Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Neuroscience News & Events

Event | Neuroscience Retreat - May 10th - 11th

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Neuroscience Retreat will be held from May 10th - May 11th, 2017 at the Edith Macy Conference Center. Additional information, including itinerary and poster signups has been posted here. Registrations are due April 19th.

Publication | Dr. Kamran Khodakhah

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Target For Dystonia Therapy—Dystonia—when someone’s muscles contract uncontrollably—is the third most common movement disorder (after Parkinson’s and essential tremor), affecting about 250,000 Americans. Research and treatment for the most common inherited form of dystonia, called DYT1, has focused mainly on the basal ganglia region of the brain. But new animal research by Einstein scientists implicates a different part of the brainthe cerebellumas the site of the problem. The study, published in the February 15 online issue of eLife, was led by Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Neuroscience. He and his colleagues made their discovery after generating the first mouse model of DYT1 to exhibit the overt symptoms of dystonia seen in patients. Previous research in Dr. Khodakhah’s lab has shown that severing the link between the cerebellum and the basal ganglia might be an effective way to treat cerebellar-induced dystonias.

Thesis Defense | Alexander Pyronneau

Monday, December 19, 2016

Alexander Pyronneau presents his work: "Aberrant Rac1/cofilin signalling controls impaired spine structure, synaptic function, and sensory processing in Fragile X Syndrome." Hosted by Suzanne Zukin.

Thesis Defense | Eduardo Arteaga-Bracho

Monday, November 21, 2016

Eduardo Arteaga-Bracho presents his work: "Developmental origins in Huntington's Disease." Hosted by Mark Mehler.

Event | Society for Neuroscience 2016 Information

Saturday, November 12, 2016

With the Society for Neuroscience meeting being held in mid-November, the Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization has compiled a website detailing resources and events occurring before and during the meeting.

Thesis Defense | Tommy Wilson

Monday, November 07, 2016

Tommy Wilson presents his thesis work: "Attention, neural oscillations and entrainment: Novel phenomenology and the development of a normalized statistical approach." Hosted by John Foxe.

Event | Dr. David Hall: Dr. Hans Ris Featured Seminar Speaker

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dr. David Hall will presenting "New horizons in C. elegans anatomy" as the Dr. Hans Ris Featured Speaker this year at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Event | Bike MS: NYC 2016 - Dr. Vyto Verselis

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dr. Vyto Verselis and many other friends, family and colleagues participated in the Bike MS: NYC 2016 fundraiser ride on October 23, 2016. Multiple Sclerosis is a Central Nervous System disorder that affects over 2.3 million people worldwide. This fundraiser was able to bring in over $2 million dollars to fight MS.

Event | Pasta Night: Dr. David Hall

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Neuroscience Department will be hosting another Pasta Night event on Friday, 10/14/2016, featuring Dr. David Hall who will discuss "Science and Society." Registration is available here, and the menu will be posted soon. Setup and meal prep begins at 5PM, with the discussion commencing at 6PM.


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