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INS graduate students receive NRSA fellowships

June 8, 2022

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): "

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Samantha Santacruz receives NSF CAREER Award

May 2, 2022

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.

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INS graduate student, Maddie Dwortz, authors review article

February 25, 2022

INS gradduate student, Maddie Dwortz (Curley Lab), was first author on a review article entitled "Neural systems that facilitate the representation of social rank," published in the Philisophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Dwortz MF, Curley JP, Tye KM, Padilla-Coreano N. Neural systems that facilitate the representation of social rank. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2022 Feb 28;377(1845):20200444.

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Michael Drew receives Research Award from the Pavlovian Society

December 2, 2021
Michael Drew was awarded the Pavlovian Research Award. The Pavlovian Research Award, established by W. Horsley Gantt, honors members(particularly younger members) of the Society for significant research accomplishments. The award consists of a certificate and citation.

INS students receive NRSA fellowships

October 29, 2021

Several INS students recently received NRSA Fellowships.  These competitive research awards enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.

Cherish Taylor (Mukhopadhyay Lab) received an NRSA from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for her proposal entitled "Mechanisms of Brain Manganese Homeostasis and Manganese-induced Parkinsonism".

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Dr. Franco Pestilli receives R01 from NIMH

September 1, 2021
Dr. Franco Pestilli received an R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health for his proposal entiteld "A community-driven development of the brain imaging data standard (BIDS) to describe macroscopic brain connections".   The project proposes to advance scientific discovery and understanding of the brain by developing methods (a standard) that will facilitate data sharing. Data sharing can effectively impact the understanding of health and disease by promoting data use from goals beyond those initially supporting the data collection process. The project will deliver a Read more about Dr. Franco Pestilli receives R01 from NIMH

Dr. Elizabeth Lippard, Dr. Stephen Strakowksi and graduate students Dylan Kirsch and Valeria Tretyak author book chapter

August 1, 2021

INS Gradaute Student Dylan Kirsch, Psychology Grad Student Valeria Tretyak and Drs. Elizabeth Lippart and Stephen Strakowski authored a book chapter in The Bipolar Brain entitled "Functional brain imaging in bipolar disorder: activation studie".

Kirsch D, Treatyak V, Strakowski SM, and Lippard ETC. Chapter 3: Functional brain imaging in bipolar disorder: activation studies (2021). In: The Bipolar Brain, Second Edition (Ed: S.M. Strakowski).

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Brager Lab publishes in Journal of Neuroscience

June 30, 2021
Greg Ordemann, an INS graduate student, is the first author on a paper from the Brager Lab published in the Journal of Neuroscience entitled “Altered A-type potassium channel function impairs dendritic spike initiation and temporammonic long-term potentiation in Fragile X syndrome.”
Ordemann GJ, Apgar CJ, Chitwood RA and Brager DH. (2021) Altered A-type potassium channel function impairs dendritic spike initiation and temporammonic long-term potentiation in Fragile X syndrome Journal of Neuroscience. 41 (27) 5947-5962 
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Dr. Elizabeth Lippard awarded grant from NIAAA

December 1, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Lippard received a ROI from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for her research proposal entitled "Dissecting Responses to Alcohol in Individuals with Familial Risk for Bipolar Disorder". Bipolar disorder has the highest rate of alcohol use disorder of any psychiatric diagnosis, yet our understanding of mechanisms that contribute to this comorbidity is limited. This research project will investigate if familial risk for bipolar disorder and/or alcohol use disorder is associated with altered sensitivity

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