• - Congratulations to the Winners of the Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Awards in Neurocience 2013:

      Medical Student Award

      Mathieu Bakhoum, Evidence of autophagic gridlock in aging and neurodegeneration

      Dan W. Branch, Virtual reality spine surgery simulation: An empirical study of its impact on technical performance

       

    • Graduate Student Award

      Jordan Jahrling, Cognitive enhancement following PPARy agonism is mediated by a nuclear hippocampal pERK-PPARy complex during memory consolidation in Tg2576 Alzheimer's mice

       

      The winners will present a seminar and receive their awards on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

       

    • - Congratulations to the Graduate School Scholarship Award Winners - Fall 2012:

      Alyssa Baker: Ann and John Hamilton Endowed Scholarship

      Mathieu Bakhoum: James E. Beall II Memorial Award in Anatomy and Neurosciences; and Robert Harrison, MD, Memorial MD/PhD Endowment Scholarship

      Latham Fink: David and Janet Niesel Scholarship

      Emily Stieren: George Sealy Award in Neurology

      Sarah Swinford: Michael Tacheeni Scott Endowed Scholarship.

       

      - Congratulations also to NGP faculty members who won Graduate Student Organization awards – Fall 2012:

      Drs. Jose Barral and Giulio Taglialatela: Teaching Excellence Awards

      Dr. Darren Boehning: GSO Faculty Award for Student Advocacy.

       

      - The James E. Beall II Memorial Lectureship 2012 was awarded to Dr. Robert Malenka, who is the Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Nancy Friend Pritzker Laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine, Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences, and Member of the National Academic of Sciences. He presented the 2012 James E. Beall Memorial Lecture entitled "Molecular Mechanisms and Functions of Synaptic Plasticity" on Monday, October 29, 2012.

       

      - Congratulations to the winners of the Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Awards in Neuroscience:

      Medical Student Award, Emily Stieren, Ubiquilin-1 Is a Molecular Chaperone for the Amyloid Precursor Protein.

      Graduate Student Award, Abhisek Mukherjee, Calcineurin Inhibition at the Clinical Phase of Prion Disease Reduces Neurodegeneration, Improves Behavioral Alterations and Increases Animal Survival.

      The winners gave a seminar and received their awards on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

       

    • - Congratulations to two NGP students who received highly competitive, prestigious NIH Fellowships:

      - Latham Fink, MD-PhD student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (mentor: Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, Center for Addiction Research), has been awarded an National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH) F30 Fellowship for his dissertation project on “Serotonin 5-HT2A Receptor Integration of Impulsivity and Cocaine Cue Reactivity”, starting July 2012.

      - Alyssa Baker, MD-PhD student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program (mentor: Dr. Susan Carlton, Dept. of Neuroscience and Cell Biology), was awarded an F30 Fellowship (NIDA/NIH) for her dissertation project on “Peripheral activation of Group III mGluR potentiates morphine analgesia”, starting July 2011.

       

      - Congratulations to Norelle Wildburger for getting her article "Control of neuronal ion channel function by glycogen synthase kinase-3: new prospective for an old kinase" (co-authored with Dr. Fernanda Laezza) published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.

       

      - NGP faculty member Dr. Jose Barral, Director of the NGP Neurobiology of Disease Track and recipient of the Graduate Student Organization Outstanding Teacher Award, has been selected as keynote speaker for the Graduate School Community of Scholars Ceremony, August 22, 2012. Dr. Barral will talk about the investigative process and describe what the new students should expect of their mentors and, likewise, what their mentors will expect of them.

       

      - Congratulations to NGP student Mathieu Bakhoum for his successful Dissertation Defense on May 24, 2012.

       

      - Congratulations to NGP student Karon Wynne for the award of an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF). The 2012-13 class of Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows includes 12 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, developing lifelong leadership skills, and living famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer's message of service. For more information see http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/features/us/houston/ and http://www.utmb.edu/newsroom/article7769.aspx

       

      - We are excited that Robert Malenka, M.D., Ph.D. has accepted the James E. Beall II Memorial Lecturer in Neuroscience Award and will be visiting us on October 28-30, 2012. Dr. Malenka is the Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences, and Member of the National Academic of Sciences. A recent interview published in PNAS can be found here: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/40/16501.full

       

      - Congratulations to the following students for successfully defending their Dissertation Proposals: 

      Sarah Swinford 11/28/12

      Latham Fink 4/2/12

      Jordan Jahrling 1/5/12

      William Miller 11/30/11

     

    • - A "Diversity Supplement" application for NGP student Rosann Govea by NGP faculty member Dr. Susan Carlton was approved by NIH/NINDS on March 30, 2012. Congratulations!

     

    • - The Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter is hosting a Brain Facts Trivia competition on March 13th at 7pm at Brews Brothers (24th and Strand). Food will be provided and winning teams will receive prizes. All are welcome. This event it sponsored by an SfN Chapter Grant awarded to the Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter. Contact Vice President Sarah Swinford at seswinfo@utmb.edu for more information.

     

    • - Happy Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2012! 

     

    • - The next NGP Graduate Student Organization and Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter Meeting will be held on February 29th at 1pm in the BSB 120 Conference Room.

      Free lunch is provided by the SfN Galveston Chapter.

     

    • - Please welcome our new NGP Faculty Members:

      Dr. Jonathan Hommel, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

      Dr. Carol Nilsson, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

      Dr. Yogesh Wairkar, Department of Neurology

     

    • - Congratulations to Alyssa Baker for her successful Dissertation Proposal Defense on January 19, 2012.

     

    • - The Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter hosted Baylor Neuroscientist and New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. David Eagleman on January 18th, 2012. Dr. Eagleman gave the inaugural lecture for the SfN Galveston Chapter, entitled "The Secret Lives of the Brain."

      This event was sponsored by an SfN Chapter Grant to the Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter.

     

    • - The next NGP Graduate Student Organization and Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter Meeting will be held on January 11th at 1pm in the BSB 120 Conference Room.  

      Free lunch is provided by the SfN Galveston Chapter.

     

    • - The NGP Student Organization is taking donations to sponsor a child in the CPS Toy Drive.

      Please contact seswinfo@utmb.edu if you wish to make a donation.

     

    • - The Society for Neuroscience Meeting is held in Washington D.C. November 12-16, 2011.

      Please join the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter! See Vice President Sarah Swinford at seswinfo@utmb.edu for more information.

     

    • - Congratulations to the Graduate School Scholarship Award Winners - Fall 2011:

      John Anderson: Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Award in Neuroscience

      Mathieu Bakhoum: GSBS Associates Scholarship; Jen Chieh and Katherine Huang Scholarship; Margaret Saunders Travel Award

      Adrienne De La Cruz: George Sealy Research Award in Neurology

      Jordan Jahrling: Peyton and Lydia Schapper Endowed Scholarship

      William Miller: Sjoerd Steunebrink Scholarship Endowment

      Emily Stieren:  Betty Williams Scholarship; James E. Beall II Memorial Award in Anatomy and Neurosciences; Margaret Saunders Travel Award; Robert Bennett Tuition Scholarship; Robert Harrison, M.D., Memorial M.D./Ph.D. Endowment

      Sarah Swinford: Leroy Olson, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship

     

    • - We are also proud to announce that NGP members, Drs. Jose Barral and Volker Neugebauer, received Graduate Program Teaching Awards - 2011

     

    • - Neuroscience and Cell Biology Retreat is held November 3rd, 2011.

     

    • - Congratulations to the winners of best poster cash prizes in the Society for Neuroscience Poster Symposium! And thanks to all that attended!

      1st Place - Smitha Krishnan Infante

      2nd Place - Susan Edionwe

      3rd Place - Alyssa Baker

     

    • - The next NGP Graduate Student Organization and Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter Meeting will be held on October _______ at 12 noon in the BSB 120 Conference Room.

     

    • - The Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter is hosting a poster symposium October 25th, 2011 in Levin Hall Foyer, and we want you to participate!  Come display your innovative research and compete for cash prizes! Students and postdoctoral fellows from all UTMB schools and departments are eligible, but the project must be related to neuroscience in some way. This symposium is sponsored by a Chapter grant from the Society for Neuroscience to the SfN Galveston Chapter. If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of 250 words or less and your contact information to Sarah Swinford (Vice President) at seswinfo@utmb.edu. With your abstract, please include your title, author information (including your faculty mentor and department), and a funding source, if applicable. Your abstract will become part of a book to be handed out at the symposium. Please email Sarah with questions or for more information.

     

    • - The James E. Beall II Memorial Lecturer this year was Dr. Mortimer Mishkin, Chief, Cognitive Neuroscience Section at NIMH. He presented his seminar entitled "Speech and Auditory Memory: How Deep is their Connection" on Monday, September 26, 2011.

     

    • - Congratulations to NGP students John Anderson and Zane Martin for successfully defending their dissertation.

     

    • - Current NGP student representatives are Mathieu Bakhoum & Latham Fink. 

     

    • - Please welcome our new NGP Faculty Members:
    • Dr. Javier Navarro, Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology
    • Dr. Rodrigo Orlando Kulji, Department of Neurology

     

    • - Congratulations to the Winners of the 2011 Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Awards in Neuroscience:
    • John Anderson (medical student category winner)
    • Jason Thonhoff (medical student category winner)
    • Lindsay Reese (graduate student category winner)

     

    • - Congratulations to NGP students Hossein Ameri, Alyssa Baker, Latham Fink, Tanzeen Yusuff, Shayne Hassler and Tetyana Buzhdygan for successfully completing the NGP Qualifying Examination in 2011.

     

    • - The next Lunch Meeting of NGP students and first year BBSC students mentored through the NGP is scheduled for October 21, noon, BSB 120 Conference Room.
      Free lunch provided - We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Dept. of Neuroscience & Cell Biology. Please contact Program Coordinator Mrs. Lisa Davis for details at limdavis@utmb.edu.

    • - Congratulations to NGP student Emily Stieren who successfully defended her dissertation on September 10 and is back in Medical School to complete the MD-PhD program.

       

    • - We are pleased to announce the availability of travel support for all first year BBSC students mentored through the NGP and second-year NGP students to attend the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, November 13-17, 2010. Funding is made possible through the generous support of the Jean C. and William D. Willis Research Endowment.
      Please contact NGP Director Dr. Neugebauer for details at voneugeb@utmb.edu.
       

    • - All NGP students and all first year BBSC students mentored through the NGP are invited to attend the Annual Research Retreat of the Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology.
      The meeting "Molecules and Mechanisms" will be held September 23 and 24, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Galveston Convention Center. Admission is free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The generous support of the Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology is greatly appreciated. Please contact Ms. Belinda Ebert for additional information at bebert@utmb.edu.
       
    • - All NGP students and all first year BBSC students mentored through the NGP are invited to a Lunch Meeting, September 16, noon, BSB Conference Room.
      Free lunch provided - We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Dept. of Neuroscience & Cell Biology. Please contact Program Coordinator Mrs. Lisa Davis for details at limdavis@utmb.edu.
       

    • - We are grateful that NGP student Latham Fink has generously agreed to serve as the "Junior" NGP Student Representative. NGP student Mathieu Bakhoum will assume the role of "Senior" NGP Student Representative. Please join us in thanking outgoing NGP Student Representative Emily Stieren for her dedicated and valuable service!
    • - Congratulations to NGP student Zengrong Zhu who successfully defended his dissertation! Best wishes Dr. Zhu!