Graduate Training in Neuroscience
University of Washington
Adrienne Fairhall, associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Eric Shea-Brown associate professor of applied mathematics, members of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, have been awarded a grant from The Swartz Foundation to support research in theoretical neuroscience.As the 12th research institution to receive support from the Swartz Foundation, the UW will join the ranks of Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities, as well as Caltech and the Salk Institute. The grant will support postdoctoral fellows to pursue research with faculty across the disciplines spanning computational and theoretical neuroscience, as well as collaborate with researchers at other Swartz-funded institutions.
“We want to bring in brilliant young thinkers at the interface of biology, physics and mathematics and to let those fellows identify opportunities to bring together research underway in multiple laboratories,” - Eric Shea-Brown.
Neuroscience Faculty Fetz and Perlmutter create a brain-computer interface to restore movement in a paralyzed monkey.
Two of our recent graduates, Sung Han and Julia Lemos, have had work from their dissertations published in Nature. Both papers represent collaborations between labs in our Neuroscience program (Catterall and de la Iglesia, and Phillips and Chavkin.)
Dr. Han’s paper “Autistic-like behaviour in Scn1a+/- mice and rescue by enhanced GABA-mediated neurotransmission” identifies the neurobiological mechanism of autistic-like behavior in an animal model of Dravet syndrome and has important implications for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lemos’ paper “Severe stress switches CRF action in the nucleus accumbens from appetitive to aversive” demonstrates a neural mechanism for how stress can lead to depression.
Neuroscience faculty member Adrian KC Lee (Speech & Hearing Sciences, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences) just received a prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Awardhttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/afoo-aag011112.php
This Award is for new researchers who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. His AFOSR project is to develop "An integrated neuroscience and engineering approach to classifying human brain-states."
The work of former Neuroscience student Stephanie Furrer on the mechanism of spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 is featured on the cover of this month's special issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.
Former Neuroscience Student William Marrs in lab of Nephi Stella identifies a novel mechanism controlling levels of an endogenous cannabinoid in the brain.
Research of Neuroscience Program Labs Featured in the Wall Street Journal
The labs of David Raible and Ed Rubel are using zebrafish as a model system to identify drugs and genes that may influence damage and regeneration of sensory hair cells of the human inner ear. N&B graduate student Julie Harris has contributed importantly to this work.
Neuroscience Winter Quarter 2015 Rotation Talks
The Neuroscience Winter Quarter 2015 Rotation Talks & will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 (from 2:30pm to 4:15pm) in G-328 Health Sciences Building. The Rotation Talks were presented by 1st year N&B students who have completed lab rotations (NEURO526) during Winter Quarter 2015.
Winter 2015 Schedule
|2:30pm|| - Christopher Johnson, Neuroscience Student:
Optogenetic inhibition of 5-HT neurons in the dorsal raphe promotes anxiety
(Lab of Charles Chavkin)
|2:42pm|| - Rachel Stein, Neuroscience Student:
Characterizing the behavioral phenotypes associated with a mouse model of Dravet Syndrome
(Lab of William Catterall)
|2:54pm|| - Dean Pospisil, Neuroscience Student:
Traveling waves on human cortex
(Lab of Jeff Ojemann)
|3:06pm|| - Abhishek De, Neuroscience Student:
What causes the PFC neurons to discriminate partially occluded shapes?
(Lab of Anitha Pasupathy)
|3:28pm|| - Kali Esancy, Neuroscience Student:
Mixture processing in the antennal lobe of the Hawkmoth Manduca sexta
(Lab of Jeff Riffell)
|3:40pm|| - Jane Chen, Neuroscience Student:
The role of dopamine D1 receptors in the parabrachial nucleus on feeding
(Lab of Richard Palmiter)