Note: Times are CST (Costa Rica)

Wednesday, February 8 



Hotel Lobby

3:00 - 6:00 PM Registration Desk Open  

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Terraza La Castilla

Thursday, February 9

8:00 - 8:15

Welcome & Introductions
Paul Micevych, President


8:15 - 9:00

Longitudinal Mentoring Approach to Increasing Diversity 

Paul Mermelstein, PhD, University of Minnesota

9:00 - 10:30

Panel: URM scientists discuss their recruitment and retention experiences and perspectives
Moderator: Jack Lipton, PhD, Michigan State University

Nathan Smith, Erica Sanchez, Irving Vega

Sponsored by


10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

Alcazar Foyer

10:45 - 11:15

Panel: NIH FIRST Updates

Moderator: Walter Royal, III, MD - Morehouse School of Medicine

Panelists: Craig Powell, Walter Royal III

11:15 - 12:15

Research & Training with American Medical Colleges

Ross McKinney, Jr. MD - AAMC

12:30 PM

Group Tour: La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Included for all registered attendees.  Lunch included. 

Optional add-on tour for guests.

Hotel Lobby

Friday, February 10

8:00 - 9:15

New Chair Bootcamp
Moderator: Tim Ebner, PhD - University of Minnesota

Panelists: Gwen Childs, Cheryl Dreyfus


9:15 - 10:15

Training Opportunities and Expectations at NINDS
Michelle Jones-London, NIH/NINDS

Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity

10:15 -10:30

Coffee Break

Alcazar Foyer

10:30 - 11:15

Update on NIMH Priorities 

Joshua Gordon, PhD - Director, NIMH

11:15 - 12:00 

Advancements in Volume EM and Its Direct Benefit in Neuroscience

Geoff Perumal, Sr. Sales Development, Electron Microscopy

ThermoFisher Scientific 

Sponsored by 

12:30 PM

Optional Tour: Rainforest Experience at Braulio Carrillo National Park

(choose between Aerial Tram or Zipline option) Box lunch included.

Hotel Lobby

Saturday, February 11

8:00 - 9:00

Alternative Careers Counseling 

Moderator:  Cheryl Dreyfus

Panelists:    Jack Lipton, Tim Ebner, Alfredo Fontanini


9:00 - 10:00

Panel: Crisis Management

Moderator:  William Guido

Panelists:    John Foxe, Paul Micevych, Jack Lipton

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

Alcazar Foyer

10:15 - 11:30

Panel: Space & Finances

Moderators: Lucia Notterpek

Panelists: Gwen Childs, Paul Pfaffinger, and Harald Sontheimer

11:30 - 12:00

AMSNDC Business Meeting


12:30 - 5:00

Optional ToursPoas Volcano OR Doka Coffee Plantation

Lunch included for tour participants / On your own

Hotel Lobby

6:30– 9:30 PM

Farewell Dinner


Sunday, February 12



Association of Medical School Neuroscience Department Chairs
AMSNDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

6524 SW 61st Terrace, South Miami, FL 33143 

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