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2020

  • Congratulations to PhD graduate   Jinelle Wint  (Advisor,   Howard Sirotkin) for her publication in the Journal of Neuroscience Research, " Lrrk2 modulation of Wnt signaling during zebrafish development." (7/5/2020)
  • Welcome to our incoming class of Master of Science in Neuroscience students! (7/6/2020)
  • Congratulations to PhD student   Mohanlall Narine  (Advisor, Holly Colognato) for winning a Center for Inclusive Education Turner Dissertation Fellowship Award for 2020. (7/3/2020)
  • Congratulations to the   Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics  on its receipt a $3.6 million U01 grant from the NIH BRAIN Initiative to study how large ensembles of neurons organize to form coherent patterns of neural activity. Center members include Neurobiology and Behavior Professor and Chair Alfredo Fontanini, Associate Professor and Center Director Arianna Maffei, Associate Professor Giancarlo La Camera, Assistant Professors Braden Brinkman and Memming Park, and Department of Chemistry Professor Jin Wang. Read the  SBU News article. (5/28/2020)
  • Congratulations to our Spring 2020 Graduates! (5/21/2020)

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  • Congratulations to the   Sirotkin  &   Wollmuth  labs on their paper on NMDARs in early development in the Journal of Neuroscience, " A Model to Study NMDA Receptors in Early Nervous System Development" (5/1/2020)
  • Congratulations to Postdoc   Joanna Szczurkowska  and Graduate Student   Alan Guo  ( Shelly  lab) on their publication in Cell Reports, " A Localized Scaffold for cGMP Increase Is Required for Apical Dendrite Development" (4/24/2020)
  • Congratulations to MD/PhD students   Greg Kirschen, Raja Pillai, and Nick Schwartz  for receiving awards as part of the annual Renaissance School of Medicine Class Awards Celebration (4/6/2020)

     
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  • Congratulations to PhD Student   Priscilla Yevoo  ( Maffei lab) for receiving an Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition! (3/31/2020)
  • Congratulations to graduate student  Afrinash Ahamad ( Ge  lab) on her recent publication in Frontiers in Neuroscience, " Early Dendritic Morphogenesis of Adult-Born Dentate Granule Cells Is Regulated by FHL2 " (3/24/2020)
  • Congratulations to   Meagan Conner, PhD candidate in the   Kritzer  lab, on her paper accepted in European Journal of Neuroscience: “Domain-Specific Contributions of Biological Sex and Sex Hormones to What, Where, and When Components of Episodic-Like Memory in Adult Rats."   doi.org/10.1111/ejn.14676  (1/16/20)



    2019

  • Congratulations to Postdoctoral Associate   Hillary Schiff  ( Maffei  lab) on receiving an NIH Postdoctoral National Research Service Award for her research on “Maturation of inhibitory circuits in the gustatory cortex and expression of taste preferences.” (12/12/2019)
  • Congratulations to Postdoctoral Associate   Hillary Schiff  ( Maffei  lab) who tied for 2nd place for her talk,   "You Are What You Ate" at the   Postdoc Spotlight  event on Nov. 14, hosted by the Stony Brook University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. (11/15/2019)
  • Congratulations to   Kelvin Chan  ( Wollmuth/Hsieh Lab), MSTP, Graduate Program in Neuroscience for receiving a Student Achievement Award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation. “Lupus auto-antibodies act as positive allosteric modulators at GluN2A-containing NMDA receptors to induce excitotoxicity and spatial memory deficits” will be presented at American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in November, 2019. (9/30/2019)
  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor  Memming Park  for securing a  Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. (8/23/2019)
  • Congratulations to the  Ge- Xiong  lab for their recent  paper in Nature Communications.  Former postdoc  Jia Wang used live imaging methods to show that adjacent new neurons coordinate lateral dispersion, which is important for circuit integration (7/25/2019)
  • Congratulations to  Jia Shen ( Ge and Xiong labs) for her recent   paper in Neuron uncovering a neurovascular coupling network that regulates experience-induced neurogenesis in the adult brain (6/27/2019)
  • Congratulations to  Kelvin Chan  (Wollmuth lab) for winning the outstanding poster award at the Gordon Research Conference on   Excitatory synapses and brain function  (6/14/2019)
  • Congratulations to Dr.     Alfredo Fontanini  for being promoted to the rank of Professor with Tenure in the School of Medicine (4/30/2019)
  • Congratulations to Prof.  Memming Park  for winning the 2019   Discovery Prize Competition! (4/23/2019)  →   Read more
  • Congratulations to   Olivia Swanson  ( Maffei  lab) for winning the   3 Minute Thesis competition  (4/16/2019)
  • Congratulations to Prof.   Maya Shelly  for receiving a   2019 Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Award (4/8/2019)
  • Congratulations to   Allen Chen ( Ge and Xiong labs) for being awarded an NIH/NIMH  NRSA F30 Fellowship to study dopaminergic modulation in auditory decision-making. (4/3/2019)
  • Congratulations to   Luca Mazzucato,   Giancarlo La Camera   and   Alfredo Fontanini  for their   recent paper in Nat Neurosci  proposing a new model of general expectation in gustatory cortex (4/1/2019) →  Read more:   SBU news  Quanta article
  • On April 1, 2019 the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior has hosted the Swartz  Mind Brain lecture featuring  Giulio Tononi  (4/1/2019)
  • Congratulations to Prof.  Giancarlo La Camera  for being awarded an international  Human Frontiers Science Program Grant to study the mechanisms of decentralized vision in the sea-urchin (3/19/2019) →  Read more



2018

  • Congratulations to  Prof.  Mary Kritzer  for being named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor (11/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Chris Infantino (Colognato lab) for receiving the  Chuck Boone Leadership and Excellence Award. Read more about Chris  here (11/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Lindsey Czarnecki ( Fontanini lab) for winning 1st prize at the  SBU Postdoc Spotlight 2018 (11/2018)
  • Congratulations and welcome to our new chair,  Prof.  Alfredo Fontanini ! (9/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Prof.  Erin Vasudevan  for being named a  Scientific Teaching Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year (8/2018)
  • Congratulation to  Tiffany Kim ( McKinnon Lab) for being awarded an  American Heart Association Founders Affiliate Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship (Summer 2018)
  • Congratulations to  Rachel Kery ( Ge and Xiong labs) for being awarded an NIH/NIMH  NRSA F30 Fellowship (with perfect score!) to develop and apply a novel genetic tool for studying neural circuits. Expected start date  09/20/2018.
  • Congratulations to  Jia Shen ( Ge and Xiong labs) for being awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the  American Heart Association to investigate functional neurovascular coupling during animal behavior ( 6/1/2018).
  • Congratulations to Program in Neuroscience Alumnus,  Dr. Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato Lab) for being awarded the prestigious  AAAS Science Policy Fellowship (06/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Melissa Haley ( Maffei lab) for being awarded a  Polak Young Investigator Award from the  Association for Chemoreception Sciences (04/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Roberto Vincis ( Fontanini lab) for being awarded a  Polak Young Investigator Award from the  Association for Chemoreception Sciences (04/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Roberto Vincis ( Fontanini lab) for his new position as Assistant Professor at Florida State University (04/2018)
  • On April 2, 2018 the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior has hosted the Swartz  Mind Brain lecture featuring  Adrienne Fairhall  (4/2/2018)
  • Welcome to our new faculty member,  Erin Vasudevan  (04/2018)
  • Ricardo Raudales (Huang  lab) received the NIH/NIMH NRSA F31 Fellowship award (02/16/2018)
  • Welcome to our new faculty member,  Braden Brinkman  (01/2018)
  • Congratulations to  Howard Sirotkin  for being named Associate Editor at BMC Neuroscience (01/2018)
  • Kelly, S.M., He M./ Lee, J., Kim, Y., Gibb, L.G., Wu, P., Matho, K., Osten, P., Graybiel, A. M., and Huang, Z.J. (2018) Radial glial lineage progression and differential intermediate progenitor amplification underlie striatal compartments and circuit organization. Neuron. In Press
    • NSF Graduate Fellowship Awarded to   Amalia Napoli, 2018
    • SBU Outstanding Undergraduate Biology Student Employee Award, 2018   Allen Chen  (Ge lab)
    • Center for Inclusive Education Travel Award, 2018,   Meagan Conner   (Kritzer lab)
    • Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award, 2018,   Nicholas Gallo  (Van Aelst lab)
    • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018,  Nicholas Gallo  (Van Aelst lab)
    • 2018,   Dr. Lyl Tomlinson   (Colognato lab), named AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health 
    • Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience Scholar Program, 2018 ,   Sheed Itaman (Enikolopov lab)
    • SBU Department of Anesthesiology Academic Research Event Poster Award, 2018   Sheed Itaman  (Enikolopov lab)
    • GSO Travel award, 2018,   Mala Ananth  (Role/Parsey labs)
    • GSO Travel award, 2018,   Olivia Swanson  (Maffei lab)



2017

  • Congratulations to  Arianna Maffei  for being named Associated Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience (2017)
  • Congratulations to  Arianna Maffei  for being named named as the Neurobiology & Behavior member of the Editorial Board of  iScience, Cell Press' first interdisciplinary journal. (12/01/2017)
  • Congratulations to   Roberto Vincis  ( Fontanini lab) for his  NIH award on the role of the mediodorsal thalamus in taste processing (10/30/2017)
  • Congratulations to   Luca Mazzucato  ( La Camera and  Fontanini labs) for his new position as Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon (10/16/2017)
  • 8th Annual  Meeting of the Minds Symposium - STROKE was held on October 20, 2017 at the Charles B Wang Center. See  Agenda and  Speaker Bios.
  • Kelvin Chan  ( Wollmuth   Lab) awarded a NIH/NIMH NRSA F30 Fellowship (09/20/2017).
  • Kelvin Chan  ( Wollmuth   Lab) accepted into the FENS/CAJAL Advanced Neuroscience Training Programme in Bordeaux, France for "Ion Channels in the Brain in Health and Disease", September 4 - 22, 2017.
  • Kelvin Chan  ( Wollmuth   Lab) awarded a travel grant from Boehringer Ingelheim to attend the CAJAL training program in Bordeaux, France.
  • Congratulations to  Il Memming Park  on his NSF award "NCS-FO: Connecting Spikes to Cognitive Algorithms" (8/10/2017)
  • We were honored that Prof.  Eve Marder, winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience presented her recent work entitled: "Understanding Why Animals Show Variable Responses to Climate Change" for the 2017  MIND BRAIN LECTURE
  • Our Celebration of Gary G. Matthews and His Science Symposium, June 2, 2017. 



2016

  • The Department mourns the loss of colleague and friend, Leading Professor Gary G. Matthews (12/16/2016).  Our tribute to Gary.  
  • The   7th annual Meeting of the Minds symposium  was held at the Charles B. Wang Center Theater at Stony Brook University on October 14, 2016 from 8 am to 1 pm on the topic of "Epilepsy". The keynote speaker was Jeffrey Noebels, MD, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine who spoke on the role of genetics and alterations in brain circuitry on epilepsy. For further information on the Meeting of the Minds series please visit https://neuro.stonybrookmedicine.edu/motm.
  • Congratulations to the  Fontanini lab for their recent paper on cross-modal representations in gustatory cortex  published in eLife (9/20/2016).  Learn more.
  • Congratulations to Gregory Kirschen ( Ge Lab) for being awarded a  Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA F30 fellowship from NIH (9/9/2016)
  • Congratulations to Raja Pillai (Parsey lab) for being awarded a  Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA F30 fellowship from NIMH (6/7/2016)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been named   SUNY Distinguished Professor  (5/10/2016)
  • Lyl Tomlinson  (Colognato lab), for being featured on an  article of the Society for Neuroscience website focusing on their diversity efforts titled:  Building and Expanding Networks for Young Scientists (5/6/2016) 
  • Congratulations to  Lorna Role and David Talmage's labs for the publication of their  recent study published in Neuron on the role of cholinergic signaling on conditioned fear behavior and memory formation (5/5/2016).  Learn more.
  • Prof. Mary Kritzerhas been recognized by the School of Medicine for outstanding service to the students and faculty of the School of Medicine (5/2/2016)
  • The Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior hosted the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the  Swartz Mind Brain Lecture featuring Alan Alda, Eric Kandel, and Jim Simons in a conversation on "Melding the Mind & Math: Brain Science, Past & Future"  (4/4/2016) - watch the  video of the lecture.
  • Congratulations to the Matthews lab for their recent paper on nanoscale dynamics of synaptic vesicle trafficking at the presynaptic active zone ( eLife, 2/11/2016)
  • Congratulations to Intel STS Semifinalists Matthew Sun (Thomas Jefferson HS for Science & Technology) & Michael Li (James M. Bennett High School;  Park Lab) (1/2016)
  • Luisa Le Donne  ( La Camera  lab) has been accepted at the 2016 Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Summer School, CHS-Asia, NYU-Shanghai campus, Shanghai, China  
  • He.M.,   Tucciarone,J., Lee,S., Nigro, M.J., Kim, Y.,  Levine, J.M.,  Kelly, S.M., Krugikov, I., Wu, P., Chen, Y., et al (2016) Strategies and Tools for Combinatorial Targeting of GABAergic Neurons in Mouse Cerebral Cortex. Neuron 91,1228-1243

2015

  • Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato  Lab) has been awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship, $98,788/3 years (2015-2017) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • Luisa Le Donne  ( La Camera  lab) has been accepted at the 2016 Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Summer School, CHS-Asia, NYU-Shanghai campus, Shanghai, China  
  • Ikue Kusumoto-Yoshida,  Haixin Liu, Billy T. Chen,  Alfredo Fontanini, Antonello Bonci. Central role for the insular cortex in mediating conditioned responses to anticipatory cues.   PNAS  112(4):1190-1195 (2015)
  • Penzo M.A.R.,   Tucciarone V., De Bundel J., Wang D., Van Aelst M., Darvas L., Parada M., Palmiter L.F., He R.D., Huang M., Josh Z., and Li B. The paraventricular thalamus controls a central amygdala fear circuit.   Nature  (in press, 2015)
  • Welcome  to our new faculty member,  Qiaojie Xiong  (9/16/2015)
  • Congratulations to Jesse Levine (Huang Lab) for being awarded an NIH Individual Fellowship for the 2015-2016 year (9/15/15)
  • Congratulations to Prof.  Lorne Mendell for being named a Fellow of the  Americal Physiological Society Inaugural Class (9/1/2015)
  • Congratulations  to Prof.  Josh Plotkin  for being awarded the  NARSAD Young Investigator Grant  from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (8/3/2015)
  • Welcome  to our new faculty member,  Joshua Plotkin  (5/1/2015)
  • Prof. Lorne Mendell has been appointed as Senior Editor for Neuroplasticity for the Oxford University Press Research Encyclopedia in Neuroscience (2015)
  • Congratulations  to Ashleigh Lussenden (Talmage  Role  Lab) for being awarded an NSF  Graduate Research Fellowship  (3/31/2015)
  • Dr. Luca Mazzucato ( La Camera- Fontanini labs) has received a travel award to present his work at the Computational and Systems Neuroscience Meeting (COSYNE*15) held annually in Salt Lake City (1/29/2015)
  • Welcome to our new faculty member,  Il Memming Park (1/21/2015)
  • Congratulations to Jason Tucciarone (Huang Lab) for his published paper in  Nature. More info  here (1/21/2015)
  • Scott Massa from Commack High School was chosen as  Intel Finalist. Scott worked with Professors  Lorna Role and David Talmage ( read more) (1/20/2015)



2014

  • Lyl Tomlinson  has been accepted into the Society for Neuroscience's  Neuroscience Scholar's Program (2014-2016) which provides free travel and housing for SfN meetings, as well as $1500 of enrichment funding each year.
  • Ballinger, E.,   Cordeiro, L., Chavez, A., Hagerman, R. and Hessl, D. (2014) Emotion Potentiated Startle in Fragile X Syndrome.   Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(10),   2536-46.
  • Congratulations to Haixin Liu ( Fontanini lab) for his paper published in  PNAS (12/12/2014)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been named a Reviewing Editor of  eNEURO (11/1/2014)
  • Prof.  Lorne Mendell has been appointed to the International Science Advisory Council of Brain Canada (2014)
  • Dr. Chad Samuelsen ( Fontanini lab) has been awarded an R03 mentored award from NIH/NIDCD (10/1/2014)
  • Dr. Luca Mazzucato ( La Camera- Fontanini labs) has been awarded a K25 mentored award from NIH/NIDCD (7/14/2014)
  • The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior launches a   Master's Program in Neuroscience. With Prof. Howard Sirotkin  as its first Director, the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior has launched the  Neuroscience Master's Program. With research skills at the center of the program, the Master's is meant to integrate the existing  Graduate Program in Neuroscience  and offers wide flexibility to suit individual students' needs and career ambitions. (5/2014)
  • Congratulations to Rashek Kazi ( Wollmuth lab) for his paper published in  Nature Neuroscience (5/25/2014)
  • Congratulations to Thirumalini Vaithianathan and  Gary Matthews  for their recent paper on vesicle turnover and pool refilling at presynaptic active zones of ribbon synapses ( PNAS, 4/24/2014)
  • Dr. Chad Samuelsen ( Fontanini lab) has been awarded the  Polak Young Investigator Award  by the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) (4/2014)
  • Congratulations to Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato lab) has won the  National Famelab USA competition (4/2014)
  • Eric Szelenyi (Osten Lab) for being awarded the 2014 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student.
  • Sneha Rao   ( Shelly  Lab)   has won the Best Poster Award for her work on " The Role of LKB1/STRAD in the Development of Adult Newborn Neurons in the Hippocampus" presented at the International Conference on: "Adult Neurogenesis - from Stem Cells to Therapies" held in Mumbai, India (2014).
  • Lyl Tomlinson  ( Colognato lab ) has won the  National Famelab USA competition (April 2014).
  • Ashleigh Lussenden   (Talmage/ Role Lab) for being awarded an NSF  Graduate Research Fellowship (3/31/2015)
  • Ariel Negron   has been awarded an AGEP-T FRAME Research Grant Award (4/2015)  
  • Ariel Negron   selected an oral presentation at ENDO 2015 and received an Outstanding Abstract Award from the Endocrine Society (2015)  
  • Ariel Negron  (Acosta Martinez  Lab) has been awarded the Turner Conference Travel Award to support his participation in the ENDO Conference (3/05/2015)
  • Lyl Tomlinson (Colognato Lab) has received an AGEP-T FRAME Research Grant for his research project entitled "The Effect of Aerobic Exercise on Oligodendrocyte Precursor Development" (2014).
  • Elizabeth Ballinger  ( Role  Lab) has been awarded an NRSA, F30 from NIMH (01/09/2014)

2013

  • Camilo Ferrer's paper   in the December 12 issue of the  Journal of Neuroscience selected for   cover illustration (work with Enrico Nasi)
  • Sean Kelly (Huang  lab) has been awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service  (NRSA)  Predoctoral Fellowship, $140,346/3 years (2013-2016) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Quan 'Alfred' Gan  has been awarded the AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Jiook Cha  was just selected to receive GSO's Distinguished Student Award for Spring 2013.
  • Fu F,   Tucciarone JM Espinosa S, Sheng N, Darcy D, Nicoll RA, Huang ZJ, Stryker MP.  A cortical circuit for gain control by behavioral state.   Cell  156:1139-1152 (2013)
  • JM Carlson, J Cha, E Harmon-Jones, LR Mujica-Parodi, G Hajcak,   (2013) Influence of the BDNF Genotype on Amygdalo-Prefrontal White Matter Microstructure is Linked to Nonconscious Attention Bias to Threat. Cerebral Cortex [Epub ahead of print] Featured Article
  • Griffen, T.C., Wang, L., Fontanini, A. & Maffei, A.  (2013) Developmental regulation of spatio-temporal patterns of cortical ciruit activation.   Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.   6:65. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2012.00065.
  • Prof.  Arianna Maffei has received a Whitehall Foundation Award (2013)
  • Prof.  Lorne Mendell has been re-appointed Chair of the New York Spinal Cord Injury Research Board  (Yearly Budget about $8M) (2013)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been invited to serve on the Steering Committee of the  Simons Foundation Autism  Emerging Concepts Lecture Series  (2013)
  • The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior opens the  Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson's Research. A substantial gift from the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research, that will be matched by the Simons Foundation, will fund an endowment in perpetuity to Name the Thomas Harman Center for Parkinson Research. "The Thomas Hartman Center in Parkinson Research will be housed in the University's nationally ranked Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. It will be a research intensive center in a Tier 1 Research institution and have the University's collaborative support and resources. The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson's Research will be dedicated solely to Parkinson's Research" (6/24/2013)
  • Prof.  Howard Sirotkin   was named as a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for the 2013-2014 academic year (6/2013)
  • Dr. Ahmad Jezzini ( Fontanini lab) has been awarded the  Polak Young Investigator Award by the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) (4/2013)



2012

  • Schneider, A.,   Ballinger, E.,   Cordeiro, L., Chavez, A., Olichney, J., Niese, A., Hagerman, R., Hessl, D. (2012) Prepulse Inhibition in patients with Fragile  X related Tremor and Ataxia.   Neurobiology of Aging, 33(6),   1045-53 .
  • Prof.  Lorne Mendell was selected to give the History of Neuroscience plenary lecture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The title of the lecture was: "The Emergence of Contemporary Pain Neuroscience" (10/2012)
  • Prof.  Giancarlo La Camera was named as a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences for the 2012-2013 academic year (6/2012)



2011

2010

2009

  • Prof.  Alfredo Fontanini  was awarded the Ajinomoto Award for Young Investigators in Gustation. The Award is awarded annually to an outstanding junior scientist who is an emerging leader in the field of gustation (2009)
  • Prof.  Gary Matthews  received the Sixth Annual Sir Bernard Katz Award for Excellence in Research in Exocytosis and Endocytosis at the Biophysical Society meeting in Boston on February 28, 2009. His award lecture was entitled “Synaptic vesicle exocytosis and endocytosis at ribbon synapses.”  The Katz Award was named in honor of Sir Bernard Katz who observed (with Paul Fatt) spontaneous miniature synaptic currents and developed the “quantum hypothesis” that is the basis for our current understanding of neurotransmitter release as exocytosis, and for which he received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (with von Euler and Axelrod) in 1970. (2009)
  • Prof.  Arianna Maffei was Chair and spoke at the panel “A look into long term potential of GABAergic synapses” at the 2009 Winter Conference on Brain Research in Colorado from January 24 – 30.
  • Prof.  Alfredo Fontanini  was Chair and spoke at the panel “Cognitive modulation of sensory processing” at the 2009 Winter Conference on Brain Research in Colorado from January 24 – 30.
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been elected to serve on the Editorial Board of   The Journal of Neuroscience (2009-2014)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been promoted to Fellow status in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology for both her expanding scientific reputation and contributions to the College through committee work and involvement in the Annual Meeting (2009)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been invited to serve on the Scientific Review Board of the  Simons Foundation for Autism Research (2009)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been invited to lecture as the  2009 Bauer Visiting Professor in Neuroscience at Brandeis University (1 week of lectures and guest teaching) (2009)
  • Prof.  Lorne Mendell has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. This Foundation has an endowment between $450 and $500M and awards about $25M annually for an array of projects related to spinal cord injury (2009)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been elected to serve on the Editorial Board of   Frontiers in Neuroscience  (2009)
  • Prof.  Lorna Role has been invited to give the 2009 Grass Lecture at the Vermont Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (2009)
  • Prof.  Mary Kritzer was chosen as a "2009 Top Reviewer" for her exceptional contribution to the quality of the Journal Hormones and Behavior (2009)
  • Prof.  Alfredo Fontanini received a Klingenstein Fellowship Award (2009)
  • Prof.  Lorne Mendell has been appointed to serve on the London (UK) Pain Consortium Advisory Board (2009- 2014).
  • Prof.  Lorne Mendell, Chair of the Department from 1988 to 2006, for an international symposium held to honor his scientific contributions (6/2009) »  more



2008

  • Prof.  Gary Matthews  was awarded the 2008 Brian Boycott Prize at the July 2008 FASEB Conference on Retinal Neurobiology and Visual Processing (2008). He shared the prize with Masao Tachibana of the University of Tokyo. The Boycott Prize is awarded at this biennial conference to researchers who have made significant contributions to understanding the function of the retina, and it was given to Drs. Matthews and Tachibana for their work on synaptic processing by retinal bipolar neurons. The Boycott Prize is named in honor of Brian B. Boycott, FRS, who was a major figure in retinal research. Brian was a professor at University College, London for many years and also directed the famed MRC Biophysics Unit at King's College (succeeding Maurice Wilkins as director). Brian was an avid participant in the FASEB conference until his death in 2000.