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John Lukens Appointed to Direct UVA Harrison Family Translational Research Center in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases

May 2024 - Congratulations to John Lukens, PhD, who has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the University of Virginia’s Harrison Family Translational Research Center in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative…

Tajie Harris Featured in The New York Times and Time Discussing Brain Parasites

May 2024 - BIG Center Director Tajie Harris, PhD, was recently featured in The New York Times and Time discussing the effects of parasites on the human brain. Visit this link for…

New Insights Into Seizures Advance Efforts to Develop Better Treatments

May 2023- Congratulations to Dr. Ukpong B. Eyo, PhD, and Edward Perez-Reyes, PhD, for publishing their paper on the advancement of seizure treatments! Research from the labs of UVA’s Ukpong…

SOM Earns Top Honors in U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School Rankings

May 2023- The University of Virginia School of Medicine has earned a top national ranking for its biomedical research in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Graduate Schools guide.…

Robert J. Kadner Award

May 2023 – Congratulations to Dr. Alban Gaultier for winning the 2022 Robert J. Kadner Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching! This award was established in honor of Robert J. Kadner,…

Jordi Folch-Pi Award

April 2023- Congratulations to Jaeda Coutinho-Budd for winning the Jordi Folch-Pi Award! The Jordi Folch-Pi Award is given to an outstanding young investigator who has demonstrated a high level of…

Peach Award

April 2023- Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Ennerfelt for being named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Neuroscience this year, as well as winning the Peach Outstanding Graduate Student Award! Each year,…

Outstanding Graduate Student in Neuroscience

April 2023- Dr. Michael Kovacs, from Tajie Harris’s laboratory, has been selected as the 2023 MIC Outstanding Student. Mike will also represent the MIC Graduate Program as our nominee for…

GBS Leadership Award

March 2023- The Annual Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS) Symposium was held on Friday, March 17, 2023 in McKim Hall. The day was filled with terrific presentations from the Outstanding Student…

Microglia Regulate Vascular Structure and Function

September 2021 – Congratulations to Drs. Kanchan Bisht and Ukpong Eyo for publishing their research related to microglia, vasculature, and PANX1-P2RY12 in Nature Communications!  See the paper at    and…

Astrocytes promote a protective immune response to brain Toxoplasma gondii infection via IL-33-ST2 signaling

Congratulations to Kate Still and the Harris lab for publishing their recent findings! Click here to read the full article.  

Concussion Discovery Reveals Dire Unknown Effect of Even Mild Brain Injuries

Illustration by Alexandra Angelich, University Communications September  2020 - Even mild concussions cause severe and long-lasting impairments in the brain’s ability to clean itself of toxins, and this may seed it…

Your Brain Parasite Isn’t Making You Sick. Here’s Why.

July 2020 - More than 30 million Americans are infected with a brain parasite spread by cats and contaminated meat, but most will never show symptoms. A new discovery from…

Brain Discovery Could Have Important Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases

April 2020 - Improper removal of faulty brain cells during neurodevelopment may cause lifelong behavioral issues, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The finding also…

UVA Identifies Surprising Contributor to Multiple Sclerosis

October 2019 - Cells that scientists have largely ignored when studying multiple sclerosis are actually key contributors to MS development, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. The…