URMC / Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience / NeURoscience Blog / October 2020 October 2020 A life in neuroscience: Janice Wiesman, M.D. (1958-2020) Reflection by John Foxe, Ph.D. Janice Wiesman, M.D. (BS ’80; MS ’84) was a member of the first graduating class from the neuroscience undergraduate program at the University of Rochester. She passed away in August after a battle with COVID-19. John Foxe, Ph.D. reflects on the impact the University had on her, and the legacy of her work. A faculty send-off: A formidable researcher and student advocate For more than 40 years, Tatiana Pasternak, Ph.D., has produced highly respected work in her NIH-funded non-human primate research laboratory that earned her numerous honors and awards. During her years on the faculty, she was an advocate for the mentorship of young scientists. Batten Disease: Principal Project of UR IDDRC The principal project of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center will focus on Batten disease, specifically CLN3 disease, also known as juvenile-onset Batten disease. The University of Rochester Batten Center (URBC) is a recognized leader in research and treatment of this condition. A national nod to IDD Research The effort to better understand intellectual and developmental disabilities and improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by an IDD diagnosis is at the heart of a decades-long collaboration between scientists and clinicians at the University. This work culminated in the recent award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) naming the University an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).