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.
News & Updates
Dr. Kinney discusses our most recent publication with UNLV News. He discusses the role of insulin perturbations (Diabetes) and chronic inflammation in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Please view this article released by UNLV News Center.
New Publication — Effect of Acute Lipopolysaccharide-induced Inflammation in Intracerebroventricular-streptozotocin Injected Rats
Chelcie Heaney was highlighted in Giving Matters, the newsletter put out by UNLV Foundation, for being the 2015 recipient of the Edward Lovinger Psychology Scholarship. The Edward Lovinger Scholarship is a competitive scholarship awarded to an outstanding graduate student in the Psychology department.
Monica Bolton spoke on a panel at the Association for Psychological Sciences 26th Annual Conference. The panel was titled "The Naked Truth Part II: Surviving Graduate School" and had several panelists from various graduate schools across the United States.
Congratulations, Dr. Heaney!
New Publication — Postnatal Alterations in GABAB receptor tone produce sensorimotor gating deficits and protein level differences in adulthood
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.
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.
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.
New Publication — Forced Exercise Before or After Induction of 6-OHDA-mediated Nigrostriatal Insult Does Not Mitigate Asymetry in a Hemiparkinsonian Rat Model
Dr. Kinney is on NPR — along with Cliff Jordan (NV Brain Bee, President) and Aliyah Farmanali (Las Vegas Brain Bee 2014, Second Place Winner). To learn a little more about The Brain Bee, take a listen to their NPR segment.
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.
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.