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BrainStorm newsletter Fall 2020

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)

Annual Retreat

The Program in Neuroscience retreat is a wonderful day spent away from campus and the demands of the classroom and lab. During the day, we have a keynote speaker along with several other invited speakers that present on various topics in neuroscience and related issues. In addition, graduate students and post-docs associated with the Program in Neuroscience give short talks about their current research.

Those students, post-docs and faculty members that are not scheduled to give formal talks often elect to share their recent work during the always popular poster session held later in the afternoon.

The day is also filled with fun as we break into groups to compete during the PIN Challenge - rotating rounds of physical and mental exercises (sack racing, anyone?) and a new element of entertainment that we simply title the "Grant Proposal Challenge".

 Students and faculty alike agree that our annual retreat is exactly the perfect mix of serious science and community-building hilarity that makes us us here at PIN.

2019 PIN retreat program