First Place Trophy at the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Team Challenge!
Summer research program
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.
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.
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".
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.
The lab has two new pre-prints out on bioRxiv!
Blackmore lab participated in 2 fund raisers for the Bryon Riesch paralysis foundation
Summer research program
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