INS Graduate Student Dylan Kirsch published an article in Behavioural Brain Research entitled "Neural underpinnings of expecting alcohol: Placebo alcohol administration alters nucleus accumbens resting state functional connectivity".
This research probed the neural basis of the "placebo response phenomemon" whereby an individuals’ beliefs about whether they have consumed alcohol, irrespective of the actual presence of alcohol, can determine level of alcohol consumption and impact social behavior. Results suggest the placebo response to alcohol is
This award recognizes an early-career scientist who has established an independent research program which exhibits the potential for continued significant impacts on the field of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Dr. Fonken’s research focuses on how interactions between the
Congratulations to Dr. Micky Marinelli for recieivng a 2022 CNS Teaching Excellence Award!
The College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award celebrates the members of the CNS faculty that excel in the classroom. Recipients of CNS Teaching Excellence Awards are educational innovators, who embody and demonstrate commitment to CNS's mission: To provide an excellent, research-oriented education in science, mathematics and computing that fosters the success of its students, to discover important new knowledge through research and to create an intellectually and
Dr. Audrey Duarte's lab published a research article in Journal of Cognitive Neurosceince entitled "Neural Reinstatement of Overlapping Memories in Young and Older Adults". This research investigatted why older adults have more difficulty resolving competition between relevant and irrelevant memories. Duarte's lab used used Encoding-Retrieval Similarity (ERS) analysis – which measures the similarity of neural patterns during encoding and retrieval – to better understand how young and older adults process memories. They found that older adults’ susceptibility to old
Congratulations to Dr. Robbe Goris on his RO1 from the National Eye Institute!
This award will provide more than 1.5 million over four years to support his research project "Uncertainty, inference, and introspection in the primate visual system".
Brief Summary: Vision science seeks to understand how the visual system functions and aims to develop treatments for visual pathologies. The proposed studies to investigate the processing of visual uncertainty in cortex and its role in perception will provide rigorous steps towards those goals. The
Congratulations to Drs. Laura Colgin and Darrin Brager on their RO1 from the National Institute of Mental Health!
This award will provide more than 3 million dollars over a four year period to support their their research proposal “Investigating mechanisms underlying impaired social and spatial cognition in rodent models of Fragile X syndrome”.
Brief Summary: Fragile X syndrome (FX) is associated with deficits in social and spatial behaviors, yet the neural mechanisms responsible for these impairments remain poorly understood. Hippocampal areas
Three of INS gradaute students were award NRSA graduate fellowships to support their predoctoral reserach projects.
Leah Truckenbrod (PI: Caitlin Orsini): "Neurobiology of risk taking in females: hormonal modulation of basolateral amygdala function" Michael Dugan (PI: Bob Messing): "The role of BRSK1, a PKC epsilon substrate, in behavioral and physiological responses to ethanol "The role of BRSK1, a PKC epsilon substrate, in behavioral and physiological responses to ethanol". Dylan Kirsch (PI: Beth Lippard): "
Samantha Santacruz received a NSF CAREER Award for her proposal entitled "Scalable, Penetrating Multimodal Neural Interfaces for Adaptive Closed-Loop Neuromodulation". This CAREER project will develop and leverage a neural interface technology to characterize neural circuits impacted by anxiety disorders. Ultimately the work will increase understanding of neural mechanisms underscoring anxiety-related behavior and potentially lead to new treatment options.