WSSU Professor to Lecture at 2011 SYNAPSE Conference at Wake Forest University

Dr. Manju Bhat
Dr. Manju Bhat

March 23, 2011

Dr. Manju Bhat of the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center (BRIC) at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will speak at the banquet for the annual Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the South East (SYNAPSE) Conference.  The conference, which focuses on neuroscience research and education, will take place on the campus of Wake Forest University (WFU) on Friday, March 25, 2011 and Saturday, March 26, 2011. 

The conference also signifies the second year of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Training Cooperative (UNTRAC) program, a collaboration between the WSSU Life Sciences Department and the WFU Biology Department, in which WSSU students minor in neuroscience at WFU.

The SYNAPSE Conference will commence with a banquet and pre-meeting address by Dr. Bhat.  The title of his presentation is Calcium signaling in sensory neurons: a TRIP to the CRAC house! The banquet will be held at 7:00pm in the Magnolia Room of Reynolda Hall at WFU on Friday, March 25.

Dr. Bhat is an assistant professor of Physiology in the Life Sciences Department at WSSU, where he teaches Anatomy & Physiology I & II. He is also a preceptor for the Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) Program and the Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) Program. Additionally, he serves as the advisor of the UNTRAC in the Department of Life Sciences. 

Dr. Bhat mentors several MARC U*STAR and MBRS-RISE scholars in neuroscience research.  Currently, he and his mentees are investigating the mechanisms of intracellular calcium signaling in how sensory neurons detect normal tough versus painful stimuli and transmit these signals to the central nervous system. 

“I am extremely happy with the work that Dr. Bhat has done and what he’s doing with the BRIC,” said Dr. Azeez Aileru, professor of Neuroscience and director BRIC. “He will be unveiling many years of work on neurological pain sensation and mechanism of such modality. Dr. Bhat is definitely a shining star," he added.

To find out more about Dr. Bhat’s research and the student-centered programs in the BRIC, please go to:

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