Please mark your calendars for these exciting BBI speakers coming to UMD in April and May!
BBI-Kavli Distinguished Speaker Series Speaker: Gina Turrigiano (Brandeis) Title: "Self-tuning neurons, firing rate homeostasis, and sleep/wake states" Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: 1103 Biosciences Research Building
Special BBI Seminar Speaker: Carel ten Cate (Leiden) Title: "The linguistic abilities of birds – on speech perception and grammar rule learning" Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Time: 12 noon Location: 1103 Biosciences Research Building
BBI-Kavli Day, feat. Distinguished Speaker Speaker: Miguel Nicolelis (Duke) Title: "Brain-machine interfaces: from basic science to neurological rehabilitation" Date: May 1, 2019 Time: TBA Location: Edward St. John Center
Scientists may need to seriously reconsider the cast-aside hypothesis that pathogens can play a part in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since a number of recent studies suggest that viral infections can contribute to neurodegenerative disorders.
Self-healing fabric, abrasion-resistant coatings, precision drug delivery and smart textiles are among the potential applications of squid ‘ring tooth’ protein. Materials from this protein are eco-friendly and biodegradable, with sustainable large-scale production achieved using laboratory culture methods.
The ability to take turns is a hallmark of social interaction among animals. By studying the songs of mice from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researchers have discovered a brain circuit that may enable the high-speed back and forth of conversation.
Data from 1.2 million people reveal how tobacco and alcohol use may be linked to your genes and to various diseases. Interestingly, a genetic risk for alcohol was associated with lower disease risk, implying not that consuming more alcohol improves health but rather the existence of mechanistic complexity in need of further investigation.
A growing collection of anecdotal stories raises the possibility that nerve injury in an arm or a leg can act as a trigger for the development ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. In some, the disease seems to start after an injury: muscle weakness at the site of the injury slowly spreads to new areas until weakness in the muscles responsible for breathing causes suffocation.
Researchers have found that brain areas responsible for limb movement and sensation alter their functional communication after amputation. The fact that there is a functional imbalance even in the absence of pain may help to understand why some patients report phantom sensations and others do not.
CARE to Stop Violence Event Speaker: Katie O'Mailey (U. of Maryland) Title: "The Neurobiology of Trauma and Healing" Date: March 4, 2019 Time: 5 p.m. Location: Jiménez Room, 2nd floor STAMP
Cognitive Science Colloquium Speaker: Duane Watson (Vanderbilt U.) Title: "What Prosody can tell us about Language and Psychology" Date: Monday, March 7, 2019 Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building More info
BIOE Seminar Speaker: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (Janelia) Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. Location: 2132 A. James Clark Hall More info
NACS Seminar Speaker: Dayu Lin (NYU) Title: "Neural Circuits of Aggression" Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 Time: 10:15 a.m. Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building More info
Notable Conferences, Workshops, & Webinars
From Mind-Wandering to Mindfulness: The Role of Attention and Awareness March 5-6, 2019 Bethesda, MD Registration
NER '19 (International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering) March 20-23, 2019 San Francisco, CA Registration
Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat April 9, 2019 Baltimore, MD Registration
5th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting April 11-13, 2019 Washington, DC Registration
The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is awarded for innovative research that modulates neural activity through physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation of targeted sites in the nervous system with implications for translational medicine. Due March 15, 2019.
NCI Investigators and UMD Faculty are invited to submit collaborative projects for graduate student support. It is anticipated that several graduate students will be supported through NCI Cancer Research Training Award fellowships starting in the Fall 2019 semester and that tuition will be covered by the University of Maryland. Seed awards will be judged based on student qualifications as well as potential impact, relevance to cancer, innovation and synergism between physics, math, bioengineering & biocomputation and cancer biology. Proposals should be submitted to Stephanie Noel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 p.m. on March 29, 2019.
Neuropathological Assessment of TBI-related Neurodegeneration and Neurocognitive decline - Center Without Walls (NATBI CWOW) (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-NS-19-030); National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Institute on Aging Due April 15, 2019
NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) (RFA-NS-19-011). Application Receipt Date(s): December 13, 2018; April 15, 2019; December 13, 2019; April 15, 2020; December 15, 2020; April 15, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization.
Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) - Institutional Research Training Program [T32] (RFA-OD-19-011) Application Receipt Date: May 25, 2019.
The Maryland Catalyst Fund program – formerly known as the Faculty Incentive Program – is the University of Maryland’s internal faculty research support program and a key resource in the university’s overall effort to expand its research activity, visibility and impact. The program aims to enable innovative research, to incentivize the pursuit of large, complex, and high-impact research initiatives, and to increase our competitiveness for extramural research awards.