Summer 2018

Tulane Brain Institute receives $1 million grant from Louisiana Board of Regents

071118-brain-institute600-sh-72_0 Tulane University’s Brain Institute has received a 5-year, $1 million Comprehensive Enhancement Grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents that it will use to purchase scientific instruments for its facilities.

The grant is the result of the combined efforts of 25 faculty members from the Tulane Brain Institute uptown and downtown campuses and Tulane’s National Primate Research Center in Covington.

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Jill Daniel named first Gary P. Dohanich Professor in Brain Science

061918-jill-daniel800-pbc-174 From early in development to the golden years of aging, Tulane University neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology Jill Daniel studies brain mechanisms by which hormones affect one’s ability to learn and remember.

Daniel is the founding director of the transdisciplinary Tulane Brain Institute, which was established in 2016 to coordinate and expand neuroscience research and education across all campuses of the university.

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Children’s book inspires the next generation of doctors


Dr. Ashley Denmark’s daughter, Olivia, had a front row seat for watching her mom become a physician. When Denmark started medical school, she was nine months pregnant with Olivia, who is now 6 and who serves as the inspiration for a new children’s book, Olivia’s Doctor Adventures, published earlier this year. 

Denmark earned a master’s degree in neuroscience from Tulane in 2010 before studying medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Carolina.

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Science of Trauma

Science of Trauma

Dr. Stacy Drury, Associate Director of the Tulane Brain Institute, explains how exposure to violence can be toxic to the brain and body. Read about the Science of Trauma on

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Lab uses face-processing data to investigate early learning

052218-julie-markant800-pbc-3367A newly published paper co-authored by Julie Markant, assistant professor in the School of Science and Engineering and member of the Tulane Brain Institute, proposes a new theoretical model to examine the ways infants learn and retain information.


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Spring 2018

Neuroscience and dance set the stage for a career helping others

052118-sophie-rhines800-sa-5820When Sophie Rhines arrived at Tulane University, she was not set on a specific major or a specific path for post-graduation plans. She knew she enjoyed science, but she also wanted to fit her love of dance into her college education.  


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From China to America, Neuroscience grad finds home at Tulane

051118-mimi-chen800-sa-3919Mimi Chen was born in China, grew up in Australia and later moved to America at 8 years old when her father accepted a job in Washington state. While this much travel at such a young age would have been difficult for some, Chen said it helped her become who she is today and who she hopes to become.  


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Neuroscience Student wins Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Award

050718-runsdorf-service-award800-pbc-1856Rimawi co-founded the student organization Bridging Generations, an intergenerational project partnered with five different elderly centers.  


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Fall 2017

Impulse control subject of Tulane Brain Institute study

Tulane News - Impulse control subject of Tulane Brain Institute study - 2017-12-12A Tulane University researcher is studying why males have more impulse-control issues than females, with the ultimate goal of developing more effective preventative and treatment strategies. 


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Study looks at link between traumatic stress and alcohol abuse.

Tulane News - Study looks at link between traumatic stress and alcohol abuse - 2017-10-24Sufferers of PTSD are more likely to abuse alcohol, but Tulane University researcher Jeffrey Tasker is hoping a study of the brain can provide insight to the problem and catch it before it escalates.


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Tulane Brian Institute researchers focus on epilepsy, autism, and schizophrenia

Tulane News - Tulane Brain Institute researchers focus on epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia - 2017-10-03Tulane University’s Laura Schrader, a cell and molecular biology professor and Brain Institute
member, received a two-year grant from the National Institute of Health to study the role of a
Shox2, a protein in the brain important for development and function of the thalamus.


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Depression treatment may be improving, Tulane study says

Tulane News - Depression treatment may be improving, Tulane study says - 2017-09-05(1)In a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers associated with the Tulane Brain Institute say they have moved a step closer to improving treatment for chronic depression.


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Summer 2017

Tulane Neuroscience student spends summer conducting vital tumor research at NIH

Tulane News - Tulane student spends summer conducting vital tumor research at NIH - 2017-08-22Tulane rising sophomore James Rogers made the most of his summer in a big way.  Rogers was selected for an internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and worked in the Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


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Upward Bound student learns the lab

Tulane News - Upward Bound student learns the lab - 2017-08-17On the cusp of her senior year at Edna Karr High School, Tulane Upward Bound student N’Dea Preatto hoped her summer internship would be a chance to apply her interest in forensic biology. In the end, the depth of exposure her lab time in the Tulane School of Science and Engineering provided would exceed her expectation.


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STEM program brings teens to Tulane

DSCN5406The Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) gives high school students from around the country the opportunity to take college-credit courses in science and engineering during the summer. 


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Neuroscience majors TURN to research 

Neuroscience poster session-pbc-9897 For 10 years, the Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience (TURN) Program has provided promising students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research.


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Brain Institute faculty member Anne Robinson, will lead the Tulane team that will explore ways to lower the price of drugs

080217-anne-robinson800-pbc-9625 Tulane and three other universities have received a $6.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study ways to lower the cost of drugs for illnesses such as Crohn's, breast cancer, and multiple sclerosis.


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Spring 2017

Researcher emphasize importance of studying both sexes in clinical models.  

FMJ Over the last decade, many drugs that have been pulled from the market due to toxicity were withdrawn because they affected women more than men. It turns out, the studies that brought the drugs to market were designed using only male cells and animal models, a common flaw a Tulane endocrinologist is working to help correct.
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Weiss Fellow excellence in teaching award given to Brain Institute Faculty

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One of two recipients of the 2017 Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowships is Brain Institute Member Dr. Beth Wee, senior professor of practice in the Department of Psychology and associate dean for undergraduate studies in the School of Science and Engineering; director of the master’s and undergraduate neuroscience programs; and adjunct faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dr Wee was honored for her execllence in teaching as part of the 2017 Tulane Commencement ceremony.


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Brain Institute Faculty awarded $1.9M to improve menopausal hormone therapy

SLindseyDr. Sarah Lindsey--Assistant Professor in the department of Pharmacology and member of the Brain Institute--has been awarded $1.9 Million dollars by the National Institutes of Health to study estrogen's effects on cardiovascular health. Post-menopausal women are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. Dr. Linsey's research aims to clarify the relationship between estrogen replacement therapy and specific estrogen receptor targets, hoping to help identify targets for future therapies.

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Fall 2016

Tulane celebrates the launch of the new Tulane Brain Institute

2016_Brain_Institute_logo_440pxThe launch celebration was done in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Neuroscience at Tulane University. The full-day event included alumni talks, a keynote address by Dr. Fred Gage of the Salk Institute, and a ground breaking ceremony for the Brain Institute's footprint at Flower Hall.

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With college nearly complete, Devon Walker looks to life's next chapter

Devon Walker_0Devon Walker's path through life has changed significantly since he suffered a cervical spinal injury in 2012. He sets his sights on outreach and community engagement with the creation of the Devon Walker Foundation, a global awareness campaign for visibility, treatments & research on spinal cord injuries. 


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How can stress cause anxiety? Blame the brain's cannabis

anxiety440pxA recently published study by Brain Institute faculty Dr. Jeffrey Tasker has implicated the endocannabinoid system in stress and anxiety response. According to a recently published paper in the Journal of Neuroscience, stress contributes to a state of anxiety by prompting the production of a natural cannabinoid that disrupts the regulation of the amygdala.


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Students flex their knowledge of neuroscience


This summer, 14 undergraduate students participated in the Tulane Undergraduate Research Program in Neuroscience. Over the course of 10 weeks, students were immersed in research, took turns giving oral presentations, and created professional posters for a culminating poster presentation.

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Brain Institute affiliated biotech startup receives $455,00 in research grants

moore2AxoSim, founded in 2014 by two Tulane University researchers, is developing a 3D research model that mimics actual human tissue in testing

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Brain Institute Faculty named 2016 Oliver Fund Scholar for work on memory and aging brains

Mostany_2016The $40,000 prize supports outstanding faculty research initiatives. Dr. Mostany is pioneering investigations into  synaptic dynamics in aging brains using two-photon microscopy. This technique allows researchers to study precisely the same neurons in the mouse brain over the course of a lifespan, a feat impossible with other techniques.

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Spring 2016

Researcher explores effects of cannabinoids on blood pressure - June 8, 2016

Andrei_Derbenev_web_2016Andrei Derbenev,  PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology and member of the Neuroscience program has received a $1.5 million NIH grant to study the effects of cannabinoid compounds on blood pressure & hypertension. Cannabinoid compounds --found naturally in marijuana--have received a lot of attention for their potential to treat many medical conditions. Dr. Derbenev and his group hope to increase the scientific knowledge of how these compounds interact with the autonomic nervous system.

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Study explains how low testosterone raises diabetes risk  - April 28, 2016

FMJNeuroscience faculty member Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis has published a ground-breaking study that links testosterone to diabetes risk.

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Tulane Alumn Shares Career Findings with Students - April 15, 2016

StevenPaulDr. Steven Paul graduated from Tulane University with three degrees--a BA in Psychology & Biology, a MS in Anatomy & Neuroanatomy, as well as a MD--and has gone on to have an illustrious and productive career in neuroscience research and treatment. He returned to campus to share his story with students & the future of gene therapy for Alzheimer's disease.

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Tulane Neuroscience Professor and Alumn Makes Strides in Stroke Research -  March 28, 2016

sms220Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, the director of the Level1 Comprehensive Stroke Center, has helped create one of the best stroke centers in Louisiana.

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Neuroscience Engineer makes "nerve-on-a-chip" for safer drug research - March 4, 2016

MooreLabDr. Michael Moore, associate professor of biomedical engineering is leading a study that could uncover improved ways of screening chemotherapy drugs for neurotoxicity.

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Tulane makes list for excellence in undergraduate Neuroscience - February 23, 2016

Nsci class 220ppxSince its inception in 2000, the undergraduate neuroscience major has continued to grow. A recent nod by the educational website highlights Tulane along side MIT, Vanderbilt & John Hopkins for excellence in undergraduate education.

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Neuroscience faculty discovers new non-addictive alternatives to morphine  - January 28, 2016

zadina_photo Led by Neuroscience faculty member James Zadina, PhD, researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a painkiller that is as strong as morphine but isn’t likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study in the journal Neuropharmacology


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Fall 2015

Devon Walker finds purpose in earning MS degree -  November 23, 2015

WWL-TV highlights the story of Devon Walker, a Tulane football player who was left paralyzed from the neck-down from a September 2012 game. Devon is now pursuing a MS from the Neuroscience program at Tulane, with the hopes that his education will help him develop therapies for spinal cord rehabilitation.

Neuroscience Faculty receives NSF award to investigate adolescent brain development - OCTOBER 7, 2015


Yu-Ping Wang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, biostatistics and bioinformatics at Tulane University, is part of a newly awarded NSF grant totaling $5.9 million.

The NSF grant is part of an initiative called Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The money will be used for developing computational neuroscience programs in addition to continued training and education of Tulane undergraduate and graduate neuroscientists.

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Tulane Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience: Exploring Mysteries in the Brain - September 30, 2015

turn-james-loveEvery year, approximately 15 Tulane undergraduate neuroscience majors join an immersive summer research experience. Over the course of 10 weeks, students learn the challenges and rewards of basic science inquiry. Read more about the 2015 summer program here:
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Spring 2015

Neuroscience Program Highlighted in Tulane Magazine Cover Article

TU Magazine 2015 cover Pic 220The rapidly growing field of Neuroscience and its representation at Tulane is the cover story on the June issue of Tulane Magazine.

Several Faculty members have been profiled as part of the cover story. Read the entire article HERE.

Neuroscience student awarded opportunity to work with rescued animals -  July 6, 2015


Neuroscience rising senior and honors student Kimbery Micotto received funding from Timothy Sykes Daytrading Award for the Talented to work with veterinary services in Guatemala. Go Kim!

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Neuroscience Engages Girls in STEM  - June 29, 2015

ShowAndTellCola220Neuroscientist and Tulane Graduate Dr. Monique Cola shows students human brains at a recent STEM Sister Summit event.

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Two Tulane teams win in international Neuro Startup Challenge -  May 28, 2015

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Triple Grad Honored to Speak at Commencement - May 13, 2015 

TripleGradCommencement220Neuroscience Graduate Matthew Marx is honored to speak at Tulane's 2015 Graduation Commencement Ceremony

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Neuroscience Prof Receives Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award - April 16, 2015

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Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience Professor Dr. Jeff Tasker receives acknowledgment for 24 years of research excellence at Tulane

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Unraveling the link between diabetes and the brain - April 6, 2015

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Neuroscience Faculty member Dr. Andrea Zsombok investigates neural regulation of diabetes.

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Neuroscience major a strong contender for Senior CLASS award - March 3, 2015

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Jamie Kaplan, a senior neuroscience major, is one of 10 finalists for the NCAA Division-1 Senior CLASS award.

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Update July 23rd -  Jamie has been named American Honorree for NCAA Woman of the Year Award! Check it out HERE



Biomedical Team Creates ‘Nerve on a Chip’ - December 23, 2014

Biomedical team creates ‘nerve on a chip’

Michael J. Moore and J. Lowry Curley first met in the laboratory as professor and student. Now the two Tulane University researchers have started a new biomedical company that’s winning praise and awards.

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