Congratulations to Dr. Eric Schnell

06/17/15  Portland, OR

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Eric Schnell's VA Merit Review grant application has received the outstanding score that ranked it at the 1.5 percentile nationally, and at the top of the fundable range. Dr. Eric Schnell is Assistant Professor of APOM and the VA. His application, titled "Functional contribution of adult-born neurons to epileptogenesis", aims to understand origin of epilepsy after traumatic brain injury (TBI); in particular, the contribution of newly formed brain cells to post-TBI epilepsy. When it was discovered in the early nineties that new brain cells are formed after injury, it was assumed that these cells replace lost cells and contribute to repair and recovery from injury. However, Eric's findings are contrary to that hypothesis and suggest that these cells may contribute to the development of seizures after TBI. The Merit Review Award Program is the equivalent of an R01 in the NIH system, which supports independent investigator-initiated research. Please join me in congratulating Eric on an outstanding achievement.

Nabil Alkayed
Professor and Vice Chair for Research

Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University