Neuroscience Professor Presents at Experimental Biology Meeting

Dr. Ana Y. Estevez, Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology, and Sarah Johnson Professor in the Sciences, recently presented her research at the Experimental Biology meeting held in Chicago, IL April 22-26, 2017. The title of her poster was: In-vitro Analysis of Catalase-, Oxidase- and SOD-mimetic Activity of Commercially Available and Custom-synthesized Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles and Assessment of Neuroprotective Effects in a Hippocampal Brain Slice Model of Ischemia. Dr. Estevez presented her poster in the section focused on Neuroinflammation/Neuroprotection/Ischemia. Co-authors included Dr. Joseph S. Erlichman, Biology, and Dr. Brad Stadler a collaborator from Cerion Enterprises in Rochester, NY. The Experimental Biology meeting is the annual meeting of six scientific societies, including the American Physiological Society (APS), of which Dr. Estevez is a member. Her favorite talk of the meeting was delivered by Dr. Jeff Lichtman from Harvard University who presented the Joseph Erlanger Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Central Nervous System Section. His talk , “Does Connectomics Make Sense?”, described his laboratory’s work in creating an electronic reconstruction of a small volume of mouse brain tissue using electron microscopy techniques. According to Dr. Estevez, “It was mesmerizing to see the scale at which the work was done and the detail of the images obtained. Dr. Lichtman showed some amazing movies where the relationship between axons, dendrites, glia and even some subcellular components such as synapses and mitochondria in a small volume of brain tissue were completely elucidated by his microscopy technique. The images were truly remarkable.” Dr. Estevez said she was so inspired by this work that she plans on discussing some of Dr. Lichtman’s journal articles in her “Current Topics in Neuroscience” course in the fall semester. While at the meeting, Dr. Estevez also participated in various career development workshops for undergraduate and graduate students as a member for the Porter Physiology Development and Minority Affairs Committee of the APS. "Overall it was a productive and fun meeting!"