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Roberson wins prestigious Denny-Brown award from American Neurological Association
by Bob Shepard
September 03, 2015

Erik Roberson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the winner of the 2015 Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association.

The award, considered the ANA’s highest and most prestigious,
recognizes early- to mid-career neurologists and neuroscientists who
have made outstanding basic and clinical scientific advances toward the
prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurological diseases.

Roberson’s primary research focus is Alzheimer’s disease, in
particular the role of tau reduction in protection against memory loss.
Roberson and his colleagues were also the first to show that tau plays a
critical role in regulating neuronal excitability, which could have
applications in the treatment of many neurological conditions with
seizures. He has also contributed new insights into mechanisms and
therapeutic approaches to frontotemporal dementia.

Roberson graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and
completed his M.D./Ph.D. training at Baylor College of Medicine. He was
chief resident in neurology at the University of California at San
Francisco. He joined the faculty at UAB in 2008 with appointments to the
departments of Neurology and Neurobiology. He holds the Spencer Endowed
Professorship in Neuroscience. He is a co-director of the UAB Center
for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics and has recently
been appointed co-director of the McKnight Brain Institute at UAB.

“Dr. Roberson is recognized nationally and internationally for his
expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders,” said David
Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB Department of
Neurology. “I think Dr. Roberson is one of the leading neuroscientists
of his generation. He is exceptionally bright, very well trained and,
most importantly, fully committed to his goals.”
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The Civitan International Research Center
Research Grants for Emerging Scholars
Request for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015

Grant Start Date: October 1, 2015

Eligible Applicants: Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Trainees

Award Level: $25,000 for one year

Contact and Submit to: Vicki Hixon:

The Civitan International Research Center is requesting proposals
for clinical or basic science research aimed at enhancing our current
understanding of typical and atypical brain development, autism spectrum
disorders, Down and Rett syndromes, developmental disabilities, impaired
cognitive development, and the effects of environmental toxins on the
development of the brain. The $25,000 award may be used as a stipend supplement
or for direct projects costs.

Proposals should consist of a single PDF document containing a two
page description of the planned research; a letter of endorsement from the
mentor; and CV from the applicant.

The mission of the CIRC is to improve the well-being and the
quality of life of individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental
disabilities; to provide interdisciplinary clinical and research training in
neurodevelopmental disabilities; to utilize this knowledge to develop and
provide high quality exemplary services and programs; and to exchange
information in a timely way with consumers, practitioners, scientists, and
Dr. Erik Roberson has a new role as Co-Director of the McKnight Brain Institute at UAB.  His leadership and participation is welcomed as he will serve along with Dr. Lori McMahon as Co-Director and Dr. David Sweatt, the Director.

Established in 2004, the UAB McKnight Brain Institute has been instrumental in very successful research projects at UAB. The vision of Evelyn F. McKnight is being carried forward as researchers at the Institute work toward understanding the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age related memory loss.

Dr. Roberson’s research along with his clinical expertise will be an asset to the Institute. Join us in congratulating him in his newest endeavor! 
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Dailey Nettles an undergraduate neuroscience major and Science
and Technology Honors student was awarded the 2015 Patsy W Collat UAB National
Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is conferred on a
woman in the neuroscience program who has shown dedication as a student and
plans to continue using her neuroscience degree. Dailey is a senior
planning toward her PhD in neuroscience. She has worked in the King lab
for 2 years as part of her honors research degree.
David Sweatt, Ph.D., has been named director of the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) at UAB.  An accomplished investigator in the study of biochemical mechanisms of learning and memory, Dr. Sweatt is currently the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chairman of the Department of Neurobiology and the Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Psychology. After careful consideration of all applicants, Dr. Sweatt was selected as the permanent director. Please join us in congratulating him!
Recent work from the Pozzo-Miller lab on the autism-spectrum disorder Rett syndrome has been published in a free eBook from Frontiers in Neuroscience. It also includes a collection of research articles, reviews, and commentaries on Fragile X and other mouse models of autism-spectrum disorders. Feel free to download and distribute freely.

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