Neurobiology News

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.


Ashton Wheeler Wins Summer Internship

Ashton Wheeler of the Lubin lab has been awarded a United Negro College Fund-Merck summer internship for 2012! Ashton will participate in Neuroscience research at a Merck facility in either Boston or New Jersey for 10-12 weeks over the summer. The award amount is up to $25,000 and will cover all tuition and fees for the upcoming school year. In addition, the Neurobiology department is now eligible for a $10,000 grant as well.

Congratulations Ashton!

McMahon Appointed Associate Director of CFA

Dr. Lori McMahon, professor and director of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, has been appointed as an Associate Director of the UAB Center for Aging (CfA). Lori will direct the Neuroscience and Aging program, and serve on the CfA Executive Committee. Dr. McMahon is a secondary faculty member in the Department of Neurobiology and the McKnight Brain Research Institute.

Cuddapah Wins Top Award

Vishnu Cuddapah has been chosen to be recognized as both the most outstanding graduate student in the Neurobiology graduate program and for being the JHS Dean’s Award recipient for 2012. The Honors Convocation (at which students who have been chosen to receive “outstanding student” awards) will be held at the Alys Stephens Center on May 11, 2012. Congratulations Vishnu!!

Nadendla Outstanding Student

The Neuroscience Program's Outstanding Student, Kavita Nadendla, will also receive the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Kavita will graduate this spring with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology and is a member of the University Honors Program and the Early Medical School Acceptance Program. She has never made less than an A in her life!  Kavita has received excellent research training, first in Jim Meador-Woodruff's lab and now with Rajesh Kana. Kavita will attend medical school next year, hopefully at UAB!

It should be noted that this is, in effect, two in a row for the neuroscience program. Last year, Caitlin Aamodt, received the CAS Award as an Anthropology major before transferring to the Neuroscience program. She is currently working in Dave Sweatt's lab.

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Brenner Honored with Mentorship Award

At a ceremony on April 2, 2012, Michael Brenner was one of 20 recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship.  The award recognizes exceptional faculty mentorship and demonstrates that UAB is a university that values the commitment to excellence in mentorship that is exhibited by its faculty, says Bryan Noe, Ph.D. dean of the Graduate School.  “This award recognizes faculty who have been outstanding mentors, advisors and role models to the students and trainees with whom they have worked,” Noe says.