March 4, 2019

Upcoming BBI events

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

Graduate Poster Session and Reception to follow


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.

Calendar of Events

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

NER '19
 (International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering)
March 20-23, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat
April 9, 2019
Baltimore, MD

5th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting
April 11-13, 2019
Washington, DC

Behaviour 2019
July 23-27, 2019
Chicago, IL

Funding Announcements

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 ( 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.

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