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Dr. Mark Bouton Publishes in Psychological Science

Mark Bouton

September 28, 2017

Assistant Director of the NGP, Mark Bouton, co-authored the study with his Ph.D student Scott Schepers, which was published in the Journal Psychological Science.


James Hart Bishop Successfully Defends Dissertation

James Bishop

August 4, 2017

James Hart Bishop, Dr. Naylor's lab, successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Imaging Pain and Brain Plasticity: A Longitudinal Structural Imaging Study" on August 4, 2017. He is moving on to Standford University to be a part of the Brain Stimulation Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences under Mentors Nolan Williams, M.D. and David Spiegel, M.D. investigating the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on hypnotic analgesia. Congratulations, James!

Dr. Benedek Erdos Receives Inaugural Bloomfield Investiture

Benedek Erdos

July 31, 2017

NGP faculty, Dr. Benedek Erdos, was invested in a formal ceremony as the inaugural Martin E. Bloomfield ’56 M.D.’60 and Judith S. Bloomfield ’59 Early Career Professor in Cardiovascular Research. It is the first time ever at the University of Vermont that an early-career professorship has been endowed.

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Alumnus Receives a K99/R00 Career Development Award

Michael Williams

July 26, 2017

Michael Williams, a previous UVM Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellow and an alum of the UVM Neuroscience Graduate Program (Morielli Lab), was recently awarded a competitive K99/R00 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health. The scientific focus of his project will be to determine the role of a receptor tyrosine kinase implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders using viral and transgenic strategies in a murine model. This two-phase five-year award will provide support for Dr. Williams' to complete advanced technical training under his Dartmouth College advisors (Dr. Hermes Yeh and Dr. Bryan Luikart) and will facilitate and fund his transition to an independent principal investigator.

"I am very grateful for the training and ongoing support I have received from my Dartmouth and UVM mentors, without which this grant would not have been possible. With the generous support of the NIMH, I believe this project will give us new insights into the molecular biology underlying the developmental specification of synaptic connectivity. Our hope is that these types of studies will not only inform the basis of normal brain development, but will also inform the etiology of developmental disorders and highlight potential therapeutic targets, as well."

Mahafuza Aktar Awarded the PEO International Peace Scholarship

Mahafuza Aktar

June 29, 2017

Congratulations to 2nd year student, Mahafuza Aktar, for being awarded the PEO International Peace Scholarship! Established in 1949, the program provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Nicholas D'Alberto Awarded the 2016-17 GTA of the Year Award

Nicholas DAlberto

April 24, 2017

The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) of the Year Award recognizes annually the accomplishments of GTAs who have demonstrated unusual excellence and creativity in their teaching and commitment to student learning. Beginning in 2013, two awards are given each year, one for GTAs who have served as the primary instructor in a lecture based course, one for teaching assistants who have served as laboratory instructors. While only two GTAs are chosen to receive the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, the department and program nominees for the award are also recognized and honored. NGP student, Nicholas D'Alberto has receieved this year's award for laboratory instruction. Read more on the Graduate College Student Awards page. Congratulations, Nick!

Kutibh Chihabi Successfully Defends Dissertation

Kutibh Chihabi Defens

March 20, 2017

Kutibh Chihabi, an NGP student in Dr. Morielli and Dr. Green's lab, successfully defended his dissertation entitled "“PROTEIN KINASE MZETA (PKM-ζ) REGULATES KV1.2 DEPENDENT CEREBELLAR EYEBLINK CLASSICAL CONDITIONING" on March 20, 2017. Congratulations, Kutibh!

Estelle Spear Awarded the 2017 Edith D. Hendley Award

Estelle Spear

February 28, 2017

The Edith D. Hendley Award is presented annually to a woman pursuing graduate studies who has demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship and teaching, and who has performed dedicated service to women. This year, NGP student Estelle Spear has been awarded this honor!

The award is named after Professor Emerita Edith Hendley whose long history of academic excellence and dedication to women is evidenced in her history.

Congratulations, Estelle!

2017 Brain Bee

Vermont Brain Bee

February 20, 2017

After a preparation boot camp with our NGP students, local high school students were ready to compete in last weekend's Vermont Brain Bee.

Young scientists arrived at the University of Vermont on Saturday, February 18th for the annual Brain Bee, run by Sean Flynn, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and also faculty supervisor of the NGP Journal Club.
The winner goes on to the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, MD in March during Brain Awareness Week. The NBB winner will be eligible to attend the International Brain Bee.

Read more about it in the Burlington Free Press.

Estelle Spear Named Recipient of Parsons Award

Estelle Spear Parsons Award

February, 2017

The University of Vermont Graduate College announced in February 2017 that the recipient of the 2016 Rodney L. Parsons Anatomy and Neurobiology Award is NGP's own Estelle Spear, a PhD candidate in Dr. Gary Mawe's lab.

Read the full story here.

Students Present at the Women Can Do Conference

Women Can Do

October 13, 2016

On Thursday, October 13th, four of our students (Estelle Spear, Riley St. Clair, Alisha Linton, and Megan Perkins) presented "Women in the Lab" at the 18th annual Women Can Do Conference, a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12th grade girls that showcases careers in the skilled trades and STEM fields. Great work, ladies!

NGP White Coat Ceremony

White Coats

September 26, 2017

On Monday, September 26th at the Waterman Manor at UVM, our second-year students received their white coats from Director, Tony Morielli, and Assistant Director, Mark Bouton. Congratulations to all!

Estelle Spear Participates in the Young Investigator Forum at the Federation of Neurogastroenterology


NGP Student, Estelle Spear, was one of 15 trainees selected to participate in the Young Investigator Forum at the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility Meeting in San Francisco. Here she is after her talk titled, “Evidence for antibodies targeting the enteric nervous system in multiple sclerosis.”

Upon her return, she reflects on the great opportunity this was, and the importance of not taking this for granted:

“Part of being a scientist is doing science, the other part is sharing your research with the community, and a lot of good science can be obscured by poor communication skills and talks, powerpoints that are thrown together the night before!”

Left is Dr. John Wiley, the president of the ANMS, center is Dr. Braden Kuo, who led the forum, and Spear is on the right receiving her certificate.

Student Publication

James Bishop

Congratulations to NGP 5th year James Bishop for his co-first authored paper that resulted from his work at a six-week intensive workshop held by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program.

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program encompasses a broad range of imaging methods including: positron emission tomography (PET), animal optical imaging, magnetoencephalography (MEG), near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). Each year, twelve students are admitted to the program with the ideology that they are already proficient in a single modality and would like to acquire the skills to integrate an additional method into their current research.

"Coming from a background in fMRI, I was admitted to the diffusion weighted imaging cohort where I was mentored by Dr. Timothy Verstynen and Dr. Frank Yeh at Carnegie Mellon University. In partnership with another trainee, Sarah Lichenstein, we spearheaded a project comparing common diffusion reconstruction algorithms in human and phantom datasets with an objective of aiding researchers in the analysis decision process. We have since presented this work at the annual Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference in Hawaii (2015) and just recently published our findings titled, 'Diffusion Capillary Phantom vs. Human Data: Outcomes for Reconstruction Methods Depend on Evaluation Medium', as co-first authors in the Journal Frontiers in Neuroscience."

Congrats James!

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