Posts Tagged ‘Behavioral neuroscience’

Sex, cognition, and stimulating neurons: Katie Wallin-Miller featured in OHSU In the Lab

Men and women suffer from mental illnesses at the same rate, but the kinds of disorders that tend to occur in men and women are very different. Katie Wallin-Miller, Ph.D., studies sex differences in the neurobiological mechanisms underlying mental processes of cognition. Understanding the basis of these differences may lead to more effective treatments for mental illnesses. Wallin-Miller is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of  Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., where research focuses on the neurobiology of mental illness. What are you … Read More

New insights into the neural representation of reward and punishment

The ability to weigh the risk of punishment relative to the risk of reward is critical to our ability to make decisions. New research by Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., provides fresh insight into how the brain processes reward and punishment. Little has been known about the neural representation of punishment risk during reward-seeking behavior. For people to make the best decisions, our brains need to appropriately represent the punishment that lurks during reward-seeking actions. An exaggerated neural representation … Read More

Functional brain connectivity: Fair lab shines new light on the role of genetics

Every person has a distinct pattern of functional brain connectivity — a connectotype, or brain signature. A team led by Damien Fair, Ph.D., P.A.-C., reports a new methodology that reliably identifies and tracks these individual brain signatures. The research shows that, while individually unique, each connectotype demonstrates both familial and heritable relationships. The results were published in Network Neuroscience. The work builds on continuing research in the Fair lab. In a previous study, the team showed … Read More

2017 Flux Congress hosted in Portland Sept. 16-18; Damien Fair to receive Young Investigator Award

You’re invited to join the OHSU Department of Behavioral Neuroscience in Portland at the international meeting of Flux: The Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, September 16–18, 2017. Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., will be presented with the Flux Society Young Investigator Award at the event. Fair, an associate professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department, focuses his research on the mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The 2017 Flux Congress opens with the Translational Neuroscience Symposium, chaired by Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D. Moghaddam, Ruth Matarazzo Professor … Read More

Joel Nigg, Ph.D., receives MERIT award from National Institute of Mental Health

Joel Nigg, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, has received a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award from the National Institute of Mental Health to further his work on the underlying mechanisms and causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A leader in the field of ADHD research, Dr. Nigg has created a unique integration of … Read More

2014 Matarazzo Lecture: Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., May 5

The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience invites you to its 2014 Matarazzo Lecture and Reception featuring guest speaker Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., a professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This year’s lecture, “Mobile Elements: Generation of Behavioral and Evolutionary Diversity,” will be held at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Monday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The lecture will be directly followed … Read More

OHSU neuroscientist receives Presidential Early Career Award

Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D., an assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry and assistant scientist at the OHSU Advanced Imaging Research Center, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for 2013, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early-stage independent scientists. Dr. Fair received the award for his work on mapping and trying to better understand brain development in children with ADHD and autism. He is one of 102 researchers … Read More

2013 Matarazzo Lecture: Russell D. Fernald, Ph.D., Oct. 29

The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience invites you to its 2013 Matarazzo Lecture Series and reception featuring special guest speaker, Russell D. Fernald, Ph.D., professor of biology at Stanford University. This year’s lecture is titled “How does social behavior change the brain” and will be held at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 29 at 2 p.m. The lecture will be directly followed by a 3 … Read More

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