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Congratulations Kalene Jasso on new NIH predoctoral fellowship

Kalene Jasso was awarded a new individual predoctoral fellowship from NIH entitled “The Role of MCHR1 Signaling in Olfactory Function”.   The goal of this project is to increase our understanding of mechanisms that modulate the sense of smell. The project will investigate the role of the melanin-concentrating hormone receptor (MCHR1) in…

Dr. Ashok Kumar Awarded new R21 from NIH

Dr. Ashok Kumar, a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience was recently awarded a new R21 from NIA entitled Age-associate impaired executive function: Rescue by NMDA receptor upregulation.

Two Department of Neuroscience faculty chosen as AlzSTARS Scholars

  Drs. Valerie Joes and Karina Alviña were chosen as AlzSTARS Scholars. This program (Alzheimer’s Science Training to Advance Research Success or AlzSTARS) is a collaboration between the  1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (1FLADRC) is a National Institute of Aging funded collaboration of The University of…

Two Department of Neuroscience Faculty Promoted

  Congratulations to Department of Neuroscience faculty members Dr. Yona Levites and Dr. Chris Janus on their successful promotions to Research Associate Professor. Drs. Levites and Janus joined the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Translational Research Neurodegenerative Disease in 2009. This promotion recognizes their substantial scientific contributions…

Dr. Valerie Joers and Malú Tansey receive Michael J. Fox Foundation Award

Investigators at UF’s Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, or CTRND, earned a one-year, $200,000 award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Target Advancement Program to explore novel approaches to treat Parkinson’s disease. The award will fund a study to determine how targeting cannabinoid receptor 2, or CB2,…

Alzheimer’s T32 Appoints 3 Neuroscience Students

  Neuroscience students  Tara Cooper in Dr. Sara Burke’s lab, and Alejandro Albizu in Dr. Adam Woods’s lab were appointed to the T32 Research Training in Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Cognition in Aging, MCI, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Directed by Dr. Jada Lewis and Dr. Jen…

Chemosensory T32 Appoints Neuroscience Student

Neuroscience student Brian Lee, who is co-mentored by Drs. Jeremy McIntyre and Abisambra, was appointed to the the NIH-funded Training Program in Chemosensory Sciences. Directed by Dr. Steve Munger, this Training Program in Chemosensory Science (TCPS) is an NIH-supported pre-doctoral training program that prepares trainees for careers focused on…