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Institute of the Neurosciences

Institute of the Neurosciences

Facilitating collaboration and networking between scientists and students in the areas of neuroscience at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and the University Park campus

The Institute also provides oversight and coordination for neuroscience-related activities in education, research, patient care and outreach, while promoting an intellectual environment that enhances the interdisciplinary neuroscience educational experience from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels.

Recent publications
New motor lateralization model verified through virtual reality experiments could revolutionize post-stroke rehabilitation A new model of brain lateralization for movement, proposed by Huck Institutes affiliate Robert Sainburg and confirmed through novel virtual reality and brain lesion experiments, could dramatically improve the future of rehabilitation for stroke patients.
Discovery of subdivisions in rat motor cortex has potential to advance human brain studies A recent find by Huck Institutes researchers Jared Smith and Kevin Alloway at the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering shows that rats' brains are more like ours than scientists previously thought.
Researchers use fMRI and state-of-the-art brain mapping techniques to study alcohol's effects on first-year students The team, which includes several scientists affiliated with the Huck Institutes, recently completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change across students' first year of college.
News
Neuroscience co-chair Ping Li, along with Huck graduate student and co-author Jennifer Legault, has published a new study that provides a framework for understanding anatomical and other changes in the brain that result from learning a new (second) language; the findings indicate that learning a second language provides a powerful platform for positive brain changes in children, adults, and the elderly. Learning a second language changes brain anatomy - Full article
On BBC's Newsnight, Victoria Braithwaite discusses science, business, and ethics in commercial fish harvesting. Can fish feel pain? - Full article
A new drug target to fight Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by a research team led by Gong Chen, a Professor of Biology and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences at Penn State University. Rescue of Alzheimer's memory deficit achieved by reducing 'excessive inhibition' - Full article
Events
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Linda Overstreet Wadiche (UAB School of Medicine)
Adult-born Neurons: Hyperexcitable and Hyperselective
Sep 24, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Eric A. Newman (University of Minnesota)
Conversations Between Glial Cells, Neurons, and Blood Vessels in the Normal and Diabetic Retina
Oct 8, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Hui Zheng (Baylor College of Medicine)
Neuro-Glia Signaling in Neuronal Health and Alzheimer's Disease
Oct 15, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Gregory J. Quirk (University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine)
Prefrontal-amygdala Circuits in Fear and Avoidance: The View from Puerto Rico