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UVM Neuroscientists Co-Sponsor Research Forum

Release Date: 01-23-2009

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Phone: 802/656-7875 Fax: 802-656-3961

The University of Vermont Neuroscience Graduate Program and Neuroscience Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), along with the Vermont Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, sponsored the 4th Annual Neuroscience Research Forum January 23 through 24 at the Davis Center at UVM. The event opened with a keynote talk by Lorna Role, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Neurobiology and Behavior at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, on January 23 and continued with Scientific Sessions and a Workshop on Scientific Careers in Industry on January 24.

Dr. Role, whose presentation was sponsored by a Grass Lectureship from the Society for Neuroscience, joined SUNY Stony Brook in 2008. She earned a Ph.D. in Physiology and completed three years of postdoctoral study at Harvard University. In 1984, she joined the department of anatomy and cell biology in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University as an assistant professor. Over the years, she was promoted several times, ultimately to professor of pathology and cell biology. From 1996 to 2008, she also held the position of research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Elected as a member of The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in 2001, Role was awarded the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative Research related to Schizophrenia (NARSAD) in 2006 and in 2007- 2008 received a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award: Baer Investigator. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neuroscience and Frontiers in Neuroscience and is an associate editor of Neuropsychopharmacology. Her research focuses on central cholinergic systems that have been implicated in disorders of memory, mood and motivation, and her work has implications for studies of schizophrenia, depression and Alzheimer's dementia.

For more information, visit VT Society for Neuroscience.