CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Neuroscientists from all over Virginia met on Friday afternoon to discuss groundbreaking new ideas and technology.

Day One of the three-day annual conference kicked off at the University of Virginia Medical Center. A big talker at the conference was a new piece of technology that uses light to serve as a replacement for medication to help with things like epilepsy.

This is a smaller version of the national conference being held in Chicago.

“You might imagine that’s really intimidating for an undergrad to go and try and absorb so this is a smaller version of that,” said assistant professor at UVA Mike McConnell. “It’s a real open forum where undergrads can meet faculty and we’re lucky to have a lot of really great faculty here in the commonwealth.”

On Saturday, the group will discuss new research for traumatic brain injuries. Some examples will have to do with head trauma in football players.