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Neuroscience Program News

MSU lands $1.8M NIH grant to improve brain implants

Michigan State University has landed a $1.8 million National Institutes for Health R01 grant to improve brain implants – “electroceuticals” used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and traumatic injuries.

NSP Faculty Wins APS Award

Dr. Gina Leinninger received the 2019 American Physiological Society Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award.

Otwell and Steffke nominated for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Otwell and Steffke nominated for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Neuroscience majors, Abi Otwell and Emily Steffke, are two of four outstanding undergraduate STEM students, nominated from MSU, for the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. 

Barman awarded William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award
Barman awarded William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

Dr. Susan Barman was one of the ten awardees of the 2019 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.  The William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty award acknowledges their outstanding contributions to education and research.

Zombie cells could be the key to Alzheimer's susceptibility
Zombie cells could be the key to Alzheimer's susceptibility

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a Dr. Marcia Gordon, Dr. David Morgan and Dr. Scott Counts nearly $3 million grant to study how aging increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and to investigate treatments that could delay or prevent it.

Michelle Mazei-Robison receives ASPET Neuropharmacology Early Career Award

The ASPET Division for Neuropharmacology named Dr. Michelle Mazei-Robison from Michigan State University as the recipient of the 2019 Division for Neuropharmacology Early Career Award. The award was established to honor a young independent investigator working in neuropharmacology.

Magnetic gene in fish may someday help those with epilepsy, parkinson's

An aquarium fish that senses the Earth’s magnetic field as it swims could help unlock how the human brain works and how diseases such as Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders function.

NIH grant to advance biological circuits

A cross-disciplinary team of biomedical and electrical engineers will build biological circuits, oscillators and toggle switches inside cells to respond to electromagnetic fields as a means to fight against neurological illnesses and diseases.

The Neuroscience behind social media use

There’s no official medical diagnosis for excessive social media use — at least not yet. However, new research suggests that compulsive use of online social networking sites may be more than just an innocuous habit.

What do you hear? Laurel or Yanny

In this video from the McGovern institute for Brain Research at MIT, PhD students Dana Boebinger and Kevin Sitek, unpack the science around this hot debat

It's not my fault, my brain implant made me do it

Lawyers, philosophers and ethicists have labored to define the conditions under which individuals are to be judged legally and morally responsible for their actions.

Post-Baccalaureate training opportunity

Oregon Health & Science University is offering a new neuroscience post-baccalaureate training opportunity which will begin September 2018. We are currently recruiting applicants through June 1, 2018. Please see the attached flyer for more details. The program is specifically for individuals from NIH underrepresented groups.

William Yakah:  Connecting the Dots
William Yakah: Connecting the Dots

William is a junior majoring in neuroscience and is a College of Natural Science Dean's Research Scholar. Yakah is an international student who hails from Accra, Ghana.

Darwin Day Lecture - Darwin and the "Soul"

Join Dr. Reimers as he discusses the question of how the so-called 'higher capacities' of humanity could have evolved has vexed scientists since Charles Darwin on February 14, 2018 at the Women's City Club, Grand Rapids, MI

Darwin Day talk in Grand Rapids February 8th

Our human mind has evolved from an ape mind over the past six million years. How have our brains and genes changed to bring this about

University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

The Undergraduate Research Office sponsors several workshops this semester aimed at helping students prepare for UURAF or other conference presentations.

Cheryl Sisk recommeded interim dean of College of Natural Science
Cheryl Sisk recommeded interim dean of College of Natural Science

Cheryl Sisk, associate dean of faculty development in the College of Natural Science, will be recommeded as interim dean of the college.

Rajiv Ranganathan: Reality of Movement

360 Perspective Faculty Voice highlights Dr. Rajiv Ranganathan, is particularly interested in how humans produce skilled and coordinated movement, and how this ability is altered in the context of development, aging and movement disorder

Neuroscience Program Homecoming Tailgate

Are you planning on coming to MSU's Homecoming this year?  If so, please come see us at our FIRST EVER Neuroscience Homecoming Tailgate!

Gulbransen and Brown study the effects of GSH depletion in mice with colon inflammation

A new study finds that lowering the levels of an antioxidant in the colon has an unexpectedly positive effect on gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation. The paper is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology--Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.