Grad students Hailun Li and Weikang Shi win 2018 Thach Awards

Many thanks to all who participated in this year’s Neuroscience Retreat.  Graduate student and post doc presenters at the Retreat were eligible for the Thach Award competition.  The 2018 winners: Short Talks: Hailun Li (Neuroscience Program; DiAntonio lab) “A neuromodulatory circuit regulating the glial capacity to buffer K+” Posters: Weikang Shi (Neuroscience program; Padoa-Schioppa lab) “Establishing […]

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“Associations between depression, anxious arousal and manifestations of psychological inflexibility” (2019) Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry Associations between depression, anxious arousal and manifestations of psychological inflexibility (2019) Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 62, pp. 88-96.  Gilbert, K.E.a , Tonge, N.A.b , Thompson, R.J.b a Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. […]

Psychology Building to be named in honor of Somers family

From the WashU Newsroom… Alumni and longtime Washington University supporters Nick and Barrie Somers have made a significant commitment to the university for long-range capital needs. In recognition, the Psychology Building — which houses the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences — will be named Somers Family Hall. “We are exceptionally […]

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“Examining the Role of Cone-expressed RPE65 in Mouse Cone Function” (2018) Scientific Reports Examining the Role of Cone-expressed RPE65 in Mouse Cone Function (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 14201, .  Kolesnikov, A.V.a , Tang, P.H.b c , Kefalov, V.J.a a Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO 63110, United States b Department of Ophthalmology, […]

Metabolomics for the masses

Lowering the ‘data burden’ to put better interpretation in reach From the WashU Newsroom… Gary Patti, the Michael and Tana Powell Associate Professor of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded $4.8 million in two separate National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants focused on improving the accessibility of […]

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“Distinct modes of functional connectivity induced by movie-watching” (2019) NeuroImage Distinct modes of functional connectivity induced by movie-watching (2019) NeuroImage, 184, pp. 335-348.  Demirtaş, M.a b , Ponce-Alvarez, A.b , Gilson, M.b , Hagmann, P.d , Mantini, D.e f , Betti, V.g h , Romani, G.L.i , Friston, K.j , Corbetta, M.k l , Deco, G.b c m n […]

For better multiple-choice tests, avoid tricky questions, study finds

From the WashU Newsroom… Multiple-choice tests and quizzes are an effective tool for: a) assessing a student’s mastery of facts and concepts; b) helping students learn and retain facts and concepts. While some educators might see this as a trick question, the correct answer appears to be: c) all of the above, suggests new research […]

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“Statistical learning and spelling: Evidence from Brazilian prephonological spellers” (2019) Cognition Statistical learning and spelling: Evidence from Brazilian prephonological spellers (2019) Cognition, 182, pp. 1-7.  Treiman, R.a , Cardoso-Martins, C.b , Pollo, T.C.c , Kessler, B.a a Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, United States b Departamento de Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil c Departamento […]

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“Widely Metastatic Choroid Plexus Carcinoma Associated with Novel TP53 Somatic Mutation” (2018) World Neurosurgery Widely Metastatic Choroid Plexus Carcinoma Associated with Novel TP53 Somatic Mutation (2018) World Neurosurgery, 119, pp. 233-236.  Baksh, B.S.a , Sinha, N.b , Salehi, A.a , Han, R.H.a , Miller, B.A.a d , Dahiya, S.b , Gauvain, K.M.c , Limbrick, D.D., Jr.a a Department of Neurological […]

‘The Curren(t)cy of Frankenstein’

Event to explore bioethics and medical practice Sept. 28-30 From the WashU Newsroom… Patient care. Informed consent. Genetics and transplantation. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a thrilling adventure but also a prescient guidebook to the moral and ethical dilemmas of 20th and 21st century medicine. This month, Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Medicine and […]

Diving in to how our brains process information

Engineering, ArtSci researchers will use fMRI and twins to better understand cognitive control From the WashU Newsroom… How our brains process information is intimately tied to the kinds of goals we have or the tasks we need to perform. For example, when showed the word “yellow,” our brains process it differently depending on whether we […]

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“Altered functional network connectivity relates to motor development in children born very preterm” (2018) NeuroImage Altered functional network connectivity relates to motor development in children born very preterm (2018) NeuroImage, 183, pp. 574-583.  Wheelock, M.D.a , Austin, N.C.b , Bora, S.c , Eggebrecht, A.T.d , Melzer, T.R.e , Woodward, L.J.f , Smyser, C.D.d g h a Department of Psychiatry, Washington […]

Quick learners remember more over time

From the WashU Newsroom… Healthy adults who learn information more quickly than their peers also have better long-term retention for the material despite spending less time studying it, a new study from psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis finds. “Quicker learning appears to be more durable learning,” said Christopher L. Zerr, lead author and […]

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“Training models for implementing evidence-based psychological treatment for college mental health: A cluster randomized trial study protocol” (2018) Contemporary Clinical Trials Training models for implementing evidence-based psychological treatment for college mental health: A cluster randomized trial study protocol (2018) Contemporary Clinical Trials, 72, pp. 117-125.  Wilfley, D.E.a , Fitzsimmons-Craft, E.E.a , Eichen, D.M.b , Van Buren, D.J.a , Welch, […]

In sync: How cells make connections could impact circadian rhythm

From the WashU Newsroom… If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you are familiar with your circadian rhythm, which manages nearly all aspects of metabolism, from sleep-wake cycles to body temperature to digestion. Every cell in the body has a circadian clock, but researchers were unclear about how networks of cells connect with each other over […]

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“Transcriptomic signatures of schizophrenia revealed by dopamine perturbation in an ex vivo model” (2018) Translational Psychiatry Transcriptomic signatures of schizophrenia revealed by dopamine perturbation in an ex vivo model (2018) Translational Psychiatry, 8 (1), art. no. 158, .  Duan, J.a b , Göring, H.H.H.c , Sanders, A.R.a b , Moy, W.a b , Freda, J.a , Drigalenko, E.I.d , Kos, M.c […]

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“Dynamic contrast enhancement and flexible odor codes” (2018) Nature Communications Dynamic contrast enhancement and flexible odor codes (2018) Nature Communications, 9 (1), art. no. 3062, .  Nizampatnam, S.a b , Saha, D.a , Chandak, R.a , Raman, B.a b a Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, United States b Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Washington University in […]

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“Matrine inhibits itching by lowering the activity of calcium channel” (2018) Scientific Reports Matrine inhibits itching by lowering the activity of calcium channel (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 11328, .  Geng, X.a , Shi, H.a , Ye, F.a , Du, H.b , Qian, L.a , Gu, L.a , Wu, G.a , Zhu, C.a , Yang, Y.a , Wang, C.a […]

A path to diversity in neuroscience

ENDURE fosters community in undergraduate research From the WashU Newsroom… When Washington University in St. Louis student Sneha Chaturvedi walks into a laboratory, she knows what to expect: sterile white floors, test tubes lining the shelves, a chemical smell wafting between benches and men in lab coats. Few of the scientists are women or underrepresented […]

Botero receives NSF EAGER grant

From WashU Research Wire… Carlos Botero, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, was awarded a one-year $149,729 National Science Foundation EAGER grant for the project “Removing barriers to macro-ecoevolutionary studies of the avian brain.” The new award will allow Botero to build out a dataset that integrates studies on brain size variation with […]

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“Small near-infrared photochromic protein for photoacoustic multi-contrast imaging and detection of protein interactions in vivo” (2018) Nature Communications Small near-infrared photochromic protein for photoacoustic multi-contrast imaging and detection of protein interactions in vivo (2018) Nature Communications, 9 (1), art. no. 2734, .  Li, L.a , Shemetov, A.A.b , Baloban, M.b , Hu, P.c , Zhu, L.c d , Shcherbakova, D.M.b , […]

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"Nicotine aversion is mediated by GABAergic interpeduncular nucleus inputs to laterodorsal tegmentum" (2018) Nature Communications Nicotine aversion is mediated by GABAergic interpeduncular nucleus inputs to laterodorsal tegmentum (2018) Nature Communications, 9 (1), art. no. 2710, .  Wolfman, S.L.a , Gill, D.F.a , Bogdanic, F.b , Long, K.c , Al-Hasani, R.d , McCall, J.G.d e f , Bruchas, M.R.e f , McGehee, […]

Unless we spot changes, most life experiences are fabricated from memories

Change detection plays key role in how we construct reality, new model suggests From the WashU Newsroom… We may not be able to change recent events in our lives, but how well we remember them plays a key role in how our brains model what’s happening in the present and predict what is likely to […]

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Age at first birth in women is genetically associated with increased risk of schizophrenia (2018) Scientific Reports Age at first birth in women is genetically associated with increased risk of schizophrenia (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 10168, .  Ni, G.a b , Gratten, J.c d , Wray, N.R.c d , Lee, S.H.a b d , Ripke, S.e f , […]

Perfectionism in young children may indicate OCD risk

Study involving behavior, brain scans may help ID issues early in life From the WashU School of Medicine News… Studying young children, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that kids who possess tendencies toward perfectionism and excessive self-control are twice as likely as other children to develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) […]

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"The Open Source GAITOR Suite for Rodent Gait Analysis" (2018) Scientific Reports The Open Source GAITOR Suite for Rodent Gait Analysis (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 9797, .  Jacobs, B.Y.a , Lakes, E.H.a , Reiter, A.J.b , Lake, S.P.b , Ham, T.R.c , Leipzig, N.D.c , Porvasnik, S.L.a , Schmidt, C.E.a , Wachs, R.A.a d , Allen, K.D.a a University […]

VIP neurons hold master key to jet lag response

A tiny population of neurons can unlock the body’s clock From the WashU Newsroom… Travel by airplane has opened the door to experiencing different cultures and exploring natural wonders. That is, if you can get past the jet lag. But what if you could take control of the brain’s daily timing system? Biologists at Washington […]

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"Development of vestibular behaviors in zebrafish" (2018) Current Opinion in Neurobiology Development of vestibular behaviors in zebrafish (2018) Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 53, pp. 83-89.  Bagnall, M.W.a , Schoppik, D.b a Department of Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, United States b Departments of Otolaryngology, Neuroscience & Physiology, the Neuroscience Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New […]

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"Testing neurophysiological markers related to fear-potentiated startle" (2018) Psychiatry Research Testing neurophysiological markers related to fear-potentiated startle (2018) Psychiatry Research, 267, pp. 195-200.  Seligowski, A.V.a b , Bondy, E.c , Singleton, P.a b , Orcutt, H.K.d , Ressler, K.J.a b , Auerbach, R.P.b e f a Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States b McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, […]

Barch receives $3.5 million for research on brain, mental illness

From the WashU Newsroom… Mental health researcher Deanna Barch, of Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a $3.5 million MERIT award from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Barch Barch is chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences and the Gregory […]

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"Brain multiplexes reveal morphological connectional biomarkers fingerprinting late brain dementia states" (2018) Scientific Reports Brain multiplexes reveal morphological connectional biomarkers fingerprinting late brain dementia states (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 4103, .  Mahjoub, I.a b , Mahjoub, M.A.b , Rekik, I.a , Weiner, M.c , Aisen, P.d , Petersen, R.e , Jack, C.f , Jagust, W.g , Trojanowki, J.h […]

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"Brain APOE expression quantitative trait loci-based association study identified one susceptibility locus for Alzheimer's disease by interacting with APOE ϵ4" (2018) Scientific Reports Brain APOE expression quantitative trait loci-based association study identified one susceptibility locus for Alzheimer’s disease by interacting with APOE ϵ4 (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 8068, .  Zhang, A.a , Zhao, Q.b , Xu, D.a , […]

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"A20 critically controls microglia activation and inhibits inflammasome-dependent neuroinflammation" (2018) Nature Communications A20 critically controls microglia activation and inhibits inflammasome-dependent neuroinflammation (2018) Nature Communications, 9 (1), art. no. 2036, .  Voet, S.a b , Mc Guire, C.a b c d , Hagemeyer, N.e , Martens, A.a b , Schroeder, A.f g , Wieghofer, P.e n , Daems, C.h , Staszewski, O.e […]

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ModCHIMERA: A novel murine closed-head model of moderate traumatic brain injury (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 7677, .  Sauerbeck, A.D.a , Fanizzi, C.a b , Kim, J.H.a , Gangolli, M.c , Bayly, P.V.d , Wellington, C.L.e , Brody, D.L.a , Kummer, T.T.a a Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, United States b Department […]

Act fast to pay attention

Arts & Sciences research sheds new light on attention From the WashU Newsroom… Do you waste time in the morning looking for your keys? Try writing the word “KEYS” on a light switch you use every morning, and you might find them a little quicker. That’s a suggestion based on brain-sciences memory research at Washington University […]

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Sex-specific glioma genome-wide association study identifies new risk locus at 3p21.31 in females, and finds sex-differences in risk at 8q24.21 (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 7352, .  Ostrom, Q.T.a b c , Kinnersley, B.d , Wrensch, M.R.e , Eckel-Passow, J.E.f , Armstrong, G.a , Rice, T.e , Chen, Y.b , Wiencke, J.K.e , McCoy, L.S.e , Hansen, H.M.e , […]

Splitting the difference: One person, two minds

Schecter’s book on ‘split’ consciousness out June 1 From the WashU Newsroom… Each of them, despite being two thinking things, is one of us — one person. It is an odd sentence to most, but not to Lizzie Schechter, assistant professor of philosophy and philosophy-neuroscience-psychology, both in Arts & Sciences, at Washington University in St. Louis. Schechter […]

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Sex-specific glioma genome-wide association study identifies new risk locus at 3p21.31 in females, and finds sex-differences in risk at 8q24.21(2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 7352.  Ostrom, Q.T.a b c , Kinnersley, B.d , Wrensch, M.R.e , Eckel-Passow, J.E.f , Armstrong, G.a , Rice, T.e , Chen, Y.b , Wiencke, J.K.e , McCoy, L.S.e , Hansen, H.M.e , Amos, C.I.g , Bernstein, J.L.h , Claus, E.B.i j , Il’yasova, D.k l m , Johansen, C.n o , Lachance, D.H.p , Lai, […]

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Common genetic contributions to high-risk trauma exposure and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (2018) Psychological Medicine, pp. 1-10. Article in Press.  Richmond-Rakerd, L.S.a b , Trull, T.J.b , Gizer, I.R.b , McLaughlin, K.b , Scheiderer, E.M.b c , Nelson, E.C.d , Agrawal, A.d , Lynskey, M.T.e , Madden, P.A.F.d , Heath, A.C.d , Statham, D.J.f , Martin, N.G.g  a Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA b Department of Psychological Sciences, University […]

Five PhD students inducted as Bouchet fellows

From the WashU Newsroom… Five PhD candidates at Washington University in St. Louis were inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at the annual Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education April 26-28 at Yale University. Washington University’s 2018 Bouchet fellows are: Andrae Banks in social work; Robert O. Motley Jr. in social work; Elisa Murray […]

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Focused Ultrasound-enabled Brain Tumor Liquid Biopsy (2018) Scientific Reports, 8 (1), art. no. 6553, .  Zhu, L.a , Cheng, G.a , Ye, D.b , Nazeri, A.c , Yue, Y.b , Liu, W.d , Wang, X.d , Dunn, G.P.e f , Petti, A.A.g h , Leuthardt, E.C.a b e i j , Chen, H.a d  a Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, United States b Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University in […]

Undergrads Chen and Wang share Quatrano Prize

From the WashU Newsroom… Alex Chen and Yixi Wang, seniors majoring in biology in Arts & Sciences, have been awarded the 2018 Ralph S. Quatrano Prize. Established through a generous donation by Katherine Day Reinleitner, the Quatrano Prize is awarded to the thesis showing greatest evidence of creativity in design, research methodology and/or broader scientific […]

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Blood-brain barrier disruption and perivascular beta-amyloid accumulation in the brain of aged rats with spontaneous hypertension: Evaluation with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (2018) Korean Journal of Radiology, 19 (3), pp. 498-507.  Wang, Y.a c , Zhang, R.a , Tao, C.b , Xu, Z.a , Chen, W.a , Wang, C.a , Song, L.a , Zheng, J.d , Gao, F.a  a Department of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China […]

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CXCR4 involvement in neurodegenerative diseases (2018) Translational Psychiatry, 8 (1), art. no. 73.  Bonham, L.W.a , Karch, C.M.b , Fan, C.C.c , Tan, C.d , Geier, E.G.a , Wang, Y.e , Wen, N.b , Broce, I.J.d , Li, Y.d , Barkovich, M.J.d , Ferrari, R.f , Hardy, J.f , Momeni, P.g , Höglinger, G.h i , Müller, U.j , Hess, C.P.d , Sugrue, L.P.d , Dillon, W.P.d , Schellenberg, G.D.k , Miller, B.L.a , Andreassen, O.A.e , Dale, A.M.c l , Barkovich, A.J.d , Yokoyama, […]

Bowen, Perlmutter elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

From the WashU Newsroom… Washington University in St. Louis sociocultural anthropologist John R. Bowen and David H. Perlmutter, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, join the likes of President Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks and Supreme Court Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor as newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced April 18. […]

Achilefu, Elgin to receive 2018 faculty achievement awards

Frazier to be honored for innovation and entrepreneurship From the WashU Newsroom… Samuel I. Achilefu and Sarah C.R. Elgin will receive Washington University in St. Louis’ 2018 faculty achievement awards, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announced. Achilefu, the Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology at the School of Medicine, will receive the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award. Elgin, […]

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Distinct phase-amplitude couplings distinguish cognitive processes in human attention (2018) NeuroImage, 175, pp. 111-121.  Chacko, R.V., Kim, B., Jung, S.W., Daitch, A.L., Roland, J.L., Metcalf, N.V., Corbetta, M., Shulman, G.L., Leuthardt, E.C. Abstract Spatial attention is the cognitive function that coordinates the selection of visual stimuli with appropriate behavioral responses. Recent studies have reported that phase-amplitude coupling (PAC) of […]

Board of Trustees grants faculty appointments, promotions

From the WashU Newsroom… At the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees meeting March 2, the following faculty members were appointed with tenure, promoted with tenure or granted tenure, effective July 1 unless otherwise noted. Appointment with tenure Cynthia Feliciano as professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences (effective at the beginning of employment); […]

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The choroid plexus is an important circadian clock component (2018) Nature Communications, 9 (1), art. no. 1062.  Myung, J.a b c d e , Schmal, C.f , Hong, S.b , Tsukizawa, Y.g , Rose, P.f , Zhang, Y.h , Holtzman, M.J.h, De Schutter, E.b , Herzel, H.f , Bordyugov, G.f , Takumi, T.a g  a RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI), Wako, Japan b Computational Neuroscience Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan c Graduate Institute […]

WashU Spaces: Keith Hengen

Using cutting-edge technology, big data and caffeine to discover how neurons interact From the WashU Newsroom… Have you ever confused a coffee cup for a pen? Or a mango? Or your Aunt Beatrice? Of course not. Sure, maybe you once poured coffee into your cereal. But that’s because you were distracted or sleepy, not because […]