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Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and affiliated investigators at NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute consistently garner national awards and coverage in major media outlets for their work and accomplishments.

What Singing Mice Can Teach Us About Communication

Michael A. Long, PhD, the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, gave a special lecture at the October meeting of the Society for Neuroscience on vocal communication. At the meeting, Dr. Long described his research using songbirds and other species to explore social aspects of speech, which can inform us about vocal communication in humans. The lecture was later covered in an interview with Dr. Long by the Simons Foundation and the original study was reported by the New York Times.

Shane Liddelow Receives the David Hague Early Career Investigator of the Year Award

Shane A. Liddelow, PhD, received the David Hague Early Career Investigator of the Year Award. This award is presented to the most outstanding early career researcher in the field of biomedical dementia. Dr. Liddelow is an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Institute and his lab studies the function of reactive astrocytes in human disease, particularly neurodegeneration.

Biyu He Receives Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award and Sloan Foundation Research Award

Biyu J. He, PhD, an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Institute, received the Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award and the Sloan Foundation Research Award. The Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award is given to early-career faculty in biomedical research with outstanding research potential. Dr. He’s group uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to study human perceptual awareness. The Sloan Foundation Research Award will support Dr. He’s lab in examining how perceptual processing is shaped by prior experience.

McKnight Scholar Award Given to Jayeeta Basu

Jayeeta Basu, PhD, was presented with the McKnight Scholar Award in recognition of the exemplary research and promise of neuroscience investigators in the early stages of their careers. Dr. Basu is an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Institute and studies how past experiences shape sensory processing in the hippocampus.

Dmitry Rinberg Leads U19 Award for “Cracking the Olfactory Code”

Dmitry Rinberg, PhD, an associate professor in the Neuroscience Institute, is leading a collaborative research effort to define the computational logic of olfaction by creating a system-wide dataset of neural and perceptual responses to odors. This research is being funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) U19 Award, part of The BRAIN Initiative®, and aims to create a community-wide resource for researchers across disciplines studying olfaction.

When a Computer Game Can Help Predict Risk of Opioid Reuse

Work from the laboratory of Paul W. Glimcher, PhD, was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry. Dr. Glimcher’s study used a computer game to make predictions about the risky behavior of opioid users and their relapse into addiction. Dr. Glimcher is a professor at the Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Psychiatry.

Riding the Ripple: Buzsaki Lab Makes New Discoveries about Hippocampal Sharp Wave Ripples

Recent work from the laboratory of Gyorgy Buszaki, MD, PhD, illuminated a new function for sharp wave ripples, a distinctive oscillatory pattern found in the hippocampus. This study, which was published in Neuron, revealed that sharp wave ripples originating from the hippocampus are linked to high frequency oscillations observed in the lateral septum, a major target of the hippocampus. Dr. Buzsaki is the Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at the Neuroscience Institute.

A Novel Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnostic Tool

Research from the laboratory of Charles R. Marmar, MD, identified a set of biomarkers from human blood that can potentially be used to diagnose cases of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Marmar is the Lucius N. Littauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He is also core faculty in the Neuroscience Institute. This work was published in Molecular Psychiatry and reported by The Wall Street Journal.

University-Wide Dissertation Award in Science and Technology Presented to Neuroscience Doctoral Student

Rachel Bandler, a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Physiology PhD Training Program in NYU Langone’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, received an NYU dissertation award for her project titled “The Genetic Logic of Interneuron Differentiation.” Dr. Bandler’s research was funded by an NIH-funded RSA F30 grant.