Junior Faculty Panel Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Things I Wish I Would Have Known or Done Different


Springboard Speaker - Shawn FlanaganShawn Flanagan, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. His background is in systems neuroscience and physiology with specialized training in brain stimulation, imaging, and biochemistry. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Flanagan’s research is focused on the neurobiological basis of injury prevention and human performance optimization. Current areas of interest include the influence of the brain/cognition on injury, effects of biomarkers on injury and performance adaptations, psychological resilience, and novel clinical rehabilitation techniques for return to duty/play from musculoskeletal and head injuries. Dr. Flanagan is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American College of Sports Medicine, and Endocrine Society.


Springboard Speaker - Gerry HammondGerry Hammond, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His lab studies how a small family of lipid molecules direct cellular physiology at the plasma membrane. He trained at the University of Cambridge and NIH, where he honed his expertise in live cell and high resolution imaging. Dr. Hammond has been at Pitt for three years.


Springboard Speaker - Andrea WeinsteinAndrea Weinstein, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines the interaction between physical health, neural health, and cognitive function in older adults. In particular, Dr. Weinstein's work has focused on how engagement in physical activity improves the structure and function of the frontal-basal ganglia network in the brain, and how this relationship impacts executive function. She has examined cognition and brain health in neurologically healthy older adults, as well as in adults diagnosed with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Currently, she is extending her research to examine whether we can use information about the brain to understand how people make decisions, especially with regards to engaging in health behaviors. Dr. Weinstein will use this information to identify ways to help people initiate and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors.


2017 Springboard Speaker - Zongqi XiaZongqi Xia, MD, PhD | Read more about the Panelist



This month's SPRINGBOARD session will feature a panel of engaging Health Sciences junior faculty members from previous years who will talk about their own experiences to date and what they wished they'd known before starting their research program. Dr. Weisz will send the panelists a list of questions to ponder in advance of our session. If you have any specific areas or questions that you'd like them to address, please include them in your registration below or email Dr. Weisz before Friday, December 8th.

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