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Dec 17 2008

“Postdoc Lunch Live!”

A monthly forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs. Register to present or attend. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
S100 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by UPPDA
(Register at:

Dec 16 2008

“Preparing to Serve on a Study Section Panel: Tips for Being an Effective Reviewer”

Speaker: Gerald F. Gebhart, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

S100 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
(Register at:

Dec 15 2008


Apply now for this interactive 2-½ day workshop designed for post-doctoral and clinical fellows and junior faculty in the Schools of the Health Sciences. This course will provide you insight into leadership and team building as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific laboratory or research program, how to improve productivity, and how to enhance creativity and innovation. Scholarships available to postdocs as needed.

April 1-3, 2009

Accepting applications through December 15, 2008

Dec 9 2008

“Preparing Competitive Grant Applications: Developing Your Grant-Writing Skills”

Speaker: Bruce A. Freeman, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

S120 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences
(Register at:

Nov 25 2008

“Women as Leaders: Unleashing the Leaders”

Speakers: Joan M. Lakoski, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh

Melissa A. McNeil, M.D., MPH,
University of Pittsburgh

S100 Thomas E. Starzl
Biomedical Science Tower

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences (Register at:

Nov 20 2008


It is our pleasure to announce that the following fellows have been awarded postdoctoral trainee positions on the NINDS or NIMH training grants in translational neuroscience.

NIMH T32 MH18273

Katy Gill (Advisor: Tony Grace, Neuroscience)
Laurie Sanders (Advisor: Tim Greenamyre, Neurology)
Jill Bordelon (Advisor: David Lewis, Psychiatry)

NINDS T32 NS07391

Edward Plowey (Advisor: Charleen Chu, Pathology)
Robin Ashmore (Advisor: Marc Sommer, Neuroscience)
Victor VanLaar (Advisor: Sarah Berman, Neurology)

Beginning 7/1/09, there will be one position open on the NIMH training grant. A Steering Committee meeting will be held in January to evaluate candidates for this position. Anyone with a candidate for this position should send completed applications by December 19, 2008. We are currently able to consider supporting postdocs with 0-1 years of experience.

For further information regarding the application process, please contact Emma Culligan by e-mail at or by phone at (412) 624-425

Oct 28 2008

Pitt is Ranked Among the Top 10 U.S. University Recipients of Federal Research and Development Obligations

National Science Foundation survey shows Pitt being awarded nearly $427 million in fiscal year 2006

Oct 24 2008


Call for Proposals

A research mission of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer's disease. Types of research proposals can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with priority given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The patient registry, clinical and neuropathological databases of the ADRC are available resources for approved proposals. Additional resources include the database from the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center (NACC).

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows or full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible.

Funding Period: 4/1/2009 – 3/31/2010

Amount: $28,548 direct costs per project

E-mail of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH ( by November 7, 2008.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2008 with funding to begin April 1, 2009.

For further information, please call Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator (412) 692-2731 ADRC, 4 West, UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sep 17 2008

Postdoc Lunch Live!
A monthly forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs.

Register to present or attend:

Complimentary lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1105 Scaife Hall

(Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association)

Sep 14 2008

A national day of free public forums on the progress and promise of mental health research

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Location: Frick Fine Arts Bldg. Auditorium
650 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Presented by NARSAD,
The World’s Leading Charity Dedicated to Mental Health Research, in partnership with the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh


• Circuits in the Brain: What Goes Wrong in Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders

• Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

• Healthy Minds, Healthy Emotions: Evidence from Human Neuroimaging Studies


Anthony A. Grace, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics; Director
Program for Genetics and Psychoses
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mary L. Phillips, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry;
Director of Functional Neuroimaging in Emotional Disorders
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic


Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

FREE and OPEN to the public. Space limited; reservations recommended.
To RSVP, email or call (800) 829-8289/ (516) 829-0091.

Sep 10 2008

Annual UPPDA Fall Family Picnic
For all University of Pittsburgh Postdocs and thier families

This annual event is an excellent opportunity for new and current postdocs and their families to have fun, share great food, and enjoy each others’ company.

September 10, 2008
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Schenley Pavilion

(Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association)

Register at:

Jul 21 2008

CNUP Softball Game
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mazeroski Field (located right next to Frick Fine Arts building)

For more information contact Joan Blaney,

Jul 21 2008

Multi-modal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP) Symposium on "Brain Development"

July 24-25, 2008

Mellon Institute Conference Room 4400 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213

While the symposium is designed for research scientists, physicians, and allied health care professionals, the general public is also welcome. Topics include cellular neuroimaging, systems neuroimaging and human neuroimaging. The main focus of the symposium will be on state-of-the-art imaging methodologies applied to the study of brain development, spanning levels of analysis from cellular processes to cognitive processes.


Anto Bagic, M.D., University of Pittsburgh
Alison Barth, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Justin Crowley, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Thomas Mrsic-Flogel, Ph.D., University College London
Sonja Hofer, Ph.D., University College of London
Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Edward Ruthazer, Ph.D., McGill University
Suzy Scherf, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Leonard White, Ph.D., Duke University

Sponsored by the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition and the Muli-modal Neuroimaging Training Program

Please click the link below and select the tab "2008 Brain Development Symposium" for details and registration information.

Mar 27 2008

Head Injury and Your Brain

Thursday, March 27, 2008
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A221 Langley Hall

Featuring the following speakers:

C. Edward Dixon, Ph.D. Department of Neurological Surgery
Introduction to the Neuroscience of Traumatic Brain Injury

P. David Adelson, M.D. Department of Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Head Injury: Present and Future Management

Jamie E. Pardini, Ph.D. Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Identification and Management of Sports-Related Concussion

A reception will follow the presentations. For more information, please call Monika Skuriat (412) 648-3585.

Jan 21 2008


To train scientists of the future, Pitt rethinks what a graduate program in the life sciences should be

Jan 18 2008

Neuroanatomists Meeting

Pittsburgh Neuroanatomists will meet on Friday, January 25 from 4-5 p.m. in Langley A410A. Drs. J. Patrick Card and Alan Sved will discuss the use of viral vectors in tract-tracing applications. All are welcome to join in the discussion & socializing. If you have not attended before, please RSVP to: Ericka Holmstrand at so that adequate refreshments can be provided.