Colón-Ramos Awarded Landis Mentoring Award
Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology, has been selected for the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship, a new annual award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Looking Beyond the Individual: Reflections on E.E. Just and How Academic Institutions Shape Scientific Careers
This President’s Column is by guest columnist Daniel Colón-Ramos, recipient of the 2016 E.E. Just Award from the ASCB and associate professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale University.
Five young Yale scientists recognized for excellence
Five Yale faculty members are among the 84 young researchers designated as Faculty Scholars under a new program to promote early career scientists, launched by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
A precise architecture, maintained as neurons grow
Nerve cells make their connections at junctions called synapses, following a precise architecture that is mostly laid out early in development. But how do the synapses maintain their correct positions as the animal grows? Yale scientists have produced the first evidence that this process relies on glial cells and identified a novel molecular pathway that could be linked in humans to neurological disease.
Mammals’ Enhanced Capacity to See Emerges Early in Development
All vertebrates possess a primitive network in which the retina sends signals directly to the superior colliculus, an area of the brain that processes visual stimuli. In a more recently evolved pathway, signals from the retina are received in the thalamus and are relayed to the cortex, the brain’s seat of higher-order thinking.
U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain
This advisory is intended to raise awareness of the known and potential harms to developing brains, posed by the increasing availability of highly potent marijuana in multiple, concentrated forms. These harms are costly to individuals and to our society, impacting mental health and educational achievement and raising the risks of addiction and misuse of other substances.
Dr. Barbara Banz and DrivSim Lab Faculty Present Research at 42nd Annual RSA Scientific Meeting
Abstracts Published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Volume 43, Issue S1; June 2019 Pages: 54A (Abstract 110); 135A (Abstract 433 and 434); 195A (Abstract 675) Abstract 110: RELATING RECENT BINGE-DRINKING AND FREQUENT DRINKING SYMPTOMS TO NEURAL RESPONSES OF SECONDARY TASK ENGAGEMENT IN DRIVING SIMULATION IN A YOUNG ADULT POPULATION Conclusions: These data show significant relationships for recent binge drinking and frequent drinking symptoms with attentional processing which may translate to limitations in performing secondary task engagement during driving simulation. Our brain-based data offer insight into a contextual setting where attentional faculties are critical for safety. These data hold important implications for distracted driving and crash risks among sober young drivers with a history of heavy drinking.
Colón-Ramos named McConnell Duberg Associate Professor
Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, PhD, recently appointed as Dorys McConnell Duberg Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, focuses his research on how synapses are formed and maintained to control behavior and store memories. Colón-Ramos’ discoveries have altered long-held views on the process and may offer important clues in the fight against disease.
Picciotto to be Recognized with Marion Spencer Fay Award
The Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine will award its 2020 Marion Spencer Fay Award to Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology at Yale School of Medicine.
A Perfect Day for a Zebrafish
The gargantuan microscope is being built, dedicated to the study of tiny organisms—zebrafish. Ellen Hoffman, MD, PhD ’14, assistant professor in the Child Study Center and of neuroscience, will use this microscope to perform whole-brain functional imaging in zebrafish to better understand the function of genes that increase the risk of autism.
Yale Designated as Parkinson’s Foundation Research Center
Yale School of Medicine been designated as one of four Parkinson’s Foundation Research Centers, the foundation announced July 30. The Parkinson’s Foundation awarded each center $2 million over five years “to drive innovative research developments and advance Parkinson’s disease research towards a cure.”
Parkinson’s Disease Study Identifies Possible New Treatment Target
Treatments for Parkinson’s disease have most recently focused on increasing dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects reward-based behaviors and motivation, as well as movement. A new study by Yale researchers challenges long-held assumptions about dopamine’s sole role in this disorder.
Gracheva Receives Presidential Early Career Award
Elena Gracheva, PhD, associate professor of cellular and molecular physiology and of neuroscience, has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The White House announced its complete list of recipients, including two additional Yale faculty members, on July 2.
The Secret of Autobiographical Memory is in Assembly of Cells
Of all forms of memory, episodic memory is the most intimate. We recall the sequences of events that happen to us — a marriage, a visit to a foreign country, a personal achievement — in great autobiographical detail. But scientists have disagreed about the most important elements the brain uses to encode these episodes and consolidate them during sleep. A group of Yale scientists, however, reports that it is the size and shape of neuronal assemblies — not the strength of signals processed by neurons or the order in which neurons fire — that are the most crucial elements in our ability to record past events.