Nadine Kabbani and Michael Scott (University of Virginia) have been awarded a research grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for their project “Investigation of factors affecting nicotine vapor intake in adolescent males and females”.
On April 14, 2015, Dr. Nadine Kabbani and Neuroscience graduate student Justin King received a 4-VA research award for their project entitled Mechanisms of susceptibility to nicotine addiction in adolescents: A focus on the addition of menthol to tobacco products. This project is a collaboration between George Mason University and The University of Virginia.
The 4-VA collaborative was created in 2010 by the presidents of George Mason University, James Madison University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. One of its goals is to increase collaborative research among member institutions and expand opportunities for Virginians to complete their education. 4-VA is funded and supported by the state legislature.
By Michele McDonald
University Professor Raja Parasuraman, who served as the director of the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program and the director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology and Cognition (CENTEC) in George Mason University’s Department of Psychology, died Sunday, March 22 at age 64.
By Michele McDonald
Frank Krueger, Assistant Professor, Molecular Neuroscience/Psychology and student Kim Goodyear work on human factors research in Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. By studying how people build interpersonal trust, the George Mason University researchers are finding out how to create a similar bond between humans and machines. The work could change how we interact with the machines around us.
Dr. Nadine Kabbani (PI) and Dr. Robert Lipsky (co-PI) received a grant from 2013 Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation for their project “Alpha 7 nicotinic receptor mechanisms underlying recovery from spinal cord injury”.
Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation supports and finances the most promising research projects worldwide aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.
The wide range of neuroscience study was on display in April at the Department of Psychology’s first Symposium in Neuroscience. The researchers and students who took part in the event agreed that it was a great success, and look forward to continuing it into the future.
The event was produced by the Students in Neuroscience (SiN) organization, and featured talks by researchers from Georgetown University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction. It included poster presentations from students in Mason’s neuroscience program and psychology students concentrating in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience (CBN), and human factors and applied cognition.
The event’s coordinators, Lorenzo Bozzelli, George Buzzell, and Kevin Schmidt – all graduate students − were enthusiastic about the large turnout, particularly the representation of undergraduate neuroscience students.
“The Students in Neuroscience organization is open to all students and faculty,” said Bozzelli, a cognitive and behavioral neuroscience MA student and president of SiN. “We promote the field by conducting weekly journal clubs, running fundraisers to send our members to conferences, raising money for causes such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in DC, and holding social events so that people with an interest in neuroscience can meet and discuss new ideas.”
Although SiN mainly includes graduate students at this time, Buzzell, the group’s vice president, noted that they “are very welcoming of faculty and undergraduate students” and stressed that they hope to increase their engagement of the undergraduate community in the future.
Schmidt, of the symposium’s planning committee, also noted that the event brought together the range of neuroscience study that takes place at Mason, encompassing applied and basic cognitive, behavioral, molecular, and computational neuroscience research. “I believe we were successful on this front,” he said. “Hopefully events like these can help stimulate the interdisciplinary, collaborative research potential we are capable of at this university.”
Professor James Thompson, director of Mason’s CBN program, appreciated the ways that the symposium highlighted the practical applications of neuroscience study: “This event really showcased how neuroscience cuts across traditional academic boundaries to address some of the most important health issues, like mental illness, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury.”
Buzzell added that SiN “certainly” plans to continue the event next year. “In fact,” he said, “I hope to start planning the next event soon, in hopes of reaching an even larger audience.”
Daniel Cox received the 2012 Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) Mentoring Excellence Award from Inaugural Office of Scholarship, George Mason University (1 of 5 awarded University-wide).
From Dr. Cox’s mentoring statement:
“My goal is to practically demonstrate to students that they are capable of making significant and novel contributions to research even at a very early age.”
Daniel N. Cox, School of Systems Biology, was selected as the recipient (1 of 3 awarded nationally) of the 2012 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Biology Division of the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
Daniel Cox received a CRCNS grant from NINDS/NIH for his project “CRCNS: Cytoskeletal Mechanisms of Dendrite Arbor Shape Development”
Grant #: 1R01NS086082-01; Effective Dates: July 15, 2013 – June 30, 2018; “CRCNS: Cytoskeletal Mechanisms of Dendrite Arbor Shape Development”; Role: Principal Investigator; Funding Agency: NINDS/NIH
This NIH-supported project seeks to achieve a holistic understanding of the mechanisms underlying emergent features of dendrite arbor shape. The neuroscientific goal of this project is to understand how multiple local interactions of cytoskeleton components during differentiation define mature dendritic arbor shape and its functional integrative properties. The technological goal is to develop a novel investigative approach that integrates & extends previously separate approaches from developmental biology & genetics, in vivo confocal imaging & electrophysiology, computer vision, and neuroanatomical modeling.
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