FALL 2018

Blackmore lab crew David Nowak, Erik Eastwood and Naveen Jayaprakash presented their research findings at SFN 2018 in San Diego. Their poster was titled " Combined pro-regenerative strategies and targeted rehabilitation to improve behavioral outcomes after spinal cord injury". Check out the abstract here.  David Nowak received a TDPA award from SFN this year to attend the meeting. Congrats David! 

Dr. Blackmore gave a keynote address at the Midwest Regional Neuroscience Conference held in University of St.Thomas,MN. His talk was titled " Rebooting the growth machinery: Gene therapy approaches to Spinal Cord Injury"

David Nowak from the lab presented his undergraduate research work at the Midwest Regional Neuroscience Conference in a poster titled " Combined pro-regenerative/targeted rehab strategies to improve behavioral outcomes after spinal cord injury".

Graduate student Audra Kramer won second place for her talk at the annual ACUBE meeting. Her talk was titled " Teaching personalized medicine in the classroom : A pharmacological case study based on patient data". Congrats Audra!

New manuscript out in the Journal of Neuroscience

This work is the result of a fantastic collaboration with Dr.Pantelis Tsoulfas at Miami Project to Cure paralysis.AAV2-Retro is phenomenal! 3D movies of supraspinal pathways, and reversible forelimb paralysis with Retro-Gi-DREADDs. Congrats to the lead author Dr.Zimei Wang!

Dr.Blackmore and Dr.Venkatesh received an NIH R21 to discover novel molecular manipulations to relieve epigenetic constraints in CNS neurons. For more on the funded project, head over to our Bioinformatics research interests,  and/or check out our recent manuscript
Undergrads Lyndsey Holan and David Nowak had a productive summer optimizing protocols to carry out fluorescent in situ hybridization and electrical stimulation experiments. They presented their key findings at the SRP symposium. 

SUMMER 2018

NOAs!

Dr.Blackmore secured an R01 to study activity-based therapies and enhance the connections of the regrown nerves, with the goal of increasing motor control and function.

Dr.Venkatesh secured an XSEDE grant from NSF that provides access to high-end computational resources for NGS data analysis, visualization and storage. This will power several new bioinformatic workflows to identify novel genetic/epigenetic strategies to improve regenerative outcomes following SCI. 

Our manuscript on identifying chromatin accessibility as an epigenetic barrier to axon growth is now out in Developmental Neurobiology. 

The lab has a new pre-print out on bioRxiv! This work is the result of a fantastic collaboration with Dr.Pantelis Tsoulfas at Miami Project to Cure paralysis.

AAV2-Retro is phenomenal! 3D movies of supraspinal pathways, and reversible forelimb paralysis with Retro-Gi-DREADDs. 

SPRING 2018

The lab has two new pre-prints out on bioRxiv

Blackmore lab participated in 2 fund raisers for the Bryon Riesch paralysis foundation 

FALL 2017 

Blackmore lab at SFN 2017

 Drs. Wang, Venkatesh and Jayaprakash presented their research at SFN 2017

Working to walk symposium - 2017

Dr. Blackmore gave a talk at the Working to walk symposium titled "Combined Gene Therapy and Stem Cells for Spinal Cord Injury"   

Summer research program 

2017

ISNR 2017

Asilomar-Pacific grove

Blackmore lab crew- Drs.  Venkatesh and Jayaprakash presented their research at ISNR 2017

Congrats to Dr. Jayaprakash who recently got promoted to Research Assistant Professor!

SPRING 2017 

Dr. Blackmore gave a talk at the Waisman Center at UW-Madison titled "From High Content Screening to In Vivo Testing: The Hunt for Novel Genes to Promote CNS Repair"

Two new papers from the lab!

Congrats to Dr. Jayaprakash on receiving a

post-doctoral fellowship from the Wings for life foundation !

Graduate student Ben Callif successfully defended his Masters dissertation. Congrats Ben! 

SUMMER 2017 

Summer research program

2017

Undergrads conducted summer research in the lab alongside Dr.Jayaprakash and presented their key findings at the SRP symposium

Data Intensive Biology Summer Institute- 2 week Bioinformatics workshop at UC-Davis

Dr.Venkatesh was selected to attend the NIH-sponsored ANGUS-DIBSI Bioinformatics workshop at UC-Davis  

FALL 2016

Blackmore lab at SFN 2016

 Drs. Wang, Venkatesh and Jayaprakash and graduate student Ben Callif presented their research at SFN 2016

SFN 2016

San Diego, CA

Two new papers from the lab!

SPRING/SUMMER 2016

New paper out in the Journal of Neuroscience. Congrats Naveen!

Dr. Venkatesh received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Nielsen Foundation for her project titled "Epigenetic regulation of axon growth in mammalian CNS neurons".  Congrats Ish!

FALL 2015

SFN 2015

Chicago,IL

Blackmore lab at SFN 2015

 Drs. Wang, Venkatesh and Jayaprakash and undergrads Matt Simpson & Kristen Winsor presented their research at SFN 2015

Dr.Blackmore was invited to give a talk and chair a session at the International Spinal Research Trust network meeting held in London. The title of his talk was "Optimal Transcription factor combinations for axon regeneration in the central nervous system".