Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Department of Neuroscience

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How Brain Develops Before Birth is Tightly Controlled by RNA Modification

September 28, 2017

A chemical tag added to RNA during embryonic development regulates how the early brain grows, according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are published this week in Cell.


Catch up with Amita Sehgal

March 23, 2017

Photo of Amita SehgalAmita Sehgal, the John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience

in the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Chronobiology Program at Penn, discusses her interest in science and sleep, fruit flies, sleep mutants, biological clocks, and the health hazards of working at night.


Congratulations

December 12, 2016

Photo of Greg BashawGreg Bashaw, has been awarded research funding under a novel, multi-year pilot program from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


Neural Response

November 18, 2016

Photo of  John Dani, PhDA team led by John Dani, PhD, chair of the department of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine, found that rodents that had been exposed to stress had a weakened alcohol-induced dopamine response and voluntarily drank more alcohol compared to controls.


Flies Sleep Just Like Us

June 30, 2016

Photo of Amita Sehgal, PhDAmita Sehgal, PhD, a professor of Neuroscience and director of the Chronobiology Program, is featured in a Stat "Science Happens" video on her lab's research on fruitflies and the mysteries of sleep.


Amita Sehgal, PhD, Penn Medicine Neuroscientist Elected to the National Academy of Science

May 19, 2016

Photo of Amita Sehgal, PhDAmita Sehgal, PhD, a professor of Neuroscience and director of the Chronobiology Program, is featured in a Stat "Science Happens" video on her lab's research on fruitflies and the mysteries of sleep.


Coordination

May 17, 2016

Photo of Amita Sehgal, PhDLed by Amita Sehgal of Medicine, researchers have found that a rhythm of cellular detox in flies and mammals is synchronized by a neuropeptide that also drives feeding.


Neural Circuits

May 03, 2016

Photo of Michael PlattA new NIH grant will allow PIK Prof Michael Platt to continue work on social functions in the brain, which could ultimately aid those with autism or schizophrenia.


PIK Professor Michael Platt Earns $2.9 Million NIH Award for Neural Circuitry Work

May 03, 2016

Photo of Michael PlattMichael Platt of the University of Pennsylvania has received a five-year, $2.9 million Method to Extend Research In Time, or MERIT, award from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue his work on the neural circuits that mediate complex social cognition.


Penn Researchers’ Theory: Brain’s Location-tracking Cells Use Transcendental Number System

March 31, 2016

Photo of Vijay BalasubramanianVijay Balasubramanian and grad student Xue-Xin Wei of Arts & Sciences have a new theory for how the brain keeps track of locations on a mental map.


Both Sides Now: Dopamine, the Brain's "Reward" Molecule, also Controls Learning to Avoid an Unpleasant Experience, Penn Animal Study Finds.

February 29, 2016

Photo of John Dani, PhDThe brain chemical dopamine regulates how mice learn to avoid a disagreeable encounter, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at    the University of Pennsylvania. “We know that dopamine reinforces ‘rewarding’ behaviors, but to our surprise, we have now shown that situations that animals    learn to avoid are also regulated by dopamine,” said senior author John Dani, PhD, chair of the department of Neuroscience. The team’s findings are published on March 1st, 2016 in Cell Reports.


Research Star

February 26, 2016

Photo of Matthew KayserCongratulations to Matthew Kayser for receiving the 2016 Sloan Fellowship Award given to early-career scientists seen as industry leaders.


Congratulations to Josh Gold and Joe Kable on their $1,000,000 award from NSF!

August 25, 2015

Photo of Josh GoldPenn Neuroscientists Receive $1 Million "BRAIN" Grant from National Science Foundation. Award supports the study of norepinephrine's role in individual differences in learning.


Dr. Marc Fuccillo, Assistance Professor Neuroscience, has won the McCabe Fund Award for his especially meritorious proposal exploring the neural circuits neuropsychiatric disease.

August 01, 2015

Photo of Dr. Marc Fuccillo


Go Green

March 21, 2006

Photo of Peter SterlingMedicine's Peter Sterling called for scientists to reduce their carbon footprint while engaging in professional activities, particularly when traveling for research meetings.