CNAP Center News
-We had some excellent news from two students in Dr. Pickens' lab. Hayley Fisher won a Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant for $1500 for the project "Neural compensation in an animal model of schizophrenia" and Caitlin McLean, an undergrad Dr. Pickens' lab, won awards from Sigma Xi (Grants in Aid of Research -- $1000) and the Histochemical Society (Capstone Award -- $1000) for the project "Modeling Prodromal Stage Schizophrenia Using a Novel Devaluation Task to Detect Neural Compensation." Congratulations to both Hayley and Caitlin!
- Middle schoolers (6-8 grade) in @KStateKAWSE's GROW (Girls Researching Our World) workshop learned about the electroencephalogram (EEG) and programming psychology experiments using E-Prime and Matlab! CNAP hosted its first GROW workshop in the new EEG core. The girls in the program had a chance to learn about neuroscience and see what their brain activity looks like in the EEG. Here's a great picture of one of the girls trying on an EEG net (published with permission of her mom Barbara Pitts).
- CNAP project leader Heather Bailey was recognized as the Faculty member of the week at this week's men's basketball home game. Heather is a CNAP project leader. You can read more about Heather in K-State today. Congratulations Heather!
- Thomas Mueller received a $1.35M Human Frontier Science Program grant to support his research on "Navigating the Waters — A Neural Systems Approach to Spatial Cognition in Fish." Dr. Mueller is a current pilot grantee and the Human Frontier grant was supported by his previous pilot grant. You can read all about his project in K-State Today. Congratulations Thomas!
- Former CNAP pilot grantee Yulan Xiong received a $1.6M R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Yulan will be studying genetic mechanisms of Parkinson's disease in a mouse model. You can read a nice write-up of her work in K-State today. Congratulations Yulan!
- The CNAP center was featured as the lead article in the Seek magazine. This issue focused primarily on the neuroimaging sub-theme of our center with pieces on Dr. Bailey and Dr. Cain's projects, Dr. Mueller's pilot grant as well as featuring the new EEG core in Psychology and the NMR/MRI animal imaging core in Chemistry. A full list of CNAP grantees and mentors, as of the end of Year 2, can be found at the end of the article.
- We recently had two new pilot grants approved for Year 3 by the NIGMS. Dr. Matthew Wisniewski (K-State) will be conducting a project on "Optimizing auditory training for beneficial outcomes" and Dr. Alexandria Zakrzewski (K-State) will be researching "Neural correlates of metacognitive accuracy using electroencephalography." Congratulations to both pilot grantees and good luck with your grants!
- CNAP graduate student Hayley Fisher has really been on a roll lately. She just found out that she has been selected to receive a $1,000 Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award. This award will support her attendance at the upcoming meeting where she will present CNAP-funded research as well as having opportunities for networking and professional development activities.
- CNAP graduate student Hayley Fisher recently received two grants. The first is a Psi Chi graduate research award for $1,500 to support research on "A novel devaluation task to model behavioral compensation following prefrontal lesions." Her second award is through the Histochemical Society for $2,000 to support research on "Identifying compensatory functional activation patterns when cortical availability is altered in a cued operant devaluation task." Hayley is current developing her dissertation project and these awards will be a great help in supporting her research. Way to go Hayley!
- Dr. Kirkpatrick's research was the focus of a podcast on the global food systems where she talked about some of her lab's research on diet-induced impulsivity.
- CNAP Director Dr. Kimberly Kirkpatrick was selected as a University Distinguished Professor for the coming academic year. This is the highest honor bestowed for research at the university.
- Three new pilot grants were approved for Year 3 by the NIGMS. Dr. David Jarmolowicz (KU-Lawrence) will be studying the "Effects of exercise on animal cognition." Dr. Bethany Plakke will be conducting a project on "Cognitive flexibility in an animal model of autism spectrum disorder and changes in the cerebellum." Dr. Mueller's grant will focus on "Neural circuits of associative emotional learning in a zebrafish model of autism." Drs. Jarmolowicz and Plakke are new grantees within the CNAP pilot grant program. Dr. Mueller was funded last year on a related project which resulted in a $1.3M Human Frontiers grant. Congratulations to our new grantees and good luck with your projects!
- CNAP pilot grantee, Dr. Yulan Xiong received a $300K Parkinson's foundation grant on "Examining the role of the LRKK2 in Parkinson's disease using a mouse model." Congratulation Yulan!
- CNAP pilot grantee, Dr. Thomas Mueller received a $1.35M grant on "Navigating the waters – A neural systems approach to spatial cognition in fish." Dr. Mueller is a co-PI on the grant and will receive 1/4 of the total funds. This is a program grant from the Human Frontiers Research Foundation. These grants are designed to promote international collaborations that bring together groups with different sources of expertise. Dr. Mueller will be working with Jacob Engelmann (lead PI, Bielefeld, Germany), Teresa Burt de Perera (Oxford,UK), Ronen Segev (Israel). Dr. Mueller is the first junior investigator to receive an extramural grant that was directly supported by CNAP. A big congratulations to Thomas for this award!
- CNAP project leader Dr. Mary Cain was elected as a Fellow of Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) of the American Psychological Association and will serve as Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee starting in January, 2019.
- CNAP Director Dr. Kimberly Kirkpatrick was selected for the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award for 2018. This award honors current members of the graduate faculty who are recognized nationally and internationally for their outstanding scholarly achievements and for their contributions to graduate education at the university.
- CNAP project leader Dr. Mary Cain received a $436k National Institute of Drug Abuse R15 grant titled "The effects of differential rearing on glutamate homeostasis and addiction." The grant runs from August 2018 through July 2021. Dr. Cain will remain in the CNAP program to continue her work on her COBRE project.
-The CNAP center has been selected to appear in the University Expression of Strengths report to the US congress. We are one of only a handful of projects selected to represent the entire university.
-Dean Chakrabarti put on a lovely reception for the CNAP center group. We all had a wonderful time relaxing in the Alumni Center, sharing good food and drinks and catching our breath a bit. Here's a photo of our group:
-Dr. Kirkpatrick provided an interview for the RSCAD newsletter by the K-State VPR office on building large grant proposals.
-We got some nice press by the Manhattan Mercury on the CNAP center formation. Senator Jerry Moran even face-booked us!
-The first press release covering the CNAP center was published in K-State today. It gives a nice overview of our center staff and objectives: http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-07/cobre72617.html