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Food for Thought Aplenty During UM Brain Awareness Month

Neuroscience research poster showcase, keynote address and Science Cafe among scheduled events MARCH 5, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Connections between the human brain and the immune system is the theme for upcoming Brain Awareness Month observances, set for March 24, at the University of Mississippi. Following talks on morality and empathy earlier this month, […]

UM junior Delora Denney, of Picayune (center), meets with staff members from U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly’s staff in Washington, D.C., earlier this year to advocate for migraine disease research funding. Denney has struggled with the disease since childhood and plans to become a headache specialist to help others who have the disorder.

Junior Using Experiences with Migraine to Help Others

Denney working to inform and assist others suffering from chronic disease DECEMBER 4, 2019 BY PAM STARLING When Delora Denney, of Picayune, was 8 years old, a neurologist diagnosed her with chronic migraine disease. She has since been hospitalized six different times due to the debilitating symptoms triggered by the disease. “I can still recall […]

The 10 students involved with the inaugural Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program pose with their mentors during the program’s summer expo. Photo by Shea Stewart/University Marketing and Communications

Student Research Program Explores Brain Wellness

Summer program supported by UM Flagship Constellations initiative AUGUST 6, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Six University of Mississippi undergraduate students spent their summer exploring research opportunities in neuroscience and brain wellness as part of the inaugural Neuroscience Summer Research Education Program. An initiative of the university’s Flagship Constellations, the program provided stipends for undergraduate students to engage […]

Neuroscience Research Displayed During Poster Competition

Five UM students present award-winning entries at recent event APRIL 11, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The recent Neuroscience Research Showcase and Brain Awareness Week events at the University of Mississippi included a poster competition that brought out the best and brightest students to shine light on neurosciences and other related fields. Eighteen graduate and […]

Erin Calipari

Neuroscientist is Keynote Speaker for Brain Awareness Week

Vanderbilt assistant professor Erin Calipari to address opioid addiction FEBRUARY 8, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A leading neuroscientist will discuss the impact of opioids and other drugs on the human brain during Brain Awareness Week, set for Feb. 19-21, at the University of Mississippi. Erin Calipari, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at […]

Two Honors College Students Named Marshall Scholar Finalists

One of two University of Mississippi students may be pursuing graduate studies in the United Kingdom next year, thanks to a prestigious international scholarship program. Jaz Brisack, of Oxford, and Marisa Kutchma, of St. Louis, have been selected as finalists for Marshall Scholarships. Established by an act of Parliament, the distinctive two-year program finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year for graduate study at a U.K. institution in any field. If chosen, Brisack or Kutchma would be UM’s third Marshall Scholar. Brent Bonds, of Iuka, and James Robert “JR” Rigby, of Madison, both 2003 alumni, were finalists in 2002. Rigby won the award.

Neuroscientists Scheduled for UM Science Cafe, Brain Awareness Week

Psyche Loui and Alexander Ophir to discuss varied topics during visit MARCH 23, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Two renowned neuroscientists are scheduled to give three lectures April 3-5 in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi. Psyche Loui, assistant professor of psychology, neuroscience and behavior and integrative sciences at Wesleyan University, will discuss “Why […]

This figure from Ikuta and Kiparizoska’s paper shows parts of the brain that exhibit less symphony with the anterior piriform cortex, the region of the brain associated with the sense of smell. The main region, seen in the three larger images, is the nucleus accumbens, which has been indicated in previous studies to be associated with auditory hallucinations. Submitted photo

UM Professor and Biochemistry Student Collaborate to Shed Light on Disorder

Team studied disruptions in sense of smell in schizophrenia patients JULY 27, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH A study conducted by a University of Mississippi professor and one of his former students may lead to a better understanding of schizophrenia. Toshikazu “Tossi” Ikuta, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, teamed with Sara Kiparizoska, a 2016 […]

UM Research Day Ignites Discussions, Collaborations

Third annual event unites campuses, interests APRIL 14, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH If public peer acknowledgement of genius is every researcher’s dream, then the third annual University of Mississippi-University of Mississippi Medical Center Research Day was a scientist’s dream come true. More than 200 participants were on hand to present their work and explore collaborations […]

Neuroscientist Slated for Science Café, Brain Awareness Week Lectures

Susana Martinez-Conde to discuss visual perception, magic of brain April 11-13 APRIL 5, 2017 BY EDWIN SMITH A renowned neuroscientist is scheduled to give three separate lectures on brain function and visual perception April 11-13 in Oxford and at the University of Mississippi. Susana Martinez-Conde of State University of New York will open the week with “Vision is […]