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The Program in Neuroscience (PIN) stands against all forms of racism, inequality, prejudice and bias. The pandemic of racism in this country is clearly a public health crisis and PIN is committed to actively addressing this. The PIN Diversity Committee functions to: 1) improve PIN BIPOC student recruitment; 2) eliminate bias in neuroscience curricula; 3) achieve equality in the classroom and laboratory settings and; 4) educate the public about issues of diversity in science through public outreach.  We are confident that acting together, we can make real and positive change.

‌The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is dedicated to providing a center of excellence for the training of outstanding graduate students in the field of Neuroscience. Our Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program of study leading to a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. We look to prepare the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding of the brain/nervous system.

Neuroscience faculty expertise and research interests range from the genome to the clinic. Our program enhances interaction among our internationally renowned faculty and enables graduate students to take advantage of the full depth and breadth of neuroscience research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Our PhD students are highly sought after, routinely being appointed as postdoctoral fellows at prestigious institutions.

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Please check out our latest issue of BrainStorm!

BrainStorm newsletter Fall 2019

Congratulations to the following PIN students who are currently supported by their own NIH funding:

Jamila Asgar (mentor: Feng Wei, Neural & Pain Sciences)

          "Gut Mechanisms of Stress-Induced Comorbid Visceral Pain" (F31)

Sam Bacharach (mentor: Donna Calu, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

           "The Role of Cannabinoid Receptor-1 in Modulating Addiction Vulnerability"(F31)

Kara Cover (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

           "A Novel Thalamic Circuir for Behavioral Reinforcement"(F31)

Poorna Dharmasri (mentor: Tom Blanpied, Physiology)

           "Glutamate Receptor Mediated Organization of Synaptic Nanostructure" (F31)

Ashley Marquardt (mentor: Peg McCarthy, Pharmacology)

           "Gene Networks Regulating Playfulness" (F31)

Janell Payano Sosa (mentor: Dave Seminowicz, Neural & Pain Sciences)

           "Neuroimaging the Influence of Anxiety on Chronic Orofacial Pain" (F31)

Austin Ramsey (mentor: Tom Blanpied, Physiology)

           "Dynamic Control of Synaptic Substructure and Function by Adhesion Molecules" (F31)

Lace Riggs (mentor: Todd Gould, Psychiatry) 

           "Synaptic Mechanisms Underlying the Rapid Antidepressant Properties of the (2R,6R)-Hydroxynorketamine Metabolite" (F31)


Congratulations to the following PIN community members who have been recently published in high impact journals!

Jason Alipio (mentor: Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

Allison Arai (mentor: Dudley Strickland, Surgery)

Samuel Bacharach (mentor: Donna Calu, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

Cheryl Brandenburg (mentor: Gene Blatt, Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

Kara Cover (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

Andrew Furman (mentor: David Seminowicz, Neural & Pain Sciences)

Samuel Krimmel (mentor: David Seminowicz, Neural & Pain Sciences)

Brian Lin (mentor: Mervyn Monteiro, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

Houman Qadir (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

Lace Riggs (mentor: Todd Gould, Psychiatry)

Olivia Uddin (mentor: Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

Andreas Wulff (mentor: Scott Thompson, Physiology)



 Every June, the Program in Neuroscience hosts a one day retreat.  For more information, view the 2019 PIN retreat program.

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