Neurobiology News

Dr. Lucas Pozzo-Miller has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroscience. He will be an associate editor in the Development/Plasticity/Repair section of the Journal of Neuroscience. The three year appointment is effective January 1, 2014.

Congratulations Lucas!
The Department of Neurobiology was well represented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting held in San Diego November 9 - 13, 2013. Drs. David Sweatt and Harry Sontheimer both made presentations during the event. In addition to their talks, numerous posters were presented by various faculty and students.  

The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.
The McKnight Brain Foundation Poster Reception will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Representatives from each of the McKnight Institutes will be presenting exciting research findings in various areas of research. For a complete listing of the presenters and their abstracts, please visit BOOKLET.
You are cordially invited to the
Sixth Annual
McKnight Brain Research Foundation
Poster Reception
Sunday, November 10, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Indigo Ballrooms D & H
1 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Hosted by:
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, The University of Arizona
Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute, The University of Florida
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, The University of Miami

Sponsored by:
McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Michael Heaven, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Michael Brenner, has been granted the first of two patents he has submitted for methods developed as part of his graduate work. The patent title is “General Mass Spectrometry Assay Using Continuously Eluting Co-fractionating reporters of mass spectrometry detection efficiency.” Prior to this invention, highly accurate quantitation by mass spectroscopy required use of custom isotopically labeled peptides as internal standards. Michael’s invention replaces these with a universal set of peptide standards that lowers cost and increases throughput and sensitivity. Partial support for this project was obtained by Michael winning a grant of $22,000 in the Alabama Launchpad competition. Receiving a patent is quite an accomplishment for a graduate student!

Michael’s public defense of his dissertation titled “A Biochemical Characterization of Alexander Disease and the Development of a Proteomics Research Tool” will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Shelby 1013 at 2:00 p.m..

Michael has a promising future!


Congratulations to senior UHP student, Deepa Etikala, who was selected as one of nine students nationally to participate in the Fishbowl Session at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in New Orleans (November 6-10, 2013).

The Fishbowl session it is one of the most popular sessions, especially for honors directors, at the NCHC conference. Students are seated in a circle and will have a conversation with the other students on the panel about things they like and dislike about honors. At the end,  attendees can direct their questions to the students.

This is the third year in a row that a student from UAB's University Honors Program has been granted this prestigious honor.

Mike Sloane, PhD.,
Director, University Honors Program,
Associate Professor of Psychology,
University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Phone: (205) 934-8733
Fax: (205) 975-5493

The UAB Department of Neurobiology is proud to announce Dr. Jacques Wadiche has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Candidates must be reviewed and approved by the departmental promotion and tenure committee before requests can be made to the School of Medicine and the University. It is not a task the committee takes lightly.

Join us in congratulating Jacques as he continues his success at UAB!