Archive for the 'NSGP News' Category

Brown Neuroscience and the NIH Celebrate Ongoing Graduate Partnership


At the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratories on Nov 2 – Nov 5, 2015, Brown and the National Institutes of Health held their third scientific retreat celebrating the ongoing Graduate Partnership Program (GPP). Student and faculty speakers from Brown and the NIH presented their work in both talks and posters, sharing the latest news from across the program.

Trying to understand neurodevelopmental disorders using tadpoles

Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program Student Eric James featured on Lab TV

Truszkowski Discusses Science Policy with US Lawmakers

NSGP Student Torrey Truszkowski

NSGP 4th year student Torrey Truszkowski joined other junior researchers in Washington as part of “Hill Day” earlier this month. She met with RI Sen. Jack Reed and Rep Jim Langevin to advocate for increased funding for biomedical research. Read more here.

Congrats to NSF GRFP Winners

The Neuroscience graduate program is proud to announce that Gabriela Manzano-Nieves and Valerie Estela have both been awarded NSF Fellowships for 2015 and that Haley Goodwill and Robyn St. Laurent have received Honorable Mentions.  More information about the NSF program can be found here.  Congratulations to all of you!

Eric James wins New England Science Symposium Poster Prize!

On Saturday, April 11, Eric James (NSGP 4th year in the Aizenman Lab) was awarded the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Neonatology Award at New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School for his poster presentation on the potential role of HDACi activity in the onset of VPA-induced neurodevelopmental disorders.  Click here for more information on the awards.  Congratulations Eric!

Two new NSGP Open Grad Education Awards

Liz McDonnell (NSGP 2nd year) and Prannath Moolchand (NSGP 3rd year) join Arielle Nitenson and Adam Nitenson as part of the Open Graduate Education cohort.  The program is designed to open up the curriculum across programmatic borders to provide unique opportunities for PhD students to earn a Master’s degree in a secondary field.  More information about this year’s awardees can be found here.  Congratulations Liz and Prannath!

NeuroPracticum 2015 Lab Course at MBL

First-year Neuroscience Graduate Program students spent 8 full days at the bench in January learning essential neuroscience techniques as part of a hands-on, in-depth course called NeuroPracticum. The course is held every January at the Marine Biological Laboratories ( This course provides unique training for students in an informal, and intense format and includes electrophysiology, molecular biology, imaging, and behavior. Before coming to MBL, students complete a semester of didactic course work. At MBL, they put their new knowledge into practice and work side-by-side at the bench with Brown University and MBL faculty. This year Neuroscience Graduate Program students were joined by three graduate students from other programs, supported in part by the Brown Institute for Brain Science (

Why does this differ from “lab rotations” that Brown Neuroscience students undertake during the regular academic year? A student can only rotate in a few laboratories and learn a few techniques during rotations. And, a given laboratory can only handle a few rotation students per year. The NeuroPracticum course allows Brown University neuroscience graduate students to have an intense and practical experience at the bench with techniques that are the basis of modern neuroscience, – working side by side with professors who are expert in the techniques and systems. This intense experience integrates the practical with the theoretical; students understand both the strengths and limitations of techniques discussed in the classroom only when they use these techniques. The intense format of the course creates remarkable bonding among the faculty and graduate students.

IMG_1344 IMG_1343

NSGP Student Garrett Neske Publishes on the Brain’s Balancing Act

In a recent paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Garrett Neske (NSGP 5th year student), along with co-authors Saundy Patrick and Barry Connors explored how different neurons types within cerebral cortex  participate in the generation and control of persistent network activity.  Congrats Garrett!  For more information see press releases here: Brown Press Release & Medical Daily.


NSGP Student Adam Nitenson Featured on the Brown University Website

NSGP student Adam Nitenson and the Brown University Open Graduate Education Program featured on the Brown University web site on January 14th. [link]

Innovate to Innervate!

This past weekend, NSGP students Amanda Duffy, Arielle Nitenson, and Adam Nitenson joined family and friends in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Boston.  Their team – “Innovate to Innervate” – raised over $1500, with over $400,000 raised by all the teams!  For more information, see the team website at: