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2016 CBN Honors Colloquium

Last Friday, April 22nd, thirty-two CBN Honors students presented their work at the 2016 CBN Honors Colloquium, a poster session where fellow students, faculty mentors, and other CBN faculty gathered to learn about the research they have been conducting in laboratories across campus.  CBN Honors students pursue research in labs within the deparment of their major -- the Deparment of Cell Biology and Neuroscience -- and two other School of Arts and Sciences departments, Genetics and Molecular Biology and Chemistry), and also Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).   At the event, two students received awards for Best Poster: Michael Lazaropoulos (Ron Hart's Lab) and Sanjana Matta (Long-Jun Wu's Lab).

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LSB Atrium was decorated with
CBN Honors Student research posters.

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2016 Best Poster Winners
with CBN Chair, Mike Kiledjian

Dr. David Margolis awarded grant from Rutgers Brain Health Institute

Under a new pilot grant program offered by the Brain Health Institute at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) designed to drive new collaborations, neuroscientists from various campuses and units at Rutgers and NJIT were recently awarded nine, one-year research grants totaling $360,000. The projects are expected to generate preliminary data that can then be used in applying for federal, state, and private grants. Each project is directed by at least two principal investigators from different schools. Collaborative teams submitted 27 applications for review by an external scientific review committee and an internal programmatic review committee. Nine $40,000 awards were made. Seven of the nine funded teams have already taken their pilot grant proposal and submitted new applications to external funding agencies. Learn more about the projects.

CBN Professor Margolis and Professor James Tepper (RU-Newark) received an award for their project entitled "Role of Sensory Cortex in Behavioral Response Inhibition."  Beyond its traditional role as an early-stage relay of tactile information, the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) has an increasingly appreciated role in sensorimotor behavior and motor control. Our proposed experiments explore the hypothesis that S1 is involved in sensory-driven behavioral response inhibition via differential connectivity with neural circuits of the striatum. Response inhibition, the ability to stop a goal-directed behavior in the appropriate context, is fundamental for the cognitive control of behavior. Impaired response inhibition underlies impulsive behaviors present across many neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, such as Tourette’s syndrome, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and addiction disorders. While current thinking holds that signaling from prefrontal cortex to striatum mediates response inhibition, this idea may be too simplistic; other cortical areas including S1 provide massive projections to the dorsal striatum (DStr) that could play important functional roles, especially during specific behavioral contexts. The proposed research will investigate the functional circuitry of S1-mediated response inhibition using an integrative experimental approach including optogenetics, mouse behavior and electrophysiology. The results have the potential not only to change current thinking about the role of S1-DStr projections in behavioral control, but could also identify S1-DStr signaling as a potential therapeutic target in disorders involving impulsive behaviors.

 

 

 

Dr. Mike Kiledjian awarded grant from Cure SMA

Cure SMA has awarded a $140,000 research grant to Dr. Kiledjian, CBN Chair and Distinguished Pofessor. SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

Joanna Burger featured in Risk Analysis paper

CBN Distinguished Professor Joanna Burger is featured in an article entitled, "Joanna Burger:  Respect for All Living Things," in the December 2015 issue of Risk Analysis.  [Download the Article]

Rutgers-New Brunswick is ranked #2 for health professions

Recently, Rutgers University-New Brunswick was ranked #2 in the nation for best schools to study health professions.  CBN professor, Bruce Babiarz, is featured in an article discussing the important role the Health Professions Office plays in students' lives.