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Congrats Skelly – 2015 Sundberg Award Winner!!

Posted on April 17th, 2015


We’re pleased to announce that Mary Jane Skelly has received the David Sundberg Award for 2015. Mary Jane recently completed a successful dissertation defense of her excellent research under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Weiner. Her diploma at the May 18 Commencement will cap an outstanding period of accomplishment in our department and our community.

This was an especially challenging year for making the decision, as our graduating cohort included several exceptional students. Discussion of nominees was thorough and drew on personal interactions as well as the respective records of achievement. Each of this year’s nominees could have been deserving awardees in other years.

We take pride in our training programs and we have been blessed with many students of outstanding academic proficiency as well as exemplary character as citizens and colleagues. The Sundberg Award honors this professionalism in every way.

The award will be presented during a reception at noon on Friday, May 15, at the Biotech Place. Congratulations to Mary Jane Skelly on her well-deserved 2015 Sundberg Award.

Congrats Birbrair – Melson Award!

Posted on April 17th, 2015

birbrairJoin us in congratulating Alexander Birbrair on receiving this year’s Gordon A.  Melson Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

Alexander will be presented with the award at the Hooding Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.

Alexander’s thesis investigated the role of pericytes in muscle repair and regeneration and resulted in 11 research articles and 2 reviews.  He is currently pursuing his postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Paul Frenette at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Congratulations also go to Osvaldo Delbono, Alexander’s thesis advisor.

Wagoner Awarded

Posted on December 1st, 2014

AWagoner_NeuroWebsitePicturePlease join us in congratulating Ashley Wagoner who was awarded the Gold Medal (1st Place) in the “student/basic sciences division”  for her poster entry in the Surgical Sciences Twenty-Second Annual Resident’s and Fellows Research Day on November 20th. This is a highly competitive event that includes work from Residents, Fellows, Post-docs and Graduate students.

Last week Ashley, following a competitive application and selection process, was awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship on the WFRIM T-32 Training Grant that will begin in December.

Congrats Ashley on all your hard work!


Congrats Bach!

Posted on December 1st, 2014

Bach PicPlease join me in congratulating Svitlana Bach who has been selected to present her work at the “Epigenetic plasticity: implications in neural (dys)function” workshop that will take place October 22-25 in Braga, Portugal.

Congratulations, Svitlana and Ashok Hegde, her advisor.

Laurienti – Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News article

Posted on November 19th, 2014

Laurienti-Paul-JPaul Laurienti, MD, PhD, Radiology, is interviewed for a Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News article about connectomics, the study of the wiring of the human brain and how it stores and uses information.

ISH Award – Congrats Wagoner

Posted on September 16th, 2014

AWagoner_NeuroWebsitePicturePlease join us in congratulating Ashley Wagoner on receiving the “Poster Award for Clinical Sciences” at the International Society for Hypertension New Investigator Symposium.  Ashley’s poster title was “Novel Neurohumeral Responses to Head Upright Tilt Table Testing n Children with Chronic Nausea and Orthostatic Intolerance.”

She also presented this work at the “Neurogenic Mechanisms” Symposium at the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research.

Congrats on Alumni Travel Awards!

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Congrations to Katy, Cody, Svitlana, Ashley, and Dustin on receiving the Graduate School Alumni Travel awards in the amount of $300 that will help supplement their trips to various student development activities! These awards are made available by contributions from alumni and friends of the Graduate School.

Congrats Mitchell – Received NIMH NRSA!

Posted on August 29th, 2014

MRILEYPlease join us in congratulating Mitchell Riley for receiving his NIMH NRSA entitled, “Effects of Training in Visuospatial Working Memory.”

Dr. Christos Constantinidis is Mitchell’s advisor.

Congratulations to both Mitchell and Christos!

Congratulations to Dr. McCool and colleagues

Posted on August 14th, 2014

McCool-Brian-APlease 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 for full announcement.

2014 SfN Traveling Scientist Program

Posted on August 12th, 2014

SfN LogoCongratulations 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.