The Breakthrough Blitz is a biweekly summary of three recently published breakthroughs in neuroscience. The eight-minute presentations are delivered by a scientist, a clinician, and a trainee, followed by a five-minute question/answer session. The Blitzes are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in conference room 301 of the Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center, beginning at 4:45 PM (hors d'oeuvres at 4:30 PM).
Neurotechnology/Neuroscience (nt/ns) Teams
A major initiative during the past year has been the formation of neurotechnology/neuroscience teams to develop novel technologies that open avenues to address key scientific questions in neuroscience. Monthly meetings that bring together faculty from engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics and neuroscience culminated in submission of grant applications for pilot grants. Each application was required to have two Co-PIs, one non-neuroscientist and one neuroscientist. Seven applications were funded for our launch grant cycle of June 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017.
The annual Neuroscience Retreat is intended to boost awareness, facilitate multidisciplinary scientific exchange, and create cross-collaborations in the hopes of increasing translational research among our members, including scientists, researchers, clinicians, faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.
Summer Undergraduate Research Internships (SURI)
A nine-week research-intensive training summer internship for qualified undergraduate students. Our research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous system function. Projects are offered in sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; in neural injury and neuro-degeneration; and in neuropsychiatric diseases. Interns are expected to devote their time to a well-defined research project under the supervision of a Center faculty member.