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Title: State of the Neuroscience Program 2006-2007 Welcome

State of the Neuroscience Program 2006-2007
  • Directorate
  • Villu Maricq Biology
  • Richard Dorsky Neurobiology Anatomy
  • Kristen Keefe Pharm/Tox
  • Josh Cameron Zhang lab
  • Arik Hone Mc Intosh Lab
  • Program Coordinator
  • Tracy Marble

Recruitment/Admissions Sabine Fuhrmann
  • Admissions Committee
  • Alessandra Angelucci (Ophthalmology and Visual
  • Jeanne Frederick (Ophthalmology and Visual
  • Sabine Fuhrmann (Ophthalmology and Visual
  • Bradley Greger (Bioengineering)
  • Ray Kesner (Psychology)
  • Shannon Odelberg (Cardiology)
  • Gary Rose (Biology)
  • Fred Federer (Angelucci lab), James Anderson
    (Marc Lab), Sean Flynn (White Lab) Shushruth
    (Angelucci lab) Andrew Zayachkivsky (Dudek Lab)

Recruitment/Admissions Sabine Fuhrmann
  • Update on recruitment efforts
  • We reviewed 104 applications (71 international)
  • We interviewed 23 applicants (7 international)
  • We made 17 offers
  • 8 have accepted (2 international)
  • 1 MD/PhD joined the program

Robert Duncan (University of Oregon) Eerik
Elias (New Mexico Tech) Olena Filchakova
(intern., Kharkiv National Karazin U.,
Ukraine) Eli Iacob (University of
Michigan) Shaili Johri (intern., University of
Baroda, India) Rebecca Parker (University of
Utah) Andrea Schwager (Drake University) Elliott
Smith (University of Washington) James
Tucker (Lewis and Clark College) MD/PhD
Recruitment/Admissions Sabine Fuhrmann
  • Events of the primary Recruitment Day
  • Morning interviews occurred in the new Moran
  • Poster session during Reception in the evening.
  • General
  • We need a replacement for a recruitment chair
    (identify opportunities to contact US and
    minority undergraduates in colleges and
    universities, attend career day events for
    undergrads, coordination with admissions chair).
  • Neuroscience Program info has been added to mbio
    /biol chem. Mailer.

Curriculum Monica Vetter
  • Thanks to a dedicated curriculum committee
  • Franz Goller, Ed Dudek, Greg Clark, Steve White
    (stepping down), Alessandra Angelucci, Karen
    Wilcox, Crystal Sigulinsky, Kerry-Ann Stewart

Curriculum Monica Vetter
  • Overall, the classes have been quite successful,
    so no major changes are planned.
  • Thank you to all of our course directors for a
    very successful year of classes Greg Clark, Tom
    Parks, Rich Dorsky, Alan Light, Ed Dudek, Shannon
    Odelberg, Mary Lucero

Curriculum - Major changes
  • Qualifying exam
  • We now require 2 preproposals/abstracts rather
    than 3. Policies and Procedures being updated
  • We are planning to implement standardized online
    course evaluations for all Neuroscience classes
    using the MBM system. I will meet with the course
    directors to develop a template this summer.
  • We have drafted guidelines/requirements for
    MD/PhD students wishing to earn their PhD in a
    Neuroscience lab. These guidelines will be added
    to the Policies and Procedures.

Curriculum - Major changes
  • Franz Goller will assume the role of Chair of the
    Curriculum Committee starting January 1, 2008
  • Thank you Franz!

Student Advising Richard Dorsky
  • Roles of Student Advisor
  • Rotations
  • Thesis labs
  • Other issues
  • Protocol for Student Problems
  • 1st year See Student Advisor
  • 2nd year and beyond
  • PI
  • Thesis committee
  • Student Advisor

Seminar Committee Bradley Greger
  • Student members of seminar committee
  • Katherine Zukor
  • Matt Reidy
  • Eric Bend
  • Priyanka Pandit
  • Michelle Stamm
  • Renee Kruse Bend

Seminar Committee Bradley Greger
18 Sep 07 Ege Kavalai U of TX 16 Oct 07 20 Nov
07 18 Dec 07 15 Jan 08 Gord Fishell NYU 19
Feb 08 Mriganka Sur MIT 18 Mar 08 Paul
Glimcher NYU 15 Apr 08 Constance
Cepko Harvard
Snowbird Symposium Alice Schmid
  • First thanks to last years organizer, Kang Zhang
  • This years theme
  • Regeneration and Neuroprotection in the CNS
  • Suggested speakers are pioneers in Translational

Brain Awareness Week BAW Committee Sarah
Farnsworth, Eric Veien, Sam Covington, Molly
Dubray, John Gaynes, Vernon Twede, Randi Rawson
  • Neuroscience students visited several schools in
    SLC from March 13-18
  • We taught both elementary and high school
    students about brain anatomy, development,
    health, safety, etc.
  • Kids were able to participate in a hands-on
    manner and were excited to learn!

Brain Awareness Week BAW Committee Sarah
Farnsworth, Eric Veien, Sam Covington, Molly
Dubray, John Gaynes, Vernon Twede, Randi Rawson
  • Juan Diego High School kids learning about

Students Current status Mary Lucero
Students Current status Mary Lucero
  • 9 student-author publications in 2006-2007
  • Journals include
  • Neuron
  • Cell Cycle
  • Science
  • J. Comp. Neurol.,
  • Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. Vis Res
  • J Int Neuropsychl Soc
  • Int J Biol Sci

Grants/Awards to our students Mary Lucero
  • Takahashi Epilepsy Foundation of America
    pre-doctoral fellowship
  • Jobson International New Venture Championship,
    Runner Up 2005 Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge,
    1st place 2005 University of Utah Opportunity
    Quest 2nd place 2004 (all above with a Lassonde
    Center business we developed and named Wasatch
  • Gribble Genetics Training Grant
  • Veien Genetics Training Grant
  • Cameron Travel awards National Eye Institute
    Travel Grant, ARVO and Young Investigators
    Award, XIIth International Symposium on Retinal
    Degeneration University TA Scholar, University
    of Utah 2005-06.
  • Federer CSHL course
  • Shushruth CSHL course

Students Mary Lucero
  • Current status of the Neuroscience Training
  • The grant just completed first of five years
  • Renee Bend
  • John Gaynes
  • Gretchen Carr on medical leave of absence
  • James Anderson
  • Molly DuBray
  • Danielle Downey on leave of absence

Training Grant Year 2
  • 7 students selected for support in 07-08
  • First year students
  • Rebecca Parker
  • Eerik Elias
  • Eli Iocob
  • Second year students
  • Eric Bend (Jorgensen Lab)
  • Randi Rawson (Jorgensen Lab)
  • Renee Bend (Chien Lab)
  • Vernon Tweede (Olivera Lab)

Administration Mary Lucero
  • Guaranteed support for 12 stipends
  • Allows support for 2 years
  • MBM Dollars to follow students in med school labs
    to their departments
  • This makes us now on par with Mol Bio and
    Medicinal Chemistry

Faculty Mary Lucero
  • New Faculty in the past 3 years
  • Ed Dudek Physiology
  • Kim Statler Pediatrics
  • Evan Riddle Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Steve Bealer Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Kuby Balagurunathan Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bradley Greger Bioengineering
  • Jason Watson Psychology
  • Kang Zhang Ophthalmology
  • Alice Schmid Human Genetics
  • Yukio Saijoh Neurobiology Anatomy

Faculty Mary Lucero
  • Faculty Service
  • Faculty in the program 74
  • Faculty serving on committees 17
  • Faculty teaching 28
  • Faculty training students in their labs 22
  • Faculty having rotations/no teaching 7
  • Total 74
  • In reality 35 active faculty

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