Neurobiology News

Ms. UAB 2012...Deepa Etikala

Deepa Etikala was named Ms. UAB 2012 at the Homecoming game on October 6. She is an outstanding member of the UAB Neuroscience Program and a member of the University Honors Program. It was  Deepa’s outstanding credentials and charming personality that helped her receive the majority of the votes.   

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Sweatt on NPR

Dr. Sweatt was featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation "What your Genes Can Tell You About Your Memory." Congratulations to Dr. Sweatt for recognition of his important work in this important way.

Transverse Myelitis Foundation to Fund UAB Research

After receiving treatment at Spain Rehabilitation Center, and after speaking with Dr. Tara DeSilva, Dr. Candace Floyd, and Dr. Amie McLain, Mike Jezdimir decided to start a wonderful effort to support research and education in transverse myelitis.  Dr. DeSilva will serve as the Scientific Director for the Foundation!  Tory Minus, the educational liaison for the TJ Atchison SCI Research Program, was also critical in helping Mike and his family with the vision and process of setting this up.


Olsen Receives Rett Award

Michelle Olsen, Ph.D., is the recipient of one of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) New Basic Research Awards - Regular Research Grants.   Dr. Olsen is an assistant professor in the Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology Department with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurobiology. 


Wei Li's Hard Work Pays Off

Wei Li's research paper titled "Activity-dependent BDNF release and TRPC signaling is impaired in hippocampal neurons of Mecp2 mutant mice" was recently published in PNAS.  To view the article go to:

Wei Li is a post doctoral fellow in the Neurobiology lab of Lucas Pozzo-Miller. 

Tull Wins Second Place

Everyone noticed what a hard worker Dominique Tull is and his dedication paid off. Dominique won second place at the summer undergraduate research expo. A junior in the psychology department, he is doing research as part of the McNair Scholars Program and working in the lab of Dr. Gwen King.

Good job Dominique!!!

Thanks from the Boys Ranch

“It’s easier to build boys and girls than repair men and women.”

The St. Clair County Boys Ranch would like to thank the UAB Department of Neurobiology for the donations they received during the Christmas holidays. The food items and monetary gifts are greatly appreciated and will go to a much needed cause. The ranchers always look forward to new food choices and feeding growing boys with huge appetites each day can be a struggle. 

Thank you so much for your support.

God Bless,
St. Clair County Boys Ranch
A division of the Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches

Sweatt Wins IPSEN Fondation Prize

Please join us in congratulating Dr. David Sweatt as a winner of the 2012 IPSEN Fondation International Prize in Neuronal Plasticity.  The judges found Dr. Sweatt’s work in the area of Epigenetics and Brain Function worthy of this very prestigious award.  The honor is shared with two other prominent scientists, Dr. Michael Meaney of Montreal and Dr. Catherine Dulac of Cambridge, MA.  The laureates will be honored in Barcelona, Spain at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience meeting this summer, where they will deliver IPSEN prize lectures at a special scientific symposium.

This is the 23rd year that The Fondation IPSEN prize has been awarded in the domain of Neuronal Plasticity.  The Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity prize is awarded to researchers in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of neuronal plasticity: development, synaptogenesis, aging, regeneration, grafts, growth factors, etc.  The prize may be shared by several researchers involved in the same research field. 

The Fondation IPSEN was created in 1983 under the auspices of the Fondation de France, the Fondation IPSEN tracks progress in biomedical research with the continuing aim of highlighting fundamental advances.  Staying away from passing trends, the ambition of Fondation IPSEN is to identify emerging knowledge and new paradigms and to foster the most promising interconnections between domains that have not previously been communicating.