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Neuroscience Institute

Penn State Neuroscience Institute has an ambitious goal. We want to be known around the world as a Center for Excellence in research, patient care and teaching. Our network includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, as well as institutions like us throughout Pennsylvania.

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The Penn State Neuroscience Institute works to:

  • Assure excellence in basic and clinical research studies that increase our understanding of the normal and diseased brain.
  • Promote the translation of research findings into new treatments for neurological disease, such as brain tumors, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
  • Improve the care of patients with neurological and neurobehavioral diseases, such as confused mental states, Alzheimer’s disease and abnormal behaviors.
  • Provide a rich intellectual environment, so those studying neuroscience have the best possible educational experience.
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Krishnankutty Sathian, MBBS, PhD, FANA, is Director of Penn State Neuroscience Institute.

Read more about Dr. Sathian here.

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Continuing Education Programs



Penn State Neuroscience Institute Annual Retreat 2024

Friday, May 10, 2024
Registration: 8-9 a.m.
Retreat: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hershey Country Club

Registration is officially closed for the event. However, last-minute registration and/or posters may still be allowed. Please contact Sandy Austin at

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The retreat will provide an opportunity to share exciting discoveries from the Penn State community and foster collaboration between research groups and will include a poster session and two trainee awards.


  • Yongsoo Kim, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Janine Kwapis, Penn State Eberly College of Science
  • Anirban Paul, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Nina Lauharatanahirun, Penn State College of Engineering
  • Megan Fox, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli, Penn State College of Engineering

Keynote speakers

Gul Dolen, Professor, The Renee & U.S. Marine LCpl Bob Parsons Endowed Chair in Psychology, Psychedelics, and Neuroscience, UC Berkley

Vivek Kumar, Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory

Confirmed Penn State speakers

  • Nelli Mnatsakanyan, College of Medicine
  • Nikki Crowley, University Park
  • Yang Yang, College of Medicine
  • Tao Zhou, University Park
  • Dara Babinski, College of Medicine
  • Josh Gross, University Park
  • Jennifer Nyland, College of Medicine
  • Kazuhiko Kawasaki, University Park
  • Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, College of Medicine
  • Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli, University Park
  • Chris Chen, College of Medicine
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Tentative schedule

8-9 a.m.: Arrival, light breakfast

9-9:15 a.m.: Introductory remarks:

  • Karen Kim, MD, Dean, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Krishnankutty Sathian, MD, Director, Neuroscience Institute
  • Yongsoo Kim, PhD, Retreat organizer

Session 1

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Gul Dolen, UC Berkley (25-minute talk, 5-minute Q&A)

9:45-10:30 a.m.: Penn State speakers:

  • Yang Yang
  • Nelli Mnatsakanyan
  • Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli
  • 15 minutes each (12-minute talk, 3-minute Q&A)

10:30-10:50 a.m.: Coffee break

Session 2

10:50-11:50 a.m.: Penn State speakers:

  • Josh Gross
  • Chris Chen
  • Nikki Crowley
  • Tao Zhou
  • 15 minutes each (12-minute talk, 3-minute Q&A)

Lunch and poster preview session

11:50 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch

Session 3

1-1:30 p.m.: Vivek Kumar, The Jackson Laboratory (25-minute talk, 5-minute Q&A)

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Penn State speakers

  • Julio Fernandez-Mendoza
  • Dara Babinski
  • Jennifer Nyland
  • 15 minutes each (12-minute talk, 3-minute Q&A)

2:15-3 p.m.: Poster session with coffee

Session 4

3-3:45 p.m.: Penn State speakers

  • Kazuhiko Kawasaki
  • Two trainee awardees
  • 15 minutes each (12-minute talk, 3-minute Q&A)


4-4:30 p.m.: Closing remarks

Contact Us

To speak to someone about neuroscience research, please call 717-531-3828.