University of Wisconsin–Madison


Eventbrite - Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion: 25 Years of Progress in Affective Neuroscience

*** Please note the updated schedule: Dr. Epel’s talk will now be at 2:30pm, Dr. Koob’s talk will be at 11:00am *** 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 |  5:00 – 6:00pm
Health Sciences Learning Center Auditorium (1306)

Free public talk by David Rubinow, MD
“Depression in Women: The Brain in Context”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7:30 – 8:30am: Breakfast & Registration Check-In
8:30 – 8:45am: Opening Remarks – Robert N. Golden, MD, Dean of School of Medicine & Public Health
8:45 – 9:00am: Welcome – Ned Kalin, MD and Richie Davidson, PhD
9:00 – 10:00am: Emotions & Emotionality: Genes, Neural Circuits and Behavior — Huda Akil, PhD
10:00 – 10:45am: Discussion
10:45-11:00am: Break
* 11:00 – 12:00pm: The Dark Side of Drug Addiction: From Drug Reward to Hyperkatifeia to Negative Reinforcement — George F. Koob, PhD
12:00 – 12:45pm: Discussion
12:45 – 2:30: Lunch Break
* 2:30 – 3:30pm:  Beyond “Stress”: Stress Processes, Mindfulness, and Biology of Aging — Elissa Epel, PhD
3:30 – 4:15pm: Discussion
4:30 – 6:30pm: Poster Session & Reception


Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:30 – 8:00am: Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00am: Can Potential Drugs of Abuse be Used Safely as Antidepressants? — Alan F. Schatzberg, MD
9:00 – 9:45am: Discussion
9:45 – 10:45am: Breakout Session Discussions
10:45 – 11:45am: Reproductive Mood Disorders: This is Your Brain on Steroids — David Rubinow, MD
11:45 – 12:30pm – Discussion
12:30pm: Symposium Adjourns

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:30 – 6:30pm
Varsity Hall 2 

* For Registered Attendees of the Symposium *

A hallmark of the Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion is the poster session and reception held on the first evening of the conference. Attendees gather to discuss posters, drink beverages, and nosh on appetizers. This intimate evening allows participants a special opportunity to meet and discuss their work with the speakers and fellow colleagues.

The poster session will be held in Varsity Hall 2 on the second floor of Union South. All travel award winners present a poster and all other attendees are encouraged to present posters as well. Poster abstracts should be limited to 250 words and should include a title.

The deadline for participation is April 1, 2019.
To register your poster, please submit a completed WSoE Poster Registration Form to

Poster dimensions: stands are 48″ x 48″ and useable space is 46″ x 46″

Thursday, April 11, 2019
9:45 – 10:45am

*Students may select 1-2 presenters when registering for the Symposium*

Students and trainees attending the symposium are invited to participate in small group discussion sessions with 2 presenters of their choosing. Breakout discussions give attendees an opportunity to participate in further in-depth conversations with experts in the field of affective neuroscience.

Student attendees may select up to two presenters for the breakout discussion group sessions. Please make your selection when you register for the symposium. You may change your selections at any time.