Neuroscience

Early-Life Pain May Lead To Obesity Risk, Especially In Females, Neuroscience Institute Study Finds Early-Life Pain May Lead To Obesity Risk, Especially In Females, Neuroscience Institute Study Finds

Inflammatory pain at birth changes how the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with memory and eating behavior, works later in life, and this pain also causes adult rats to eat more frequently and in larger amounts, according to a study by Georgia State University and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. 

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Georgia State Neuroscientists Rewire Brain Of One Species To Have Connectivity Of Another

Scientists at Georgia State University have rewired the neural circuit of one species and given it the connections of another species to test a hypothesis about the evolution of neural circuits and behavior. 

Neurons are connected to each other to form networks that underlie behaviors. Drs. Akira Sakurai and Paul Katz of Georgia State’s… more »

Unparalleled Opportunity

Dozens of enterprising undergraduate students participate each year in an annual conference that highlights and recognizes their research. The Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference gives students the opportunity to present their hard work and innovative ideas to fellow students, faculty and staff.

Carissa Lavin, Krishna Mehta and Aaron Richards, students in Georgia State’s Honors College, are three participants who grasp every opportunity Georgia State provides.

Carissa Lavin

Carissa Lavin has her sights set on making a difference. She’s chosen… more »

Recent Faculty Publications (Neuroscience)

Anne Z Murphy, Associate Professor: HH Doyle, LN Eidson, DM Sinkiewicz, and Anne Z. Murphy (associate professor of neuroscience) (2017). “Sex Differences in Microglia Activity within the Periaqueductal Gray of the Rat: A Potential Mechanism Driving the Dimorphic Effects of Morphine.” Journal of Neuroscience, 20 February 2017, 2906-16. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2906-16.2017.

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Philosophy and Neuroscience Professor to be Honored for Contribution to Philosophy Research

Andrea Scarantino, philosophy and neuroscience professor, has been selected to receive the 2017 Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research by the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP). 

The Simon Award recognizes early career scholars whose research is expected to reshape debates at the nexus of computing and philosophy. The recipient is awarded… more »

Researchers Use Fruit Flies To Understand How Body Responds To Harmful, Cold Stimuli Researchers Use Fruit Flies To Understand How Body Responds To Harmful, Cold Stimuli

ATLANTA–The tiny fruit fly can help humans investigate the genetic and neural bases of detecting painful or harmful cold stimuli and offer intriguing, potential implications for human health, according to a new study. 

A team of researchers led by Dr. Daniel N. Cox, associate professor of neuroscience at Georgia State University, has discovered that… more »

Neuroscientists Receive Grant from NIMH To Develop State-of-the-Art Genome Engineering Technologies

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University has received a two-year, exploratory grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop transformative genome engineering research tools. 

The $416,625 award funds a pioneering project designed to create a novel series of transgenic and gene-targeted Syrian hamsters that will significantly advance understanding… more »

Three Arts and Sciences Professors Named Regents’ Professors

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce Rose Sevcik of psychology, Paul Katz of the Neuroscience Institute and Jenny Yang of chemistry have been awarded Regents’ Professorships. 

Regents’ Professorships, the University System of Georgia’s highest honor, recognize faculty whose research efforts and achievements have been acknowledged both nationally and internationally as trailblazing.

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New Drug Target Could Prevent Tolerance and Addiction to Opioids, Neuroscience Study Finds

ATLANTA—Researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.

The findings, published in the Nature journalNeuropsychopharmacology in August, show for the first time that morphine tolerance… more »

New Grant Prepares Undergraduate Students for Biomedical Careers

Walking through the hallways of the Petit Science Center this summer you might pass a classroom or laboratory filled with a rare group of students, students excited to be spending their summer break immersed in scientific research. 

Thanks to a new five-year grant awarded to Kyle Frantz and Geert de Vries of Neuroscience along… more »