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Dec 4 2009

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Seed Monies Grant Program: 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: 4/1/2010 – 3/31/2011

Amount: $25,000 direct costs per project

E-mail of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH (dunnlo@upmc.edu) by December 14, 2009.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2010 with funding to begin April 1, 2010.

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


Nov 19 2009

SEMINAR COURSE OFFERING
Neurobiology of Disease
(MSNBIO 2112/NROSCI 2112) (3 credits)
January 6 - April 28, 2010; Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:25 pm
Room 117, Victoria Building
Course Director: Michael Zigmond, PhD Co-directors: David Lewis MD, Robert Moore MD/PhD, and Clayton Wiley MD/PhD

This seminar course is offered every two years for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows (PhD and/or MD), and others interested in the topic. It is designed to provide a survey of some of the major neurological and psychiatric disorders for the non-clinician. Each session will focus on a particular disorder or group of disorders and will include a patient presentation (live or by videotape), and a discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of that disorder. It meets once a week for two hours, combines lectures, discussions, and live or video patient presentations, and is taught by a combination of clinical and basic science faculty. Individuals are invited to attend on an informal basis or to register for 3 graduate credits (MSNBIO 2112 or NROSCI 2112). One or more chapters or review articles will be provided prior to each class. Students interested in taking the course for credit will be asked to prepare a short grant proposal on an aspect of neurobiology of disease and to participate in the reviewing process. A syllabus is available from Course Director; contact Emma Culligan (emmac@pitt.edu).


Nov 19 2009

MULTIMODAL NEUROIMAGING SUMMER WORKSHOP
June 14 – July 23, 2010

The 2010 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, with funding from NIH, will be hosting our annual 6-week summer workshop, which will provide training in multiple imaging modalities, including structural MRI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, and optical imaging. Our approach will be to focus training scientists who have experience in one imaging modality, and would like to integrate multiple imaging modalities in order to address neuroscience questions. This program is designed for advanced scientists (senior graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who are already engaged in neuroimaging work and are familiar with brain structure and function. Furthermore, candidates must have knowledge of brain structure and function and have previous experience with at lease one imaging modality. By taking participants that have a background in one modality, we can cross-train in another modality. Participants will learn the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience on how to acquire, process, and interpret imaging data. The summer workshop will consist of basic lectures, hands-on laboratory work, a multimodal neuroimaging symposium focusing on "visual processing", and completion of projects, emphasizing the methodologies of multiple imaging modalities.

Participants in this workshop will receive a subsistence allowance of $2,500 (based upon eligibility) to cover meals and other education-related expenses and be provided with housing. Participants will also receive partial funds to help defray travel cost and other related expenses. The application deadline is January 31, 2010. Please note that funding is limited to 12 participants.

Please visit our website for more information and the application procedure: http://www.mntp.pitt.edu or e-mail us with questions at mntp@pitt.edu


Sep 3 2009

Special Town Hall Meeting
with
U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle

14th District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 3, 2009
10:10 a.m.
6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3

Mike Doyle, US Congressman for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, will visit the CNUP on Thursday, 3 September 2009. As part of his visit, Congressman Doyle will hold a town hall meeting for all members of the CNUP community. This meeting will be a terrific opportunity for you to hear from and ask questions of the Congressman. We encourage you strongly to attend this special event.

Congressman Doyle has been a strong advocate for federal funding of biomedical research, and he helped pass the $10 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding for the NIH. By attending the town hall meeting, you can show Congressman Doyle how vibrant the research community at the CNUP is, thank him for his past support, and encourage continued support for biomedical research funding.

For further information please contact:
Robert S. Turner
Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Chair, CNUP Outreach Committee
rturner@pitt.edu
or
Floh Thiels
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
President, Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Thiels@neurobio.pitt.edu


Sep 1 2009

POSTDOCTORAL PROFESSIONALISM SERIES 2009

Annual Fall Family Picnic for Postdocs and Their Families
University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association

Pitt Postdoc INTRO2009 Maximizing Your Postdoctoral Success: An Orientation to a Full Academic and Social Life in Pittsburgh

www.oacd.health.pitt.edu


Jul 15 2009

SYMPOSIUM ON “DECISION MAKING”

Mellon Institute, Conference Room
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

July 15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (reception to follow)
July 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: Decisions range in complexity from sensory choices such as detecting the direction of a moving objects and recognizing a familiar voice, to value-based choices such as selecting a partner and deciding how to invest resources. This symposium brings together leading scientists using a variety of techniques to investigate behavioral and neural mechanisms of sensory- and value-based decisions. The goals of the 2009 Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program Symposium on Decision Making are to learn about recent scientific findings from experts in the field and to evaluate how the integration of knowledge gained from multiple techniques can broaden our understanding of this critical ability.

Speakers
John Anderson, Carnegie Mellon University
Maria Chait, University College, London
Mauricio Delgado, Rutgers
Leslie Fellows, McGill
Julie Fiez, University of Pittsburgh
Brian Knutson, Stanford
Edythe London, UCLA
Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Luiz Pessoa, Indiana University
Jeff Schall, Vanderbilt University
Mark Wheeler, University of Pittsburgh

Registration Information
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. For detailed information please visit our website at www.mntp.pitt.edu.
REGISTER ON-LINE @: www.mntp.pitt.edu


Jun 22 2009

MULTIMODAL NEUROIMAGING SUMMER WORKSHOP
June 22 – July 31, 2009
University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (www.mntp.pitt.edu)

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program, coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, is hosting its annual 6-week summer workshop, which will provide training in multiple imaging modalities, MRI/DTI, functional MRI, PET, MEG/EEG, and optical imaging. This program is designed for advanced scientists (senior graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and independent researchers) who are already engaged in neuroimaging work and are familiar with brain structure and function. Our philosophy is to build on the strengths of our trainees in one imaging modality in order to help them develop skills in new modalities and improve their ability to address important questions in modern neuroscience.

Participants will learn the principles of multiple imaging modalities, and receive hands-on experience in one imaging modality, specifically:

• Basic lectures and imaging laboratory tours will allow participants to understand the importance of multiple complementary imaging modalities and to learn the basic principles and required instrumentation for the five different imaging modalities.

• To gain further research experience, participants will spend four weeks in one imaging modality lab performing a team project. The choice of lab will be determined by the Steering Committee by considering the trainees' desire, background, and the number of trainees in a given lab. This training will include data acquisition, data processing, visualization, and interpretation. Thus, the participant will become familiar with the entire process of one imaging modality from data acquisition to interpretation.

• To demonstrate the synergy of multimodal neuroimaging, we host an annual topical symposium. This year’s topic is “Decision Making.”

Apply for participation in the summer workshop by completing an on-line application via the website at www.mntp.pitt.edu. The application must be accompanied by a copy of your CV and a brief (2 page) essay describing your neuroimaging experience, interest and goals in participating in the workshop. Participants in this workshop will receive a stipend of $2,500 to cover meals and other education-related expenses and will be provided with housing. They will also receive funds to help defray the cost of travel and other related expenses. The application deadline is January 30, 2009. Please note that funding is limited to 12 recipients.

Please visit our website at http://www.mntp@pitt.edu or send e-mail to mntp@pitt.edu for application.

Funding from the National Institutes of Health (R90DA023420)


Mar 25 2009

Survival Skills & Ethics Program

The Survival Skills & Ethics Program provides training and resources to assist professionals in the development of the "survival skills" needed for success in research and related careers.

For more information: (412) 578-3716
survival@pitt.edu
http://www.survival@pitt.edu


Jan 9 2009

2009 Postdoctoral Professionalism Series
Pitt Postdoc INTRO2009
“Maximizing Your Postdoctoral Success: An Orientation to a Full Academic and Social Life in Pittsburgh”

Join your colleagues, meet senior administrators, and become acquainted with the rich resources at your disposal as a new member of the University and Pittsburgh communities.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Speaker: Patricia E. Beeson, PhD,
University of Pittsburgh
1105 AB Scaife Hall
Sponsored by the Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences

Register at: www.oacd.health.pitt.edu