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For correspondence, please contact the Council Secretary:

Sonja Bareiss, Ph.D., PT
College of Allied Health Sciences
Health Sciences Building, 2505G
Greenville, NC 27858

Phone: 252.744.6243
Email: bareisss@ecu.edu



Mission

  1. Advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system by bringing together scientists of diverse backgrounds, by facilitating the integration of research directed at all levels of biological organization, and by encouraging translational research and the application of new scientific knowledge to develop improved disease treatments and cures.

  2. Provide professional development activities, information, and educational resources for neuroscientists at all stages of their careers, including undergraduates, graduates, and post doctoral fellows, and increase participation of scientists from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

  3. Promote public information and general education about the nature of scientific discovery and the results and implications of the latest neuroscience research. Support active and continuing discussions on ethical issues relating to the conduct and outcomes of neuroscience research.

  4. Inform legislators and other policy makers about new scientific knowledge and recent developments in neuroscience research and their implications for public policy, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.

  5. In addition, the purpose of the Eastern Carolina Chapter is 1) to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information and ideas between East Carolina-area neuroscientists; and 2) through community outreach, to offer educational resources and opportunities for teachers, students and the public in general.
Membership in the Eastern Carolina Chapter shall be open to:
  1. Any person holding advanced degree(s) residing in the State of North Carolina that conducts basic research or  performs clinical and/or medical work in neuroscience or its related fields (Regular Membership).
  2. Any student enrolled in programs at degree-granting institutions of higher education within North Carolina (Student Membership).
  3. Any person interested in the neurosciences but not available for regular or student membership (Affiliate) as defined in the bylaws of SFN.

For more information and application, please click here.

The Neuroscience chapter also assists its members and invited speakers by applying for and obtaining:
  1. Travel grants for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the Society for Neuroscience meeting.
  2. The Grass Traveling Scientist Award, which enables local chapters to host leading neuroscientists at their institutions.
  3. SFN Chapter Grants (from $500 to $2000) that support and encourage chapter activities.
  4. Foundation grants that support chapter activities and host leading neuroscientists.
 

Neuroscience News -- ScienceDaily

  • Researchers 'smell' new receptors that could underlie the many actions of the anesthetic drug ketamine
    Researchers are continuing their work in trying to understand the mechanisms through which anesthetics work to elicit the response that puts millions of Americans to sleep for surgeries each day. Their most recent study looked at ketamine, an anesthetic discovered in the 1960s and more recently prescribed as an anti-depressant at low doses. They have identified an entirely new class of receptors that ketamine binds in the body, which may underlie its diverse actions.
  • Presence of heart pouch may explain strokes of unknown origin, study finds
    A pouchlike structure inside the heart's left atrial chamber in some people may explain strokes that otherwise lack an identifiable cause, according to researchers. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term severe disability and the fourth-most-common cause of death in the U.S. About 80 percent of the 700,000-plus strokes that occur annually in this country are due to blood clots blocking a brain artery. In up to a third of these cases, the clots’ origin cannot be determined.
  • Migrating immune cells promote nerve cell demise in the brain
    The death of dopamine-producing nerve cells in a certain region of the brain is the principal cause underlying Parkinson's disease. In mice, it is possible to simulate the Parkinson's symptoms using a substance that selectively kills dopamine-producing neurons. Scientists have now shown that after this treatment, cells of the peripheral immune system migrate into the brain, where they play a major role in the death of neurons.