Department of Neurosciences Sponsors Open Forum

The University of New Mexico Department of Neurosciences, UNM School of Medicine, is sponsoring a public outreach forum during the annual meeting of the American Society of Neurochemistry (ASN) on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 4 -6 p.m.

The forum, titled “Nutrition, Exercise and Dietary Supplements: Impact on Physical Health and Brain Function,”will be held in the Peralta Room of the Santa Fe Convention Center. Registration is free, but to obtain reserved seating, please visit or call (505) 272-441.

The featured speakers during the forum will be G. Jean Harry, Ph.D.,National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, "Protective Mechanisms of Exercise: Running to Win?"; SusanO. McGuire, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine,“Dietary Supplements: good, bad or ugly?”;andJames A. Joseph, Ph.D., USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts University, “Fruits, Nuts and Brain Aging: Do the Forest Animals Have it Right?"

The open forum presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with local dietitians, Kelle Vort, RD, LD, Holistic Dietitian; Jan Esparza MA, RD, CNSD, LD, Nutrition Support Specialist, and Nina Dougherty, RD, LD, Nutrition Care Specialist.

In addition, students from four New Mexico High Schools will take part in the annual meeting on Tuesday, March 9, in scientific sessions specially designed for them. About 20 students each from Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Prep School, Manzano High School, and the Albuquerque Academy will interact with ASN members and listen to four special presentations by member of the scientific community. “This is the first time that ASN is bringing high school students into its annual meeting,” said Dr. Richard Larson, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Vice President for Translational Research. “This is an event that we hope will encourage young people to develop an interest in studies in the biomedical sciences.”

ASN is holding its 41st annual meeting in Santa Fe from March 6 – 10. The missions of ASN are:

  • to advance and promote cellular and molecular neuroscience knowledge;
  • to advance, promote, support, encourage and facilitate communication among investigators in neurochemistry and related neurosciences;
  • to promote, support, encourage and facilitate the dissemination of information concerning neurochemical research through scientific meetings, seminars, publications and related activities;
  • to promote, support and encourage the research of individual cellular and molecular neuroscientists and to engage in any and all other activities for the advancement of the science of neurochemistry which may be deemed advisable;
  • to insure that all of its activities remain open to the full participation of scholars of all backgrounds and nationalities.

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