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Summary from third neuroscience-engineering workshop

August 22, 2019

The final workshop of the summer’s Life Sciences-Engineering Workshop Series drew more than 50 researchers from Purdue Life Sciences. Six teams presented their challenge statements and approaches, and they are summarized here.

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Research spotlight, August 2019: Yang Yang

August 22, 2019

Purdue Life Sciences is debuting a new feature: monthly researcher spotlights. Yang Yang is our first feature. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy. His lab and office space are located on the third floor of the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, where he is affiliated with the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN).

Research spotlight, August 2019: Yang Yang

Aslihan Terzi and Logan Ganzen Receive PIIN travel grants

August 16, 2019

Two graduate students, Aslihan Terzi from Suter Lab and Logan Ganzen from Leung Lab, have received PIIN travel grants. This supports their attendance and presentation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience from October 19 to 23 in Chicago, IL.

Aslihan Terzi and Logan Ganzen Receive PIIN travel grants

Request for applications: Grand Challenges in Neuroscience

August 13, 2019

The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience will award up to a total of $1,000,000 to six to 10 project teams for a one-year project period. Additional funding may be available upon completion of agreed upon milestones. Purdue faculty members are eligible to apply. The RFA is the result of the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (PIIN) hosted a Life Sciences-Engineering Workshop Series to identify major problems in neuroscience that would best be addressed by an interdisciplinary approach spanning the life sciences and engineering. Research areas that have been discussed include addiction, neurodegenerative disorders, hearing science, traumatic brain injury, neurocircuitry, autism, and the gut brain microbiome, although proposals relevant to other areas of neuroscience are also of interest.

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Summary from second of three neuroscience-engineering workshops

July 22, 2019

On June 24, the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience hosted its second its Life Sciences-Engineering Workshop Series. The three-part program aims to create working groups that could identify major problems in neuroscience with interdisciplinary teams that incorporate both life sciences and engineering. Selected teams will receive funding from PIIN (with the potential for significant multi-year investments) as part of the institute’s key initiatives. The second event drew more than 45 faculty members and research scientists as well as several staff members from Purdue Life Sciences. The program-included presentation from the forming teams followed by breakout sessions to begin identifying potential topics for collaboration.

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$150,000 in funding to advance, commercialize Purdue innovations

July 15, 2019

Four Purdue University researchers have received a total of $150,086 from the Trask Innovation Fund to help their labs commercialize their innovations. The fund is a development program established to support projects that advance the commercial value of Purdue University intellectual property. The fund makes awards twice a year to aid faculty and staff with their patented innovations that are being commercialized through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.

$150,000 in funding to advance, commercialize Purdue innovations

Now hear this: Study highlights the importance of avoiding noise-induced hearing loss

July 15, 2019

Hearing loss is so common in today's society, especially in older individuals, that many people question the use of doing anything to protect their hearing from noise and loud sounds. But it turns out the source of hearing loss may have a large impact on a person’s ability to understand speech and enjoy music. That’s the result of a new study from researchers at Purdue University and the University of Rochester that was published recently in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Now hear this: Study highlights the importance of avoiding noise-induced hearing loss

Mattoo Lab’s Cryoapex Technology Highlighted by Science Magazine

June 17, 2019

The laboratory of Dr. Seema Mattoo recently developed a new tomography-compatible electron microscopy technique called CryoAPEX. This technique, published in the Journal of Cell Science, has been highlighted in the Editor’s Choice column of Science magazine. Congratulations to the Mattoo lab!

Mattoo Lab’s Cryoapex Technology Highlighted by Science Magazine

Summary from first of three neuroscience engineering workshops

June 17, 2019

On June 10, the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience kicked off its Life Sciences-Engineering Workshop Series. The three-part program aims to create working groups that could identify major problems in neuroscience with interdisciplinary teams that incorporate both life sciences and engineering. Selected teams will receive funding from PIIN (with the potential for significant multi-year investments) as part of the institute’s key initiatives. The first event drew more than 30 faculty members and research scientists as well as several staff members from Purdue Life Sciences.

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Protein shows promise in treating Parkinson's disease

June 13, 2019

The true cause of Parkinson’s disease is still a mystery to researchers, although they do know that in many patients, a protein called alpha-synuclein (aSyn) tends to aggregate in brain cells. But a different protein could help stop that aggregation, according to a new study in the Journal of Molecular Biology. Research was led by Purdue Life Sciences faculty member Seema Mattoo, an assistant professor of biological sciences.

Protein shows promise in treating Parkinson's disease