PANS PPE Senior Postdoc Talks

The PANS Pandemic Educational (PPE) Seminar Series is held once every two months and features a headlining talk from one of our community’s leading experts on neuroendocrinology topics such as reproduction, stress, epigenetics, among others. PANS is engaging in a new initiative to have senior postdocs with research focuses aligned with the featured PPE speaker to share presentations on their work. Following the scheduled PPE headlining talk, two senior postdocs will have the opportunity to deliver 15-minute presentations with 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

The May 2021 PANS PPE – taking place on May 28, 2021 – will feature an invited talk on the central control of metabolism.

PANS invites abstract submissions from senior postdocs with research focuses aligned with the central control of metabolism to participate in the upcoming PPE Seminar. Benefits of presenting your research at PANS PPE include the opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge research, expanding your network, and finding potential employment opportunities!

The deadline for abstract submission is May 1, 2021. Send abstracts to pansabstract@gmail.com.

 

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2021, 5pm EST
  • The abstract must describe research aligned with the theme of the headlining PPE Seminar (May 2021 – Central control of metabolism)
  • All abstracts will be reviewed. Only two will be selected for presentation (15-minute presentations)
  • Presenting author must be a senior postdoctoral researcher

Submission instructions

  • E-mail abstracts as a MS Word .doc/.docx file to pansabstract@gmail.com
  • Subject line: May 2021 PPE Abstract: [Presenting author’s first and last name]
    • Example subject line: May 2021 PPE Abstract: Eugene Cheung
  • Ensure that the format and style of the abstract conforms to guidelines below

Abstract Formatting Guidelines (required)

  • Text formatting: Arial font, size 11, single spaced, alignment = justify
  • Title: ALL CAPITALS, bold text
  • Title: Limit 25 words
  • Authors: First name Middle initial. Last name.
    • Example: Kaitlin C. Ferrari
    • Underline presenting author
    • Affiliation: Department and Institution, City, Country
    • Abstract body: word limit of 300 words (not including Title, Authors, Affiliation)

 

Example abstract with proper formatting and word limits:

EFFECTS OF LEPTIN ON HORMONE SECRETION PATTERNS, BEHAVIOR, AND ENERGY BALANCE IN FEMALE TRANSGENIC MICE

Bob A. Loblaw, Yu G. Cheng, Cathy T. Ferrari, and Grum P. Leader

Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Leptin was first discovered as a metabolic adipokine hormone in 1994. Work from multiple labs soon demonstrated that leptin serves a permissive role in the onset of puberty. This role in reproduction was supported by findings in humans and animal models that genetic mutants in the leptin gene (lep) cause hypogonadism and arrested pubertal onset. Whether leptin also alters secretion of other hormones relating to reproduction is only beginning to be studied. Here we used a new transgenic mouse model in which leptin receptor activation in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus could be controlled with a designer drug administered in ice cream sandwiches. We used this new model to test whether central leptin receptor activation causes changes in the levels of a number of different hormones or if it alters body weight and feeding. We found that…. leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin leptin. In conclusion, we report for the first time, that along with robust increases in kisspeptin and GnRH activity after leptin receptor-positive neuron activation, there are also unexpected increases in several other hormones along with several surprising behavioral changes. Whether these alterations are due to leptin-induced increases in gonadal steroid hormones or specific flavors of the ice cream sandwiches remains to be explored.