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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
Approaches in Neuroscience: 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.
Approaches in Neuroscience: 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.
Approaches in Neuroscience: 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
The Rolls Lab discovers a new neuron repair pathway that could one day help people suffering from nerve damage. Existence of new neuron repair pathway discovered - Full article
A new study by Huck Institutes faculty researcher Moriah Szpara and an international team of scientific collaborators begins the process of quantifying variation between the genomes of all known strains of herpes simplex virus (HSV) – a crucial step toward developing an effective vaccine. Quantifying the genomic variation of herpes viruses is a crucial step toward a vaccine - Full article
Penn State University molecular biologists – including Huck Institutes faculty member Melissa Rolls and graduate students Richard Albertson, Michelle Stone, and Li Chen – have discovered a brand-new pathway for repairing nerve cells that could have implications for faster and improved healing. A new pathway for neuron repair is discovered - Full article
Events
Apr 16, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Dmitri B. Chklovskii (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Can Connectomics Help Us Understand Neural Computation? Insights From the Fly Visual System
Apr 23, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Christopher Moore (Brown University)
Neocortical Dynamics: From Mechanism to Meaning
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Hui Zheng (Baylor College of Medicine)
Biology and Pathophysiology of the Amyloid Precursor Protein