May 5, 2014

Jake Dunkerson wins SRCI!

Due to the prevalence of TBI, and scarcity of restorative treatments for surviving victims of TBI, the exploration of a possible preclinical therapy is thus warranted. Researchers have demonstrated that CCI to the rat mFC results in persisting cognitive, behavioral, and neurodegenerative cellular response for up to one year post injury. The EE paradigm by itself reduces these deficits, and when combined with stem cell therapy, results in full functional recovery short-term; however, this combination has only been demonstrated in acute brain injury models. In this light, the purpose of the current investigation is to measure functional recovery and observe histological outcomes in prolonged exposure to EE and delayed stem cell transplantation for 3 months post-mFC CCI injury in rats. It is hypothesized that rats exposed to an EE long-term that receive stem cell transplantation with achieve greater functional gains and experience a superior neuroprotective response than rats exposed to EE without stem cell therapy.

The SRCI committe awarded $9994.40 to support Jake's project.

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May 5, 2014

Jake Dunkerson wins NNS Travel Award!

The National Neurotrauma Society offers a limited number of travel grants for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students presenting their exciting results. Funding provided by the National Neurotrauma Symposium and an NIH grant allows for up to $10,000 in travel grants. Grants are awarded based on financial need and merit.

For more information on the National Neurotrauma Society meeting, click here.

May 7, 2014

Jake Dunkerson and Garrick Salois awarded FNI fellowships

The Field Neuroscience Institute has selected two SVSU neuroscience students to receive fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. Each student will receive $3500.00 to help cover their tuition costs at Saginaw Valley State University. Jake Dunkerson, a senior Health Science major and Garrick Salois, a senior Psychology major will perform independent research projects (sponsored by the SVSU Student Research and Creativity Institute) exploring how the environment impacts neuroplasticity.

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