The road to fame and fortune… (okay maybe not fortune) Neuroscience students have been busy.

Originally published February 2005

Neuroscience students have been up to their usual. Publishing in Nature, presenting award winning research at international conferences, and getting ready to conquer
the world. Okay maybe we were just kidding about that last one. Here are some

Anne-Elise Tobin was a tutor for the European Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience,held in Obidos, Portugal. She has also been invited back to teach at the course next year in Arcachon, France.

Miranda Lim, a recent graduate, had part of her graduate work cited as one of the top 100 discoveries of 2004 by Discover Magazine.

Liz Degoursac and Zoe Donaldson attended the Neural Systems and Behavior advanced graduate course at Wood’s Hole Marine Biology Laboratory.

Student Publications:
Rommelfanger K, Weinshenker D, Miller GW (2004) Reduced MPTP toxicity in norepinephrine transporter knockout mice. J Neurochem 91:1116-1124.

Dougherty KJ, Bannatyne BA, Jankowska E, Krutiki P, Maxwell DJ. (2005). Membrane receptors involved in modulation of responses of spinal dorsal horn interneurons evoked by feline group II muscle afferents. J Neurosci: 25(3) In Press.

Hammock, E. A. and L. J. Young (2004). “Functional microsatellite polymorphism associated with divergent social structure in vole species.” Mol Biol Evol 21(6): 1057-63.

Hammock, E. A., M. M. Lim, H.P. Nair, L.J. Young. “Vasopressin 1a receptor levels are associated with a regulatory microsatellite and behavior.” Genes Brain Behav, in press.

Kuwajima M, Hall RA, Aiba A, Smith Y. 2004. Subcellular and subsynaptic localization of group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in the monkey subthalamic nucleus. J Comp Neurol 474:589-602.

Lim MM, Wang Z, Olazabal DE, Ren X, Terwilliger EF, Young LJ. Enhanced partner preference in a promiscuous species by manipulating the expression of a single gene. Nature. 2004 Jun 17;429

Lim, M. M., E. A. Hammock, L.J. Young. (2004). “The role of vasopressin in the genetic and neural regulation of monogamy.” J Neuroendocrinol 16(4): 325-32.

Lim, M. M., E. A. Hammock, L.J. Young. (2004). Vole species as an animal model for the
evolution of social behavior: from genes to brain to behavior. Acta Zoologica Sinica, 50(4): 479-489.

Rattiner LM, Davis M, French CT, Ressler KJ (2004) BDNF and TrkB Receptor Involvement in Amygdala Dependent Fear Conditioning. J Neurosci. May;24 (20): 4796-4808

Rattiner LM, Davis M, Ressler KJ (2004) Differential Regulation of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Transcripts during the Consolidation of Fear Learning. Learn. Mem. 2004 11: 727-731

Rattiner LM, Davis M, Ressler KJ (2005) Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Amygdala Dependent Learning. Neuroscientist, in press.

Tabb K, Szot P, White SS, Liles LC, Weinshenker D (2004) The ketogenic diet does not alter brain expression of orexigenic neuropeptides. Epilepsy Res 62:35-39.

Wilczynski A, Wang XS, Bauzo RM, Xiang Z, Shaw AM, Millard WJ, Richards NG, Edison AS, Haskell-Luevano C. Structural characterization and pharmacology of a potent (Cys101-Cys119, Cys110-Cys117) bicyclic agouti-related protein (AGRP) melanocortin receptor antagonist. J Med Chem. 2004 Nov 4;47(23):5662-73.

Joseph CG, Wang XS, Scott JW, Bauzo RM, Xiang Z, Richards NG, Haskell-Luevano C.
Stereochemical studies of the monocyclic agoutirelated protein (103-122) arg-phe-phe residues: conversion of a melanocortin-4 receptor antagonist into an agonist and results in the discovery of a potent and selective melanocortin-1 agonist. J Med Chem. 2004 Dec 30;47(27):6702-10.

Saxena S, Brody AL, Maidment KM, Smith EC, Zohrabi N, Katz E, Baker SK, Baxter LR Jr.
2004.Cerebral glucose metabolism in obsessivecompulsive hoarding. Am J Psychiatry. Jun;161 (6):1038-48.

Wang X, Wu H, Lakdawala VS, Hu F, Hanson ND, Miller AH. Inhibition of Jun N-Terminal Kinase (JNK) Enhances Glucocorticoid Receptor-Mediated Function in Mouse Hippocampal HT22 Cells. Neuropsychopharmacology. Advance online publication 2004 Nov 10.

Hague C, Uberti MA, Chen Z, Jones SV, Ressler KJ, Bush C, Hall RA, and Minneman KP. 2004. Olfactory receptor surface expression is driven by association with the B2-adrenoceptor. PNAS. 101 (37):13672-13676.

Charara A, Galvan A, Kuwajima M, Hall RA, Smith Y. 2004. An electron microscope immunocytochemical study of GABAB R2 in the monkey basal ganglia: a comparative analysis with GABAB R1 distribution. J Comp Neurol 476:65-79.

Travel Awards:
E.A. Hammock. “Frontiers in Addiction Biology: Genomics and beyond”, Vanderbilt Summer Conference, Nashville, TN; May, 2004.

N.C. Rowland. 2004 Annual MD/PhD Conference Diversity Travel Award

M. Paquet. Women In Neuroscience – Eli Lilly /Pfizer -student travel award for the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego.

M. Kuwajima. SfN Chapters/Eli Lilly Graduate Student Travel Award. Society for Neuroscience.

Teaching Fellowships:
Jaime Hatcher and Lizabeth Martin. ORDER

Charlene Cole. PRISM 2004-2005 Academic Year

Other Awards:
K.L. Dougherty. Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship

N.C. Rowland. 2004 Winner of science poster contest, National Black Graduate Student Annual Conference

M. Kuwajima. SfN poster award. Atlanta Chapter, Society for Neuroscience. 2004

N.C. Rowland. 2004 Minority Trainee Research Forum Fellow

N.C. Rowland. 2004-2007 Neuroscience Scholar Program

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