BSC faculty member Brian Engdahl has been appointed the Anderson Chair in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
The Anderson Chair helps understand and heal the psychological scars that often haunt veterans as they return home from service. The $2 million gift honors the late William Lewis Anderson, a combat medic who died trying to save a wounded soldier on the battlefield in World War II.
Engdahl has served veterans for more than 30 years at the Brain Sciences Center and Minneapolis VA Medical Center and is working on numerous research initiatives to assess and treat veterans with serious disabilities, including PTSD.
In August, Margaret Mahan traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to attend the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) Neuroinformatics Conference. She presented work recently published on the effect of apolipoprotein E (apoE) genotype on synchronous neural interactions (SNI) in healthy brains. Mahan was also invited to give a talk on integrated research on brain function across the lifespan at the Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neuroscience, Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology. In September, Mahan attended the 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference at the University of Minnesota, presenting a poster covering differential effects on women healthy brains depending upon the apoE genotype. She also attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center in early October, where she was awarded a Grace Hopper NSF Scholarship to attend the conference, themed “Think Big, Drive forward’. Her poster describes a new, efficient and scalable measure of instantaneous network dynamics: departure from equilibrium (DNE). The research is in presss at Experimental Brain Research.
Sofia Sakellaridi and Roger Dumas received the 2013 Brain Sciences Scholarship Awards from American Legion representative John Affolter.
The Brain Sciences Scholarship was created in 1997 to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of students, involved in brain research at the University of Minnesota and Brain Sciences Center. The award was created by the American Legion family’s Brain Science Foundation to aide in the educational pursuits of these exceptional researchers. American Legion representative John Affolter was on hand this year to present the awards to Sofia Sakellaridi and Roger Dumas on October 9th before the 19th Annual American Legion and University of Minnesota Lecture in Brain Sciences given by Harvey Karten, M.D., Professor, Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego.
from UMN News August 27, 2013
Trauma, and resilience to it, can be tracked in brain scans
When a disaster strikes, groups of people spontaneously form and start talking all at once.
And your brain does the same thing in response to personal trauma.
Groups of neurons in the cerebral cortex start firing at the same time, "talking" to each other, and get locked into a correlated pattern of activity.
Previous work by University of Minnesota researchers identified a particular pattern so strongly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that they can clearly tell who has PTSD. Now, a new study shows that in people with PTSD, these patterns persist, just as do the intrusive, incapacitating memories or re-experiencing of the events, emotional numbing, and hyperarousal that define the disorder...
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