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Dr. Long-Jun Wu Featured in "Rutgers Today"

CBN Assistant Professor Long-Jun Wu's work is featured in an article entitled, "Targeting Brain Cells to Alleviate Neuropathic Pain," in the August 8, 2016 issue of Rutgers Today.

Dr. Joanna Burger weighs in over Oysters vs. Red Knots

In Cape May County, there is a growing tension between economics and ecology.  Dr. Joanna Burger is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer article N.J. decision ignites Shore strife: Oysters vs. red knots.

Congratulations CBN Class of 2016!

On Sunday, March 15, over 200 students will be receiving BAs in Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the 250th Anniversary Commencement

Our departmental celebration was held on March 12th where students received personalized engraved medallions containing an image from Dr. Robin Davis' laboratory.

PanoCBN faculty and students dined together before the festivities began

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CBN faculty and graduating students wearing their CBN medallions.

 Congratulations and best wishes to all CBN graduates!

 

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.