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2019 News & Events

  • Darcie Moore

    Moore Profiled as Rising Star in Neuroscience by The Scientist

    Assistant Professor Dr. Darcie Moore was recently published in the eBook, “Rising Stars in Neuroscience: Profiles of eight up-and-coming scientists looking to push boundaries and tread new paths in neuroscience research,” by The Scientist.  Dr. …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Published Again in Nature Communications

    Ed Chapman and colleagues were recently published in Nature Communications for their work on message transfer regulation between mammal neurons. Specifically, Chapman describes a key component of the system — the “clamp” — that prevents …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Published in Nature Communications

    Ed Chapman, professor of Neuroscience and HHMI investigator, and colleagues recently published in Nature Communications, Vol. 10, Article number: 3532 (2019), their work on synaptotagmin 17 (syt-17). Synaptotagmins (syt) are generally thought to regulate exocytosis …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Zhao Receives FRAXA Research Grant

    FRAXA Research Foundation has awarded a $90,000 research grant to principal investigator Dr. Xinyu Zhao and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Minjie Shen at the University of Wisconsin. They are investigating whether drugs that boost mitochondria could …

  • Luis Populin

    Populin et al. Demonstrate Effect of Ritalin on the Brain

    Dr. Luis Populin, professor of neuroscience at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and UW–Madison collaborators have linked dopamine changes and functional connectivity using PET and fMRI in rhesus monkeys after oral administration of …

  • Associate Chairs Celebration

    Associate Chair Celebration

    The Department of Neuroscience celebrated our Associate Chairs at a recent special event on Tuesday, July 16th. Meyer Jackson ended his term as Associate Chair of the department, while Erik Dent took on the role …

  • Robert Fettiplace

    Robert Fettiplace Named 2019 Passano Fellow

    Following his 2018 Kavli Medal prize, Dr. Robert Fettiplace has been named a 2019 Passano Fellow for his research into the mechanics of hearing. He earned the award for showing how cochlear hair cells sense …

  • Darcie Moore

    Darcie Moore to Receive 2019 Shaw Scientist Award

    Dr. Darcie Moore has been selected to receive a 2019 Shaw Scientist Award. The award comes with $200,000 (spread across five years) in seed funding to support innovative research approaches and the career development of …

  • Robert Fettiplace honored at NAS

    Fettiplace Honored by NAS at Capitol Hill for 2018 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

    Dr. Robert Fettiplace and 9 other recipients of 2018 Nobel and Kavli awards were honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at events on Capitol Hill and at the NAS building. NAS President Marcia …

  • Gail Robertson receives the Cole Award

    Robertson Received the 2019 Kenneth S. Cole Award from the Biophysical Society

    Dr. Gail A. Robertson received the 2019 Kenneth S. Cole Award from the Biophysical Society in recognition for her groundbreaking contributions to the biology of hERG ion channels. The award ceremony took place at the annual …

  • Ed Chapman accepting the Sir Bernard Katz Award

    Chapman Received the 2019 Sir Bernard Katz Award of Biophysical Society

    Dr. Ed Chapman received the 2019 Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Exocytosis/Endocytosis subgroup of the Biophysical Society. Recipients of this award include some of the most distinguished investigators of synaptic transmission. Chapman’s lab studies …

  • Stevens-Sostre to Represent UW-Madison at Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development

    Whitney Stevens-Sostre, a graduate student in Dr. Gail Robertson’s lab, will represent UW-Madison at the Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development. The Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development provides graduate students with opportunities for …

  • Fragile X Normal and Mutant with red and green contrast

    Zhao Published Research Reveals How Mutation Contributes to Fragile X

    “This is the first direct evidence that mitochondria dysfunction contributes to fragile X and autism. I hope it will open up new therapeutic developments.” – Xinyu Zhao UW-Madison research published in Nature Neuroscience, Volume 22, …

  • Dr. Meyer Jackson stands beside Congressman Mark Pocan. The crest for the House of Representatives is in the background, along with an American Flag.

    Jackson Meets Congressman Pocan

    Professor Meyer Jackson met with Congressman Mark Pocan on behalf of the Biophysical Society as part of their effort to advocate for increased federal funding for biomedical research. Jackson talked about the groundbreaking work being …

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  • Robert Fettiplace

    Fettiplace Awarded the 2019 Passano Prize

    Dr. Robert Fettiplace has been awarded the 2019 Passano Prize. Since 1945 the Passano Foundation has annually given an award for “endeavors with clinical applications” through Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Medical …

  • Gail Robertson

    Gail Robertson to Receive 2019 Kenneth S. Cole Award

    Dr. Gail A. Robertson will receive the 2019 Kenneth S. Cole Award from the Biophysical Society. The selection committee writes that “Gail embodies the spirit and intent of the Cole Award, and is recognized for …

  • Donata Oertel

    Donata Oertel Elected as AAAS Fellow

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected Dr. Donata Oertel from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an AAAS Fellow. Dr. Oertel, Neuroscience Professor and Mary Herman and Lucien Rubinstein Distinguished Chair of …

  • Darcie Moore

    Moore Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

    Darcie Moore is the recipient of an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for High-Risk, High-Reward Research. Her project is titled “The Mechanisms and Functional Role of the Asymmetric Segregation of Cellular Cargoes in Stem Cells.” …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Wins Pew Innovation Fund Award

    The Pew Charitable Trust announced that Dr. Ed Chapman, Professor of Neuroscience in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is one of a dozen leading “Innovation Fund” researchers who will collaborate …

  • The cover of the JNeurosci Journal of Neuroscience Magazine, August 8th, 2018, Volume 38, Number 32.

    Chiang, Chang, and Jackson Featured in Cover of Journal of Neuroscience Vol 38 Issue 32

    Chung-Wei Chiang, Che-Wei Chang, and Meyer Jackson decorate the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience, Volume 38,Issue 32, (August 08, 2018)! The title of the paper that accompanies the cover is “The Transmembrane Domain of …

  • Ed Chapman

    Chapman Awarded 2019 Sir Bernard Katz Award

    Ed Chapman receives the 2019 Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Biophysical Society! Ed Chapman has been chosen to be the 2019 recipient of the Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Exocytosis/Endocytosis subgroup of the …

  • Xinyu Zhao

    Xinyu Zhao Receives the National Fragile X Foundation Research Award

    The National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) Board of Directors has awarded Dr. Xinyu Zhao the NFXF Research Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Fragile X. Fragile X syndrome is the leading inherited cause …

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