Past Events

  • Please join the Carney Institute for a screening of the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” on Friday, July 12, at 3 p.m. in the Innovation Zone, 164 Angell St., 4th floor.

    Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.

  • Jul
    2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Neurocritical Care Conference - EEG

    Rhode Island Hospital
  • Jul
    8:30am - 4:30pm

    COBRE on Opioids and Overdose Symposium

    Hotel Providence

    Join the COBRE for Opioids and Overdose for this annual symposium on July 11 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Hotel Providence. The symposium includes a panel discussion with experts and policy makers, as well as research presentations and networking.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Research, Training, Professional Development
  • Jul
    8:00am - 9:30am

    Neurology Grand Rounds - M&M/Neuropathology

    Rhode Island Hospital


    8:00-9:00 a.m. Syed Rizvi, MD, Associate Professor (clinical) Department of Neurology, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Director of the MS Centre, Rhode Island Hospital

    Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able


    • Discuss summary cases and identify potential opportunities for improved outcomes with future patients

     9:00-9:30 a.m. Neuropathology Conference

    John E. Donahue, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory

    Medicine and Neurology

      Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able


    • Identify and predict the relationship between the gross and microscopic changes found in the postmortem brain and the symptoms, signs, treatment response and natural history of the disorder antemortem

    Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


    Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact The Rhode Island Hospital CME office at (401) 444-4260.

  • Jul
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    NCC M&M Conference - Dr. Shyam Rao

    Rhode Island Hospital
  • BCBI Presents: Tea & Biscuits Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 3:30pm in the BCBI OfficeFor more infor...

    Tea and Biscuits

    233 Richmond Street

    BCBI Presents: Tea & Biscuits

    BCBI is hosting Tea & Biscuits, a summer social event to bring together BCBI Faculty, Students and Staff to celebrate summer. Please join us Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 3:30pm for refreshments (hot/iced tea and coffee) and conversation at the BCBI office.
    If you have any questions, or if you plan to attend, please email us at [email protected] We hope to see you there!
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  • The Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) is offering an introductory workshop on the Python programming language and natural language processing, targeted toward graduate students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences. Python is a versatile computer programming language, useful in many contexts including analyzing large bodies of text. No experience with coding is required. Faculty and staff members can register if space is available. In the first week of the workshop, we will learn how to manipulate and plot data, and modify text. In the second week, we will use natural language processing to analyze large sets of text data. NLP allows us to extract topics, analyze sentiment or summarize text that would take too long for humans to read. The workshop runs July 1-12. Each day will consist of a morning lecture (9am-noon), lunch, and hands-on exercises (1pm-4pm). Participants will have the opportunity to work on their own data-intensive projects with help from CCV data scientists during the second week. Lunch and coffee/tea are provided. The workshop is supported by the Data Science Initiative’s NSF-TRIPODS grant.

    Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Training, Professional Development
  • Please join the Carney Institute for a screening of the movie “Inside Out” on Friday, June 28, at 3 p.m. in the Innovation Zone, 164 Angell St., 4th floor.

    Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.

  • Jun

    Are you involved in or preparing for a multi-site research study? If the answer is yes, you’ve already realized how complicated it can be to comply with all of the rules and regulations from the various sponsors and institutions. Starting in 2020, the revised Common Rule will require cooperative IRB review for all federally funded, multi-site studies. Learn to be a team player in the world of IRB Authorization Agreements and Single IRB reviews. We’ve got the bases covered! Learn the rules of proper forms and procedures. Set up a winning strategy with the correct order of actions. Keep score by identifying responsibilities throughout the process. If we work together and follow the playbook, we can all win!

    Space is limited | RSVP required | Zoom attendance available

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Teaching, Instruction, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research, Social Sciences, Training, Professional Development
  • On June 26, The Carney Institute will be live screening the Society for Neuroscience’s virtual conference: Machine Learning in Neuroscience — Fundamentals and Possibilities . Please join us in the Innovation Zone.

    No need to register for the event through SfN, but please RSVP here so we know how much food to order. Thanks! 

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Teaching, Instruction, Research
  • Please join the Carney Institute for a screening of the documentary “The Rest I Make Up” on Friday, June 21, at 3 p.m. in the Innovation Zone, 164 Angell St., 4th floor.

    Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.

  • Jun

    DSCoV Workshop - Introduction to Docker

    164 Angell Street

    Docker is a platform to aid in the development and deployment of applications. In this workshop, we will explore Docker and its common use-cases. No knowledge of Docker is required. Familiarity with programming and/or Linux is helpful. Please come with Docker Desktop installed.

    Presenter: Bradford Roarr, CIS

    Pizza will be served. Seats are limited.


    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Teaching, Instruction, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering
  • Jun

    Career Exploration Panel: Science Policy/Government

    Considering a career outside of academia? You are invited to participate in a panel discussion featuring Ph.D.s pursuing careers in Science Policy/Government. What led them to their current career? What are the challenges and rewards?
    Meet our Panelists:

    • Kay Ho, Ph.D.
      Environmental Research Scientist
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Jim Palardy, Ph.D.
      Project Director, Conservation Science
      The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • Teresa Ramírez, Ph.D.
      Diversity & Inclusion Policy and Outreach Specialist
      Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
    • Tyrone C. Spady, Ph.D.
      Director of Legislative and Public Affairs
      American Society of Plant Biologists

    Sign up here to let us know if you are attending and submit questions to the panel! Reception and networking opportunity to follow. Register @

  • Jun

    Seminar: Jason Shepherd, Ph.D.

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    Jason Shepherd, Ph.D.

    Viral-like intercellular communication in the nervous system

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Ben Barres Investigator

    Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy,
    Biochemistry and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

    University of Utah, School of Medicine


    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Research
  • Jun
    All Day

    4th Annual CSF Disorder Symposium From Canvas to Clinic — Artistic(al) Management of Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders

    Brown University Medical Education Building (Alpert Medical School)

    Program Description
    The 2nd and 3rd CSF Disorders Symposia in 2017 and 2018 introduced the intersection of Art, Science and Medicine for disorders of the cerebrospinal fluid. Artwork on display has illustrated visually the transformative manifestations of CSF disorders, such as connective tissue disorders, Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, syringomyelia and others.

    This initiative was supported by the Art League Rhode Island. Historically and traditionally, art has been applied to medicine and to surgery through surgical illustrating. However, there is “medical arts’ beyond this, and the Rhode Island State Council on Arts in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health and RISD, have promoted the powerful role that the arts can play in health and healing, and have expanded the engagement of the arts in health in the state of Rhode Island. Artists, through their ability to create a visual impression, will foster in the compassionate physician and the engaging patient a deeper understanding of the suffering behind a disease. Beyond this, visual arts can support the “designing” of surgical strategies.

    Painting and sculpting are two forms of the visual arts. Through the development of 3D models and 3D printing techniques, visual impressions and concepts will aid in surgical planning and “designing” surgical strategies and outcomes: Predicting the details of surgical findings can be clearly illustrated, and the potential outcome of an elected surgical procedure can be envisioned through sculpture and 3-dimensional artwork.

    The 2019 symposium will address the above outlined “artistic(al)” potentials and the implications on the diagnosis and management of CSF disorders as well as improving the outcome of the surgical profession. This includes enhanced education and teaching of medical students & surgical trainees.

    Who Should Attend
    Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents, fellows, researchers, radiologic technologists, and engineers interested in advancing their understanding of how harmonizing art, science, and medicine can lead to implications on the diagnosis and management of CSF disorders as well as improving the outcome of the surgical profession.

    This comprehensive program will include topics of interest to healthcare professionals who specialize in gastroenterology, genetics, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, neurosurgery, nutrition, pain management, pediatrics, physical therapy, primary care, pulmonology, radiology, rehabilitation, rheumatology, and urology.

    Learning Objectives
    At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
    1. Describe the clinical manifestation of CSF disorders and implications on health and medicine
    2. Discuss the concept of medical illustration in the traditional concept of arts in medical surgery
    3. Promote and describe the concept of Arts & Healing and it’s potential to improve surgical outcomes
    4. Promote the teaching aspects of artistic(al) medicine and management of health
    5. Discuss the concept of 3D artwork and 3D printing and the potential of disease modeling, surgical planning and outcome and teaching

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Department of Neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • Jun
    11:00am - 12:00pm

    Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds*

    Bradley Hospital

    Adolescent Cannabis Use: Research into harms, challenges, and treatment

    David L. Atkinson, M.D.

    Associate Professor, University of Texas-Southwestern

    Medical Director of Teen Recovery Program – Dallas Children’s Medical Center

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Bradley Hospital ◊ Pine Room ◊ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Jun

    Rhode Island’s Premiere
    Aphasia &
    Saturday June 8, 2019
    9:00AM – 12:30 PM
    Warwick Public Library
    (in the large conference room)
    600 Sandy Lane
    Warwick, RI 02889
    Registration required by May 31
    Limited space will be available
    [email protected]
    Free conference open to
    individuals, caregivers & professionals
    Guest Speakers:
    Claudia Wheeler, DO
    Medical Director-LPG Physical Medicine
    “Putting Words into Actions:
    The Role of the Physiatrist in Aphasia Care”
    Lucia Watson, MS, CCC-SLP
    Speech Language Pathologist-
    Speech Works RI
    “The Communication Toolbox”
    Briana Bigelli, MS, CCS-SLP
    Speech Language Pathologist-
    Rhode Island Hospital
    “Life After Therapy”
    Stephen Deltatto,
    Silver Lining Technologies
    Micheal Obel-Omia
    Poetry Reading
    Complimentary breakfast and refreshments
    Available CME/CEU for EMS

  • Jun
    8:00am - 6:00pm

    Rhode Island IDeA Symposium

    The Warren Alpert Medical School

    Rhode Island’s annual IDeA Symposium brings together research investigators from across the state who are funded by Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

    This gathering will showcase research discovery, allow sharing of best practices and an opportunity to better coordinate the basic, clinical, and translational research and investigator development programs that are supported by the IDeA funding programs in Rhode Island.


    Andrew Marshall, PhD, Chief Editor of Nature Biotechnology.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Research, Training, Professional Development
  • Jun

    DSCoV Workshop: Ben Knorlein

    164 Angell Street

    Ben Knorlein, CCV

    “Getting Started with Virtual Reality”

    This workshop will provide an introduction to Virtual Reality and how it can easily be applied to research. We will demonstrate 3 programs that can be used to visualize and interact with data in VR: Paraview (scientific visualization), A-Frame (web visualization), and Unity3D (game development platform).

    Registration is required. Please use this link


    164 Angell Street, 4th Floor

    Carney Innovation Space

    12:00 pm, lunch will be served

    Organized by Thomas Serre.

    Sponsored by the Data Science Initiative.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Teaching, Instruction, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Social Sciences
  • Jun
    11:00am - 12:30pm

    June DPHB Academic Grand Rounds

    Butler Campus

    Academic Grand Rounds*

    Ketamine and the Pursuit of Rapid Acting Antidepressants

    John H. Krystal, M.D.

    Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research

    Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience - Chair, Department of Psychiatry

    Yale University School of Medicine - Professor of Psychology - Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Yale-New Haven Hospital

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    Butler Hospital ◊ Ray Hall Conference Center ◊ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Target Audience: Physicians, department members, & invited guests.

    Objectives:  At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

    • TBA

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint provider ship of Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.        

    Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

    To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact The Rhode Island Hospital CME office at (401) 444-4260.

  • May

    DSCoV Workshop: Paul Stey

    164 Angell Street
    Want to become a Kaggle Master, start a tech company, or succeed in research? Ready to get your hands dirty and learn the data science and programming skills needed to solve real-world data science problems?
    • What: Lunchtime workshops targeting a range of skill levels; food will be served
    • When: Thursdays, 12 PM - 1 PM
    • Where: Carney Institute Innovation Hub, 164 Angell Street, 4th floor (above the bookstore)
    • Who: Open to all members of the Brown community; led by Brown faculty, staff, and students; limited to 40 participants

    This Week’s Topic:

    Please join us this Thursday, May 30 at noon in the Carney Innovation Hub for Solving the Two-Language Problem with Julia.

    The Julia language aims to give its users the rare combination of exceptional performance and expressiveness. its syntax is similar to MATLAB or Python, but its performance is on the order of C, Fortran, or C++. This tutorial provides an introduction to Julia, explores its many features, and demonstrates its advantages for data science and technical computing more broadly. No prior experience with Julia is necessary.

    This workshop will be instructed by Paul Stey, Director of Computing and Data Science at Brown. Pizza will be served. Please use the link below to see further event information and RSVP, as seats are limited.

    Please register here.
    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Research
  • Perinatal Management Conference
    Women & Infants Hospital

    Christopher Elitt, M.D. Ph.D.
    Instructor of Neurology
    Harvard Medical School
    Assistant, Department of Neurology
    Boston Children’s Hospital

    “Zinc Homeostasis, Oligodendrocyte Development and Neonatal Brain Injury”



    Upon conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

    • Describe key steps in oligodendrocyte development underlying the unique vulnerability of preterm infants to white matter injury.
    • Identify new tools available to study zinc biology and zinc signaling in the developing nervous system.
    • Identify changes they could make in their practice related to optimizing nutritional care of preterm infants to promote white matter development.
  • ***Note that sign up for this workshop is required, as the event is limited to 40 participants*** Please use the following link to enroll:

    Please visit our event page ( ) to see the agenda and also a more detailed summary of the event. ~~~ Workshop Overview (in short) ~~~ Biophysical modeling of neuronal networks helps to integrate and interpret rapidly growing and disparate experimental datasets at multiple scales. The NetPyNE tool ( provides both programmatic and graphical interfaces to develop data-driven multiscale network models in NEURON. NetPyNE clearly separates model parameters from implementation code. Users provide specifications at a high level via a standardized declarative language, eg. connectivity rules, to create millions of cell-to-cell connections. NetPyNE then enables users to generate the NEURON network, run efficiently parallelized simulations, optimize and explore network parameters through automated batch runs, and use built-in functions for visualization and analysis — connectivity matrices, voltage traces, spike raster plots, local field potentials, and information theoretic measures. NetPyNE also facilitates model sharing by exporting and importing standardized formats (NeuroML and SONATA). NetPyNE is already being used in over 20 labs to teach computational neuroscience students and by modelers to investigate brain regions and phenomena, including cortical circuits, hippocampus, cerebellum, schizophrenia, epilepsy and neurostimulation. It is also being integrated with the Human Neocortical Neurosolver tool ( developed at Brown.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research, Training, Professional Development
  • “Novel Neurocognitive Measures to Improve Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease”

    Laura Korthauer, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neurology & Psychiatry, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

    Wednesday, May 29th


    RIH, Ambulatory Patient Center, First floor, Conference room 133

  • May

    Please join us for the IMSD Alumni Panel on Tuesday, May 21st from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Petteruti Lounge (75 Waterman Street). The event will begin with a panel discussion followed by a reception. Sponsored by the IMSD Program, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Graduate School. Speakers will include:

    • Diana Borgas, Ph.D., Patent Agent, Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
    • Kirk Haltaufderhyde, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rhode Island
    • Chima Ndumele, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Yale School of Public Health
    • Anika Toorie, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Rhode Island Collage

    Moderator: JJ Lomax, EEB graduate student

    Registration is required at link to the left.  For further information, please contact [email protected]

  • Information on speakers

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research
  • May
    All Day

    Biology of Human Aging Colloquium 2019

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    The 2019 Biology of Human Aging Colloquium will be held on Tuesday, May 21 2019.

    Speaker Schedule:

    9:30 AM: Hugo Bellen, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Lipids in neurodegenerative diseases”

    10:30 AM: Mel Feany, Harvard Medical School
    “Genetic analysis of neurodegeneration”

    11:45 AM: Keith Blackwell, Harvard Medical School
    “Nutrient signaling and longevity in C. elegans”

    2:00 PM: Julie Andersen, Buck Institute for Age Research
    “The essence of senescence: what role does it play in neurodegenerative disease?”

    3:00 PM: James Mitchell, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    “Intersection of hydrogen sulfide biology with dietary restriction benefits”

    *Coffee: 9:00 AM, Reception: 4:00 PM*


    The Biology of Human Aging Colloquium was founded in 1998 by Drs. Sedivy and Tatar, and is currently under the leadership of Dr. Helfand. The colloquium is a full-day event, with lectures delivered by stars (or upcoming stars) of the aging field.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Research
  • May

    Open House for the new T32 ICoN

    164 Angell Street, 4th floor

    The New interdisciplinary training grant in computational and cognitive neuroscience Open House

    • Are you a graduate student interested in cognitive or computational neuroscience?
    • Are you interested in learning a new level of analysis for your research?
    • Would you benefit from training in a new area involving computation, animal or human research?

    Please join us to learn more about a new training grant on Interactionist Cognitive Neuroscience (ICoN)! This session will provide an overview of the training components, program requirements and how you can apply.

  • May

    NSGP Seminar Series: David Margolis, PhD; Rutgers University

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    Cortical and corticostriatal circuits for sensory-guided choices: lessons from the mouse whisker system

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health