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FNI Researchers Awarded at Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

On May 16, 2011, three of the five research poster winners at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience were from the Field Neurosciences Institute (FNI) Laboratory at Central Michigan University.  Dr. Julien Rossignol won the outstanding poster for postdoctoral fellows with his work “Impace of Passage Numbers on Efficacy of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transplants in the R6/2 Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease.” The two undergraduate poster award winners went to Alison Twite for her work “Behavioral assesment of the effects of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease” and Colleen Pappas for her work “Early Behavioral Assessment in the 5xFAD Model of Alzheimer’s Disease.” In addition, Jessica Matyas, a first-year graduate student in the same lab was elected as one of two student representatives for this organization.
The Michigan Chapter is one of the oldest and largest chapters of the Society for Neuroscience – which collectively has over 30,000 members. During the past three years, five of the six recipients of the undergraduate poster competition have been students working in the FNI lab at CMU (including Steven Clerc in 2009; Kendra Davis and Jacqueline Radwan in 2010).