Members of the Cohen Lab recently participated in the 10th annual STEAM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. Students had the opportunity to learn about the brain, play brain trivia, and make brain hats and pipe-cleaner neurons!
Earlier this month, members of the Cohen Lab attended the Flux 2022 conference in Paris, France! This was the first in-person Flux conference in two years. Congrats to Sikoya Ashburn, Arianna Cascone, Mackenzie Mitchell, Tehila Nugiel, and Mac Woodburn on your impressive talks and poster presentations!
Last week, our graduate student Marc Rudolph successfully defended his dissertation! Marc’s dissertation combined machine learning and network science to identify factors that could distinguish otherwise healthy aging individuals from those with or at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. His work also aimed to identify individuals who may be at a greater risk of converting to Alzheimer’s disease using demographic information and baseline assessments of cognition and functional brain network organization. Congratulations, Marc! We’re excited to see what your future holds.
Our graduate student Mac Woodburn received the Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award! This award is given to two of the top graduate students in the Psychology and Neuroscience department to support their dissertation research. Congratulations Mac!
For more information on departmental awards, see the Psychology and Neuroscience website: https://psychology.unc.edu/departmental-awards/
Our undergraduate research assistant Erika successfully defended her honors thesis over Zoom at the beginning of this month! The title of her thesis was “Connectivity between emotion regulation brain regions in children with ADHD.” We are proud of her and excited to see what she does after graduating!
Our former postdoctoral fellow Nicholas Fogleman has started as an Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry! As part of this new role, he is now director of the UNC ADHD program. We can’t wait to see what Dr. Fogleman does in his new position, and we’re thrilled that he will continue to work with us on the BrainMAP study!
Dr. Cohen and her collaborators, Drs. Shankar Bhamidi, Eran Dayan, and Keely Muscatell, were recently awarded a UNC Computational Medicine Program Pilot Award to study neural and cognitive changes that occur in breast cancer patients after treatment with chemotherapy. This research aims to understand the brain network mechanisms underlying cognitive changes after treatment and to improve how these changes are assessed and identified.
You can see the websites for Dr. Cohen’s collaborators below: