Dr. Rajkumar Verma’s journal article receives 1st place

Rajkumar Verma, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience has much to celebrate.  His article titled, “Inhibition of miR-141-3p Ameliorates the Negative Effects of Poststroke Social Isolation in Aged Mice” was selected as the 1st prize winner of the 2018 Stroke Progress and Innovation Award.  This award was presented at the 2019 International Stroke Conference of the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

You can read more about Dr. Verma’s approach to this topic, as he was put in the spotlight with some questions & answers.



Dr. Byoung-Il Bae Joins UConn Health

Byoung-Il Bae, Ph.D.

It is a great pleasure to announce that Dr. Byoung-Il Bae will join the Department of Neuroscience as an assistant professor on January 4, 2019.

Dr. Bae received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in 2006 under the guidance of Dr. Solomon H. Snyder. His Ph.D. thesis explored how mutant Huntingtin (mHtt) protein translocates into a cell’s nucleus to cause Huntington Disease (HD), and included the key discovery that mHtt binds to P53 protein to mediate enhanced neuronal loss in HD. This discovery and many other of his significant findings were published in Neuron, PNAS, and Nature Cell Biology, and highlighted in Nature, Science, and Lancet Neurology. Dr. Bae received postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher A. Walsh at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, where he investigated regional patterning and gyrification in the cerebral cortex by noncoding DNA and alternative splicing. His work was published in several high impact journals, such as Science, Developmental Cell, and Cell. After his postdoctoral work in 2015, Dr. Bae joined Yale University as a junior faculty member, and continued to investigate cortical development, demonstrating his outstanding productivity by publishing a 2018 article in Nature. Dr. Bae is now recognized as one the best and knowledgeable scientists using ferret models to address questions underlying various neurological diseases such as autism.

Dr. Bae is not only a highly productive scientist but also a collaborative and easy-going individual. He enjoys teaching and mentoring students. We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Byoung-Il Bae to the Department of Neuroscience and look forward to more of his exciting research and medical education at UConn Health.

Dr. Douglas Oliver Receives $3.2 Million U.S. DoD Grant

Adding to the Arsenal Against Tinnitus

UConn Health professor of neuroscience, Douglas Oliver, has received a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to develop an improved detection method for one of the most prevalent health problems for veterans.

Tinnitus is the sensation of ringing in the ears. This problem affects 10 percent of all Americans but is a particularly potent problem for veterans.

In combat, soldiers are exposed to explosions, gunfire, and other loud noises. Excessive noise exposure is one of the leading causes for tinnitus. Tinnitus and hearing loss are among the most common disabilities for veterans.

One of the most significant problems with treating tinnitus is that it largely relies on self-reporting. Oliver’s project aims to develop an electrophysiological diagnostic test for tinnitus that is much more objective.

Read more about Dr. Douglas Oliver’s project.


As posted in UConn Today October 29, 2018