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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 the 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.

NGP Student in UVM Impact: Graduate Education & Research News!

egEric 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 Beebrainbee

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 defended 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.

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