Megan McDonnell, a BME freshman conducting research in the Stanley Lab since January 2018 was awarded a PURA Salary Award, which will allow her to continue her work on the anatomical and functional correlates of the sense of touch during the summer.
Olivia Cox, a Georgia Tech freshman paired with Aurélie Pala, a postdoc in the Stanley Lab, to create two paintings, entitled “Tickle” and “Optogenetics” illustrating her current research. The project started in the fall of 2017 as part of the Science.Art.Wonder intiative and culminated in a showcase at the Atlanta Science Festival in March 2018.
Read more about Science.Art.Wonder here. See more art from the event here.
The laboratory of Prof. Garrett Stanley in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University was awarded a 5 year, $1.9M grant through the “BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects – TargetedBCP” program. The title of the project is “Thalamocortical state control of tactile sensing: Mechanisms, Models, and Behavior”. The team proposes to utilize an array of electrophysiological tools to measure and manipulate the circuits on fast time scales, to determine the role the thalamus has in dynamically gating information flow to the rest of the brain during changes in states of arousal.
Aurélie Pala, a postdoc in the Stanley Lab was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Advanced Postdoc Mobility Fellowship for her project entitled “The Neuronal Correlates and Computations underlying Bilateral Tactile Perception”. The fellowship will provide funding for 1.5 years and will enable her to pursue her research on the neuronal basis of cerebral inter-hemispheric interactions contributing to the sense of touch.