for 2008-2010 are:

President: Jinmo Chung, Ph.D. University of Texas, Galveston

Secretary: Kyung-Tai Min, Ph.D. Indiana University

Treasurer: Daewoo Lee, Ph.D. Ohio University

Publication Committee/Webmasters: Daewoo Lee, Ph.D. Ohio University; Young-Jin Son, Ph.D. Drexel University, Myoung-goo Kang, Ph.D.

We are grateful for the support of the following sponsors of AKN reception in 2008.

Professor Zhang-Hee Cho, Ph.D.

Neuroscience Research Institute

Gachon Medical School, Incheon, Korea

MOST 21C Frontier R & D Program in Neuroscience

Brain Research Center, Seoul National University, Korea

Director: Professor Kyungjin Kim

SK Bio-Pharmaceuticals, Fair Lawn, NJ

Vice President: S. James Lee, Ph.D.





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