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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.

Neuroscience Graduate Program Ranked #9

Posted on July 8th, 2014
Congratulations to our Neuroscience faculty and students. Our program has been ranked as one of the top 10 Neuroscience Programs at “according to students enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students.” reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms.  These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school.  Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.
For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories.  These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., “business and management”.  A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that program.
The Top 25 Neuroscience Programs are listed below:
  1. The Ohio State University
  2. Emory University
  3. Brandeis University
  4. University of California, San Diego
  5. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  6. Baylor College of Medicine
  7. Harvard University
  8. Georgia State University
  9. Wake Forest University
  10. Princeton University
  11. Medical College of Wisconsin
  12. Oregon Health & Science University
  13. Florida State University
  14. Stanford University
  15. University of Vermont
  16. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  17. New York University
  18. University of Pennsylvania
  19. University of Maryland, Baltimore
  20. Johns Hopkins University
  21. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  22. University of Cincinnati
  23. Texas A&M University
  24. University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  25. Columbia University

WNCSfN Travel Award Winner – Zhou!

Posted on June 27th, 2014

xzhouPlease join me in congratulating Xin Zhou for being selected for nomination by the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience for SfN’s Graduate Student Travel Award.

Dr. Christos Constantinidis is Xin’s thesis advisor.

Neuroscience Program Teacher and Mentor Awards

Posted on June 27th, 2014

stanfordPlease join us in congratulating Dr. Terry Stanford on receiving both the 2014 Neuroscience Program Teaching AND Mentor Awards.

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!

Heiligenberg Student Travel Award – Congrats Byron!

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Van NestPlease join us in congratulating Byron Van Nest for being awarded the Heiligenberg Student Travel Award to attend the International Congress of Neuroethology in Sapporo, Japan next month. Additionally, his poster abstract was selected for a presentation at one of the symposia at the meeting.

Clinician-Scientist Program

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

galberto[1]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 !!!

Molina Selected to Attend BRAINS Symposium

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

DorisMolinaPhD[1]Please join us in congratulating Doris Molina who was selected to attend the 2014 BRAINS Symposium.  Doris is a postdoc with Dr. Dwayne Godwin.   

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

Congratulations, Doris!

Congrats Postdoc Zeidan!

Posted on May 29th, 2014

fadel_zeidanPlease join us in congratulating Fadel Zeidan for receiving the Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence at the 9th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research.  

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.

Congrats Kromrey – Research Course at NIH Clinical Center!

Posted on May 12th, 2014

KromreyPlease join me in congratulating Sarah Kromrey. Sarah was one of 30 students chosen nationwide for the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students at the NIH Clinical Center to be held this summer.

Congratulations to Sarah, and also to her advisors Mike Nader and Paul Czoty!