University of Pittsburgh

Department of Neuroscience

Past News, Events and Seminars

2007 Events and Seminars

Department of Neuroscience Seminar Series

November 28, 2007

Wednesday, 1 p.m.

A219 Langley Hall

Sabine Kastner, MD

Princeton University

Seminar Title: Charting the human posterior parietal cortex

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Department of Neuroscience Seminar Series

November 14, 2007

Wednesday, 1 p.m.

A219 Langley Hall

Margaret Rice, PhD.

New York University

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David Lewis Named to Institute of Medicine

From the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Chronicle, November 12, 2007

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has selected David A. Lewis, professor in Pitt’s Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and director of the Translational Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh, as one of its newest members for his contributions to the advancement of treating schizophrenia and his efforts to bring the importance of this major public health issue to the forefront.


Department of Neuroscience Seminar Series

October 16, 2007

Tuesday, noon

A219 Langley Hall

Barry Levin, MD

New Jersey Medical School

Seminar Title: Metabolic sensing neurons and obesity: How good cells go "bad"

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Research Notes:  New treatment may aid schizophrenics

From the University Times, Volume 40, Number 4, October 11, 2007

A study published Oct. 1 in Biological Psychiatry reports a potential new approach for treating cognitive impairments in schizophrenia.  Neuroscience professor Bita Moghaddam, corresponding author on the study, said, “Multidisciplinary work has led to the emergence of the glutamate system as a promising therapeutic target for treatment of schizophrenia.”


What's New–Places

From the University Times, Volume 40, Number 1, August 30, 2007

Neuroscience faculty members Susan Sesack, J. Patrick Card, Linda Rinaman and Alan Sved have moved into new laboratories on the renovated 4th floor of Langley Hall. The floor also includes new common facility laboratory space for the Department of Neuroscience.


What's New–People

From the University Times, Volume 40, Number 1, August 30, 2007

Professor of neuroscience and psychiatry Alan Sved is starting his second five-year term as chair of the Department of Neuroscience.


Neuroscience News: MERIT Award for Dr. Tony Grace

August 1, 2007

Dr. Anthony A. Grace received a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award for his research grant, “Gating of Information Flow within the Nucleus Accumbens”!



Nicotine Also Hooks Smokers by Enhancing Pleasure of Experiences, Pitt Research Suggests

From the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Chronicle, May 14, 2007

This article examines new ideas about the way nicotine works and the reason people become addicted to cigarettes.  Principal investigators for the research are Anthony R. Caggiula, professor and chair of the psychology department; Eric Donny, assistant professor of psychology; and Alan F. Sved, professor and chair of the neuroscience department, all in Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences. Their ongoing research has yielded more than a dozen academic journal articles. One of the latest appears in the May edition of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.


Pitt-CMU neuroscience center gets $7 million grant

From the University Times, Volume 39, Number 15, April 5, 2007

Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University have received three grants totaling more than $7 million from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Science Foundation.

The grants will support programs that train undergraduate and graduate students in basic neuroscience, computational neuroscience, multimodal neuroimaging and other interdisciplinary endeavors. The programs will be offered through the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), which is run jointly by the universities.

The third training grant from the NSF renews CNBC’s existing integrative graduate education and research training (IGERT) program. The IGERT training option offers graduate students more specialized, in-depth training than traditional programs because it allows them to work with mentors outside their home discipline.

Principal investigators on the IGERT award are Carol Colby, professor of neuroscience at Pitt, and David Touretzky, research professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon.


Neuroscience Researchers’ Paper Cited

From the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Chronicle, January 22, 2007

Pitt neuroscience professor J. Patrick Card and Alan Sved, professor and chair of the department, and their colleagues reported in a recent paper on how they developed a new technique to decipher the connections of a group of neurons in a part of the rat brain stem known to influence cardiovascular function. The researchers developed a virus that causes these neurons, known as C1, to express a protein not ordinarily present in the rodent brain. This protein can therefore be used to define the pathways through which C1 neurons exert their influence.