Yerkes researchers to present array of new data at Society for Neuroscience Meeting

October 27, 2004

ATLANTA -- Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University will present an array of new data at this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, October 23 - 27, 2004. More than 15 researchers will present findings from their studies, which range from the role of behavior on brain development to the use of infrared eye-tracking technology to detect mild cognitive impairment.

"It's quite an honor for the Yerkes Research Center to be so well represented at the premier meeting of neuroscientists," said Stuart Zola, PhD, director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. "Our comprehensive program involves many of the brightest minds in the field and positions us as a leading center to address current and future health-care challenges," Zola continued.

Mike Kuhar, PhD, chief of the Division of Neuroscience at the Yerkes Research Center, adds "Yerkes-based research is critical to answering questions about how the brain functions and how it interacts with the body. With this knowledge, and continued work in the field, we are forging new frontiers in the neurosciences that will provide us a more comprehensive understanding of the brain than ever before."

Following is a day-by-day overview of some of the data Yerkes researchers are presenting. Dates and times are listed for embargo purposes. Complete abstracts are available on the Society's Web site at

October 23, 2004
Each study is embargoed until the date and time of presentation.
Education Seminar
John Redmond, PhD, research associate: the role of gender differences in memory and performance, and which regions of the brain control these differences. (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Poster Presentations
October 24, 2004
Each study is embargoed until the date and time of presentation.
Poster Presentations
Larry Young, PhD, associate research professor, and his research team:

October 25, 2004
Each study is embargoed until the date and time of presentation.
Dr. Young: how development, social situations and environment can shape the brain mechanisms that regulate behavior. (11:30 a.m. - 1 pm)

Poster Presentations

October 26, 2004
Each study is embargoed until the date and time of presentation.
Poster Presentations

(Note: This abstract is featured in the Annual Meeting Press Book.)October 27, 2004
Each study is embargoed until the date and time of presentation.
Poster Presentations
The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is one of eight national primate research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Center is a recognized leader for its biomedical and behavioral studies involving nonhuman primates, which provide a critical link between research with small animals and clinical trials with humans. Yerkes researchers are poised with the knowledge and passion to conduct groundbreaking research programs and are on the forefront of developing vaccines for AIDS and malaria, and treatments for cocaine addiction and Parkinson's disease. Yerkes researchers also are leading programs that include seeking a better understanding of aging and cognition, pioneering organ transplant procedures, determining the behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy and shedding light on human behavioral evolution.

Emory University Health Sciences Center

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