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Spring 2017

Inaugural Posse Fellowship goes to undergraduate neuroscience major


Tulane undergraduate & Neuroscience major Younes Boulares has been awarded one of 5 national Jeff Ubben Posse Felloewship.

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Weiss Fellow excellent 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 excellence 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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Former Major League Baseball player turns to Neuroscience through Tulane

After a successful career as a professional baseball player, Tulane alumn Mark Hamilton reflects on his interests in Neuroscience and Medicine. A First team All-American Green Wave baseball player, Mark started at Tulane in 2006 and went on to be drafted to the St Louis cardinals. He has recently returned to Neuroscience thanks to Tulane. He completed his BS in May 2016 with a major in Neuroscience.


Top ⇑2016

Fall 2016

Neuroscience Majors Receives Prestigious Internship with International Peace Advocate

Hanan Rimawi, a third year neuroscience student, was awarded a prestigious internship with Dr. Alaa Murabit.  Dr. Murabit is a UN Commissioner on Health and Employment and economic Growth and of  17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates.  She was the youngest  recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award by the Italian Government, was named the "International Trust Women Hero 2014" by The New York Times, "One of 25 women under 25 to watch" by Newsweek, a "100 Top Woman" by the BBC and the SAFE Global Hero.  Hanan will serve as a mentee for Dr. Murabit where she will be exposed to the interface between policy, international peace and security and human rights.   As the youngest of the current mentees in the program Hanan is truly a rising star whose incredible passion for human rights and the lives of others has once again helped her find and achieve incredible opportunities to help her achieve her goals.

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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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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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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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Tulane Neuroscience PhD Earns Young Investigator Scholarship

Danny Oseid has received a 2016 Young Investigator Scholarship from the Alzheimer Drug Discovery conference. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to only 10 researchers from across the country including graduate students and post-docs.

Find more information about the scholarship here.

You can watch Danny discuss his research in a poster-cast here.

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 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 & Biplogy, 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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Top ⇑2015

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: Read the Full Story »

Dr. Edward Golob awarded $1.4 Million NIH Grant to investigate mechanisms of auditory attention - August 14, 2015

Golob r01 220ppxThe NIH R01 award includes several other Tulane collaborators including Computer Science associate professor Brent Venable, and research professor in Psychology Jeffery Mock.

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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.

micotto220ppxNeuroscience Student awarded opportunity to work with rescued animals  JULY 6, 2015

Neuroscience rising senior and honors student Kimbery Micotto received funding from Timonthy 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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Neuro 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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Top ⇑2014

Fall 2014

Neuroscience Faculty Highlighted as Rising Stars in Research NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Dr. Andrea Zsombok & Dr. Andrei Derbenev have been highlighted by Tulane University's School of Medicine as Rising Stars in Research. Dr. Zsombok researches new approaches to diabetes treatment, while Dr. Derbenev studies the causes of hypertension.

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Spring 2014

'Best lecturer,' 'legendary teacher' to receive top awards MAY 15, 2014


One highlight of Saturday’s (May 17) Tulane University Commencement ceremony is honoring outstanding teachers. Receiving 2014 President’s Awards for Graduate and Professional Teaching are Gary Dohanich, professor of psychology and neuroscience.... These honors recognize faculty members with a compelling record of excellence in teaching, learning and research, and a commitment to educational excellence.

What sets Gary Dohanich apart “is the time and thoughtfulness that he willingly devotes to support individual graduate students,” says a Tulane colleague and a former student of Dohanich. His teaching skills “are legendary,” she says, and his mentoring of doctoral students has been a major influence on science at Tulane. A driving force in development of neuroscience as a discipline on campus, he is founder and co-director of the neuroscience master’s program and associate director of the PhD program.

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EMT Heads to Medical School May 13, 2014

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When Hannah Gilder looks back on her four years at Tulane University, she will fondly remember the professors who helped guide and support her as she planned the next phase of her life: medical school. 

But the one thing that will stand out above all else is the time she spent with Tulane Emergency Medical Services (TEMS), the student-run ambulance service that is based on the uptown campus.

Over the past four years, she and her fellow EMTs, all nationally certified, responded to such calls as alcohol poisoning, drug overdoses, car accidents and orthopedic injuries. Some of the toughest were those of a psychiatric nature, such as suicide threats.

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Tulane Neuroscience student receives Goldwater honorable mention march 27, 2014

Shreya Kashyap

The Goldwater Scholarship, established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 56 years of service to the United States, is the premier national award for undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The one and two-year scholarships provide up to $7,500 in tuition and other college expenses.

That Tulane had a student receive honorable mention is also a significant achievement, Escarra said.

Shrey Kashyap of Metairie plans to pursue a doctorate in pharmacology. Her career goals include conducting research to develop medications for neuroendocrinological disorders and teaching at the university level.

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Tulane Neuroscience students help with Brain Awareness Week outreach  march 24, 2014

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Wearing blue, plastic gloves like budding brain surgeons, a group of New Orleans area children cautiously peered at the cool, grey brains they were holding before them. Orchestrated by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (GNOCSN), the event was geared toward children ages 5 to 12 and aimed to teach them how brains work and what happens when a person suffers from injury or illness to the brain, such as a stroke or physical trauma. The event was part of Brain Awareness Week March 10-16, a global campaign first spearheaded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives in 1996. Its mission is to teach the public the importance of continued funding for brain and nervous system research and how this research can impact the world at large.

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Center for Public Service highlights neuroscience instructor  February 4, 2014

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The Public Service Internship Program offered at Tulane is one pathway for students to gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of their study and help narrow down their future career choice. Students who participate in the program concurrently take an internship seminar aimed at enhancing reflection on community engagement and gaining a deeper understanding of key community issues. One of the Tulane departments that facilitates its own area-focused seminar is Neuroscience, with Kelsey Ward as the instructor beloved by all of her students.

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Top ⇑2013

Fall 2013

Child psychiatrist receives lifetime achievement award  November 26, 2013


Tulane University child psychiatrist Dr. Michael Scheeringa received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for his pioneering research on the emotional and behavioral problems of very young children.

Scheeringa, who is the Remigio Gonzalez, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Tulane School of Medicine, received the 2013 Irving Philips Award for Prevention, an honor for those who have made significant contributions to the prevention of mental illness in children and adolescents.

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Living in disordered neighborhoods gets under the skin  November 12, 2013


Living in a violence-plagued neighborhood may cause such great stress that a person’s gene expression may be altered. These are the findings of Katherine Theall, Stacy Drury and an interdisciplinary team of Tulane University researchers.

Theall is associate professor of global community health and behavioral sciences at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Drury is assistant professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine.

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Spring 2013

Faculty Member Receives Award July 2, 2013

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Congratulations to Dr. Beth Wee for being selected as the Student Organization Advisor of the Year and as the USG Faculty Member of the Year!

Congratulations TUNA July 2, 2013

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TUNA was selected as Student Organization of the YEAR at the Crest Awards Ceremony held by Tulane University Student Programs and Student Affairs!!   Also, congratulations to our new External Vice-President, Janelle Cyprich, on her Emerging Leader Award!

Student's Work in Brain Awareness Leads to Service Award may 14, 2013

The human brain always has fascinated graduate Melissa Herman. In her first year of college, she joined the Tulane University Neuroscience Association (TUNA), a special-interest group. When she was a sophomore, Herman found a way to share enthusiasm about neuroscience with high school students by launching an after-school neuroscience teaching program at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, rotating a half-dozen Tulane students as tutors.

Herman says the support of the Tulane Neuroscience Program and the Changemaker Institute, offered by the Tulane Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, helped the program succeed.

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Public Service Leads to Her Future Career may 13, 2013

It was a fluke that Michelle Liu, soon to be a graduate of Tulane University, discovered that her passion is elder care. As a first-year student, Liu attended an activities expo on campus and signed up to volunteer at a home for the elderly.

Thinking that she would spend a pleasant afternoon playing bingo and listening to the elders tell stories, Liu was shocked by the living situations of the elderly she encountered. She became indignant through her first-hand experiences of seeing older adults of poor socioeconomic status who live with poor nutrition, poor housing and poor access to quality health care.

Liu, who is earning dual degrees in anthropology and neuroscience, is heading to Louisiana State University School of Medicine with the goal of becoming a geriatrician. She will be the first physician in her family.

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Tulane Wins Grant for Depression Study April 4, 2013


Benjamin Hall, an assistant professor of cell and molecular biology and neuroscience at Tulane University, has won a $1.8 million grant that will enable him and his research team to explore questions that could eventually lead to new treatments for chronic depression.

The five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health means Hall can purchase new lab equipment and employ additional researchers to study the role of the NMDA receptor in the treatment of depression. The NMDA receptor plays a critical role in the transmission of information between neurons.

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Neuroscience Prof Protests NOLA Snub MARCH 7, 2013

As director of neuroscience at Tulane University, Jeffrey Tasker always looked forward to the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference each fall. New Orleans was on the group’s three-city rotation, giving his students an opportunity to learn from some of the best minds in the field.  But last year, after holding its 2012 conference in the Crescent City in mid-October, the group replaced New Orleans with Chicago. The official reason: threat of hurricanes. Now, Tasker is leading the charge to persuade the society to rethink its decision and return New Orleans to the rotation with San Diego and Washington, D.C. His efforts include a petition drive and a letter-writing campaign.

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Top ⇑2012

Fall 2012

SfN Returns to New Orleans with a Howl October 2012

SfN Returns to New Orleans with a Howl

The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) made its return to New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, sweeping over 25,000 neuroscientists into the city this past October. After demonstrating their intellectual prowess at poster sessions and seminars all day, the Tulane Neuroscience graduate students hosted the mixer on Monday Oct. 15th at The Howlin' Wolf. "We wanted to share with all the visiting neuroscientists what happens only in New Orleans, and only at Tulane!" said Deb Karhson, 5th year doctoral student.

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Summer 2012

Zebrafish Help Researchers Identify Promising Drugs July 24, 2012

Zebrafish help researchers identify promising drugs

“Jaws” it isn’t, but the tiny striped zebrafish is helping Tulane University scientists take a big bite out of a tough question — what drugs might be beneficial for treating psychological disorders?

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Spring 2012

Green Wave Swimmer Eyes Spot in Olympics May 15, 2012

Green Wave swimmer eyes spot in Olympics

While Hagar Elgendy’s days as a member of the Tulane University swimming and diving team have come to an end, her time in the pool is far from over. The soon-to-be graduate has her eye on a new goal — representing her country in the Olympic games.

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Tulane Student-Scientists Lead Breakthrough Discoveries May 2, 2012

Tulane student-scientists lead breakthrough discoveries

The School of Science and Engineering's event allows students to illustrate their latest research outcomes on paper posters affixed to portable walls.

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Spotlight on Women Researchers February 7, 2012

Spotlight on women researchers

Faculty members and graduate students discussed their work in a variety of disciplines at Women’s Research Day, held on Friday (Feb. 3) in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall at the Lavin-Bernick Center. The session was sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute and several initiatives within the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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Lab Probes Stem Cell Potential February 3, 2012

Lab probes stem cell potential

Tulane researchers are developing new nanomaterials to study how adult stem cells grow and might be used to treat central nervous system disorders. Leading this research is Michael Moore, the Paul H. and Donna D. Flower Early Career Professor in Engineering, director of the Neural Micro-Engineering Laboratory, and the most recent winner of the Oliver Fund Scholar Award at Tulane University.

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Top ⇑2011

Professor Enjoys Pairing Science and Service November 16, 2011

Professor enjoys pairing science and service

She’s a lifelong teacher and a cheerleader for the sciences who has led service-learning courses for more than a decade. It’s no surprise that Beth Wee, whose enthusiasm inspires her students, is the 2011 recipient of the Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award.

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Dr. Nandini Vasudevan Awarded Funding April 27, 2011


In her Tulane laboratory, Nandini Vasudevan is busy studying how hormones such as estrogen influence the social behaviors of mice. It’s a $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, but this summer she also will step into the classroom to encourage high school students toward careers in science.

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Top ⇑2010

Dr. Jeff Tasker receives R21 award for Glucocorticoid-Endocannabinoid Interactions in the Amygdala

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is triggered by a traumatic life event and is characterized by the recurrent retrieval of the traumatic memory in the form of context-induced flashbacks and recurrent nightmares. The amygdala is a critical brain structure involved in both the formation and the extinction of emotional memories.

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New Role for the Hunger Hormone September 28, 2010

New Role for the Hunger Hormone

Over the past decade, researchers have studied the hunger hormone ghrelin and discovered many of its functions, but Tulane graduate student Juhee Haam recently found another role of this attention-grabbing hormone.

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Learning What Makes Brains Tick July 28, 2010

Learning What Makes Brains Tick

In laboratories on the uptown and downtown campuses, Tulane undergraduates are learning the value of basic research, sharpening their presentation skills and gaining insight into the big career picture through the neuroscience summer research program.

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Dr. Jill Daniel Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

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Can short-term estrogen treatment during middle-age exert lasting positive effects on memory and the brain? That’s a question being investigated in the neuroscience laboratory of Jill Daniel, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, with the support of a recently awarded 3-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Dr. Benjamin Hall Receives National Science Foundation Award


Dr. Hall has received a National Science Foundation Career Award. Over the next five years, the grant will provide $920,000 in funding for Hall's laboratory research and his work with undergraduate students in the sciences. Hall's research involves cortical development, which requires morphological elaboration of billions of neurons and precise formation and maturation of trillions of synaptic connections. The goal of research in his laboratory is to improve our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate cortical synapse development.

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Dr. Michael Moore Awarded Funding for Nerve Growth Research


The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded a grant (R21-NS065374) to Dr. Michael J. Moore for studying the immobilization of developmental ligands in micropatterned hydrogels for guided nerve growth. His approach involves digital light projection (DLP), the same technology used in DLP televisions and projectors, for patterning biocompatible hydrogels on the scale of micrometers (1/1000th of a millimeter). These micropatterned hydrogels provide a three-dimensional environment for studying the guidance of neural tissue growth in response to biomolecules engineered into the gels. The work may have future implications for understanding the development and repair of the nervous system.

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