Neuroscience Graduate Students Danielle Coelho and Allison Garrison receive PNIRS Trainee Scholar Awards!

Dani Coelho Allison Garrison

Congratulations to Neuroscience graduate students Danielle Coelho(left) and Allison Garrison(right) on being selected to receive a Trainee Scholar Award to attend the 2017 PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS) meeting! The meeting will be held June 7-10th, 2017 in Galveston, Texas. The award is to help defray transportation and lodging expenses.

The PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS) is an international organization for researchers in a number of scientific and medical disciplines, including psychology, neurosciences, immunology, physiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, behavioral medicine, infectious diseases, endocrinology and rheumatology, who are interested in interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and the relationship between behavior and health. An important goal is to conduct basic research that can be translated into clinically relevant health applications.

The trainee committee has put together an exciting program for trainees in the Trainee Mentor Colloquium. This will include a short introduction about the history of PNIRS, tips on effective writing, fostering a scientific network, and a speed mentoring session. This past year, for the first time, trainees will be included on all committees and the Board of Directors of PNIRS as non voting members. The goal of this plan is to increase the input of trainees in shaping the society and to provide them with an opportunity to develop leadership skills. A Trainee Social is also planned.

The title of Danielle's abstract is: 'Pathogenic role for the kynurenine pathway in maternal immune activation-induced autism-like behavior in mice'

The title of Allison's abstract is: '3-hydroxyanthranilic acid 3,4-dioxygenase mediates hippocampal dysfunction during chronic inflammation'

Danielle and Allison are members of the O'Connor Research Group.

Awesome Danielle and Allison!!!