The project "Topographically Detailed Computational Model of the Somatosensory and Motor Thalamus" from the PhD Candidate Joao Moreira was awarded amongst the best projects in the SUNY Downstate Annual Research Day (ARD) 2022. The ARD is a yearly event that takes place in SUNY Downstate, where students from all departments are invited to present their results and work in progress to the community.
Due to the pandemic restrictions that were still in place, in this year's edition the students submitted their work beforehand in the form of a video presentation and were evaluated by SUNY Downstate faculty. The best projects were awarded and had their posters featured in the hallway for a poster session before the Annual Graduate Day Lecture.
The keynote speaker this year was Nobel prize winner Harold Varmus, MD. Dr., with the talk "Making genomics useful and available to all, locally and globally". Varmus was the director of the National Institutes of Health from 1993 to 1999 and the 14th Director of the National Cancer Institute from 2010 to 2015, a post to which he was appointed by President Barack Obama. He was a co-recipient (along with J. Michael Bishop) of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. He is currently the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and a senior associate at the New York Genome Center.
Moreira, J.V.S., Borges, F.S., Lytton, W.W., Dura-Bernal, S. (2022) Topographically Detailed Computational Model of the Somatosensory and Motor Thalamus. 2022 Downstate Annual Research Day, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA.
A video presentation of the project is available in the link.