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Neuroscientists from Around the World Coming to Pittsburgh for Brain Imaging Congress

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 13, 2013 – Neuroscientists from around the world will attend a three-day forum in Pittsburgh to discuss the latest findings on how the brain changes as it matures through childhood and adolescence.
The inaugural Flux Congress, which will be held at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh Sept. 19 to 21, will focus on brain imaging approaches in humans with additional talks on animal models to further understand molecular mechanisms of brain development, said conference chair Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., who is the Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“This conference is designed for scientists who use neuroimaging techniques to understand age-related changes in brain function and structure,” she said. “We will have presentations on a variety of cutting edge topics in neuroscience, including the teenage brain, brain networks, motivation and the impact of exposure to early life stress.”
David Lewis, M.D., UPMC Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and chair, Department of Psychiatry, Pitt School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address as well as give a talk about changes in brain circuitry during adolescence.
Other speakers hail from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health, Harvard Medical School, University of Berkeley, University College London, the Karolinska Institutet, the University of Toronto and other institutions.
Program information is available online at
The Flux Congress is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and its Department of Psychiatry, and Pitt’s Center for Neuroscience; the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition; and Elsevier Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.
Media who wish to attend the event can contact Anita Srikameswaran at or 412-578-9193 for more information.

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