Dr. Akash Gautam, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences (CNCS), School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH), has been selected as the Young Investigator Colloquium (YIC) Speaker by the committee of the 16th Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN), Singapore. This meeting was scheduled for July 2020, has been delayed this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will be organized in the virtual mode during 13-14th December 2021.

The program committee has selected only 16 young neuroscientists from different Asia-Pacific regions like Australia, Malaysia, HK SAR, Pakistan, etc. Dr. Gautam is the only Indian Young Investigator to speak in this meeting out of these 16 young speakers. He will be presenting his work titled “Temporal effect of Arc on the working memory paradigms during novelty exploration” in YIC-2, which is scheduled on December 13, 2021.

The selected Young investigators enjoy a waiver of the registration fee for the APSN meeting and the support of USD500 for attending the meeting. However, this time, due to a virtual event, there will be no fund support for APSN2021 as there are no travel arrangements.

Dr. Akash Gautam’s research focuses on exploring synaptic plasticity genes’ role during learning and memory processes through a combinatorial approach of biochemical, behavioral, and molecular biology tests in animal model systems.