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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

  • Why scratching makes you itch more
    Turns out your mom was right: scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research reveals that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. Scientists uncovered serotonin's role in controlling pain decades ago, but this is the first time the release of the chemical messenger from the brain has been linked to itch, they say.
  • New molecule sneaks medicines across blood/brain barrier
    Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new study. In the new report, scientists describe an antibody, called 'FC5,' is one-tenth the size of a traditional antibody and able to cross the BBB.
  • Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics
    Bacteria in the GI tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream. Prior research has established the involvement of inflammatory processes in the development of psychiatric disorders, including major depression and alcohol dependence, but the origins of such inflammation have remained unclear. Now, researchers have found that inflammatory pathways are stimulated in alcohol-dependent patients by bacteria that escape the gut barrier, which correlated with alcohol craving.