Neuroscience MD/PhD Graduate Student Jillian Heisler receives the William Thomas Booth Memorial Travel Award

Jillian Heisler

Congratulations to Neuroscience MD/PhD graduate student Jillian Heisler for being selected to receive the William Thomas Booth Memorial Travel Award!

William Thomas Booth, a native Texan and west Texas rancher, passed in August of 2012. His family began a memorial fund that year, in his name, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The purpose of the fund is to support the research travel of Pharmacology graduate students, so they can present their research data at the largest neuroscience meeting of the year...the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting. This year, the meeting will be held in San Diego, California where attendance is expected to exceed 30,000 world-wide participants.

The selection committee, which is chaired by Pharmacology Professor Julie Hensler, Ph.D. and includes fellow committee members Associate Professor Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D. and Assistant Professor, Daniel Lodge, Ph.D., also of the Department of Pharmacology, reviewed several abstract submissions before selecting Jillian's from the four finalists. Jillian will receive a travel stipend in the amount of $1250 to aid with travel expenses to the SfN Annual Meeting.

Jillian's abstract is titled : 'Regionally specific associations between fibroblast growth factor-2 expression and symptom profile in patients with mood disorders' and she conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Jason O'Connor, Ph.D..