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  • Patrick Thomas, one of WVU's undergraduate cancer researchers, presented his research at the Capital

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Patrick Thomas, an undergraduate Chemical Engineering major, was selected to present his research he performed last summer under the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Summer Research Program.  He was chosen to persent his research at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capital in Charleston, WV on February 25, 2016.

  • Summer internship programs at the National Institutes for Health

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    The NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) is now accepting applications for summer 2016. In addition to full-time biomedical research opportunities, we provide career development opportunities for all summer interns, including workshops, courses, journal clubs and access to the OITE Career Services Center. We invite you to join our diverse community of over 5000 trainees for great science and outstanding career development resources.

  • HSC faculty offered teaching program

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    The HSC Faculty Development Program is recruiting for the upcoming class of Longitudinal Scholars beginning Fall 2016.

  • Student studies links between breastfeeding and oral health

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Sarah E. Hayes, M.S., M.P.H., a WVU doctoral student in psychology, represented the West Virginia University School of Dentistry at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in October at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

  • DOD Vision Research Program and Extremity Regeneration Program

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    Funding Opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are available.

  • PCORI Workshop

    Thursday, September 10, 2015

    This PCORI mini-CMA workshop will cover how to apply to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is open to all that wish to attend. The workshop will be September 28th.

  • David Scadden to deliver the 2015 DeLynn Lecture; All are welcome

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    David Scadden, M.D., will deliver the 2015 Laurence and Jean DeLynn Lecture at 4 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in Fukushima Auditorium.

  • WVU Health Sciences Center Bridge Funding Grants revised Aug. 12

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    The WVU Health Sciences Center Office of Research and Graduate Education announces the availability of Bridge Funding Grants (BFGs) to provide interim research support for investigators whose extramural funding is ending.


    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Paul S. Holcomb, a Biomedical Sciences Graduate student studying Neuroscience, was recently awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health. This highly selective and very prestigious fellowship will allow Paul to complete a research project entitled, “Structural Polarity Influences Terminal Placement and Competition in Formation of the Calyx of Held.”   The goal of Paul’s NIH predoctoral fellowship is to determine the role of the polarity of neurons in the formation and competition of terminals during the development of the central nervous system. For this project, Paul will be using the development of the auditory brainstem – specifically the calyx of Held, one of the largest terminals in the mammalian nervous system – as a model system for his research. Clinically, the development of this area has significant impact, both in deafness and due to a high prevalence of disorders of this neural circuit in autism spectrum disorders.    Paul’s research interests focus on how the brain is structured, both at a cellular level and whole circuit level. His other research interests include development of the auditory system, synaptogenesis, glial biology, brain-machine interfacing, neural plasticity, and computational neuroscience. In the future, he would like to study how the connectivity of the brain structures – termed “connectomics” - influences device design for brain-machine interfaces. The field of connectomics, which is a new field in neuroscience, allows researchers to map connections in the brain in order to create visual diagrams of how these connections, or connectomes, are wired and organized. By comparing connectomes in both healthy and diseased brains, scientists hope to gain insight on the anatomical and functional connectivity within the brain that will eventually facilitate research of brain disorders.    Paul earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2005. He worked in industry with Breault Research Organization in Tucson, AZ, for four years before moving to Morgantown with his wife, Micky. Paul is currently enrolled at WVU as a biomedical sciences graduate student focusing on neuroscience. He also has a certificate in teaching at the university level from WVU, focusing on teaching STEM disciplines. Paul was a distinguished speaker during the 2014 WVU Festival of Ideas, during which he presented, “The BRAIN Initiative: Computers, Connectomes, and the Emergence of Technobiology.” He was also the winner of the 2013 West Virginia Science Idol competition.    Paul will complete his NRSA project while working in the WVU Center for Neuroscience, which is directed by his mentor, Dr. George Spirou, Professor of Otolaryngology and Physiology & Pharmacology. For more information about the Center for Neuroscience, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/.


    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    By GLYNIS BOARD The Center for Disease Control reports that one in 68 children in the U.S. will have autism. That number jumps to 1 in 42 if we’re just talking about boys. And the risk increases if you already a have a child with autism. In West Virginia, new research is underway to try to get at how the autistic mind ticks. Paula Webster is a neuroscience graduate who works in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Center for Neuroscience at West Virginia University.