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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.

Two Neuroscience and Physiology Graduate Students Receive Prestigious HHMI Gilliam Fellowships

Naomi Lopez-Caraballo, a graduate student working with Robert C. Froemke, PhD, and Luendreo Barboza, a graduate student working with Cristina Alberini, PhD, were named 2018 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellows. The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program supports PhD students from diverse backgrounds who are committed to a career in academic research. The program also promotes mentorship and career development.

Learn more about the trainees who received this prestigious fellowship by reading our news article “Getting a Seat at the Table” (Kerberos ID and password required for login).

Tsien Lab Nature Communications Paper Covered on Science Daily

Richard Tsien, DPhil, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology and director of the Neuroscience Institute, demonstrated the importance of a shuttle protein, gamma-CaMKII, in memory formation. The protein is linked to impairments in learning in people with intellectual disability, schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorder. The findings were reported in the journal Nature Communications and covered by Science Daily.

Dasen Lab Cell Paper Covered in The New York Times

Jeremy S. Dasen, PhD, associate professor in the Neuroscience Institute, published a paper in Cell about the development of circuits involved in walking in skates, a small fish that both swims and walks along the sea floor. As covered in The New York Times, the genetic and neuronal makeup of these circuits is nearly identical to the ones vertebrates use to walk on land.

Richard Tsien on Memory, Gene Expression, and Brain Disorders

It was standing-room only as Richard Tsien, DPhil, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology and director of the Neuroscience Institute, gave a talk entitled “Memory Signaling and Brain Disorders.” The presentation, part of the prestigious Dean’s Lecture Series, focused on Dr. Tsien’s recent work on the effects of calcium signaling on gene expression, including how such changes may contribute to the formation of memories and what happens when neurological pathways go awry, as in the case of disorders such as schizophrenia and autism.

In addition to his work on memory, Dr. Tsien also discussed his research on the effects of calcium channels on autism spectrum disorder, conditions that affect approximately 1 in every 40 boys. Dr. Tsien specifically focused on a rare disorder called Timothy syndrome, which may be attributable to problems in a single type of calcium channel. His team was able to confirm the link between the channel and the syndrome in mice, gaining important insights into the pathology of the disorder. In discussing this work, Dr. Tsien highlighted the remarkable capabilities in autism research that different teams across NYU Langone Health have and opportunities for meaningful intradepartmental collaboration.

If you missed the lecture, or want to watch it again, here is a video of the presentation.

Moses V. Chao, PhD, Receives the Julius Axelrod Prize

At Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Moses V. Chao, PhD, a former president of the society, was awarded the Julius Axelrod Prize, which recognizes noteworthy achievements in neuropharmacology or a related subfield. Over his distinguished career, Dr. Chao, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, has advanced the field’s understanding of nerve growth factors and receptor signaling, contributing significant insights into neurodegeneration, learning, and memory.

Neuroscience Institute Scientists Join Local Advocacy Efforts for Science Research Funding

Scientists affiliated with the Neuroscience Institute, including PhD student Will Adler and Moses V. Chao, PhD, joined neuroscientists around the country in meeting with members of Congress to build support for neuroscience research. Mr. Adler, a Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Ambassador, met with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss the importance of neuroscience research to provide more effective healthcare.

Robert C. Froemke and Dan R. Littman Win Pew Innovation Award

A research team led by Robert C. Froemke, PhD, and Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD, received a Pew Innovation Award from The Pew Charitable Trusts for their work investigating how neurons in the gut play a role in effecting behavior that may promote recovery from illness. The research project is a collaboration among NYU School of Medicine neuroscientists and immunologists.

György Buzsáki Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

György Buzsáki, MD, PhD, the Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at the Neuroscience Institute, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, among the nation’s most prestigious honors. Dr. Buzsáki’s seminal body of research includes creating a model for memory trace formation that elucidated the role of the “hippocampal sharp wave ripple,” through which the brain compresses and transfers information learned during the day to the neocortex for storage during sleep, when these compressed events, replayed repeatedly, facilitate the formation of episodic memory.

Naomi Lopez-Caraballo Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Naomi Lopez-Caraballo, a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Physiology PhD Training Program, won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Kristen D’Elia, also a neuroscience and physiology graduate student, received an honorable mention. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

Jayeeta Basu and Nicolas Tritsch Win Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships

Neuroscience Institute faculty Jayeeta Basu, PhD, and Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, received prestigious research fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Basu was recognized for her investigation of sensory processing and its relationship to memory and behavior. Dr. Tritsch’s research involves characterizing the role the basal ganglia play in generating body movement.

Buzsáki Lab Featured in Nature Medicine

NeuroGrid, a neural interface device developed by a research team led by György Buzsáki, MD, PhD, was featured in an article titled “Mapping the mind: A new tool reveals uncharted territories in the brain” published in Nature Medicine. NeuroGrid is a novel technology that records local field potentials and action potentials from the surface of the brain.