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Study: Biology Blurs Line Between Sexes, Behaviors

Study: Biology Blurs Line Between Sexes, Behaviors

Biological sex is typically understood in binary terms: male and female.  However, there are many examples of animals that are able to modify sex-typical biological and behavioral features and even change sex.  A new study, which appears in the journal Current Biology, identifies a genetic switch in brain cells that can toggle between sex-specific states when necessary, findings that question the idea of sex as a fixed property.

The Future of Neuroscience: In Their Own Words

The Future of Neuroscience: In Their Own Words

The future of Neuroscience will be determined by the resolve of those in the field. This is part of the catalyst behind the success of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. “I think it is critical to teach and train the next generation of scientists. Science is really made up of new ideas and individuals who bring new perspectives. The minute it stagnates then there is no progress,” said Ania Majewska, Ph.D., program director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Q&A with Julian Meeks, Ph.D.

Q&A with Julian Meeks, Ph.D.

Julian Meeks, Ph.D., joined the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience in May 2020 as an associate professor in Neuroscience. Julian earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in 2006. His research focuses on how olfactory cues – conveyed through the sense of smell – including pheromones, guide animal social and reproductive behaviors.

Past, Present, and Future Converge in Neuroscience Education

Past, Present, and Future Converge in Neuroscience Education

The campus of the University of Rochester Medical Center is quieter than normal as social distancing continues – but the research and renowned education programs that have been a staple at the institution for 95 years are moving forward. The cultivating of future neuroscientists is engrained in the tradition here.

URMC researcher finds way to measure the risk of chronic pain before it is felt

URMC researcher finds way to measure the risk of chronic pain before it is felt

The size of a small area of the brain – mostly known for its role in decision-making – is giving scientists insight into risk for chronic pain.