The Neuroscience Pilot Award Program has granted eight research projects a total of $95,000 in pilot awards to enhance faculty research capability and productivity, with the long-term goal of stimulating growth of FAU extramural neuroscience funding.

The 2018 award-winning projects are:

Andrea Cippitelli, Ph.D.
The Role of Nicotinic Receptors in the Dorsal Root Ganglia Model of Neuropathic Pain

Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D.
Identification of the Mechanism of Action of a Novel and Potent Neuroprotective Agent Inspired by the Natural Product Vitisinol D

Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D.
In Vivo Functional Characterization of the Drosophila Attractin Homolog

Kailiang Jia, Ph.D.
Characterization of Neuronal Food Signaling Pathways that Control C. elegans Dauer Recovery

Anna Knapinska, Ph.D.
Identification of the Intracellular Roles of MMP-9 in Multiple Sclerosis

Akihiko Ozawa, Ph.D.
Development of a Mouse Genetic Model to Investigate the Plasticity of NOP Receptor Circuitry in Acute Pain

Robert Stackman, Ph.D.
Rescuing Attention and Memory in a Mouse Model of Schizophrenia via Manipulation of SK Channels

Emmanuele Tognoli, Ph.D. and Eric Engeberg, Ph.D.
Electrophysiological Neuromarkers as Signals of Neurorobotic Control

2017 Neuroscience Pilot Awards

Four research projects were granted an estimated $20,000 each.

Rindy Anderson, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, College of Science
Glucocorticoid Mechanisms Linking Cognition and Mate Choice

Wen Shen, Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine and Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
Glycinergic Mechanisms in Retinal Receptive Field Organization

Robert Vertes, Ph.D., Psychology and Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, College of Science
Ceylon Isgor, Ph.D., Biomedical Science, College of Medicine
Neural Activity of the Nucleus Pontis Oralis of the Brainstem Leads to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

Jianning Wei, Ph.D., Biomedical Science, College of Medicine
Sarah Du, Ph.D., Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Lysosomal Positioning in the Pathogenesis of Huntington’s Disease