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Congratulations to Professor Danny Weinriech on his retirement! Please watch this video tribute highlighting his many accomplishments, achievements and contributions to the Program in Neuroscience.


Please check out our latest issue of BrainStorm!

BrainStorm newsletter Fall 2020

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

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

          "Enduring effects in thalamocortical circuits ensuing perinatal opioid exposure" (F31)

Michael Anderson (mentor: Tom Blanpied, Physiology)

         "Subsynaptic organization of the major NMDAR subtypes" (F31)

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)

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)

Michael Patton (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

           "Striatal fast-spiking interneurons regulate compulsive alcohol consumption" (F31)

Houman Qadir (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

           "Neural circuit mechanisms of the Fronto-Parietal Network" (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)

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

Kara Cover (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

Utsav Gyawali (mentor: Donna Calu, Anatomy & Neurobiology)

Natalie Hesselgrave (mentor: Scott Thompson, Physiology)

Niaz Khan (mentor: Alan Faden, Anesthesiology)

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

Katia Matychak (mentor: Andrea Meredith, Physiology)

Michael Patton (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)

Lace Riggs (mentor: Todd Gould, Psychiatry)

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

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