Neuroscience in Delaware


News & Events - Current Happenings

NEW!  2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Sponsored by the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research

With support from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS), the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research is offering a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students who attend Historically-Black and minority-serving institutions in Delaware and nearby states.  This program will involve 10 weeks of neuroscience research with investigators at Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, and the Nemours, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.  Students accepted to the program will choose a faculty research mentor and will then spend approximately 35 hours/week working in their mentor's laboratory.

Participants in the program will receive a stipend of $4000 over the summer and will be eligible for additional travel support over the following academic year.

For additional detail please read  this document.
Program dates May 22 - July 30, 2017
Application deadline March 6, 2017

To complete the application please click here.

The 2016 Annual Delaware Neuroscience Research
and Poster Symposium Just Held

The Annual Delaware Neuroscience Research and Poster Symposium was held on December 9, 2016, at the Buena Vista State Conference Center in New Castle, DE.    

Invited talks were given by
Lisa M. Boulanger, PhD (Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University) "The immune system and neural development;"
Anna Rose Childress, PhD (Center for Studies on Addiction, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania) "Dark chocolate, hot sex, and cheap cocaine: Pursuing the brain substrates of desire and its modulation in Addiction;"
James J. Knierem, The Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Johns Hopkins University "Space, time and memory in the hippocampus."

As in previous years, poster displays were invited. The poster competition was judged in three categories - undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral/technical staff.  Poster winners will be announced on this page soon, as will the 2016 Neuroscientist of the Year.

2016 Brain Bee was held on Saturday, February 13

The Delaware Brain Bee was held on Saturday, February 13, at Delaware State University.  After a continental breakfast and juice, the competitors ...  more.   

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View Winners & Pictures From Last Year's Delaware Brain Bee Competition

The 2015 Brain Bee:  Students in the 9th through 12th grades were invited to participate in a competition that tests their knowledge of the brain.   This event was held on the Delaware State University campus on February 21, 2015.

This is an international competition, and winners at the appropriate stage will represent the United States in the International Brain Bee competition.

Click here for candid photos taken during the event.

Click here for winners and other individual photos taken during the event.

The Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research has been featured in the publication "International Innovation" – a global dissemination resource which provides insight and analysis on current scientific research trends, as well as funding and policy issues. The article includes information about the Center and an interview with the Center Director, Dr. Melissa Harrington. Click here to download a pdf of the article. (Courtesy of International Innovation).


Neuroscience:  The study of the brain and nervous system

“The brain is my second favorite organ” the comedian, Woody Allen, is reputed to have said. We can only speculate which organ is his favorite, but for the rest of us, the brain is undoubtedly at the top of the list. Take away your brain and you lose not only everything that makes you human, but also everything that makes you alive! As you are staring at this page your brain is directing and controlling virtually everything that occurs in your body, from understanding the words in front of you, to maintaining your body temperature, to digesting your most recent meal and remembering what you ate at that meal.