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NGP Student in UVM Impact: Graduate Education & Research News!
Eric Gonzalez, student in Margaret Vizzard's lab, has been featured in the March 2014 Graduate College Newsletter. To read article click here.
5th Annual Vermont Brain Bee
The Fifth Annual Vermont Brain Bee was held at UVM on February 8th. NGP students Willie Curry and Anthony Pappas played major roles in assisting NGP Director Rae Nishi in running the daylong event. Anthony and Willie managed the gross practical, read questions during the bee and participated on a panel among other things. To read more about the Brain Bee, please click here.
Presentation at Annual Society for Neuroscience
NGP Director Rae Nishi recently presented a talk on diversity as one of the "Challenges to Neuroscience Training" in a meeting at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego. During her introduction Dr. Nishi touched on the importance of a diverse workforce, that diversity breeds diversity, and that pre-doctoral students from diverse backgrounds can enrich the educational experience of the entire program. She also noted that recruiting students of diverse backgrounds creates excellent role models for younger students. Students from underrepresented group comprise 21% of UVM NGP; this contrasts with 5.6% across all grad programs at UVM and 12% across all neuroscience grad programs in the US. To view Dr. Nishi's full presentation please click here.
The Neuroscience Graduate Program recently celebrated the successful completion of three defenses.
Nathan Jebbett defended on October 28, 2013. His disseration was titled: "Developmental Methylmercury Toxicity: Effects on Gliogenesis." Nathan's was Felix Eckenstein, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences.
Gregory Lieberman defended on November 7, 2013. His dissertation was titled: "White Matter Involvement in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain and Neuroplasticity following Cognitive Behavioral Therapy." His advisor was Magdalena Naylor, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry
Geoffrey J. Schaubhut defend a master's degree on October 31, 2013. His thesis was titled: "Impact of Task-Independent Emotional Stimuli on Response Inhibition in
College-Aged Females" Geoffrey's advisor was Alexandra S. Potter, PhD, Department of Psychiatry.
Congratulations to Gene Cilento!
Gene Cilento was awarded the best poster presentation at the 15th Annual Department of Pharmacology Retreat. The title of Gene's poster was "Trim32 as a Regulator of Potassium Channels in the Brain." Gene is working Dr. Tony Morielli's lab.
Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Eric Gonzalez, a graduate student in the lab of Margaret Vizzard, PhD, received a research supplement to promote diversity in health-related research from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to pursue studies that address the mechanisms underlying lower urinary tract symptoms associated with urinary bladder inflammation.
Congratulations to Liana Merrill, for receiving the Society for Neuroscience 2013 Chapter Travel Award! Liana will be going to San Diego, CA for the SFN Conference, where she will be presenting at the Travel Awards Poster Session.
Welcome to the following faculty who have recently joined the Neuroscience Graduate Program!
- Rodney Scott, MD/PhD, Professor, Vice-Chair for Research, Neurological Sciences
- Pierre-Pascal Lenck-Santini, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurological Sciences
The Neuroscience Graduate Program recently celebrated the successful completion of a dissertation defense
Simone Otto defended on June 21, 2013. Her dissertation was titled: “Expression and colocalization of prostate stem cell antigen with alpha7 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in parasympathetic neurons." Simone’s advisor was Rae Nishi, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences. Simone will be doing her post-doctoral work at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
Dr. Grace Wong, CEO of ActoKine Therapeutics, recently presented “Career Decisions: Academia vs. Industry & Get a Foot in the Door – Yin & Yang Lessons Learned from Working in Biotech/Pharma.” This lecture was attended by graduate students and post-doctoral students at the university.
Dr. Wong (right, front row) with some of the seminar participants
We are pleased to announce the following faculty have joined the Neuroscience Graduate Program!
- Gregory Holmes, MD, Professor and Chair of Neurological Sciences
- Matthias Brewer, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Alicia Ebert, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology
- Alice Schermerhorn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Dawei Li, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
- Joshua Bongard, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science
NGP and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program collaborate
The NGP steering committee worked with the Dept of Rehabilitation and Movement Science (RMS) and the Graduate College to create a training track for students earning a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) so they can earn a PhD in neuroscience. Students co-apply to both programs, and are accepted into NGP if they are competitive with our normal pool of top applicants and they have been accepted into the DPT program. As with MD/PhD students, the DPT students will transfer credits of relevant courses into NGP. They will have the choice of any NGP mentor, but are most likely to train with our excellent faculty in RMS. For more information about this program, please click here.
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