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

Stephanie Spohn defended November 20, 2015. Her dissertation was titled: “Protective Actions of 5-HT4 Receptors in the Colonic Epithelium." Stephanie worked in the lab of Gary Mawe, PhD, department of Neurological Sciences.


NGP Student Presents Research at the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics Retreat

Rehan Ali gave an oral presentation entitled "Regulation of microtubule dynamics by tau" on November 12, 2015. Rehan is a member of Christopher Berger's lab.

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

Anthony Pappas defended October 23, 2015. His dissertation was titled: "Impact of subarachnoid hemorrhage on astrocyte Ca2+ signaling: Implications for impaired neurovascular coupling.”  Anthony worked in the lab of George Wellman, PhD, department of Pharmacology.


2015 COM Research Day collage

The 2015 COM Research Day was  a success! Students participated in judged platform talks and a research poster showcase. Awards for the platform talks were awarded to junior and senior students. Junior Division award recipients: First place - Nicholas D'Alberto, NGP; second place - Phill Munson, CMB; and third place - Miranda Redmond, CMB. Senior Division award recipients: First place - Jamie Stern, CMB; second place: Michael Secinaro, CMB; and third place (tied) - Joyce Thompson and Rajiv Jumani, CMB. To see a full program of events click here.






NGP Students participate in the Catamount Classic

NGP students Alisha Linton , Matt McCabe, Brittany Fair and Biology student Ashley Waldron participated in the Catamount Classic. The NGP team completed a 12 mile portion of the Long Trail. In total, the UVM community covered the entire Long Trail during the weekend long event. That is almost 273 miles! The event was successful - two high school students have been funded to go on Outward Bound trips. For more information on the Catamount Classic click here.

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Congratualtions to Dr. Gene Cilento!

Gene recently received funds from the NIH. The grant is titled, "Training in Translational Science and Cardiovascular Medicine." The funding will help investigate pericyte influence of blood flow in the microcirculation.  Gene is working at the Knight Cardiovascular  Institute under Dr. Jeff Iliff.


Bishop Presents at 4th Annual International Fascia Research Congress

James Bishop, Naylor/Langevin Lab, presented a 45 minute platform talk on animal models of connective tissue pathology in Washington, D.C., for the fourth International Fascia Research Congress. James’ shared the 90 minute session with Dr. Paul Standley from the University of Arizona. Click here to learn more information.


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

Kimberly Albert defended September 9, 2015. Her dissertation was titled: “The Role of Estrogen in Emotional and Cognitive Processes Integral to Major Depression Disorder in Women." Kimberly worked in the lab of Paul Newhouse, MD. She will be a postdoctoral associate at Vanderbilt University.


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

Galen Missig defended August 28, 2015. His dissertation was titled: “Amygdala PACAP as a mediator of the emotional components of pain.” Galen worked in the lab of Victor May, PhD Department of Neurological Sciences. He will be a Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellow working at the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory with William Carlezon, PhD


Student Award

Congratulations to Eric Gonzalez for receiving a 2015 Trainee Professional Development award from the Society for Neuroscience. Eric is a member of the Margaret Vizzard, PhD, lab in the Department of Neurological Sciences. 


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

Eugene Cilento defended August 4, 2015. His dissertation was titled: “Ubiquitin ligase Trim32 and chloride-sensing WNK1 as regulators of potassium channels in the brain.”  Eugene worked in the lab of Tony Morielli, PhD, Department of Pharmacology. He will be a postdoctoral research fellow at Knight Cardiovascular Institute  working with Dr. Jeff Iliff.


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

Vanessa Ochoa defended July 15, 2015. Her dissertation was titled: "Cholinergic signaling: alpha3 beta4 heteromeric nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), alpha5, and the prototoxin LYPD6B"  Vanessa worked in the lab of Rae Nishi, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences. She will be pursuing a post-doctoral position at the University of California - Irvine with Dr. Christie Fowler.


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

Michelle McNamara defended June 16, 2015. Her dissertation was titled: "Longitudinal Extension of Primary Afferents is Regulated by Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Receptors and Tyrosine Kinase Receptor B in the Embryonic Spinal Cord via a Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Related Mechanism." Michelle worked in the lab of Cynthia Forehand, PhD, Department of Neurological Sciences.


New NGP Student Blog!

Check out the new blog being written by NGP graduate students (click here!)


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


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