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Leon Coleman to speak at Triangle SfN 2024 Conference

February 15, 2024

BCAS faculty Leon Coleman, MD, PhD, will be a featured speaker at the Triangle Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting to be held on Friday, April 26. Dr. Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. Other speakers include Dr. Monika Williams, Dr. Guohong Cui, and keynote speaker Dr. Yarimar Carrasquillo. There will also be student presentations … Read more

Leon Coleman wins grant to co-lead undergraduate summer experience program

January 30, 2024

BCAS faculty Leon Coleman, MD, PhD, and colleagues were awarded a five-year, $675,000 grant to lead a summer undergraduate experience program promoting neuropharmacology and neurobiological disease research to be conducted by students from underrepresented groups. Others on the project include Ben Philpot, PhD, Associate Director of the Neuroscience Center, and Jonathan Schisler of the Pharmacology … Read more

BCAS Miles for Wellness Teams Recognized

December 5, 2023

Three teams of BCAS faculty, staff, postdocs, and students have been recognized for their efforts in North Carolina’s Miles for Wellness fitness challenge, a virtual, team-based walking initiative by and for the state employees of North Carolina. The BCAS Road Warriors 1 team took fifth place out of 252 teams participating, collectively trekking 5398 miles … Read more

Ornelas Selected as ACNP Mentee

October 18, 2023

Laura Ornelas, PhD, has been selected as a Mentee for the 2024 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Underrepresented Minority Near-Peer Mentorship program. The ACNP URM Near-Peer Mentorship Program is designed to provide mentorship support from ACNP member mentors to underrepresented minorities who plan to enter or are early career scientists in research fields in neuropsychopharmacology. … Read more

Melissa Herman, PhD, discusses her research on popular podcast Science Vs

September 26, 2023

Associate Professor of Pharmacology Melissa Herman, PhD, was featured in one of the nation’s most popular science podcasts, Science Vs, in an episode that examines common misconceptions regarding vaping and health. Dr. Herman discussed her lab’s research using preclinical rodent models to examine how nicotine intake via vape exposure affects inhibitory synaptic responses in the … Read more

Jessica Hoffman, PhD, receives PARE award for excellence in postdoctoral research

August 31, 2023

BCAS postdoctoral fellow Jessica Hoffman, PhD, is one of five postdoctoral scholars in 2023 to receive the Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence (PARE), administered by the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The PARE award recognizes outstanding research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Hoffman is also a recent recipient of the prestigious K99/R00 Pathway … Read more

Morrow Lab Publishes Research on Brain Activity During Stress in Rats

August 15, 2023

Leslie Morrow, PhD, and her lab recently published their research on the deleterious interaction between the neurosteroid (3α,5α)3-hydroxypregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP) and the mu-opioid system activation during forced swim stress in rats in the journal of Biomolecules. In a previous study, Dr. Morrow and her lab observed that 3α,5α-THP down-regulation of HPA axis activity during stress is … Read more

Herman Lab Publishes Research on Affective States and Ethanol Intake in Rats

August 15, 2023

Melissa Herman, PhD, and her lab recently published their research investigating the relationship between affective states and ethanol (EtOH) intake using male and female Sprague-Dawley rats in the journal Psychopharmacology. Dr. Herman and her team observed sex- and test- specific differences in basal affective behavior. In female rats only, depressive-like behavior predicted future EtOH intake, … Read more