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Ashley Bui to present research in North Carolina

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ashley will present data from her 2 semesters of independent study in the laboratory this spring. Her abstract was selected for the Proceedings of the 31th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, held this year at the University of North Caroline, Asheville. Her poster is entitled: Projections from the Temporal Cortex to the Basal Nucleus of the Amygdala in the Macaque Create a Gradient of Visual Input.

Join us in congratulating Giovanna Braganza!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Our former summer intern, Giovanna Braganza, recently won a Women’s Leadership Award granted from the Susan B. Anthony Center and the Rochester Women’s Leadership Committee. Giovanna collected data on thalamic inputs to the extended amygdala during her summer with our lab, and is planning a career in medicine with a focus on women’s health.

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Mother’s Touch May Extend to Brain Development

Thursday, January 5, 2017

child and momA new study sheds light on changes in the brain that may explain why young infants who are placed in an orphanage or foster care often struggle with social relationships later in life.

The findings, which were published in the journal Developmental Psychobiology, come from a team of researchers led by Julie Fudge, M.D., with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neuroscience.  The scientists revisited data from a study involving monkeys that took place more than a decade ago at the University of Pittsburgh and was designed to observe the behaviors of newborns that were separated from their biological mothers and raised by another group of females.  The original study noted that these monkeys differed in their social interactions – such as grooming, huddling together, and normal aggression – compared to those that were raised by their mothers.

Like humans, monkey’s brains are not fully developed at birth and the animals are dependent upon the nurturing of caregivers for many months early in life.  Fudge and her colleagues wanted to see if there could find an association between the absence of a primary caregiver and biological changes in the brain that could explain the lasting social impairment observed in the monkeys.

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