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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.

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:

Feb 6 2014

Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Program adds Neuroscience as an option. Application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Please visit the School of Arts and Sciences' Diversity Initiatives HMB program page for more information.

Jan 24 2014
Pitt Establishes Brain Institute to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain, Discover Novel Therapies
The University of Pittsburgh is creating a new Institute that aims to unlock the mysteries of normal and abnormal brain function, and then use this new information to develop novel treatments and cures for brain disorders. The new Institute will function like a Bell Labs for brain research and provide a special environment to promote innovation and discovery. The goal is to enable investigators to perform high-risk, high-impact neuroscience that will transform lives. 

“Pittsburgh has earned well-deserved respect as one of the world’s leading centers for groundbreaking research in neuroscience,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “We have the intellectual firepower to take a lead role in the nationwide effort to revolutionize the understanding of the brain. The creation of our Brain Institute reflects the high priority that we have assigned to this important work and will position Pitt for even higher levels of impact and achievement in the years ahead. It also will strengthen our ongoing local, national and international research efforts, such as the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, which is a joint program with Carnegie Mellon University.”