The Tourette Association of America has awarded its Young Investigator Award to Kristen Delevich for her research project, Studying the Influence of Hormones on the Brain. This work seeks to understand the influence of puberty on brain circuits involved in behavioral control, in an effort to elucidate why Tourette symptoms typically change during adolescence. Congratulations, Dr. Delevich!
We just published our first collaborative paper with the Landry lab in Science Advances. Beyene et al. shows that new nIRCats enable detection of dopamine release with high spatial resolution and are compatible with dopamine receptor pharmacology. There is brief coverage in Nature and a link to the paper is here.
David Piekarski and Joe Boivin’s work was selected to become part of Cell Press Selections on Sex and the Brain.
We have been working to develop a new Center for the Developing Adolescent to translate developmental science to parents and policy makers. See the new Center website at www.developingadolescent.org
Undergraduate awards: Ben Hoshal won an MCB poster award and Nana Okada won a Psychology poster award. Congratulations to Ben and Nana!
Wan Chen Lin passed her qualifying exam! Congratulations Wan Chen!
In September many of us attended the Flux Congress on brain development in Portland. Wan Chen Lin won a poster award. David Piekarski and Wan Chen Lin also won travel awards. Congratulations David and Wan Chen! Next year Flux will be in Berlin.
David Piekarski and Josiah Boivin have a new paper published in Current Biology that shows organizational effects of ovarian hormones on the maturation of inhibitory neurotransmission in the mouse frontal cortex during puberty.
Josiah Boivin successfully defended his PhD thesis! Congratulations Joe! He will move on to postdoc at MIT with the Nedivi lab