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Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Award Winners

The Neuroscience Community at UTMB is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 competition for two important awards endowed by the Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Awards in Neuroscience: The UTMB Medical Student Academic Excellence Award in Neuroscience and The UTMB Graduate Student Academic Excellence Award in Neuroscience. The awards are given for the best paper prepared and submitted by a medical or graduate student, respectively, on any topic relevant to neuroscience in the broadest sense. All papers submitted in the two categories were reviewed by external expert neuroscientists in a blinded fashion and judged to be of exceptionally fine quality. Two papers tied in the Graduate Student category and the award will be split.


Medical Student

Latham Fink, Individual differences in impulsive action reflect variation in the cortical serotonin 5-HT2A receptor system.


Graduate Students

Alice Bittar, Two types of ROS are differentially involved in spinal synaptic plasticity and mechanical hypersensitivity in neuropathic mice.

Norelle Wildburger, Quantitative proteomics reveals protein-protein interactions with fibroblast growth factor12 as a component of the Nav1.2 macromolecular complex in mammalian brain.

Dr. Harshini Neelakantan, 2015 Division Award Winners, Division for Behavioral Pharmacology. Dr. Neelakantan won 2nd place for postdoctoral scientists in the Best Abstract Competition (Poster Session)


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Individual Differences in Impulsive Action Reflect Variation in the Cortical Serotonin 5-HT2A Receptor System.Fink LH, Anastasio NC, Fox RG, Rice KC, Moeller FG, Cunningham KA. 

Variation within the serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT₂C receptor system aligns with vulnerability to cocaine cue reactivity.
Anastasio NC, Liu S, Maili L, Swinford SE, Lane SD, Fox RG, Hamon SC, Nielsen DA, Cunningham KA, Moeller FG. Transl Psychiatry. 2014 Mar 11;4:e369. doi: 10.1038/tp.2013.131.

Functional status of the serotonin 5-HT2C receptor (5-HT2CR) drives interlocked phenotypes that precipitate relapse-like behaviors in cocaine dependence.
Anastasio NC, Stutz SJ, Fox RG, Sears RM, Emeson RB, DiLeone RJ, O'Neil RT, Fink LH, Li D, Green TA, Moeller FG, Cunningham KA. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014 Jan;39(2):370-82. doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.199. Epub 2013 Aug 13.

(WHEN PUBLISHED) Inhibitory behavioral control: A stochastic dynamic causal modeling study comparing cocaine dependent subjects and controls
Liangsuo Ma1,2*, Joel L. Steinberg1,3, Kathryn A. Cunningham4, Scott D. Lane5, James M. Bjork1,3, Harshini Neelakantan4, Amanda E. Price4, Ponnada A. Narayana6, Thomas R. Kosten7, Antoine Bechara8, and F. Gerard Moeller1,3,9

Evaluation of the dopamine β-hydroxylase (DβH) inhibitor nepicastat in participants who meet criteria for cocaine use disorder.
De La Garza R 2nd, Bubar MJ, Carbone CL, Moeller FG, Newton TF, Anastasio NC, Harper TA, Ware DL, Fuller MA, Holstein GJ, Jayroe JB, Bandak SI, Reiman KZ, Neale AC, Pickford LB, Cunningham KA. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Jan 17;59C:40-48. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2015.01.009. [Epub ahead of print]