eTHOUGHT Newsletter
November - 2011

Announcements:

NOMADS Guest Speaker November 16, 2011

Tim Mhyre, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience at Georgetown University (download bio) will discussGene Expression Profiling of Parkinson's Disease Risk in REM Sleep Behavior Disorder at the November meeting of the Neuropsychiatric Movement and Associated Disorders (NOMADS) group.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Clinical Neurosciences Center, first floor conference room,map

Bagels and coffee will be provided by the Brain Institute.

The NOMADS collaborative working group aims to develop greater insight into the pathophysiology and best management of neuropsychiatric movement and associated disorders through monthly interactive workshops. For the full schedule, visit NOMADS online.

Accolades

TCIP: Technology Commercialization & Innovation Program Awards

The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development recently awarded a Technology Commercialization & Innovation Program (TCIP) grant to each of two Brain Institute investigators. The goal of TCIP is to accelerate the commercialization of university-developed technologies, thereby driving economic development in the state.

Alan “Chuck” Dorval, Ph.D., USTAR assistant professor of bioengineering and Brain Institute investigator, received TCIP funding to develop massive-multielectrode, cross-hatched planar arrays for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). This device will enable safer and more effective deep brain stimulation.

Julie Korenberg, M.D., Ph.D., USTAR professor of pediatrics and Brain Institute investigator, received TCIP funding to pursue a therapeutic drug for Down syndrome (DS). The compound to be tested in mouse models of DS is a promising candidate for rescuing the cognitive deficits in individuals with DS.

2011 Julius Axelrod Travel Award

The Society for Neuroscience awarded a highly competitive Julius Axelrod Travel Award to Sujung Yoon, M.D., Ph.D., visiting associate professor of psychiatry and Brain Institute investigator. Dr. Yoon will present a poster at the 5th Annual Julius Axelrod Symposium on November 13, 2011, in Washington D.C.

2011 SfN Intermountian Chapter Poster Session Awardees

The second annual Society for Neuroscience Intermountain Chapter Poster Session was held during the Program in Neuroscience Snowbird Symposium on October 21, 2011. Thirty-five posters were presented (click here for abstracts), and four awardees were selected by a panel of judges. The first-place awardees were Jong-Hyun Son, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with Kristen Keefe, and Genevieve Smith from Julie Korenberg's research group. The second-place awardees were Markus Rothermel, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with Matt Wachowiak, and Andrea Schwager, a graduate student with Sharif Taha.

Castle Foundation Award to Brain Institute

The Castle Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to the Brain Institute to support Brain Awareness Week (BAW) educational outreach activities. BAW 2012 is March 12 18, 2012. Mark your calendars and consider being a BAW volunteer!


Engineering the Next Generation of Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Indicators for Neuroscience and Cell Biology Applications

2011-12-08 - The Brain Institute Optogenetics Community welcomes Robert E. Campbell, Ph.D., from the University of Alberta to the University of Utah on December 8, 2011. Dr. Campbell will present a special lecture on fluorescent protein-based biosensors for neuroscience and cell biology applications.


Neurobiology of Sensation

2011-11-08 - Registration is now open for the Brain Institute's Third Annual Spring Symposium to be held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This year's symposium, Neurobiology of Sensation, features guest speakers Tirin Moore, Ph.D., Stanford University; R. Clay Reid, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University; and Leslie Vosshall, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University.


Utah Neuroscience Social at Neuroscience 2011

2011-11-08 - If you're attending Neuroscience 2011, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, please stop by the second annual Utah Neuroscience Social on Sunday, November 13, between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., in the Washington Convention Center, Room 103AB. Spread the word! All Utahns and non-Utahns are welcome.


University of Utah Receives Grant for Groundbreaking Down Syndrome Research

2011-10-31 - A multidisciplinary team of University of Utah investigators has received a grant for innovative Down syndrome (DS) research that incorporates genetics, neuroimaging and cognitive testing to shed new light on the brain circuitry and chemical signals within the brain that lead to the development of DS.


Douglas Kondo, M.D.

Douglas Kondo, M.D.: Helping Kids Beat Depression

2011-10-28 - Brain Institute investigator Douglas Kondo, M.D., studies whether the natural products creatine and uridine can alleviate depression in adolescents with diagnosed depressive disorders who don't respond to approved antidepressant treatments.


Brain Institute Scientists to Aid Genetic Science Learning Center in Developing Neuroscience Curriculum for Students Nationwide

2011-09-21 - The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah receives new grant to collaborate with Brain Institute scientists and school teachers to create an interactive teaching tool, The Neuroscience of Our Senses.

 
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