CNUP: Center for Neuroscience


| 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 |

Dec 15 2014

Post-Doctoral Position in Computational Neuroscience Available

Applications are invited to fill an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience in the Biomedical Applications Group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), which is part of Carnegie Mellon University. Our group enjoys rich and diverse collaborations with numerous colleagues in the areas of computational neuroscience, cell modeling, and large-scale image analysis in connectomics. Our group’s focus is both on biomedical research and biomedical software development. Successful candidates will have demonstrated a proven record of experience and accomplishment in the areas of neuroscience and/or computational biophysics. A good working knowledge of programming and numerical techniques including computer simulation is preferable. The goal of the research project will be to develop state-of-the-art MCell models of amphibian and mammalian synapses to investigate the relationship of structure and function in these systems with a strong focus on a better understanding of neuromuscular diseases. The computational research will be highly collaborative involving several well-known experimental labs at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Maryland. As part of the National Center for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Systems (MMBioS), the Biomedical Applications Group at PSC contributes to the development of the MCell and CellBlender software ( During the project there will be significant opportunity to get involved in method and software development for MCell and CellBlender in the vibrant, high-performance computing environment provided by PSC. The start date will be decided by mutual agreement, but the position will be filled as soon as possible. The contract will be for a two-year term with the possibility of extension, renewed after 1 year provided satisfactory progress. To apply for the position, please email your CV and arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Markus Dittrich, Director, Biomedical Applications Group, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 300 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, email:

Dec 15 2014

Alzheimer Disease Research Center – Call for Pilot Proposals ADRC Seed Monies Grant Program Funding Period: April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Introduction: One of the research missions of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) at the University of Pittsburgh is to fund pilot grants to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. Types of research can range from basic science to psychosocial in methodology, with particular attention given to novel approaches. Proposed research may involve humans, other animals or in vitro studies. The investigator is responsible for obtaining appropriate Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee approval for the proposal. The patient population, 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). Priority will be given to studies which have the highest chance of leading to subsequent external peer reviewed funding. Applications must clearly state the significance and innovation of the proposed research to Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. Criteria for Review: The following will be considered in evaluating the merit of a proposal:
Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time faculty and post-doctoral fellows of the University of Pittsburgh. Post-doctoral fellows must have a letter of support from their mentor and department chair indicating they will be at the University through 2016. Previous recipients of ADRC seed monies are not eligible. Application Process:
Letter of Intent: A brief description of the proposed pilot study should be e-mailed to Leslie Dunn, MPH, Center Administrator ( by January 16, 2015. Please include title of the proposal, names of investigators/co-investigators, brief description of project and a brief statement of relevance of the proposed research to the field.
Investigators invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by January 21, 2015.
Deadline: Applications must be received no later than February 11, 2015 with funding to start April 1, 2015. (Please follow application guidelines.)
Send application materials:
Via e-mail to (Send Word documents. No PDFs please.)

Also send hard copy of the application to:
Leslie Dunn, MPH
ADRC Administrator
Alzheimer Disease Research Center
4-West UPMC Montefiore Hospital
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For further information: Interested applicants should discuss potential submission with:
Center Director, Oscar L. Lopez, M.D.,
Center Co-Director, William E. Klunk, M.D.,
Ph.D., or Center
Administrator, Leslie Dunn, MPH, (412) 692-2731,
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Alzheimer Disease Research Center
4-West UPMC Montefiore, 200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Jul 30 2014

28th Annual CNUP Retreat
September 12-14, 2014
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, West Virginia

This year's speakers include:

Graeme Davis, PhD
Morris Hertzstein Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Bio-physics; University of California, San Francisco

Adrienne Fairhall, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington

Ahmad R. Hariri, PhD
Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience; Director, Laboratory of NeuroGenetics, Duke University

René Hen, PhD
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology; Director, Division of Integrative Neuroscience; New York State Psychiatric Institute and Research Foundation; The Kavli Institute for Brain Science; Columbia University

Jul 11 2014

MNTP Symposium
"Advanced Methods in Visual Brain Science"

Mellon Institute
3rd Floor Conference Room
Pittsburgh, PA

The Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program (MNTP) and the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University announce the 2014 MNTP Symposium on “Advanced Methods in Visual Brain Science.” This Symposium, funded by NIH (DA023420), will cover the cutting edge of fMRI and neuroimaging methods in visual brain science by leading scientists in the field.

Registration to the Symposium is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please visit the MNTP website to register or click the hyperlink below. Registration deadline is July 7th.

If you have any questions about the Symposium, please contact us at

William Eddy, Co-Director Pete Gianaros, Co-Director

Jun 6 2014

Recovery of Function:
A symposium honoring the careers of Willi Halfter, Ph.D. and Joseph Yip, Ph.D.

Featured Speakers:

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.
Walter G. Ross Chair in Developmental Neuroscience,
Professor of Neurological Surgery,
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Functional Genomics for Spinal Cord Injury

Wesley Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Member, Institute for Neuroscience,
Texas A&M University
Revisiting the past with some new insights into synapse elimination

Monica Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
University of Pittsburgh
The role of cortical and spinal plasticity in the recovery of function after spinal cord injury

2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Conference Room A
University Club

*A reception with light refreshments will follow the symposium

Sponsored by the Department of Neurobiology

Feb 28 2014

Drs. Cynthia Lance-Jones and Andrew Schwartz receive Chancellor’s Distinguished Awards.

CNUP Alumnus Dr. Randy Bruno receives the Society for Neuroscience’s Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Cynthia Lance-Jones receives a 2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Andrew Schwartz receives a 2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award.

Dr. Randy Bruno receives $15,000 Young Investigator Award from the Science for Neuroscience

Feb 17 2014

Course announcement
Fall Semester 2014
Human Physiology MSNBIO 2070
M,W: 5:30-6:45 PM F: 3:00-5:00 PM
Scaife Lecture Room 3

During the Fall Semester, Dr. Bill Yates ( will again teach MSNBIO 2070, Human Physiology. This advanced survey course covers the integrative physiology of all of the major organ systems, including the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal system, immune system, gastrointestinal system, and reproductive system.

Lectures are coupled with problem based learning exercises to provide a comprehensive and detailed background regarding physiological processes.

This course is ideal for graduate students who desire a comprehensive yet thorough course in human physiology in preparation for advanced coursework or as background for research projects.

Undergraduate students who previously took a physiology course, but who would like an advanced treatment of the material to prepare for medical or graduate school, are also welcome to enroll in this class.

Questions about the course can be directed to Dr. Bill Yates (

Interested students may also refer to the course website for information: .