Marco Pipoly receives NSF Grant!

Exciting news! Marco Pipoly, who will be joining us as a grad student in the fall, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. See the link to read more about these prestigious awards and the UI students who will receiving them. Congratulations Marco!
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Jessica Thomas defends Thesis!

Jessica Thomas successfully defended her thesis on April 6th, 2018!Title: "Elucidating the molecular and biophysical determinants that suppressCa2+-dependent facilitation of Cav2.2 channels”CONGRATULATIONS!Pictured: Jessica (left) and her mentor Amy Lee, PhD (right)
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Rachel Cole defends Thesis!

Rachel (Clark) Cole successfully defended her thesis on March 29th, 2018!Title:“Beneficial contribution of health behaviors to learning and related brain mechanisms in older adults”CONGRATULATIONS!Pictured: Rachel Cole (left) and her Mentor, Michelle Voss, PhD (right)

Catherine Yeates defends Thesis!

Catherine Yeates successfully defended her thesis recently!Title: “The reversibility and limits of homeostatic synaptic plasticity”CONGRATULATIONS!Pictured: Catherine (left) and her mentor C. Andrew Frank, PhD (right)
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Katherine (Katy) Proch defends Thesis!

Katherine (Katy) Proch successfully defended her thesis on March 28th, 2018!Title: “Characterizing the effect of serotonergic input on medullary Phox2b neurons”CONGRATULATIONS!Pictured: Katherine Proch (left) and her Mentor: George Richerson, MD, PhD (right)

INI at AAAS and Family Science Days

This year at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Austin, TX, the University of Iowa was represented by both the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI), and by the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Dr. Ted Abel, Director of the INI and AAAS Fellow, spoke on Saturday, Feb. 17th on his research regarding sleep and memory consolidation. Dr. Abel’s...

Emmons, Purnell win PBI Best Paper Competition

University of Iowa graduate students Eric Emmons and Benton Purnell won first- and second-place, respectively, in the 2017 Pappajohn Biomedical Institute Graduate Student Best Paper Competition.All graduate students working in PBI labs were eligible to enter papers published during 2017. Finalists were invited to present their work to members of PBI labs on Monday, March 5. Postdoctoral associates...

New study probes potential lifesaving sleep-intervention processes

Scientists long believed that carbon dioxide inhaled during sleep activates neurons responsible for breathing and causes a person to wake up.However, a recent University of Iowa study identifies a group of neurons responsible for arousal that are directly triggered by carbon dioxide and cause mice to wake up without any changes to breathing, according to a press release from the Carver College of...

Jan Wessel receives NIH grant to study inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Jan Wessel, an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neurology, has been awarded an R01 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) entitled "The Role of a Neural Mechanism for Inhibitory Control in Cognitive Flexibility." The collaborators on this...

Pigeons can discriminate both space and time

Finding underscores that animals beyond humans and primates show abstract intelligence. Pigeons aren’t so bird-brained after all.New research at the University of Iowa shows that pigeons can discriminate the abstract concepts of space and time—and seem to use a different region of the brain than humans and primates to do so. In experiments, pigeons were shown on a computer screen a static...