iTHRIV Voices in Clinical Translational Science Seminar Series

May 16, 2023 by

Location: Zoom

Date: Jun 20, 2023 - Jun 20, 2023

Start Time: 12:00 pm

End Time: 1:00 pm

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Upkong Eyo

Upkong Eyo, PhD

Please join iTHRIV for an engaging hour with Ukpong Eyo, PhD, in a special Juneteenth celebration for the iTHRIV Voices in Clinical Translational Science Seminar Series. His presentation is titled “The Promise of a Minority Brain Cell in Neurological Pathology.”

Dr. Eyo was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the US in 2003 to pursue undergraduate studies at Northwest Missouri State University. He then went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa where he developed a keen interest in real-time imaging of microglia during development under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Dailey. Following his Ph.D studies, Eyo joined the lab of Dr. Long-Jun Wu, first at Rutgers University in New Jersey, then at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to study microglial-neuronal communications. In August 2018, Dr. Eyo started his independent lab in the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) to continue his research on microglia in (i) neural injury (especially seizure disorders); (ii) neurovascular interactions and function and (iii) sex differences. Thorough his career, Dr. Eyo has published in diverse journals including Nature Communications, Cell Reports, Nature, Neuron, GLIA, Brain Behavior and Immunity, Scientific Reports and others. As a PhD, he has had success in securing grants and his lab is currently funded by 2 R01s from the NIH as well as private funding including a consortium grant to study COVID with HHMI. Dr. Eyo is a passionate advocate for diversity in research and runs a diverse lab. Away from the lab, Dr. Eyo enjoys time with his blessed family including his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

The Voices in Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series is designed to lift underrepresented voices in research across the iTHRIV partnership.​ The series focuses on promoting dialogue and encouraging team science. The quarterly seminar series is designed to amplify diverse perspectives in clinical and translational research, and in doing so, foster innovation and an inclusive environment. ​iTHRIV hopes that attendees will use this series as an opportunity to listen more deeply to one another and to broaden their own research in the quest to improve the health of communities in Virginia and beyond.

Attendance is free and open to all. Registration is required.

For more information, contact iTHRIV.

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