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    Confocal image of myelinated fibers from an adult rat spinal cord stained with antibodies against Caspr (red), the potassium channel Kv1.1 (green), and neurofilament heavy (blue). Courtesy of Steve Scherer.

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    The organization of visual areas V1, V2, and V3 shown on digitally inflated cortical surfaces of the human brain. Courtesy of Geoff Aguirre.

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    GFP expressing neurons in the absence (left) or presence (right) of an E2F1 RNA ligand. Courtesy of Kelly Jordan-Sciutto.

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    Art Contest First Place Winner. Courtesy of Efstathios Gennatas.

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    Art Contest Second Place Winner. Courtesy of Aleksandra Nall.

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    Art Contest Third Place Winner. Courtesy of Robert Heuckenroth.

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    Art Contest Honorable Mention. Courtesy of Guoxiang Xiong.

Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences


Founded as the Institute of Neurological Sciences in 1953 by the visionary professor of Anatomy, Dr. Louis Flexner, our Institute was renamed in 1985 to reflect the keen interest and support that corporate magnate David Mahoney brought to neuroscience. Throughout our history, we have emphasized and nurtured the idea that major advances in brain research would require the expertise, dedication, and cooperation of scientists from many fields of research. Once a novel approach, such cross-campus, cross-disciplinary research and training have become the template for neuroscience at academic institutions around the world. Today, our scientists study cellular and molecular aspects of the brain; development, regeneration, and plasticity; systems neuroscience; behavior and cognition; the pathology of brain disease; and computational neuroscience. Our ranks include over 150 faculty from 32 departments in six schools, including Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We continue to forge ahead with the spirit that has put the Institute at the forefront of neuroscience research and training since its founding.

MINS founded and continues to provide substantial support for the Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG), Penn's award-winning doctoral program in neuroscience.

MINS also is closely affiliated with the Penn Medicine Neuroscience Center (PMNC), a more clinically oriented Center focused on understanding and treating diseases of the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system.


Click here for the schedule and here to register for the 2015 retreat!


BGS is delighted to announce that this year's recipient of the Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award is Joshua I. Gold, Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG) Chair.

Josh will receive this award during the BGS Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for May 18, 2015 in the BRB Auditorium. Please join us in congratulating Josh on receiving this award!

Brian Salzberg elected by The Optical Society as 2015 Fellow

Brian Matthew Salzberg

University of Pennsylvania, USA
For development of optical methods in cell physiology and neuroscience, including the discovery of voltage sensitive dyes and calcium indicator dyes, and functional imaging using these probes.

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