Neurobiology News

Congratulations to all the winners at the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Day
Session 1
1st   Tonia Shwartz, Ph.D.
2nd  TaShauna Goldsby, Ph.D.
3rd   Any Goss, Ph.D.     
Session 4
1st   Dao H. Ho, Ph.D.
2nd  Samatha Giordano, Ph.D.
3rd   Vasundhara Kain, Ph.D.
Session 2
1st   Carmen De Minguel, Ph.D.
2nd  Ravindra Boddu, Ph.D.
3rd   Faraz A. Sultan, Ph.D.
Session 5    
1st   Shannon M. Kahan, Ph.D.
2nd  S. Rameeza Allie, Ph.D.
3rd   Venkata Yeramalli, Ph.D.   
Session 3
1st   Angela Bhalla, Ph.D.
2nd  Alisha Epps, Ph.D.
3rd   Luke Parkitny, Ph.D.
Session 6
1st   Davide Botta, Ph.D.
2nd  Hope M. Amm, Ph.D.
3rd   Joo Hyoung Lee, Ph.D.
Neuroscience Café: Multiple Sclerosis with Tara DeSilva, Ph.D.

Homewood Library - Thursday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Auditorium

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which your immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves. Myelin damage disrupts communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Signs and symptoms vary widely, depending on the amount of damage and which nerves are affected. Treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms. Even though there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, treatment typically focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing symptoms. Join us as Dr. DeSilva reports on the latest treatments.
Blueprint for success....
April 9-10, 2015
Registration is required to attend:
Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity - Evidence and Debate, 1st Edition is now available in print or eBook. Edited by Drs. Farah Lubin and Schahram Akbarian, the book covers topics on the entire lifespan of the brain, from transgenerational epigenetics to neurodevelopmental disease to disorders of the aging brain. All chapters are written with dual intent, to provide the reader with a timely update on the field, and a discussion of provocative or controversial findings in the field with the potential of great impact for future developments in the field. For more information go to:

The Rett Syndrome Foundation has awarded Dr. Xin Xu a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Xu won the award with her proposal titled “Molecular Mechanisms of Homeostatic Synaptic Plasticity in Mecp2 KO Neurons.”  

Dr. Xu is a post doc in the lab of Lucas Pozzo-Miller, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology.

For more information about Rett Syndrome visit their website at

The UAB Research Civitan Club and the Department of Neurobiology collected toys and food to be used for a family in need during this very special season.  Attached is a small sampling of goods received.  Good job!!!!