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Tinnitus research by Drs Will Sedley and Phil Gander highlighted internationally

A case study of an epilepsy patient with tinnitus was published in Current Biology (link) in which electrocorticographic recordings revealed the extent of tinnitus brain networks. The research was featured on Nature Research Highlights, EurekAlert, BBC, NY Times, CBS morning news, and multiple interviews for radio stations around the world.

Dr. Jeremy Greenlee’s cooling research featured in Science Magazine

Our intra-operative cooling research led by Dr. Jeremy Greenlee and his collaborator Michael Long from NYU was recently featured in Science Magazine.

Matt Sutterer awarded F31 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Matt Sutterer was recently awarded an F31 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for his doctoral dissertation training “Investigating neural plasticity and recovery with a pre- and post-lesion approach.” The research investigates brain reorganization and recovery of higher cognitive functions (including language, emotion, and decision-making) by studying patients who undergo implantation of intercranial electrodes prior to cortical resection surgery. The project compares functional neuroimaging data and patient performance on a series of neuropsychological and decision-making tasks both before, immediately following, and six months after surgery. The work is done in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Tranel (University of Iowa Department of Neurology), and Dr. Michelle Voss (University of Iowa Department of Psychology).

Oliver Flouty wins best poster award

Oliver Flouty has won second place for best poster award held at the Iowa State University Neuroscience research day (Sep 2011).

Dr. Rick Jenison featured in SciGuru Science News

Dr. Rick Jenison, an HBRL collaborator, was recently featured in SciGuru Science News.

Oliver Flouty receives Neuroinformatics 2011 Scholarship

Congratualtions to Oliver Flouty for winning a full scholarship award for Neuroinformatics 2011. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Institute on Drug Abuse, Neuroinformatics is a multidisciplinary condensed program that takes place in Woods Hole, MA. The purpose of this annual course is to train scientists to analyze and manage datasets gathered from neural systems, ranging from invasively measured electrophysiological data (spike trains, field potentials), EEG/MEG data, to image time series obtained using optical or magnetic resonance imaging. Relevant disciplines to Neuroinformatics include neuroscience, statistics, signal processing, computer science, and physical science.

Dr. Kirill Nourski receives 2011 Deafness Research Award Grant from Deafness Research Foundation

Dr. Kirill Nourski received a 2011 Deafness Research Award Grant from Deafness Research Foundation, and has been selected as the 2011 Collette Ramsey Baker Research Award recipient for his research project, "Temporal processing in human auditory cortex."

Dr. Rick Jenison featured in Yale Scientific Magazine

Dr. Rick Jenison, an HBRL collaborator, was featured in the article Your Brain on Food in Yale Scientific Magazine.

Dr. Rick Jenison featured in Science News

Dr. Rick Jenison, an HBRL collaborator, was recently featured in Science News.

Dr. Rick Jenison featured in Science News and Wired

Dr. Rick Jenison, an HBRL collaborator was recently featured in Science News and Wired.

Jeremy Greenlee awarded an NIH K23 grant

Dr. Jeremy Greenlee, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, has been awarded a K23 grant from the NIH for his research the feedback neural network that is engaged when hearing one's own voice adjusts and optimizes speech output. Dysfunction of this network is thought to contribute to certain speech disorders and psychoses. The research involves studies the effects of self-vocalization on neural responses in different auditory areas of the cerebral cortex of humans. Dr. Greenlee collaborates with Charles Larson, Ph.D., and his group at Northwestern University. Professor Larson is an expert in human vocal control, including the effects of feedback perturbations on voicing.

Dr. Greenlee received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan, followed by his M.D. degree from Indiana University. He completed his residency training in the University of Iowa Department of Neurosurgery. During this residency, he completed a 2-year research fellowship in the Human Brain Research Laboratory under the guidance of John Brugge and Matthew Howard. The K23 grant is meant to aid the transition of young clinician-scientist faculty members in becoming independent investigators via a 5 year period of mentored instruction and support.

Matthew Howard appointed to VanGilder Chair in Neurosurgery

Matthew Howard, MD, professor and head of neurosurgery in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been appointed the John C. VanGilder Chair in Neurosurgery. The five-year appointment was effective March 1, 2008. The endowed VanGilder Chairmanship honors the achievements and contributions of the late John VanGilder, MD, UI emeritus professor of neurosurgery, and was created by gifts to the UI Foundation from colleagues, former trainees, friends and the VanGilder family. John VanGilder died in 2007.

Howard, who joined the UI faculty in 1993, has led the UI Department of Neurosurgery since it was created in 2001. He is the first UI faculty member to hold the John C. VanGilder Chair in Neurosurgery, which is the department's first endowed faculty award. Howard is an expert in neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy, and his cutting-edge research explores how the brain processes sounds and emotions. Howard also is active in the development of medical devices. He helped pioneer the invention of the Stereotaxis Magnetic Navigation System, which uses magnets to precisely guide surgical instruments through the human body.