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Clues to retinal cell degeneration

Loss of photoreceptor cells (special neurons in the retina that convert light into biological signals) may be caused by defects in the response of the light receptor rhodopsin. Light-activated rhodopsin normally interacts with the protein arrestin, which inactivates rhodopsin signaling. But a persistent complex between the two can lead to internalization and degradation of rhodopsin,…

Posted by on August 28, 2012 in News

Isabel Gauthier

Congratulations to Isabel Gauthier

The Department of Psychology is thrilled to announce that Isabel Gauthier has officially been appointed the David K. Wilson Chair of Psychology.

Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Awards, News

David Calkins

Congratulations to David J. Calkins!

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is pleased to announce that David Calkins now holds the Denis M. O’Day Chair in Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Awards, News


Middle Tennessee Chapter Society for Neuroscience New Website

The Middle Tennessee Chapter Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) has a new website! The website features current news and upcoming events for the group. The Middle Tennessee Chapter Society for Neuroscience was formed to unite neuroscience in Nashville and the surrounding area. Numerous activities are designed to promote the exchange of information and ideas between neuroscientists…

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in News, Student Relations

Owen Jones

Evolutionary Perspective Illuminates Controversial Economic Theory

Groundbreaking new research in the field of evolutionary analysis in law not only provides additional evidence that chimpanzees share the controversial human psychological trait known as the “endowment effect” – which in humans has implications for law – but also shows the effect can be turned on or off for single objects, depending on their…

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in News

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Dance the Plight Away

In the Middle Ages, people who felt disconnected from their own bodies would probably have been subject to exorcism. Today, modern medicine prescribes pills to banish such sensations from patients’ brains. Research led by Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, sheds new light on this common symptom of schizo-phrenia and suggests that patients…

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in News

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Peabody, Vanderbilt Brain Institute launch nation’s first doctorate in educational neuroscience

Vanderbilt University is leading the way in research that merges the fields of education and neuroscience by launching the country’s first Ph.D. program in educational neuroscience. Slated to begin fall 2012, this interdisciplinary program brings together Vanderbilt’s No. 1 ranked Peabody College of education and human development and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, which administers one…

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in News, Student Relations

Randolph Blake

Randolph Blake has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

This is among the very highest honors a scientist can achieve and is a testimony to the seminal work Randolph has conducted for many, many years. Randolph is the second member of our department to be elected to the National Academy (Jon Kaas has been a long-time member). He is also one of two members…

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Awards, News

Vivien Casagrande

Charles R. Park Faculty Research Award

Congrats to Vivien Casagrande for receiving an award at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 2012 Spring Faculty Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Vivien received the Charles R. Park Faculty Research Award which is awarded for basic research findings that reveal insights into physiology and pathophysiology. Congrats to Vivien!

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Awards

Vivien Casagrande

VU research team’s vision study yields eye-opening results

The pulvinar, a mysterious structure buried in the center of our brains, determines how we see the world — and whether we see at all. That’s the dogma-shattering conclusion reached by Vanderbilt University neuroscientists in a report published online this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The pulvinar sits at the back of the thalamus,…

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in News

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