The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society 2014 Annual Conference was held here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several of our lab members served on the Local Organizing Committee, inculding Dr. Kinney, Monica Bolton, and Andrew Murtishaw. Monica lead the effort in organizing the Brain Safety Initiative, which included a presentation on brain health to William V. Wright Elementary School and a donation from IBNS members to the Safe Routes to School Program. Donations will be used to purchase bike helmets for underprivileged children in the area.
Brain Awareness Week 2014 took us to several schools, including:
- Cashman Elementary School
- Laughlin Elementary School
- Laughlin Middle/High School
- Searchlight Elementary School
- Wallin Elementary School
- Wright Elementary School
Brain Awareness Week with 4th graders from Wallin Elementary and our Brain Awareness Volunteers.
Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014, the first Brain Bee in Nevada, was a success! Students from numerous high schools across the valley competed in a neuroscience-themed trivia bowl. We will be sending the first-place winner, Valentina, to compete in the National Brain Bee held in Baltimore, Maryland. The winner of the National Brain Bee will receive an all-expense trip to Washington DC to compete in the International Brain Bee.
New Publication — Alzheimer's Disease Biomarkers: Correspondence Between Human Studies and Animal Models.
New Publication — Chronic Ketamine Produces Altered Distribution of Parvalbumin-positive Cells in the Hippocampus of Adult Rats
Congratulations, Dr. Sabbagh!
New Publication — A Comparison of Voluntary and Forced Exercise in Protecting Against Behavioral Asymmetry in a Junvenile Hemisparkinsonian Rat Model
We expanded our outreach efforts for Brain Awareness Week 2013 by visiting several elementary schools, including:
- Cashman Middle School
- Paradise Elementary School
- Wallin Elementary School
Thank you to all our UNLV volunteers and to all of the elementary schools that welcomed us!
Are you interested in having us visit your school for Brain Awareness Week? If so, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
New Publication — Animal Systems in the Development of Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges. Methods, and Implications
New Publication — Examination of Ketamine-induced Deficits in Sensorimotor Gating and Spatial Learning
Congratulations Monica Bolton for publishing her first manuscript as first author — and also the first research article from the Kinney Lab! This publications details the effects of disrupting glutamate signaling in a Pavlovian conditioning task and alterations to GABA-related proteins. The article, entitled "Deficits in emotional learning and memory in an animal model of schizophrenia", is published in Behavioral Brain Research and can be viewed here.
Brain Awareness Week is a world-wide campaign to promote public awareness about the brain and current brain research. We brought the first ever Brain Awareness Week to Las Vegas by visiting Wallin Elementary to teach the 4th graders all about the brain! Following an interactive lesson, students participated in various hands-on activities, including things like building a neuron and matching various animal brains (based on weight) with the proper animal.
Thank you Wallin Elementary for allowing us to come and share our passion about the brain with you!
New Publication — Administration of donepezil does not rescue galanin-induced spatial learning deficits
Jon Sabbagh published his first manuscript, as first author, detailing data obtained from the work performed for his master's thesis project. This experiment was aimed at addressing whether donepezil, a commonly used drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. could offset learning and memory deficits tied to galanin-induced deficits in rodents.
Society for Neuroscience 2009 was a first for many things: Jon Sabbagh's first poster presentation at a professional conference and Dr. Kinney's first SfN as a Principle Investigator.