2018-2019 Research Incubator Awards Announced

December 5, 2018

Six interdisciplinary Duke faculty teams have received 2018-2019 Research Incubator Awards from the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). The awards provide seed funding to support collaborative brain science research for projects of exceptional innovation and broad significance to the field.

The projects must engage at least two faculty representing multiple fields or levels of analysis and bring together investigators from across Duke whose individual programs of research are not already connected.


Neuroscience Majors Head Receives Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

December 3, 2018

Julie Uchitel, a Neuroscience and French double major, '19, and president of the Neuroscience Majors Union, is one of two Duke students to receive the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. She and Shomik Verna were among 1,000 applicants; 48 were selected to receive the award. Please click HERE for more.


Duke Study Identifies Different Model of Cerebellar Learning

October 24, 2018

Humans often learn motor skills through a process of trial and error, with mistakes leading to negative consequences that teach us to avoid future errors. But what if NOT making a mistake in the first place also helps us learn those skills?


$2.1 Million BRAIN Initiative Grant Awarded to Soderling & Eroglu

October 23, 2018

Astrocytes are “stars” not just because of their stellate shape, but because these non-neuronal glial cells regulate synaptic connectivity and function between neurons in the brain. Scientists know a lot about neurons, but less, especially at the molecular level, about astrocytes and their interactions with neurons.


Register Now for Summer Social Neuroscience Event @ DIBS!

October 17, 2018

DIBS will once again host the Summer School in Social Neuroscience & Neuroeconomics, founded by DIBS Faculty Network Member Greg Samanez-Larkin, June 3-6, 2019. It will be folowed by the Decision Neuroscience Conference at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, June 7-8. For more information, please click HERE.


Nerve Stimulation May Reduce Post-op Delirium

October 16, 2018

From DukeHealth: For adults over age 65, surgical complications can dampen not only their physical health but also their mental sharpness, with more than half of high-risk cases declining into delirium. In research published Oct.


Staci Bilbo to Return to Duke in 2019

October 16, 2018

Professor Staci Bilbo will be returning to Duke as the Haley Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, in conjunction with the Bass Connections Brain & Society theme, on July 1, 2019. Previously she was the Lurie Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Research for the Lurie Center for Autism, from July 2016 to June 2019. Please click HERE for more information on Dr.


Inaugural DIBS Germinator Awards Announced

October 15, 2018

Seven projects involving nearly two dozen Duke clinical and basic-science faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students have received the inaugural Germinator Research Awards from the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), the Institute’s Faculty Governance Committee Chair, Geraldine Dawson, announced today. Please click HERE for a complete list of recipients and project descriptions. 


Exploring Link between Social Stress, Genetic Damage

September 26, 2018

Just how is social adversity linked to health inequalities? Jenny Tung, PhD, combines evolutionary anthropology and genomics to find out. For more of the Science News story, click HERE.




LaBar Named CCN Associate Director

September 11, 2018

Alison Adcock, MD, PhD, recently named Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN), has announced that Kevin S. LaBar, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, will serve as Associate Director for CCN. Dr. LaBar’s appointment was made in consultation with CCN faculty and other members of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) community.  

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