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  • Three grants were recently awarded to two of our regular members, Dr. Gregory Brewer (Engineering Form and Function in Neuronal Networks-University of Florida) and Dr. Jonathan Baker (Choate-Behavior Analysis and Therapy Collaboration-IDHS/CMHDC & Project 12-Ways Enhancement-IDCFS/USDHHS)
  • Congratulations to graduate students on both our Carbondale and Springfield campuses. Forty-six students made presentations for the 23rd Annual Trainee Research Symposium sponsored by the School of Medicine's Office for Research and Faculty Affairs. Special congratulations go to our award winners:

          1st place: Cassie Jaeger (oral presentation) and Debashish Boral (poster) 

          2nd place: Cole Vonder Haar (oral), Debolina Ghosh (oral), 

             Mruvil Abooj (poster) and Ashim Gupta(poster) 

          3rd place: Ria Goswami (oral), Soloman Hailu (oral), 

              Rashmi Prasad (oral), Puspanjali Bhatta (poster),Canxin Xu (poster),

          and Ping Zhao (poster)

  • Lisabeth DiLalla, Ph.D., Family and Community Medicine Carbondale, received the 2013 SIU University Women's Professional Advancement Faculty Mentor Award, which was presented to her at the UWPA Award Luncheon in Carbondale on March 7.  Well done!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Pranzatelli (Neurology) on his most recent national grant award! This research grant from Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will continue his long-standing research into pediatric opsocolonus-myoclonus syndrome. Although rare, this syndrome can have a devastating effect on a child's quality of life.

Upcoming events

  • June 25-30, 2013. Grand Hotel, Malahide, Country Dublin, Ireland
    International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) 22nd Annual Meeting

    The major goal of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society’s (IBNS) annual meeting is to bring together scientists whose interests are in the broad area of understanding the neural control of behavior. The IBNS cordially invites members and nonmembers alike to attend. The program will include plenary lectures, oral communications, and poster sessions. Topics will focus on a number of themes including, but not limited to: Learning, Memory, and Neuronal Plasticity; Ingestive Behavior; Drugs of Abuse and Psychopharmacology; Behavioral Endocrinology; Behavioral Genetics; and Psychoneuroimmunology.

    Principle Keynote speakers will be John F. Cryan (University College Cork, Ireland) Mind Altering Microbes: Role of Gut Microbiota in Brain and Behavior and Jaap M. Koolhaas (University of Groningen, Netherlands) The Violent Brain. Currently there are special symposia on:
    • Nicotcine reinforcement & dependence,
    • Endocrine disrupting compounds, Early contributions to adult psychopathology,
    • Improving the predicative validity of animal models
    • Medial septal neurons in learning and memory,
    • Modeling stressors on brain and behavior,
    • Neural circuitry of learning and decision making,
    • Impulsivity, compulsivity and addiction, Homer proteins in neuropsychiatric disease. 

          Other topics will be announced on the IBNS website as they become available.

          Travel awards are available. Information will be posted on their website.

          Additional information can be found in the IBNS website: 

          Please check back often as this page will be updated frequently.        

          See HERE for a flier (pdf). Please feel free to print and post this information as

          well as share with your colleagues. 

  • July 13-18, 2013. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA
    Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2013

    From its beginning in Las Vegas in 1988 to a record-breaking year in Paris 2011 and beyond, the Alzheimer's Association International Conference is the world's largest annual gathering of Alzheimer’s, dementia and neuroscience researchers. 

    Join the AAIC to celebrate 25 years of discovery, progress and change at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2013, Boston, United States, July 14-18. While together in this historic city, we will look at where we have been – and where we are going – on the path to end the Alzheimer's epidemic. 

    Please see the AAIC website for further information.