Neurobiology News

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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Dr. Jeremy Day, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology, has been selected to receive an Avenir Award from The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Avenir Award program supports early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies that open new areas of research for the genetics or epigenetics of addiction. The  5-year grant will support research in Dr. Day’s lab on epigenetic regulation in brain reward circuits. Join us in  congratulating Dr. Day!

NINDA's press release:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2015/06/nida-announces-new-awards-early-stage-investigators
New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham identifies an epigenetic cause for why patients with temporal lobe epilepsy tend to have memory loss, and suggests a potential way to reverse that loss. The findings, published in April in the Annals of Translational and Clinical Neurology, indicate the discovery may have implications for many other memory disorders.

Memory loss in epilepsy patients...
UAB Reporter
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the School of Medicine are pleased to announce that David Sweatt, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as interim director of the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) at UAB effective June 1, 2015. An accomplished investigator in the study of biochemical mechanisms of learning and memory, David 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. Dr. Sweatt will serve until a search for a permanent director is completed, a process that will be initiated very shortly. As you are all aware, this appointment is made necessary because of Harry Sontheimer's decision to accept a position at Virginia Tech beginning this summer. We anticipate a smooth transition during the interim period and no loss of the remarkable momentum that Harry has generated as director over the past years. Please join us in congratulating David on his appointment and Harry on his new opportunity.

Dick Marchase and Selwyn Vickers

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