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.
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.
Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program Student Eric James featured on Lab TV
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 (www.mbl.edu). 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 (brainscience.brown.edu).
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.
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.