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NGP Student Selected for Imaging Fellowship

James Bishop is 1 of 36 selected internationally for the 2015 Advanced Neuroimaging Training Program (NITP) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The program is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and senior faculty. This is a two week program that consists of experimental design, MRI sequence development, and advanced analysis techniques for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

NGP Students Presented at Experimental Biology – Boston 2015

Estelle Spear presented the following poster: “Altered Gastrointestinal Motility in a Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis” and Stephanie Spohn presented the poster titled: “Mucosal 5HT4 Receptors: A Novel Therapeutic Target in Colitis.” Estelle and Stephanie are both members of Gary Mawe’s lab.

Estelle Spear (Left) & Stephanie Spohn (Right)

Another Successful Brain Awareness Week for the NGP!

Learning about neurons at Founder's Elementary School in Essex, VT

The Neuroscience Graduate Program recently celebrated the successful completion of a dissertation defense.

Abbie Chapman Johnson defended February 23, 2015. Her dissertation was titled: “Mechanisms of Seizure during Pregnancy and Preeclampsia” Abbie worked in the lab of Marilyn J. Cipolla, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences.

NBH 10th Annual Forum

The Tenth Annual Neuroscience, Behavior and Health Research Forum was held on Friday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 24th at UVM’s Davis Center. Congratulations to NGP students – Estelle Spear winner of the platform talk and Nicholas D’Alberto winner of the poster session.

Congratulations to NGP Alum Greg Lieberman

The lead article for the November issue of the Journal of Pain is by Magdalena Naylor's team with Greg Lieberman, PhD as a first author. Greg graduated UVM's Neuroscience PhD program this year and presently is a post-doctoral Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of New Mexico. Other authors are: Marina Shpaner, Richard Watts (Radiology), Trevor Andrews (Radiology), Christopher Filippi (Radiology), and Marcia Davis. To read the article, click here.

NGP Alum Publishes in Perspectives

Former NGP grad student Patrick Long, who earned his PhD in 2013 is the lead author on a Perspectives article published in Science Magazine 10/17/14. To read the article, click here


NGP Holds Annual Lab Coat Ceremony and Welcomes New Students

On Friday, October 17, 2014, NGP students and faculty gathered at The Waterman Manor to welcome six new students to the program. Adrian Dutkiewicz, Gregory Johnson, Alisha Linton, Matthew McCabe, John McInnis and Stephanie Staszko began the program this summer and have already successfully completed the first class in the NGP required curriculum. During the remainder of their first year they will continue to take courses and complete 2-3 lab rotations. At the end of their first year they will choose their dissertation lab.

The second year students who recently joined their dissertation labs were honored in the annual NGP Lab Coat Ceremony. Students were presented with a lab coat embroidered with their name and program affiliation to celebrate the important work that lies ahead of them.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program recently celebrated a successful defense.

Kathryn C. Olds defended a master's degree on October 15, 2014. Her thesis was titled: "Inhibitory Control Efficiency in Successful Weight Loss Participants" Kathryn's advisor was Hugh Garavan, PhD, Department of Psychiatry.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program recently celebrated the successful completion of a dissertation defense.

Matthew LeComte defended July 17, 2014. His dissertation was titled: “Direct and Indirect Targets of Jagged1/Notch1 Signaling in Reactive Astrocytes” Matthew worked in the lab of Jeffrey Spees, PhD, Department of Medicine. Matthew is now completing his medical degree in the College of Medicine at UVM.

Liana Merrill, PhD, has been accepted into the Fellowships In Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program at Emory University. She will be a fellow in the lab of Gretchen Neigh, PhD.

St. Clair presents research at the Northeast Society of Developmental Biology Regional Meeting

NGP student Riley St. Clair, member of Bryan Ballif's lab, recently presented her research titled "Sema6A-PlxnA2 Signaling Negatively Regulates rasl11b to Maintain Proliferation of Retinal Precursor Cells during Zebrafish Eye Development." The presentation took place at the Northeast Society of Developmental Biology Regional Meeting at MBL in Woods Hole, MA.

Drs. Ballif & Ebert's Lab Groups

Congratulations to NGP Alumni!

John DeWitt, PhD, has matched for a residency in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Gregory Lieberman, PhD, will be pursuing a post-doctoral position at the University of New Mexico. He will be working as a post-doctoral fellow in cognitive neuroscience.

Jane Roberts, PhD, has matched for residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program recently celebrated the successful completion of a dissertation defense.

Liana Merrill defended on March 11, 2014. Her dissertation was titled: " Effects of Repeated Variate Stress on Urinary Bladder Function: Role of the TRPV4 Sensory Transducer " Liana worked in the lab of Margaret Vizzard, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences.


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