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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.

Rinberg Lab Reports on the Neural Activity Underlying Perception Using Synthetic Odors

Dmitry Rinberg, PhD, and Shy Shoham, PhD, developed an experimental framework to map neural activity patterns of synthetic odors. They identified a “primacy effect,” where glomeruli activated earlier in a temporal activity sequence following odor inhalation are more important for predicting behavioral responses of mice. Using template matching, they developed a computational model that could predict perceptual changes and odor recognition based on the activity sequences of the glomeruli. This work, which is featured in our Journal Club, was published in Science.

Defining New Homeostatic Mechanisms of Neural Firing Properties

Richard Tsien, DPhil, and colleagues found that chronic inactivity increased the duration of actional potentials and homeostatic spike widening. They established that this process is controlled by a calcium-activated potassium channel driven by a novel cascade of signaling factors, all of which have been implicated in neuropsychiatric disease in prior reports. Their paper was the cover article in Cell, and featured artwork by coauthor and Tsien lab member Simón(e) Sun.

Leon Levy Fellows Announced

The Neuroscience Institute is pleased to name four new fellows to the prestigious Leon Levy Fellowship in Neuroscience program. The new fellows are Justin Lieber, PhD, in the laboratory of J. Anthony Movshon, PhD; Rodrigo Triana-Del Rio, PhD, in the laboratories of Joseph E. LeDoux, PhD, and Christopher K. Cain, PhD; Yunlu Zhu, PhD, in the laboratory of David Schoppik, PhD; and Arianna Zuanazzi, PhD, in the laboratory of David Poeppel, PhD, in the Department of Psychology. Leon Levy Fellowships support promising early-career researchers by providing mentorship, career development opportunities, and research support.

Neuroscience Institute Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Neuroscience Institute has formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee with the goal of creating programs and initiatives that make our community more diverse, inclusive, and open. The committee has representatives from all members of our community. Graduate students, research technicians, and postdoctoral fellows elected representatives to participate in discussions and exercise voting rights. The committee defines immediate and long-term actionable goals, sets priorities, and develops institute-wide programs. Moreover, the committee serves as a sounding board for the community and operates with a charter to implement necessary changes and committee initiatives.

Our COVID Story

Neuroscience Institute faculty member Paul W. Glimcher, PhD, launched Our COVID Story, a comprehensive research project that studies the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our COVID Story uses games and surveys to track information about participants’ nutrition, jobs, and health. This data will help researchers understand how the lives of real people are impacted by the ongoing pandemic. New Yorkers in particular are encouraged to participate in the study.

Antonio Fernandez-Ruiz Receives the Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation

Antonio Fernandez-Ruiz, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of György Buzsáki, MD, PhD, received the 2020 Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation for identifying the association of long-duration hippocampal sharp-wave ripples and memory. This prize honors cutting-edge scientific thinking by up-and-coming researchers who presented a ‘dream’ research proposal demonstrating exceptional creativity and independence.

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.

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.

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.