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  • Wed 16th November 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Huganir for being awarded the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Huganir, Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Department, for being awarded the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience in 2022. He was honored with this award at the Society for Neuroscience meeting November 14th, 2022. 

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  • Wed 4th May 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin for being elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin, Professor of Neuroscience, for being elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

     

    The National Academy of Sciences announced on May 3rd 2022 the election of 120 members and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

    Link to the announcement. 

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  • Mon 25th April 2022

    Congratulations to Dr. Solange Brown who has been selected for the 2022 Hamilton Smith Award!

    Dr. Solange Brown, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Science (IBBS) at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. 

    The Hamilton Smith award recognizes and advances innovative research by early career faculty members in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences by providing them with funding to pursue their most creative ideas.


    The 2022 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research 
    is being presented to:
    Dr. Solange Brown
    Associate Professor Department of Neuroscience 

    Dr. Brown’s research focuses on the development and function of neural circuits and the behaviors that they control in the mammalian brain.  Dr. Brown and her students have defined the cellular and circuit organization of layer 6 of the cerebral cortex, showing how inhibitory interneurons integrate thalamic and local synaptic inputs.   More recently, the Brown laboratory has shown, by recording neural activity and by chemogenetic silencing in awake and behaving mice, that the claustrum, a subcortical nucleus with extensive connections to the neocortex, plays an important role in selecting appropriate motor actions.

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  • Fri 11th March 2022

    Using Virtual Reality to Explore the Nervous System- A Q&A with Dr. Dwight Bergles

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  • Thu 3rd February 2022

    Congratulations to Thomas Burnett and Gian Molina-Castro for being inducted into the 2022 Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!

    Congratulations to Thomas Burnett (graduate student in the O'Connor/Nielsen lab) and Gian Molina-Castro (graduate student in the Bergles lab) for being inducted into the Johns Hopkins University 2022 class of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society!  Only 5 graduate students from all of Johns Hopkins were chosen for this prestigious honor! 

    Thomas and Gian will be officially inducted at the national ceremony at the National Bouchet Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Conference hosted by Yale University (this year virtually), on April 7-8, 2022.

    Johns Hopkins will have an induction ceremony with the JHU President and Provost on May 17th 2022. 

     

     

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  • Tue 4th January 2022

    Dr. David Linden's personal journey published in The Atlantic

    Dr. David Linden, primary member of the Neuroscience Department, writes candidly in The Atlantic about his cancer diagnosis, and how this altered his perspective of the mind. The article is written with Dr. Linden's typical humor and insights about life and neuroscience. 

    As Dr. Linden himself says "It’s not actually quite as much of a big, bad bummer as the title would suggest.  Please do give it a look."

     

    Link to the article in The Atlantic:  https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/12/terminal-cancer-neuroscientist-prepares-death/621114/

     Also hear Dr. Linden on the January 17th episode of Here & Now on NPR. 
     Dr. Linden's segment starts at 10:54: https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1073614138/1073646872

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  • Mon 13th December 2021

    Alex Kolodkin is selected as a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation award recipient

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin, a primary member in the Neuroscience Department, for being awarded a Research to End Blindness Stein Innovation Award!

    The Stein Award from the RPB provides unrestricted funding focused on visual system research in health and disease.  Dr. Kolodkin is one of 40 researchers who have received the award since it was established in 2014. Research in Dr. Kolodkin’s laboratory funded by this RBP award will be focused on investigating novel roles of mechcanotransduction channels in visual system development and in inherited diseases that compromise eye movement in response to image motion.

    More information about RPB grants program can be found here:  www.rpbusa.org

    Information about the RPB Stein Innovation Award can be found here: https://www.rpbusa.org/rpb/grants-and-research/grants/grants-for-individuals/stein-innovation-awards/

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  • Tue 30th November 2021

    Congratulations to Neuroscience Grad Student Gian Molina-Castro for Winning a Career Impact Award!

    Congrats to Gian Molina-Castro, a Neuroscience PhD student in Dr. Dwight Bergles lab, for winning a 2021 Career Impact Award!  

    Tune into the Career Impact Awards Ceremony on December 2, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. (ET).  Register to attend on Zoom here!

     

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  • Wed 3rd November 2021

    Congratulations to our freshly coated Neuroscience Graduate Students!

    Congratulations to our Neuroscience Grad students who passed their Graduate Oral Exams! 

     

    Chris Seong Yeol An,
    Riley Bannon,
    Matilde Castro,
    Daniel Daudelin,
    Aleksander Geske,
    Eric Hsu,
    Hsin-Yi Hung,
    Pelin Ozel,
    Alina Spiegel,
    Charles Walters,
    Tiger Yu Kang Xu

     

    The White Coat Ceremony on October 29th can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nG_3VNs4z0

    Neuroscience students are coated at 56:15. 

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  • Tue 28th September 2021

    Congratulations to Gian Molina-Castro for 2021 Diversity Leadership Award!

    Congratulations to Gian Molina-Castro, Graduate Student in Dwight Bergles' lab, who has been awarded a Diversity Leadership Award, one of 14 awarded across the University by the Diversity Leadership Council. 

    Here is the link to the Hub article which also includes a link to register for the Awards Ceremony at 3 pm on Tuesday, September 28 (today).  

    https://hub.jhu.edu/at-work/2021/09/24/dlc-awards/

     

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  • Fri 10th September 2021

    Neuroscientist Perspective on Social Touch and Our Post-pandemic Future

    By Varun Chokshi and Daniel O’Connor 


    Originally published in 
    FUNDAMENTALS AUGUST 2021

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  • Tue 18th May 2021

    Congratulations to Dr. Angelika Doetzlhofer for the 2021 Hamilton Smith Award!

    Congratulations to Dr. Angelika Doetzlhofer, a primary faculty member in the Department of Neuroscience, for being chosen as the winner of the 2021 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research!  

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  • Tue 6th April 2021

    Congratulations to Neuroscience graduate student and postdoctoral fellows for their Young Investigators’ Day awards!

    Congratulations to the following graduate student and postdoctoral members of the Neuroscience Department for their Young Investigators’ Day awards!
    https://hopkinsyidp.org

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  • Tue 6th April 2021

    Congratulations to Dr. Daeyeol Lee for recieving the 2021 Samsung Ho-am Prize in Medicine!

    Congratulations to Dr. Daeyeol Lee, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience and Psychological and Brain Sciences, for being selected as the 2021 recipient of the Samsung Ho-am Prize in Medicine   

    News story: http://www.hoamfoundation.org/eng/award/thisyear_view.asp?idx=442

    Distinguished Professor Daeyeol Lee is an international authority in neuroscience. Professor Lee identified neural mechanisms of decision-making by incorporating economics into neuroscientific research using nonhuman primates as subjects. Widely considered the father of neuroeconomics, he integrated a range of academic disciplines that improve understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders and offer more possibilities for treatment.

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  • Wed 31st March 2021

    Congratulations to Riley Bannon for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

    Congratulations to Riley Bannon, a Neuroscience Graduate student in Dr. Peter Calabresi's lab, for being selected for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award!  

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  • Wed 10th March 2021

    Octopuses as a new model organism

    Dr. Gul Dolen's work on octopuses was highlighted in Scientific American. Check it out!

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/an-octopus-could-be-the-next-model-organism/

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  • Sat 20th February 2021

    Dr. Dwight Bergles wins Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research

    Congratulations to Dr. Dwight Bergles, a primary member of the Neuroscience Department, who is the 2020 winner of the Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research.

    Full details in the link

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  • Fri 29th January 2021

    Neuroscience Graduate Student Talks with SfN about Implicit Bias

    Lionel Rodriguez, a Neuroscience grad student in the Martinowich lab, discusses implicit bias in this interview with SfN. 

    Article:Why Conversation and Community are Important to Stopping Bias  

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  • Mon 16th November 2020

    Virtual Open House- Johns Hopkins Neuroscience PhD Program

    Johns Hopkins Neuroscience PhD Program Virtual Open House

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020

    Zoom Link: bit.ly/HopkinsNeuroPhD

    5:00-5:30   Info Sesssion

    Rick Huganir Department Chair
    Chris Potter & Jim Knierim Graduate Program Directors 
    Angelika Doetzlhofer Admissions Director 

    5:30-6:00   Q&A Breakout Rooms

    Angelika Doetzlhofer - Admissions Process
    Chris Potter & Jim Knierim - Graduate Program Info

    Alex Kolodkin - Molecular Research Area
    Amy Bastian - Clinical Research Area
    Kristina Nielsen - Systems Research Area
    Current Graduate Students - Student Life

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  • Mon 19th October 2020

    Dr. Alex Kolodkin elected to the National Academy of Medicine

    Congratulations to Dr. Alex Kolodkin, Primary member in the Neuroscience Department, for being elected into the National Academy of Medicine today!

    Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

    Alex Kolodkin, PhD, Charles J. Homcy and Simeon G. Margolis Professor, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. For his leadership in neural development research relating to the establishment of neuronal connectivity. He is known for his work on neuronal guidance cues and their receptors, the discovery of semaphorins, and unveiling guidance cue roles in neural circuit assembly and function in insects and mammals.

    Full article: https://nam.edu/national-academy-of-medicine-elects-100-new-members-2020/

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