LPS Golf Benefit 2016

(left) Justin Hall applauds while Larry and Pam Hall present the big check to Brian Engdahl. Piper Bill Gilchrist sets the mood.
(right) Kevin Burkart drops onto the scene with assistance by fellow skydiver Erika Mundinger. Burkart will be attempting 300 jumps over 24 hours in support of Parkinsons disease research.

2016 LPS for Vets Charity Golf Classic Benefits the Brain Sciences Center

"LPS for Vets" is an annual golf fundraising event that started a decade ago by LPS and friends to raise funds and awareness for local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of our Veterans. On Saturday June 11, 2016 Logistics Planning Services conducted its 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic at White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson, WI to benefit our military veterans and specifically to benefit the Minneapolis VA Brain Sciences Center in its Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research.

Funds raised by this event are pledged to the breakthrough research being conducted by Dr. Georgopoulos (VA Clinic) and Dr. Engdahl (University of MN) in their work to help soldiers and all victims of PTSD.

More information: http://lpsforvets.com/about-the-event/.


Katie Martin

Summer Scholars Elsa Mattson, Lindsey Wanberg, Kha Lor and Katie Martin at the Brain Sciences Center.

Summer Scholars learning the research ropes at the BSC

This summer, six science students will be helping with our ongoing Gulf War and PTSD projects, plus assisting Drs. Shikha Jain Goodwin and Adam Carpenter with their study of multiple sclerosis.

  • Michaela McGonigle (Macalester College/psychology major, biology minor with neuroscience emphasis) has studied facial expression processing in the human brain and measured the visual capacity of neurotypical adults in comparison to autistic adults using an eye tracker and MRI scans.
  • Elsa Mattson (University of Minnesota/neuroscience minor) is interested in the neural mechanisms and gender differences in psychopathology.
  • Katie Martin (University of Minnesota/neuroscience major) is investigating psychological dysfunctions, as well as how plasticity allows our brains to adapt to our needs.
  • Kha Lor (University of St. Thomas/neuroscience major) has explored the computational and physical surface-induced collisions of polypeptides. Her main research project will be with Dr. Brian Engdahl, looking at PTSD and Quality of Life as outcome variables. She will also be working under Drs. Lisa James and Jennifer Heath Mathison with the Brain Resilience Project and Gulf War Illness studies.
  • Lindsey Wanberg (Washington University, St. Louis/pre-med, biology) is also performing her own research on secondary traumatic stress.
  • Abhismitha Ramesh (University of Minnesota/pre-med, psychology) has been active in the Physician Mentorship/Shadowing program at the VAMC and has volunteered at the East Bank Oncology Unit, University of Minnesota Medical Center.


VA Research Day presentersBSC staff posters prominent at VA Research Day, May 23 2016

Brain Sciences Center researchers were featured at the Minnesota Veterans Healthcare System "VA Research Day" held on May 23rd in the VAMC flag atrium. Their efforts to understand PTSD, Gulf War Illness and more are explained here.



Updated June 24, 2016