Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Activities & Outreach I National SFN I Affiliated Programs & Departments Neuroscience I Courses I Membership Application (PDF)
8:00 - 10:00 speaker breakfasts

10:30 - 11:30 Brian Macvicar¹s lecture "Neuron-glial interactions in
regulating brain function and health"

11:45 - 1:15 lunch

1:30 - 2:30 Henry Lester¹s lecture "Inside-out Neuropharmacology, from
Nicotine Addiction to Psychiatric Medication"

2:45-4:45 Poster session (submit abstract)

Schedule: here

POSTER AWARDS for 2014 here PDF


The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (BGSFN) has been active at the University of Kentucky for nearly 40 years. Consistent with the goals of the National Society for Neuroscience, the overall mission of the BGSFN is to promote the advancement of neuroscience research within the Bluegrass region of Kentucky and to serve as an organization to disseminate the most recent advances in neuroscience at local and regional levels. Faculty, student and postdoctoral members meet annually to present their research in a formal setting. Members also provide neuroscience outreach activities and education to local schools and community members during Brain Awareness Week and at the Fayette County Science Fair.

Current Officers

Jim Pauly Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Brad Taylor Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physiology

Activities Coordinator
Kathy Saatman Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Physiology & Neurosurgery

Mark A. Prendergast Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology

Outreach Coordinator
Robin L. Cooper Ph.D., Department of Biology

Staff Representative
Jennifer Brelsfoard, Staff

Post-Doctoral Representatives
Scott Webster Ph.D. & Holly Brothers Ph.D.

Pre-Doctoral Representatives
Carolyn Crowdus & Anna Reynolds

Undergraduate Representative
Skylar Trott

Non-UK Faculty Representative
Margaret B. Upchurch – Professor of Psychology, Transylvania University


Previous Officers

A Letter from the BGSFN President

Welcome to the website for the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (BGSFN)! We are glad that you are visiting our site and hope that it contains some useful information for you. The BGSFN represents an umbrella organization for more than three hundred SFN members from several universities and colleges in the Bluegrass region. As such, we have interests that range from the laboratory bench to the clinic, from basic research models to human translational studies. We are an active, vibrant chapter with members at the faculty, post-doctoral fellow, staff, graduate student, and undergraduate student levels. Our activities include an annual fall picnic, a spring symposium, and extensive events during Brain Awareness Week including a public town hall meeting. Our investigators are making major advances in biomedical research and our training programs are preparing scientists for successful careers in academia, industry, and government. Please use this website to familiarize yourself with details on upcoming events and feel free to contact us if we can provide more information. Thanks!

Jim Pauly, PhD
President, BGSFN

Here's a link to the instructional page for signing up for the BGSFN

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