CNUP: Center for Neuroscience

News and Events

Feb 13 2017

UPCOMING CNUP PHD DEFENSES:
Puja K. Parekh

Puja K. Parekh
Title: The differential regulation of synaptic plasticityl, mood and reward behavior by circadian genes
School of Medicine/Neurobiology
Date: Monday, February 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1495 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower




Feb 13 2017

Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Program:
Application deadline is April 15, 2017.

Please visit the School of Arts and Sciences' Diversity Initiatives HMB program page for more information.




Sep 29 2016

The next CNUP newsletter will be published and mailed electronically on Monday, February 20, 2017. All announcements and notices must be submitted to Lisa Summe (lms232@pitt.edu) no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

The Neurotransmitter is a biweekly newsletter available to all members of the Center for Neuroscience. It lists seminars and other events related to neuroscience at Pitt and local colleges. Other news items relating to the CNUP and of interest to the community also are included.

To subscribe contact Lisa Summe (lms232@pitt.edu).




Sep 3 2016

Dr. Anthony Grace has received the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

This award, given out annually at the Society’s annual meeting, is awarded “for an internationally distinguished career of outstanding research and advancing knowledge in the field of psychiatric neuroscience”.




Sep 2 2016

CNUP 30th Annual Retreat Special Panel Discussion:
Traumatic Brain Injury and its Long-term Consequences
4:00 pm, Friday, Sept. 9, Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, Wheeling, WV

As part of its 30th Annual Retreat, the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP) invites you to attend a special panel discussion. http://cnup.neurobio.pitt.edu/news/retreat/

Traumatic Brain Injury and its Long-term Consequences

Friday, September 9, 2016
Oglebay Resort and Conference Center Wheeling, WV

4:00 p.m. Panel discussion featuring: (Moderator): Nathan Urban, PhD
Discussants:
Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, FCCM
Ann C. McKee, MD
Walter Schneider, PhD
Clayton A. Wiley, MD, PhD

6:30 p.m. Reception*

8:00 p.m. Presentation of the CNUP Scientific Impact Award to Ann C. McKee, MD, followed by Dr. McKee’s talk.

*RSVP to Patti Argenzio (argenzio@pitt.edu) before Tues., Sept. 9, if you are planning to attend the reception.

All are encouraged to attend.




May 1 2016

Bita Moghaddam has been elected to Council of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).

ACNP is a leading professional society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of and facilitating communication about disorders of the brain and behavior in order to advance their prevention and treatment. Her 3-year term will begin at the end of the ACNP annual meeting in December.




Apr 8 2016

CNUP Co-Director, Professor, and Neuroscience Chair, Alan F. Sved, has won the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences for 2016.

CNUP Co-Director, Professor, and Neuroscience Chair, Alan F. Sved, has won the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences for 2016. The annual Bellet Award was established in 1998 to recognize outstanding and innovative teachers of undergraduate students in Arts and Sciences. Nominated by Neuroscience majors, Corina Andriescu, Meredith Monsour and Swati Rajprohat, and supported by letters from colleagues, Dr. Sved’s award acknowledges his outstanding influence on undergraduate students and their intellectual development both within and outside the classroom. His generous and unfailing advice and mentoring are also recognized with this award. Dr. Sved shares the 2016 Bellet Award with Dr. Lorraine Denman in the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures and with Dr. Andrew Lotz in the Department of Political Science. CNUP




Mar 22 2016

CNUP student Junchol Park’s research on anxiety is featured in a Pitt press release! http://www.news.pitt.edu/news/just-made-bad-decision




Feb 25 2016

Alzheimer Disease Research Center
Alzheimer Outreach Center &
Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter
Presents:

Taking Control:
Alzheimer’s research & African-Americans:
What to know and how to get your community involved

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Kingsley Association
Community Room #3
6435 Frankstown Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Please RSVP by February 18, 2016 to
Suzanne Weessies at 412-261-5040 x3112 or sweessies@alz.org




Oct 22 2015

PITT NEWS RELEASE: October 13, 2015
Pitt's Yan Dong Earns Award for His Investigation of Addiction

Will receive the Waletzky Award at Neuroscience 2015

His research into how drugs such as cocaine can hijack the brain’s circuitry, leading to addiction, has earned University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist Yan Dong the Society for Neuroscience’s Jacob P. Waletzky Award.
“I am deeply honored receiving this prestigious award,” Dong says. “I greatly appreciate the Waletzky family for their vision in promoting basic research in drug addiction.”
Read More ...




Sep 9 2015

Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting
October 23-24, 2015

http://emesis2015.com

Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting 2015 will bring together current leaders in the field of nausea and emesis research, including basic and translational scientists and clinicians who treat patients who pervasively suffer from these conditions. The proposed conference is intended to provide an optimal forum to discuss the biology and treatment of nausea and vomiting from a wide variety of perspectives, with the primary goal of formulating a consensus on new avenues of research and clinical approaches that will move the field forward. Continuing Education Credits (a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™) are available for attending the meeting.
The conference will include six primary oral sessions, in addition to a scientific poster session and reception.




Aug 26 2015

Welcome New CNUP Graduate Students!

See pics of all the new students




Aug 10 2015

Basal ganglia- and Cerebellar-Thalamic Contributions to Motor Control in Non-Human Primates -

A Postdoctoral position is available at the University of Pittsburgh to study functions of the circuits that connect cerebellar- and basal ganglia-recipient regions of thalamus and the motor cortex. The project will study the task-related activities of identified cell types and circuits using multi-electrode single unit recording, electrophysiologic, and inactivation techniques in behaving monkeys. We seek a creative motivated scientist with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biomedical engineering or a related field. Experience in motor control research, non-human primate neurophysiology, and the statistical analysis of neuronal data analysis is preferred. This is a full-time NIH-funded position with university benefits. The position offers exceptional facilities, resources and opportunities for interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and career development. The successful candidate will have frequent opportunities to interact with other faculty and labs of the Systems Neuroscience Institute (PI’s include Drs. Peter Strick, Andy Schwartz, Aaron Batista, Charles Bradberry, and Omar Gharbawie), those in the large neuroscience communities at the University of Pittsburgh and at nearby Carnegie Mellon University. To apply, please send a statement of research interests, CV and names of two references to: Robert S. Turner Dept. of Neurobiology and System Neuroscience Institute Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition University of Pittsburgh rturner@pitt.edu.




Jul 13 2015

CNUP faculty member Dr. Elias Aizenman, receives the 2015 William E. Brown Outstanding MSTP Mentor Award

In recognition of extraordinary performance and achievement in mentoring, the annual recipient of this award is elected by the MSTP students and faculty. The award is named in honor of William E. Brown, PhD, who demonstrated all of the qualities of a truly great mentor throughout his stewardship as co-director of the University of Pittsburgh / Carnegie Mellon University Medical Scientist Training Program. The recipient of this award is announced at the MSTP annual retreat.




Jul 9 2015

Save the Date: MNTP Summer Symposium on Health Neuroscience

Dear Colleagues, We are writing to cordially invite you to attend an exciting one-and-a half day symposium on Health Neuroscience, sponsored by the Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program, the Brain Institute, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. The symposium will feature investigators conducting cutting-edge research focused on the interplay between physical health and brain structure and function in humans and nonhuman animals. Invited speakers include: - Elliot Berkman (University of Oregon) - Naomi Eisenberger (UCLA) - Andreana Haley (University of Texas at Austin) - Connor Liston (Weill Cornell Medical College) - Tor Wager (University of Colorado, Boulder) Symposium themes will focus on the neurobiology of stress, emotion, cognition, chronic physical illness, health behaviors, and social influences on health across the lifespan. The symposium will also feature local faculty from Pitt and CMU, and there will be a reception to foster interaction among faculty and trainees. More details will follow. Space will be limited. Register at: http://www.mntp.pitt.edu/?symposium/registration.html Sincerely, Pete Gianaros, University of Pittsburgh Kirk Erickson, University of Pittsburgh David Creswell, Carnegie Mellon University Tim Verstynen, Carnegie Mellon University




Jul 1 2015

Pitt News Release: June 29, 2015
Why Does the Teen Brain Value Reward Over Risk? Maybe it's not the dopamine rush

Why does the promise of a reward - basically any kind of fun - cause teens to hurl caution into the wind?
Contemporary scientific theory suggests that teenagers are risk takers because they crave the feel-good rush of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers. That theory, however, has been based on a long line of studies on the adult brain.
The University of Pittsburgh's Dr. Bita Moghaddam and her research group have taken a look at the teen brain - the teen rat's brain, specifically - and found that scientists' presumptions may be off base.
"The adolescent brain doesn't work the way we think it does," she says. "we have a set of predictions about it that keep proving to be wrong, that they seek pleasure because dopamine is more active. This study shows that may not be the case."
Read More ...




May 27 2015

The Seventh International Workshop on Statistical Analysis of Neural Data (SAND7) Website: http://sand.stat.cmu.edu

Confirmed keynote speakers: Gyorgy Buzsaki (NYU) Marlene Cohen (University of Pittsburgh) Adrienne Fairhall (University of Washington) Bruce Rosen (Harvard, MGH) Mark Schnitzer (Stanford) Sebastian Seung (Princeton) This workshop series is concerned with analysis of neural signals from various sources, including EEG, fMRI, MEG, 2-Photon, and extracellular recordings. It aims to define important problems in neuronal data analysis and useful strategies for attacking them; foster communication between experimental neuroscientists and those trained in statistical and computational methods encourage young researchers, including graduate students, to present their work; and expose young researchers to important challenges and opportunities in this interdisciplinary domain, while providing a small meeting atmosphere to facilitate the interaction of young researchers with senior colleagues. The organizers are Emery Brown, Elizabeth Buffalo, Rob Kass, Liam Paninski, Sri Sarma and Jonathan Victor.




Apr 16 2015

CNUP faculty member Anthony A. Grace, PhD receives William K. Warren Research Award

The William K. Warren Research Award is given every 2 years to a senior investigator, who has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of schizophrenia. At the 2015 meeting of the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research, Dr. Anthony A. Grace was named the recipient of the award for 2015.




Mar 18 2015

CNUP Faculty member Marlene Cohen receives 2015 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award

Patrick Gallagher, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor awarded a dozen Pitt faculty members with 2015 chancellor’s awards for research, teaching and service. In the junior scholar category, CNUP faculty member, Marlene Cohen, assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience in the Dietrich school was awarded $2,000 cash prize and a $3,000 grant in support of her research. Chancellor Gallagher recognized Marlene's research as “scientifically rigorous, highly creative and novel” work that is making a substantial impact on the field of sensory processing and perception. “Not only have you been extremely successful in obtaining funding for your research, but you have also amply demonstrated that you are an independent, creative and talented scientist who is emerging as one of the true leaders in your field,” he wrote. Read More...




Mar 18 2015

CNUP Faculty member Kirk Erickson receives 2015 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award

Patrick Gallagher, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor awarded a dozen Pitt faculty members with 2015 chancellor’s awards for research, teaching and service. In the junior scholar category, CNUP faculty member, Kirk Erickson, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the Dietrich school was awarded $2,000 cash prize and a $3,000 grant in support of his research. Chancellor Gallagher said that Erickson's research is notable for its methodological rigor as well as for its broad public health implications. “You have had an impact in the training of neuroscience. Your graduate and undergraduate classes on the fundamentals of neuroscience and specifically fMRI have consistently received outstanding student reviews and changed the culture of training in your department,” Gallagher wrote. Read More...




Mar 18 2015

Pitt Establishes Brain Institute to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain, Discover Novel Therapies

The University of Pittsburgh is creating a new Institute that aims to unlock the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function, and then use this new information to develop novel treatments and cures for brain disorders. The new Institute will function like a Bell Labs for brain research and provide a special environment to promote innovation and discovery. The goal is to enable investigators to perform high-risk, high-impact neuroscience that will transform lives.

“Pittsburgh has earned well-deserved respect as one of the world’s leading centers for groundbreaking research in neuroscience,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “We have the intellectual firepower to take a lead role in the nationwide effort to revolutionize the understanding of the brain. The creation of our Brain Institute reflects the high priority that we have assigned to this important work and will position Pitt for even higher levels of impact and achievement in the years ahead. It also will strengthen our ongoing local, national and international research efforts, such as the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, which is a joint program with Carnegie Mellon University.”

Read more at upmc.com




Mar 11 2015

Post-Doctoral Position Division of Pediatric Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

The laboratory of Dr. Sharyl Fyffe-Maricich has a postdoctoral position available immediately to study central nervous system (CNS) myelin development and myelin repair in mouse models of Multiple Sclerosis in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The laboratory’s research program is focused on the role of ERK MAP kinase signaling in the regulation of genes important for the differentiation and maturation of oligodendrocytes, the cells responsible for generating CNS myelin. This position will allow exciting opportunities for publication, collaborative research, attendance at scientific meetings and overall career development. This position is funded by an NIH R01 grant and salary will be commensurate with the NIH scale for postdoctoral fellows.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a short write up of their research/laboratory experience together with their latest CV to Dr. Sharyl Fyffe-Maricich (sharyl.fyffemaricich@chp.edu).

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral associate with a PhD in neurobiology, developmental biology, genetics or molecular biology. Relevant knowledge and skills include experience with transgenic mouse models, histological techniques, microscopic imaging, cell culture techniques, and molecular biology. Most importantly, we are seeking an individual who can work independently, is enthusiastic about acquiring new knowledge and skills, and is a strong communicator. Candidates should have the ability to work independently, think critically and creatively and function as part of a team. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.




Feb 9 2015

Post-Doctoral Position Available Molecular Neurobiologist and Neurophysiologist

We are looking for two postdoctoral scientists (molecular neurobiologist and neurophysiologist) to join a group studying pathogenesis of neurological diseases using novel transgenic and knockout zebrafish models.

If interested please contact: Edward A. Burton, MD, DPhil Eab25@pitt.edu




Dec 15 2014

Post-Doctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience Available

Applications are invited to fill an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience in the Biomedical Applications Group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), which is part of Carnegie Mellon University. Our group enjoys rich and diverse collaborations with numerous colleagues in the areas of computational neuroscience, cell modeling, and large-scale image analysis in connectomics. Our group’s focus is both on biomedical research and biomedical software development. Successful candidates will have demonstrated a proven record of experience and accomplishment in the areas of neuroscience and/or computational biophysics. A good working knowledge of programming and numerical techniques including computer simulation is preferable. The goal of the research project will be to develop state-of-the-art MCell models of amphibian and mammalian synapses to investigate the relationship of structure and function in these systems with a strong focus on a better understanding of neuromuscular diseases. The computational research will be highly collaborative involving several well-known experimental labs at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maryland. As part of the National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS), the Biomedical Applications Group at PSC contributes to the development of the MCell and CellBlender software (www.mcell.org). During the project there will be significant opportunity to get involved in method and software development for MCell and CellBlender in the vibrant, high-performance computing environment provided by PSC. The start date will be decided by mutual agreement, but the position will be filled as soon as possible. The contract will be for a two-year term with the possibility of extension, renewed after 1 year provided satisfactory progress. To apply for the position, please email your CV and arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Markus Dittrich, Director, Biomedical Applications Group, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 300 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, email: dittrich@psc.edu.




Dec 15 2014

Alzheimer Disease Research Center – Call for Pilot Proposals ADRC Seed Monies Grant Program Funding Period: April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Introduction: One of the research missions of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) at the University of Pittsburgh is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. Types of research can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with particular attention given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The investigator is responsible for obtaining appropriate Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee approval for the proposal. The patient population, clinical, and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC). Priority will be given to studies which have the highest chance of leading to subsequent external peer reviewed funding. Applications must clearly state the significance and innovation of the proposed research to Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. Criteria for Review: The following will be considered in evaluating the merit of a proposal:
Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time faculty and post-doctoral fellows of the University of Pittsburgh. Post-doctoral fellows must have a letter of support from their mentor and department chair indicating they will be at the University through 2016. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible. Application Process:
Letter of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH, Center Administrator (dunnlo@upmc.edu) by January 16, 2015. Please include title of the proposal, names of investigators/co-investigators, brief description of project and a brief statement of relevance of the proposed research to the field.
Investigators invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by January 21, 2015.
Deadline: Applications must be received no later than February 11, 2015 with funding to start April 1, 2015. (Please follow application guidelines.)
Send application materials:
Via e-mail to adrcadmin@upmc.edu (Send Word documents. No PDFs please.)

Also send hard copy of the application to:
Leslie Dunn, MPH
ADRC Administrator
Alzheimer Disease Research Center
4-West UPMC Montefiore Hospital
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For further information: Interested applicants should discuss potential submission with:
Center Director, Oscar L. Lopez, M.D., lopezol@upmc.edu
Center Co-Director, William E. Klunk, M.D.,
Ph.D., klunkwe@upmc.edu or Center
Administrator, Leslie Dunn, MPH, (412) 692-2731, dunnlo@upmc.edu
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Alzheimer Disease Research Center
4-West UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213




Nov 18 2014

CNUP GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM
* * * APPLY NOW * * *

PhD Admissions




Jul 30 2014

28th Annual CNUP Retreat
September 12-14, 2014
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, West Virginia
REGISTER NOW

This year's speakers include:

Graeme Davis, PhD
Morris Hertzstein Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Bio-physics; University of California, San Francisco

Adrienne Fairhall, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington


Ahmad R. Hariri, PhD
Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience; Director, Laboratory of NeuroGenetics, Duke University


René Hen, PhD
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology; Director, Division of Integrative Neuroscience; New York State Psychiatric Institute and Research Foundation; The Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Columbia University




Jul 11 2014

MNTP Symposium
"Advanced Methods in Visual Brain Science"

Mellon Institute
3rd Floor Conference Room
Pittsburgh, PA
Web: www.mntp.pitt.edu

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP) and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University announce the 2014 MNTP Symposium on “Advanced Methods in Visual Brain Science.” This Symposium, funded by NIH (DA023420), will cover the cutting edge of fMRI and neuroimaging methods in visual brain science by leading scientists in the field.

Registration to the Symposium is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please visit the MNTP website to register or click the hyperlink below. Registration deadline is July 7th.

https://www.ewi-ssl.pitt.edu/mntp/Symposium_Registration/online_registration.html

If you have any questions about the Symposium, please contact us at mntp@pitt.edu.

William Eddy, Co-Director Pete Gianaros, Co-Director




Jun 6 2014

Recovery of Function:
A symposium honoring the careers of Willi Halfter, Ph.D. and Joseph Yip, Ph.D.

Featured Speakers:

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.
Walter G. Ross Chair in Developmental Neuroscience,
Professor of Neurological Surgery,
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Functional Genomics for Spinal Cord Injury

Wesley Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Member, Institute for Neuroscience,
Texas A&M University
Revisiting the past with some new insights into synapse elimination

Monica Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
University of Pittsburgh
The role of cortical and spinal plasticity in the recovery of function after spinal cord injury

2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Conference Room A
University Club

*A reception with light refreshments will follow the symposium

Sponsored by the Department of Neurobiology




Feb 28 2014

Drs. Cynthia Lance-Jones and Andrew Schwartz receive Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards.

CNUP Alumnus Dr. Randy Bruno receives the Society for Neuroscience’s Young Investigator Award.



Dr. Cynthia Lance-Jones receives a 2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Andrew Schwartz receives a 2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award.

Dr. Randy Bruno receives $15,000 Young Investigator Award from the Science for Neuroscience




Feb 17 2014

Course announcement
Fall Semester 2014
Human Physiology MSNBIO 2070
M,W: 5:30-6:45 PM F: 3:00-5:00 PM
Scaife Lecture Room 3

During the Fall Semester, Dr. Bill Yates (byates@pitt.edu) will again teach MSNBIO 2070, Human Physiology. This advanced survey course covers the integrative physiology of all of the major organ systems, including the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal system, immune system, gastrointestinal system, and reproductive system.

Lectures are coupled with problem based learning exercises to provide a comprehensive and detailed background regarding physiological processes.

This course is ideal for graduate students who desire a comprehensive yet thorough course in human physiology in preparation for advanced coursework or as background for research projects.

Undergraduate students who previously took a physiology course, but who would like an advanced treatment of the material to prepare for medical or graduate school, are also welcome to enroll in this class.

Questions about the course can be directed to Dr. Bill Yates (email:byates@pitt.edu).

Interested students may also refer to the course website for information:

http://honorshumanphysiology.com .




Dec 18 2013

Dr. Anthony A. Grace, has been named the 2013 winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award.

This award is presented for outstanding contributions to Neuropsychopharmacology by mentoring young scientists. Dr. Grace was presented with the award during the President's Plenary session at the Annual Meeting in Hollywood Florida. Congratulations Tony!




Oct 25 2013

Professor Bill J. Yates has been appointed as Editor of Journal of Neurophysiology, effective July 2014




Oct 11 2013

CNUP OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY

As neuroscientists, each of us has the privilege and responsibility to devote some of our time working as “citizen scientists,” to advance public understanding of neuroscience and neuroscience research, and influence public science policy. Our efforts to improve the public’s understanding and appreciation of neuroscience research can reap great benefits for both our field and society in general through maintained research funding, future cures, and sustained prosperity. We encourage you to get involved in neuroscience outreach events organized by the CNUP outreach committee. Participation in these events not only brings the satisfaction of sharing knowledge and excitement about the brain, but also provides an excellent opportunity to act as an advocate for neuroscience research to the public, including school children, voters, and taxpayers. CNUP outreach activities for the current academic year are already underway, but there are still lots of opportunities for you to get involved.

If you are interested in joining the CNUP outreach and advocacy efforts, please contact us at cnup@pitt.edu.

Dr. Alan Sved and Peter Strick, CNUP Co-Directors
Dr. Floh Thiels, CNUP Outreach Committee Chair




Oct 3 2013

Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting
http://internationalvomitingconference.org

Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting 2013 is targeted to both basic researches and clinical investigators working in the field of nausea and vomiting. Information provided will also be useful for clinicians needing an up-to-date presentation of treatments for nausea and vomiting, particularly difficult-to-treat cases. Continuing Education Credits (a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™) are available for attending the meeting.
The conference will include five primary oral sessions, in addition to a scientific poster session.




Jul 24 2013

PancreasFest 2013
http://ccehs.upmc.com/liveFormalCourses.jsf

PancreasFest 2013 is an international pancreas disease research and clinical conference that occurs annually and is coordinated by the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Primary themes for 2013 include acute pancreatitis, pediatric pancreas disease, and pancreatic cancer advancements, although all aspects of pancreatology will be referenced. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at joj2@pitt.edu




Jul 11 2013

Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury
www.mntp.pitt.edu

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP) and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University announce the 2013 MNTP Symposium on “Traumatic Brain Injury”. This Symposium, funded by NIH (DA023420), will cover clinical observations and neuroimaging of traumatic brain injuries by leading scientists in the field. Registration to the Symposium is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please visit the MNTP website to register online. Registration deadline is July 8th.
If you have any questions about the Symposium, please contact us at mntp@pitt.edu




Apr 15 2013

Assistant Professor Rebecca Seal is a recipient of the 2013 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain from the American Pain Society.

See American Pain Society




Mar 18 2013

Community Outreach Opportunity: 2013 SciTech Executive Experience

The Pittsburgh Public Schools Science & Technology Academy (SciTech) is now accepting proposals for faculty to host a high school senior for a "Capstone" Executive Experience. The Executive Experience is a required field-based internship that every SciTech 12th grade student must complete in order to graduate. This is a great opportunity for faculty mentors to give back to the community and help to develop future STEM leaders. To learn more visit: How Science Works Link

The Office of Science Education Outreach (OSEO), Health Sciences, is sponsoring an information session for faculty interested in participating in the 2013 SciTech Executive Experience. Current Executive Experience faculty mentors and SciTech administrators will be on hand to answer questions.

Monday, March 18, 2013 4 PM - 5 PM
Scaife Hall, Room 1105




Feb 21 2013

Peter L. Strick selected as a recipient of the 2013 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award in the senior scholar category.

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg has announced Peter L. Strick as a recipient of the 2013 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award in the senior scholar category. Senior scholar awardees include faculty members who have achieved pre-eminence in their field and have compiled a substantial and continuing record of research and scholarly activity. Read more in the University Times




May 30 2012

26th ANNUAL CNUP RETREAT
September 7-9, 2012
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, West Virginia
REGISTER NOW

This year's speakers include:

Dora Angelaki, PhD
Wilhelmina Robertson Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine; Professor, Department of Psychology and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University


Jeff W. Lichtman, MD
Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard University

Robert C. Malenka, MD, PhD
Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director of Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

David W. Self, PhD
Wesley Gilliland Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience Division, The Seay Center for Basic and Applied Research in Psychiatric Illness, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas




Dec 31 2011

SPRING TERM COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT

Advanced Neurophysiology
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
McGowan Institute, Room TBA
MSNBIO 2632, Class #26687

The primary objective of this course is for students to develop critical scientific reasoning by learning to evaluate the essential components of classical research presented in well written papers. Secondarily, students will gain a solid foundation in neurophysiology by examining, in detail, the underlying principles underlying current flow through a neuron’s membrane, the generation and propagation of action potentials, synaptic transmission at the neural muscular junction, and sensory transduction. Course material will consist of papers from Hodgkin, Huxley, Katz, Fatt, and others. Complementing the classic papers will be contemporary work on the same topic. Students will be expected to have had basic neurophysiology and be familiar with electrostatics, electric circuits, and differential equations. Course instructor: Andy Schwartz




Dec 31 2011

MULTIMODAL NEUROIMAGING SUMMER WORKSHOP
June 6 – July 13, 2012

Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University
www.mntp.pitt.edu

The 2012 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University will be hosting our 6th annual 6-week summer workshop, which will provide training in multiple imaging modalities, including DTI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, Near IR Spectroscopy, and optical imaging. This program is designed for advanced scientists (graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who are already engaged in neuroimaging work and are familiar with brain structure and function.

Participants will learn the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience in one imaging modality, specifically:
- Basic lectures and imaging laboratory tours will allow participants to understand the importance of multiple complimentary imaging modalities and learn the basic principles and required instrumentation for the different imaging modalities.
- To gain further research experience, participants will spend four weeks in one imaging modality lab performing a team project. Training will include data acquisition, data processing, visualization, and interpretation.

Participants in the workshop will receive a subsistence allowance of $2,500 (based upon eligibility) to cover meals and other education-related expenses and will be provided with housing. They will also receive partial funds to help defray travel cost and other related expenses. Please not that funding is limited to 12 participants.

A detailed workshop schedule and online application form can be found at www.mntp.pitt.edu and a flyer can be found at www.mntp.pitt.edu/MNTP%20flyer_2012.pdf . The application deadline is Janurary 31, 2012.




Dec 31 2011

THE SURVIVAL SKILLS & ETHICS PROGRAM

These workshops provide graduate & professional students, postdocs, residents, and faculty with training in professional development and ethics.

Teaching Workshop

Saturday, December 3, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Scaife Hall, 4th Floor, Lecture Room 2

Registration (& continental breakfast) begins at 9:30 a.m.
$10 in advance, $15 at the door; includes lunch.

The workshop will provide a basic introduction to teaching at the college level and beyond.

For more information and to register, see www.skillsandethics.org

Grants over Lunch
Preparing Fellowship Proposals

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
S100A South Biomedical Science Tower

Please bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.

Registration appreciated, but not required.
www.skillsandethics.org

Careers over Lunch
Beyond the Postdoc: Preparing for Employment

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
S100A South Biomedical Science Tower

Please bring your lunch, beverages will be provided.

Registration appreciated, but not required.
www.skillsandethics.org




Nov 14 2011

PITTSBURGH NEUROSCIENTIST – REUNION

Please join with Pittsburgh neuroscientists and alumni for a reception at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC

Monday, November 14, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hamilton Crown Plaza
Hamilton Ballroom
14th and K Street, NW
www.hamiltonhoteldc.com

Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served
So that we know approximately how many people to expect, please RSVP to Marlene Nieri (mhn2@pitt.edu)

Sponsored by:
Center for Neuroscience
Department of Neurobiology
Department of Neuroscience
The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Pittsburgh




Oct 14 2011

Spring Term Course Announcement:

Neurobiology of Disease:
Mondays, 9:30 – 11:25 a.m.
114 Victoria Hall
MSNBIO/NROSCI 2112

This seminar course is directed toward graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other interested in the biological basis of brain disorders. Undergraduates with a background in basic neuroscience are also welcome to attend. Many of the major neurological and psychiatric conditions will be discussed, including autism, stroke, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases. The seminar combines lectures, discussions, and patient presentations, and is taught by both clinical and basic science faculty. Members of the community are invited to attend on an informal basis. Students are encouraged to register for either MSNBIO 2112 (21598) or NROSCI 2112 (21597) – both 3-credit graduate level courses. Participants registering for credit will be asked to prepare and review a grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease. The course is directed by Michael J. Zigmond, Ph.D., and co-directed by Clayton A. Wiley, M.D., Ph.D.. For an up to date listing of the weekly topics, please contact Emma Culligan (cullex@upmc.edu).




Oct 3 2011

Call for Proposals

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Seed Monies Grant Program: A research mission of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. Types of research proposals can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC).

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are no eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013

Amount: $25,000 direct costs per project

Email of intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH (dunnlo@upmc.edu) by September 9, 2011.

Application Deadline: October 3, 2011 with funding to begin April 1, 2012.

For further information please call Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator: (412) 692-2731 4 West, UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213




Sep 9 2011

Fall Term Course Announcement
HPS 2631: Method and Interpretation in Cognitive Neuroscience: A Science of Consciousness?
Fall 2011 (3 crs)

The aim of the class is to give you understanding of the methods used in experimental research on consciousness, their historical origins, and the conceptual problems that will arise from them. From mid-November we switch to a journal club and research proposal format. Students will gain insight into these controversial areas of science, and develop critical skills that can be applied when studying philosophical issues in other branches of neuroscience.

Instructor: Mazviita Chirimuuta (mac289@pitt.edu)




Jul 14 2011

Neurolmaging Symposium on Resting State fMRI

July 14 - 15, 2011
Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh PA
Web: www.mntp.pitt.edu

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP)) and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University announce the 2011 MNTP Symposium on "The Resting State, Default Networks, and Neural Connectivity". This Symposium, funded by NIH (DA023420), will cover historical perspective neurophysiological sources, and neuroscience applications of resting-state fMRI, MEG, and optical imaging by leading scientists in the field. Registration to the Symposium is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please visit the MNTP website to register on-line and to obtain hotel and parking information. If you have any questions about the Symposium, please contact us at mntp@pitt.edu .

Speakers include:
Peter Bandettini (NIMH, NIH)
Apostolos Georgopoulos (University of Minnesota)
James Hyde (Medical College of Wisconsin)
David Leopold (NIMH, NIH)
Mark Lowe (Cleveland Clinic)
Timothy Murphy (University of British Columbia)
Marc Raichle (Washington University)
Olaf Sporns (University of Indiana)
Elliot Stein (NIDA, NIH)




May 9 2011

Complex Biological Systems Group Theme Days
May 9 - May 10, 2011

The Complex Biological Systems Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 2011 CBSG Theme Days Meeting on Mathematical and Experimental Investigations of Inflammation and the Immune Reponse, Neurodegenerative Disorders, and Human Intestinal Diseases. The Meeting will take place on Monday, May 9, 2011 (9am-5pm) and Tuesday, May 10, 2011 (9am - 2:30pm). All are invited to attend (there is no registration fee).

All lectures and discussions will be held in 704 Thackeray Hall. Conference details, schedule, and abstracts of talks can be found here:
http://www.math.pitt.edu/~cbsg/themedays/

Guest lectures for this year's Meeting will be given by:

Stephen Eubank, Virginia Tech
Joanne Flynn, University of Pittsburgh
David Hackam, University of Pittsburgh
R. Lee Mosley, University of Nebraska
Leonid Rubchinsky, IUPUI
Anna Maria Spagnuolo, Oakland University
Robert Turner, University of Pittsburgh
Yoram Vodovotz, University of Pittsburgh

Please RSVP to Julia Arciero (jarciero@pitt.edu) by Friday, April 22 if you plan to attend the meeting, so that we can have an accurate count for lunches.




Dec 2 2010

SPRING TERM COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
Neurobiology of Disease
Mondays, 9:30-11:25 a.m.
MSNBIO/NROSCI 2112

This seminar course is directed toward graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and others interested in the biological basis of brain disorders. Many of the major neurological and psychiatric conditions will be discussed, including neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, schizophrenia, depression, autism, and traumatic brain injury. The course combines lectures, discussions, and patient presentations, and is taught by both clinical and basic science faculty. Students are encouraged to register for either MSNBIO 2112 (23129) or NROSCI 2112 (23128) – both are 3-credit graduate-level courses. Other members of the community are invited to attend on an informal basis. There will be weekly readings suggested and participants will be invited to prepare a grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease. Most sessions will be held in 114 Victoria Hall. For up-to-date listing contact Emma Culligan (culligane@upmc.edu) or the course director: Michael J Zigmond, PhD (zigmond@pitt.edu).




Sep 10 2010

Postdoctoral Professionalism Series 2010-2011
Health Sciences Faculty Professional Development Series 2010-2011

www.oacd.health.pitt.edu




Sep 3 2010

CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE SPECIAL LECTURE

PUBLIC ADVOCACY FOR NEUROSCIENCE

Bobby L. Heagerty, M.A.
Director of Neuroscience Community Affairs & Education
Oregon Health Science University Brain Institute

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
12:00 noon
A219B Langley Hall

Bobby L. Heagerty will discuss a wide variety of strategies that the Oregon Brain Institute has successfully utilized to inform the public about the importance of neuroscience research and increase political support for neuroscience at the state and national level. These strategies have been very successful in increasing public awareness and support for neuroscience.

After the lecture the Clinical and Translational Science Institute will host an open discussion and light lunch on “Conversations about Science Outreach: Oregon’s Approach to Increasing Advocacy, Education and Public Support.”




Sep 3 2010

Call for Proposals

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Seed Monies Grant Program: A research mission of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer's disease. Types of research proposals can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC).

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2011 – 3/31/2012

Amount: $25,000 direct costs per project

E-mail of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH (dunnlo@upmc.edu) by October 4, 2010.

Application Deadline: November 8, 2010 with funding to begin April 1, 2010.

For further information, please call Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator (412) 692-2731 ADRC, 4 West, UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213




Sep 2 2010

Survival Skills & Ethics Program

The Survival Skills & Ethics Program provides training and resources to assist professionals in the development of the "survival skills" needed for success in research and related careers.

For more information: (412) 578-3716
survival@pitt.edu
http://www.survival.pitt.edu




Jul 7 2010

Symposium on “Visual Cognition and Computation”

July 7-8, 2010
Mellon Institute, Conference Room
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
July 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (reception to follow)
July 8, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Description: As visual observers we are confronted with a myriad of challenges every day – deriving a meaningful representation from the complexity of retinal input rapidly and effortlessly remains a dramatic feat of the visual system. This symposium brings together leading scientists using a variety of neuroimaging techniques to investigate the behavioral and neural mechanisms of visual perception. The goals of the 2010 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program Symposium on Visual Cognition and Computation are to learn about recent scientific findings from experts in the field and to evaluate how the integration of knowledge gained from multiple methods can broaden our understanding of vision. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. For detailed information please visit our website at www.mntp.pitt.edu.

Speakers
Marlene Behrmann, CNBC, Carnegie Mellon University
Edward Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Uri Hasson, Princeton University
Daniel Kersten, University of Minnesota
Walter Schneider, CNBC / University of Pittsburgh
Eero Simoncelli, New York University
Michael Tarr, CNBC, Carnegie Mellon University
Frank Tong, Vanderbuilt University
Teresa Wilcox, Texas A & M University

Registration Information
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. For detailed information please visit our website at www.mntp.pitt.edu.
REGISTER ON-LINE @: www.mntp.pitt.edu




Apr 19 2010

THE CENTER FOR ALS REASEARCH

Accepting pilot grant applications. Application deadline is May 30, 2010, with anticipated review in June 2010 and anticipated funding in July 2010. The pilot grants are for $10,000 each (direct budget only). Types of research can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with particular attention given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, animals or in vitro studies. For more information or to receive an application contact Lorrin Bowser at bowserlv@upmc.edu or visit our website at www.alsrearchcenter.org to download the application.




Apr 2 2010

PITTSBURGH SYMPOSIUM ON NEURODEGENERATION
Sponsored by the Department of Neurology and the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Friday, May 7, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
6014 Biomedical Sciences Tower 3

Marie-Francoise Chesselet UCLA, Mark CooksonNIA, Mike Lee University of Minnesota, Margaret Sutherland NINDS, Sarah Berman, Tim Greenamyre, Edward Burton, Teresa Hastings, Guodong Cao, David Hinkle, Jun Chen, Ruth Perez, Charleen Chu, Amanda Smith, Bruce Freeman, Ron Wetzel,Steve Graham, Clayton Wiley, http://www.math.pitt.edu/~cbsg/themedays/




Dec 4 2009

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Seed Monies Grant Program: A research mission of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer's disease. Types of research proposals can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC).

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2010 – 3/31/2011

Amount: $25,000 direct costs per project

E-mail of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH (dunnlo@upmc.edu) by December 14, 2009.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2010 with funding to begin April 1, 2010.

For further information, please call Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator (412) 692-2731 ADRC, 4 West, UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213




Nov 19 2009

SEMINAR COURSE OFFERING
Neurobiology of Disease
(MSNBIO 2112/NROSCI 2112) (3 credits)
January 6 - April 28, 2010; Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:25 pm
Room 117, Victoria Building
Course Director: Michael Zigmond, PhD Co-directors: David Lewis MD, Robert Moore MD/PhD, and Clayton Wiley MD/PhD

This seminar course is offered every two years for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (PhD and/or MD), and others interested in the topic. It is designed to provide a survey of some of the major neurological and psychiatric disorders for the non-clinician. Each session will focus on a particular disorder or group of disorders and will include a patient presentation (live or by videotape), and a discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of that disorder. It meets once a week for two hours, combines lectures, discussions, and live or video patient presentations, and is taught by a combination of clinical and basic science faculty. Individuals are invited to attend on an informal basis or to register for 3 graduate credits (MSNBIO 2112 or NROSCI 2112). One or more chapters or review articles will be provided prior to each class. Students interested in taking the course for credit will be asked to prepare a short grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease and to participate in the reviewing process. A syllabus is available from Course Director; contact Emma Culligan (emmac@pitt.edu).




Nov 19 2009

MULTIMODAL NEUROIMAGING SUMMER WORKSHOP
June 14 – July 23, 2010

The 2010 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, with funding from NIH, will be hosting our annual 6-week summer workshop, which will provide training in multiple imaging modalities, including structural MRI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, and optical imaging. Our approach will be to focus training scientists who have experience in one imaging modality, and would like to integrate multiple imaging modalities in order to address neuroscience questions. This program is designed for advanced scientists (senior graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who are already engaged in neuroimaging work and are familiar with brain structure and function. Furthermore, candidates must have knowledge of brain structure and function and have previous experience with at lease one imaging modality. By taking participants that have a background in one modality, we can cross-train in another modality. Participants will learn the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience on how to acquire, process, and interpret imaging data. The summer workshop will consist of basic lectures, hands-on laboratory work, a multimodal neuroimaging symposium focusing on "visual processing", and completion of projects, emphasizing the methodologies of multiple imaging modalities.

Participants in this workshop will receive a subsistence allowance of $2,500 (based upon eligibility) to cover meals and other education-related expenses and be provided with housing. Participants will also receive partial funds to help defray travel cost and other related expenses. The application deadline is January 31, 2010. Please note that funding is limited to 12 participants.

Please visit our website for more information and the application procedure: http://www.mntp.pitt.edu or e-mail us with questions at mntp@pitt.edu




Sep 3 2009

Special Town Hall Meeting
with
U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle

14th District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 3, 2009
10:10 a.m.
6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3

Mike Doyle, US Congressman for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, will visit the CNUP on Thursday, 3 September 2009. As part of his visit, Congressman Doyle will hold a town hall meeting for all members of the CNUP community. This meeting will be a terrific opportunity for you to hear from and ask questions of the Congressman. We encourage you strongly to attend this special event.

Congressman Doyle has been a strong advocate for federal funding of biomedical research, and he helped pass the $10 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding for the NIH. By attending the town hall meeting, you can show Congressman Doyle how vibrant the research community at the CNUP is, thank him for his past support, and encourage continued support for biomedical research funding.

For further information please contact:
Robert S. Turner
Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Chair, CNUP Outreach Committee
rturner@pitt.edu
or
Floh Thiels
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
President, Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Thiels@neurobio.pitt.edu




Sep 1 2009

POSTDOCTORAL PROFESSIONALISM SERIES 2009

Annual Fall Family Picnic for Postdocs and Their Families
University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association

Pitt Postdoc INTRO2009 Maximizing Your Postdoctoral Success: An Orientation to a Full Academic and Social Life in Pittsburgh

www.oacd.health.pitt.edu




Jul 15 2009

SYMPOSIUM ON “DECISION MAKING”

Mellon Institute, Conference Room
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

July 15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (reception to follow)
July 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: Decisions range in complexity from sensory choices such as detecting the direction of a moving objects and recognizing a familiar voice, to value-based choices such as selecting a partner and deciding how to invest resources. This symposium brings together leading scientists using a variety of techniques to investigate behavioral and neural mechanisms of sensory- and value-based decisions. The goals of the 2009 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program Symposium on Decision Making are to learn about recent scientific findings from experts in the field and to evaluate how the integration of knowledge gained from multiple techniques can broaden our understanding of this critical ability.

Speakers
John Anderson, Carnegie Mellon University
Maria Chait, University College, London
Mauricio Delgado, Rutgers
Leslie Fellows, McGill
Julie Fiez, University of Pittsburgh
Brian Knutson, Stanford
Edythe London, UCLA
Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Luiz Pessoa, Indiana University
Jeff Schall, Vanderbilt University
Mark Wheeler, University of Pittsburgh

Registration Information
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. For detailed information please visit our website at www.mntp.pitt.edu.
REGISTER ON-LINE @: www.mntp.pitt.edu




Jun 22 2009

MULTIMODAL NEUROIMAGING SUMMER WORKSHOP
June 22 – July 31, 2009
University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (www.mntp.pitt.edu)

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program, coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, is hosting its annual 6-week summer workshop, which will provide training in multiple imaging modalities, MRI/DTI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, and optical imaging. This program is designed for advanced scientists (senior graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who are already engaged in neuroimaging work and are familiar with brain structure and function. Our philosophy is to build on the strengths of our trainees in one imaging modality in order to help them develop skills in new modalities and improve their ability to address important questions in modern neuroscience.

Participants will learn the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience in one imaging modality, specifically:

• Basic lectures and imaging laboratory tours will allow participants to understand the importance of multiple complementary imaging modalities and to learn the basic principles and required instrumentation for the five different imaging modalities.

• To gain further research experience, participants will spend four weeks in one imaging modality lab performing a team project. The choice of lab will be determined by the Steering Committee by considering the trainees' desire, background, and the number of trainees in a given lab. This training will include data acquisition, data processing, visualization, and interpretation. Thus, the participant will become familiar with the entire process of one imaging modality from data acquisition to interpretation.

• To demonstrate the synergy of multimodal neuroimaging, we host an annual topical symposium. This year’s topic is “Decision Making.”

Apply for participation in the summer workshop by completing an on-line application via the website at www.mntp.pitt.edu. The application must be accompanied by a copy of your CV and a brief (2 page) essay describing your neuroimaging experience, interest and goals in participating in the workshop. Participants in this workshop will receive a stipend of $2,500 to cover meals and other education-related expenses and will be provided with housing. They will also receive funds to help defray the cost of travel and other related expenses. The application deadline is January 30, 2009. Please note that funding is limited to 12 recipients.

Please visit our website at http://www.mntp@pitt.edu or send e-mail to mntp@pitt.edu for application.

Funding from the National Institutes of Health (R90DA023420)




Mar 25 2009

Survival Skills & Ethics Program

The Survival Skills & Ethics Program provides training and resources to assist professionals in the development of the "survival skills" needed for success in research and related careers.

For more information: (412) 578-3716
survival@pitt.edu
http://www.survival@pitt.edu




Jan 9 2009

2009 Postdoctoral Professionalism Series
Pitt Postdoc INTRO2009
“Maximizing Your Postdoctoral Success: An Orientation to a Full Academic and Social Life in Pittsburgh”

Join your colleagues, meet senior administrators, and become acquainted with the rich resources at your disposal as a new member of the University and Pittsburgh communities.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Speaker: Patricia E. Beeson, PhD,
University of Pittsburgh
1105 AB Scaife Hall
Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences

Register at: www.oacd.health.pitt.edu




Dec 17 2008

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATION
“Postdoc Lunch Live!”

A monthly forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs. Register to present or attend. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
S100 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by UPPDA
(Register at: www.uppda.pitt.edu)




Dec 16 2008

2008 – 2009 HEALTH SCIENCES FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES
“Preparing to Serve on a Study Section Panel: Tips for Being an Effective Reviewer”

Speaker: Gerald F. Gebhart, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

S100 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
(Register at: www.oacd.health.pitt.edu)




Dec 15 2008

COURSE IN SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP

Apply now for this interactive 2-½ day workshop designed for post-doctoral and clinical fellows and junior faculty in the Schools of the Health Sciences. This course will provide you insight into leadership and team building as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific laboratory or research program, how to improve productivity, and how to enhance creativity and innovation. Scholarships available to postdocs as needed.

April 1-3, 2009

Accepting applications through December 15, 2008 http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu/leadershipcourse/




Dec 9 2008

2008-2009 POSTDOCTRIAL PROFESSIONAL SERIES
“Preparing Competitive Grant Applications: Developing Your Grant-Writing Skills”

Speaker: Bruce A. Freeman, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

S120 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
(Register at: www.oacd.health.pitt.edu)




Nov 25 2008

FULL SUNRISE SERIES
“Women as Leaders: Unleashing the Leaders”

Speakers: Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

Melissa A. McNeil, M.D., MPH,
University of Pittsburgh

S100 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences (Register at: www.oacd.health.pitt.edu)




Nov 20 2008

NIMH TRAINING GRAND

It is our pleasure to announce that the following fellows have been awarded postdoctoral trainee positions on the NINDS or NIMH training grants in translational neuroscience.

NIMH T32 MH18273

Katy Gill (Advisor: Tony Grace, Neuroscience)
Laurie Sanders (Advisor: Tim Greenamyre, Neurology)
Jill Bordelon (Advisor: David Lewis, Psychiatry)

NINDS T32 NS07391

Edward Plowey (Advisor: Charleen Chu, Pathology)
Robin Ashmore (Advisor: Marc Sommer, Neuroscience)
Victor VanLaar (Advisor: Sarah Berman, Neurology)

Beginning 7/1/09, there will be one position open on the NIMH training grant. A Steering Committee meeting will be held in January to evaluate candidates for this position. Anyone with a candidate for this position should send completed applications by December 19, 2008. We are currently able to consider supporting postdocs with 0-1 years of experience.

For further information regarding the application process, please contact Emma Culligan by e-mail at culligane@upmc.edu or by phone at (412) 624-425




Oct 28 2008

Pitt is Ranked Among the Top 10 U.S. University Recipients of Federal Research and Development Obligations

National Science Foundation survey shows Pitt being awarded nearly $427 million in fiscal year 2006




Oct 24 2008

THE ALZHEIMER DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER (ADRC) SEED MONIES GRANT PROGRAM

Call for Proposals


A research mission of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer's disease. Types of research proposals can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC).

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2009 – 3/31/2010

Amount: $28,548 direct costs per project

E-mail of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH (dunnlo@upmc.edu) by November 7, 2008.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2008 with funding to begin April 1, 2009.

For further information, please call Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator (412) 692-2731 ADRC, 4 West, UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213




Sep 17 2008

Postdoc Lunch Live!
A monthly forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs.

Register to present or attend: http://www.uppda.pitt.edu

Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1105 Scaife Hall

(Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association)




Sep 14 2008

HEALTHY MINDS ACROSS AMERICA
A national day of free public forums on the progress and promise of mental health research

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Location: Frick Fine Arts Bldg. Auditorium
650 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Presented by NARSAD,
The World’s Leading Charity Dedicated to Mental Health Research, in partnership with the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh

Topics:

• Circuits in the Brain: What Goes Wrong in Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders

• Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

• Healthy Minds, Healthy Emotions: Evidence from Human Neuroimaging Studies

Presenters:

Anthony A. Grace, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics; Director
Program for Genetics and Psychoses
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mary L. Phillips, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry;
Director of Functional Neuroimaging in Emotional Disorders
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Moderator:

Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

FREE and OPEN to the public. Space limited; reservations recommended.
To RSVP, email healthyminds@narsad.org or call (800) 829-8289/ (516) 829-0091.




Sep 10 2008

Annual UPPDA Fall Family Picnic
For all University of Pittsburgh Postdocs and thier families

This annual event is an excellent opportunity for new and current postdocs and their families to have fun, share great food, and enjoy each others’ company.

September 10, 2008
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Schenley Pavilion

(Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association)

Register at:
http://www.oacd.health.pitt.edu/uppda/2008picnic.html




Jul 21 2008

CNUP Softball Game
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mazeroski Field (located right next to Frick Fine Arts building)

For more information contact Joan Blaney, jblaney@pitt.edu




Jul 21 2008

Multi-modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP) Symposium on "Brain Development"

July 24-25, 2008

Mellon Institute Conference Room 4400 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213

While the symposium is designed for research scientists, physicians, and allied health care professionals, the general public is also welcome. Topics include cellular neuroimaging, systems neuroimaging and human neuroimaging. The main focus of the symposium will be on state-of-the-art imaging methodologies applied to the study of brain development, spanning levels of analysis from cellular processes to cognitive processes.

Speakers:

Anto Bagic, M.D., University of Pittsburgh
Alison Barth, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Justin Crowley, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Thomas Mrsic-Flogel, Ph.D., University College London
Sonja Hofer, Ph.D., University College of London
Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Edward Ruthazer, Ph.D., McGill University
Suzy Scherf, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Leonard White, Ph.D., Duke University

Sponsored by the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition and the Muli-modal Neuroimaging Training Program

Please click the link below and select the tab "2008 Brain Development Symposium" for details and registration information.
http://www.mntp.pitt.edu/




Mar 27 2008

BRAIN AWARENESS FORUM 2008
Head Injury and Your Brain


Thursday, March 27, 2008
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A221 Langley Hall

Featuring the following speakers:

C. Edward Dixon, Ph.D. Department of Neurological Surgery
Introduction to the Neuroscience of Traumatic Brain Injury

P. David Adelson, M.D. Department of Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Head Injury: Present and Future Management

Jamie E. Pardini, Ph.D. Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Identification and Management of Sports-Related Concussion

A reception will follow the presentations. For more information, please call Monika Skuriat (412) 648-3585.




Jan 21 2008

DOCTORAL STUDENTS WITHOUT BORDERS . . .

To train scientists of the future, Pitt rethinks what a graduate program in the life sciences should be




Jan 18 2008

Neuroanatomists Meeting

Pittsburgh Neuroanatomists will meet on Friday, January 25 from 4-5 p.m. in Langley A410A. Drs. J. Patrick Card and Alan Sved will discuss the use of viral vectors in tract-tracing applications. All are welcome to join in the discussion & socializing. If you have not attended before, please RSVP to: Ericka Holmstrand at ech6@pitt.edu so that adequate refreshments can be provided.




Dec 21 2007

Course Offering:

Biological Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (MSNBIO 2005/NROSCI 2078)
January 9 – April 23, 2008;
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11:50 pm -
PLEASE NOTE ROOM and TIME CHANGE
Room 122, Victoria Building
Course Director: Michael Zigmond, PhD
Co-directors: David Lewis MD, Robert Moore, MD/PhD, and Clayton Wiley MD/PhD
This is a 3 credit course for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (PhD and/or MD), and others interested in the topic. It is designed to provide a survey of some of the major neurological and psychiatric disorders for the non-clinician. Each session will focus on a particular disorder and will include a patient presentation (live or by videotape), and a discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of that disorder. It meets once a week for two and a half hours, combines lectures, discussions, and video or live patient presentations, and is taught by a combination of clinical and basic science faculty. Assignments will include an assigned chapter or review article plus one peer reviewed article each week, and the preparation of a grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease. Syllabus available from Course Director;
contact Emma Culligan (emmac@pitt.edu).
PLEASE NOTE: The first class on January 9, 2008 will be held in Room 1295 Biomedical Science Tower