Some delays in updates, in part due to the new Vazoorman Lab member:
but here’s some news..
New reviews from the Moorman and Vazey Labs out now – all related to alcohol use and the orbitofrontal cortex, the hypocretin/orexin and dynorphin systems, and the locus coeruleus noradrenergic system. Up next – get ready for some awesome papers from Jessica and John from the Moorman Lab and a collaboration with the Vazey Lab (coming soon!).
Congratulations to our graduating seniors – Sherry Ye, who will be starting the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Emory this fall, and Stephanie Fedorchak, who will be starting the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UTHSCSA. Sherry will be joined at Emory by Vazey Lab alum Michael Kelberman. So much neuro-greatness! We are looking forward to having these future neuroscientists as colleagues in the coming years. Congrats also to Myeongseong Jong who is off to medical school in Singapore!
We also welcome Ariel Burman, a graduate student in Neuroscience at the Engineering School in University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the direction of Dr. Sergio Lew and Dr. Silvano Zanutto. Ariel is joining us for the summer/fall on a Fulbright Scholarship. He will be working on neurophysiological studies of motor control and decision making. We are very happy he is joining us!
More info coming soon, including updates on this year’s SfN presentations from the Moorman Lab.
Come see the Moorman Lab at SfN in Washington DC:
On Saturday, 11/11 John Hernandez will present his results on DREADD inactivation of OFC neurons during alcohol seeking and Samantha Rios will present her data on individual differences in alcohol taste reactivity.
On Sunday, 11/12 Jessica Caballero will present her study of dorsal vs. ventral mPFC inactivation and reward seeking.
On Monday, 11/13 Beata Kaminska will present her findings involving mPFC neuronal activity during appetitive and aversive conditioning.
Finally, on Tuesday, 11/14, come see the minisymposium on the Functional Diversity of Prefrontal Cortical Regions and Networks, chaired by David (who will present, too).
New publications! First, check out an update on where we are now RE: orexin/hypocretin and addiction, with Morgan James, Steve Mahler, David Moorman, and Gary Aston-Jones.
Next, see our new collaborative work on alcohol, stress, and cognition with the Vazey lab and the Becker lab. Congrats Ellen Rodberg and Carol den Hartog!
The Moorman Lab welcomes our newest member – Dr. Christopher Perk who is starting as a postdoctoral fellow to study the role of the hypocretin/orexin system in motivation and addiction. Chris joins us from the University of Otago where he received his PhD in the Department of Anatomy.
In addition, we re-welcome Samantha Rios, who started as an undergraduate researcher in the lab and is now joining us as a SPUR/PREP student for 2017-2018. Sam will be working as part of the prefrontal/orbitofrontal alcohol team and has already made some substantial contributions to this project.
Finally, big welcome to our newest undergraduate members: Stephanie Fedorchak and Owen Jordan – working on the INIA Stress projects and Sophie Jackson – working on prefrontal cortex studies with Jessica.
It’s shaping up to be an awesome summer. More to come (and updated bios soon – promise!).
This is potentially pretty exiting – (very) preliminary new results from the Moorman Lab Miniscope team (Kathy Tran and Peter Chiknas). Watch this space…