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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
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
Neurobiologist Tim Jegla and his Lab find in a living, ancient sea anemone species the same gene family and ion channel that regulate the slow wave contractions of the human heart. Human heart beats using nearly billion-year-old molecular mechanism - Full article
Events
Aug 27, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Steven J. Siegel (University of Pennsylvania)
Title to be announced
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Linda Overstreet Wadiche (UAB School of Medicine)
Title to be announced
Sep 24, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Eric A. Newman (University of Minnesota)
Title to be announced
Oct 1, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Peter Gianaros (University of Pittsburgh)
Title to be announced