All posts by David Sheinberg Ph.D.

NeuroPracticum 2016


First year graduate students in the Neuroscience graduate programs have just finished 8 days in the NeuroPracticum course at MBL (Woods Hole, MA). This “at the bench” course provides a hands-on and in-depth opportunity for students to learn essential techniques for electrophysiology, molecular biology, imaging, and behavioral analysis. The NeuroPracticum course allows students to have intense and practical experience at the bench with fundamental 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 them. Teaching Assistants in the course are often 3rd/4th year students. Other advanced students run independent experiments at MBL during NeuroPracticum, further refining their skills in experimental design. This intense course creates remarkable bonding among the students and faculty.

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!

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.


The Human Brain: Research and Its Impact on our Daily Lives

Former NSGP grad director and current NSGP Steering Committee chair, training grant PI, and trainer Diane Lipscombe, led a lively discussion about a signature Brown initiative focused on human brain research as part of the 250+ celebration. This was one of several Fall Celebration Forums featuring Brown alumni and faculty and aligning with the core elements of Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown, the University’s strategic plan. Forum participants included Ricardo Dolmetsch ’90, Global Head of Neuroscience, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research; Galen Henderson MD’93, Director, Neurocritical Care and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School; and Melanie Leitner, PhD ’93, Associate Director, Clinical Research, ALS iHub, Biogen Idec, Inc. A video of the event can be seen here.