SERPENT now accepting applications for Summer 2017

Please visit for application materials. Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Middle TN Chapter hosts Happy Hour fundraiser


Chapter President Aurelio Galli and VBI Director Ron Emeson hosted a pasta and beer Happy Hour on Friday September 16 on the MRBIII terrace. The event was well attended and everyone had a great time enjoying the food and company! Proceeds from Ron’s famous homemade pasta and Yazoo draft beer, as well as bartender tips, benefit …

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Welcome to our new officers!

The Middle TN Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience has elected new officers for the 2016-2017 term. Please welcome to the team: Aurelio Galli, President Anita Disney, Treasurer Sahana Kalburgi, Graduate Representative Sarah Baum, Post-doctoral Representative Additionally, we have created an Outreach Representative position to be filled by Nicole Baganz. Congratulations to all!

2015 Fall Social a Success: Thanks, Yazoo!

On Wednesday, October 28, the Chapter co-hosted the 2015 Fall Social with the Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) of Vanderbilt University.  Members of both organizations provided snacks (including gelatin brains!) and Yazoo Brewing Company generously provided refreshments!               Photos courtesy of Eddie Hickman.

Congratulations to SfN’s Next Generation Award Winner, Nicole Baganz

Dr. Nicole Baganz, postdoc with Dr. Randy Blakely (Vanderbilt University) was nominated by the Chapter and was chosen for the SfN Next Generation Award.  Below is a segment from The VUMC Reporter story by Leigh MacMillan. For her contributions to public communication, outreach and education about neuroscience, Baganz received the 2015 Next Generation Award from the …

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2015 Fall Social

The Middle TN Chapter, Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) and Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) would like to cordially invite everyone to attend our Fall social.  Members, please invite any rotation students and neuroscience enthusiasts to attend. If you haven’t updated your membership you can do so by visiting our website and using PayPal or at the …

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Seeking nominees for officers

The Middle Tennessee Chapter, Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) is soliciting nominations for Chapter representatives.  The Chapter officers serve two-year terms (beginning January 2016) and are joined on the committee by the immediate past officers.  This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in the local Chapter.  Please see our website for more information about the …

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2015 SERPENT student presents at VSSA symposium

Leah Burgess, Austin Peay State University undergraduate, is pictured at the VSSA 13th Annual Research Symposium by her poster, “Neuroimaging in Affective Neuroscience: From Data Collection to Analysis.” The poster summarized her work in Dr. David Zald’s lab in the Department of Psychology for 10 weeks this summer. Burgess was sponsored by the chapter’s SERPENT program …

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2015 Annual Chapter Meeting and Membership Drive

Lauren Bryant (left) and Nicole Baganz, Ph.D. (right), shake hands with chapter President, Kevin Currie, Ph.D. after being voted winners of the 2015 Data Blitz.

  Our Annual Chapter Meeting was held on May 20, 2015, and we thank everyone who was able to participate. Between faculty short talks by Brian Hock, Ph.D. (Austin Peay State University) and Ram Ramachandran, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University), trainees presented their research in 3-minute talks for the fourth annual Data Blitz.  Winners of the Data …

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March is Brain Awareness Month, Brain Blast another success

Each year, the chapter participates in Brain Blast as an educational outreach activity.  The event was held at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks on March 7.  For more information about Brain Blast and Brain Awareness Month, see this article in the VUMC Reporter. As a fun neuroscience activity, we polled participants about how they see a dress that went …

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SERPENT now accepting applications


MTNCSfN is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the summer research program, SERPENT, for 2015.  The deadline is March 14, 2015.  Please find more information and the application form within the Summer Program tab on our website. We thank the Society for Neuroscience and the SfN Global Membership Committee for selecting our …

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Pooja Balaram wins SfN 2014 Graduate Travel Award

In more good news from the SfN 2014 meeting, our chapter nominee, Pooja Balaram from the Kaas lab at Vanderbilt, won the SfN Graduate Student Travel Award. She presented her poster separately at the Travel Awards Poster Session on Saturday, November 15, and received her award at the Chapter Awards Reception on Monday, November 17.  Dr. Eun-Sook Lee, MTNCSfN …

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Alex Maier receives SfN Career Development Award


Congratulations to Dr. Alex Maier!  From the Vanderbilt News story linked here, Assistant Professor of Psychology Alexander Maier received the Society for Neuroscience’s Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award for 2014. Although the award was announced in advance, the Annual SfN Meeting was held November 15-19 in Washington, D.C. Chapter members, you may recall that Dr. Maier was …

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2014 SERPENT student completes Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

Kathryn Hook, Belmont University undergraduate, is pictured at the VSSA 12th Annual Research Symposium by her poster, “The role of ASK1 Overexpression in Response to Cellular Stress as Compared to Natural Levels Found in 293 Cells.” The poster summarized her work in Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin’s lab in the Department of Neurology for 10 weeks this summer. …

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