Dr. Christos Constantinidis is Mitchell’s advisor.
Congratulations to both Mitchell and Christos!
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Brian McCool and co-investigators of the Alcohol Research Training Program on the renewal of the WFSM Institutional Alcohol Research Training Program (T32). Additionally, there has been funding of an additional administrative supplement to the T32. Our Alcohol Research Training Program, now in its 21st year of funding by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, supports five pre-doctoral students and three post-doctoral trainees studying the biology of alcohol addiction. The administrative supplement is part of the Collaborative Research on Addiction initiative at NIH (CRAN). This CRAN supplement will fund two graduate students and one postdoc specifically focused on the co-abuse of alcohol with other drugs. With these additions, our training program is now one of the largest in the nation.
See s.graduate.wfu.edu/2014/08/07/wfsm-institutional-alcohol-research-training-program-renewal/ for full announcement.
Congratulations to Dr. Carol Milligan and the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience upon receiving a grant award for the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Distinguished Traveling Scientist Program.
The Society for Neuroscience will partly sponsor a series of seminars, currently being planned, that will be spread across the spring semester. Distinguished speakers will be invited to lecture on topics that will appeal to the neuroscience community and provide opportunities for outreach. Incoming president of the Western North Carolina Chapter, Dr. Christos Constantinidis, outlined the goals of the program: 1) organize an event that allows members of the chapter to interact and discuss research and new potential collaborations and educational endeavors; 2) expose graduate students to cutting-edge research; 3) promote undergraduate student interest and involvement in neuroscience; and 4) initiate interactions with local historically black colleges and universities to engage their faculty and students in Chapter events. To address the last goal, Drs. Constantinidis, Carol Milligan (Neuroscience Program Director) and Ronny Bell (Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity) will work together to develop bridges between the colleges and universities.
Event and seminar information will be posted and circulated as dates are finalized. Advertisements will be posted during the fall semester at Chapter affiliate institutions as well as local HBCUs.
The students in the Neuroscience Program solicit nominations for each award and ballots are created. First and second year students vote for the teaching award and senior students vote for the mentor award. Receiving both awards is an indication of the extent of Terry’s service to the students and program.
Congratulations, Dr. Stanford!
Greg Alberto, an MD/PhD Neuroscience student, has been chosen to participate in the NINDS/AUPN/ANA/CNS “Combining Clinical and Research Careers in Neuroscience” course to be held June 27–28, 2014 at the JW Marriott located in Washington, DC.
The goals of this course are to:
1) encourage medical students with neuroscience research training to pursue clinical training (with special emphasis on neurology) and choose clinician-scientist careers;
2) describe and discuss strategies for successfully melding clinical and research careers;
3) discuss the satisfaction and power of a combined clinical and research career;
4) describe and discuss sources of and strategies for obtaining training and research support; and
5) provide an opportunity for students to meet academicians who have successfully combined clinical and research careers in neuroscience.
Congratulations Greg !!!
Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience (BRAINS), a program based at the University of Washington, is designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors from underrepresented groups.
Participants will gain a stronger sense of career self-efficacy through a combination of symposia, peer networks, mentoring relationships, and career consultations over a two-year period. The long-term goal of BRAINS is to increase diversity in academic and scientific leadership in neuroscience-related fields.
To learn more about BRAINS, see http://depts.washington.edu/brains/.
The NIH Pain Consortium Symposium is a high impact meeting that takes place on the NIH campus and brings together the best of both intramural and extramural scientists as well as NIH Program Officers.