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News & Updates

The UNLV Neurobiology of Disease & Behavior Laboratory Teams with Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center!

Jefferson Kinney

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in a 5-year collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The COBRE is an $11.1 million grant from the National Institute of Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences. 

For more information, check out this UNLV news blurb on our grant

Andrew Murtishaw Awarded the 2015-2017 UNLV Board of Trustees Fellowship

Jefferson Kinney

Andrew Murtishaw has been named as the recipient of the 2015-2017 UNLV Board of Trustees Fellowship. This fellowship, the most prestigious awarded through UNLV, is granted to an outstanding doctoral student to cover their final two years. The Board of Trustees Fellowship is designed to allow the recipient to concentrate on their research without the additional burden of teaching and other responsibilities that often accompany a graduate assistantship. 

Congratulations, Andrew!

Brain Awareness Week 2015!

Jefferson Kinney

For Brain Awareness Week 2015, our team went to the following schools:

  • Calvin Christian Learning Academy
  • Nate Mack Elementary
  • Wallin Elementary

Kinney Lab & UNLV Volunteers: Monica Bolton, Chelcie Heaney, Christina Vanden Bosch der Nederlanden, Vanessa Irsik, Kirsten Calvin, Casey Steward, Enes Djesevic, Taylor Guthrie, Krista Gonzalez, CheRenee Zaragoza.

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015

Jefferson Kinney

The second annual Las Vegas Brain Bee took place on Jan. 31, 2015. This year, we introduced a "Jeopardy"-style round of questions that appeared to go over well with the participants. Our first place winner, Lilibeth, won a trip to Baltimore, Maryland to compete in the National Brain Bee and have the chance to win an all-expensive trip to Australia to compete in the International Brain Bee. Good luck Lilibeth! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 happen and for all of our student participants.

2015 Winners (from left to right): Lyndsee (2nd place), Liliveth (1st place), Jay (3rd place)

2015 Winners (from left to right): Lyndsee (2nd place), Liliveth (1st place), Jay (3rd place)

Participants of the Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015!

Participants of the Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015!

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 Judges (from left to right): Andrew Murtishaw, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Monica Bolton

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 Judges (from left to right): Andrew Murtishaw, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Monica Bolton

American Chemical Society 2014 Poster Competition

Jefferson Kinney

Chelcie Heaney, Monica Bolton, and Andrew Murtishaw competed in the Southern Nevada American Chemical Society 2014 Poster Competition, held at Nevada State College. 

Andrew Murtishaw won 1st place for his presentation on his work involving insulin resistance and Alzheimer's disease.

Chelcie Heaney

Chelcie Heaney

Monica Bolton 

Monica Bolton 

IBNS 2014, Las Vegas

Jefferson Kinney

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.

Monica leads a presentation on Brain Health at Wright Elementary

Monica leads a presentation on Brain Health at Wright Elementary

Andrew catches up with Christy Magcalas, former Kinney Lab Head Research Assistant, over cocktails and a thrilling discussion about PCR primer validations.

Andrew catches up with Christy Magcalas, former Kinney Lab Head Research Assistant, over cocktails and a thrilling discussion about PCR primer validations.

Brain Awareness Week 2014

Jefferson Kinney

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 Volunteers (Left to Right): Casey Steward, Krista Gonzalez, Micheal Langhardt, Monica Bolton, Krystal Belmonte, Kirsten Calvin.

Brain Awareness Volunteers (Left to Right): Casey Steward, Krista Gonzalez, Micheal Langhardt, Monica Bolton, Krystal Belmonte, Kirsten Calvin.

Brain Awareness Week with 4th graders from Wallin Elementary and our Brain Awareness Volunteers. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014

Jefferson Kinney

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. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 (left to right): Jacob, Valentina, Aliya

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2015 (left to right): Jacob, Valentina, Aliya

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Winners & Judges (from left to right): Dr. Merrill Landers, Jacob, Valentina, Aliya, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Pritchard. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Winners & Judges (from left to right): Dr. Merrill Landers, Jacob, Valentina, Aliya, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Pritchard. 

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Judges (from left to right): Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Prtichard, Dr. Merril Landers.

Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014 Judges (from left to right): Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Dr. Laurel Prtichard, Dr. Merril Landers.