Department of Biological Sciences

Kent State University has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One grant, for research on physical activity levels and obesity, totaled $384,192, and the second grant, for stress-induced noradrenergic modulation of neuroinflammation research, totaled $441,600. The grants were part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Academic Research Enhancement Awards.

 

Kent State University and the Holden Arboretum will use a recently awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the impact people have on vital organisms living in places where water and land meet in Northeast Ohio.

Imagine two lab rats in their cages – one fat, one thin. The larger rat pads around slowly or rests on the floor of wood shavings. She expends as little effort as possible to reach her water spigot, maybe even lying on her back and gripping it with her little pink paws so that the water drips into her mouth.

Her thin neighbor, on the other hand, darts around the cage, whiskers twitching, eyes alert. Taken out and placed on a treadmill, she picks up the pace and overtakes the top of the belt.

Imagine two lab rats in their cages – one fat, one thin. The larger rat pads around slowly or rests on the floor of wood shavings. She expends as little effort as possible to reach her water spigot, maybe even lying on her back and gripping it with her little pink paws so that the water drips into her mouth.

Her thin neighbor, on the other hand, darts around the cage, whiskers twitching, eyes alert. Taken out and placed on a treadmill, she picks up the pace and overtakes the top of the belt.

A Kent State University neurobiologist is one of four researchers in the U.S. awarded grants by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation for projects to improve cognition in individuals with Down syndrome.

Kristy Welshhans, assistant professor of biological sciences at Kent State, will examine how an extra copy of a particular gene associated with Down syndrome affects connectivity in the brain, causing intellectual disability. The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation awarded Welshhans a grant of 28,000 euros.

The excitement of receiving this honor has not diminished for Heather White, grounds manager of University Facilities Management at Kent State.  

“It means a lot, especially since we’re able to be successful year after year,” White said. “It shows our commitment to the campus green infrastructure.”

The excitement of receiving this honor has not diminished for Heather White, grounds manager of University Facilities Management at Kent State.  

“It means a lot, especially since we’re able to be successful year after year,” White said. “It shows our commitment to the campus green infrastructure.”

Interested in going to medical school but have all kinds of questions regarding how best to prepare and apply? We have the answers for you! Come hear Dr. John Johnson, associate professor in BSCI and the pre-med coordinator along with Gail Spalsbury, Academic Advisor for the BSCI department, discuss the following topics:

Kent State University has considerable strength in a broad range of  neurosciences from molecular biology to behavior and addresses through its research a wide variety of neurological diseases and illnesses.  The purpose of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for scholarly interactions with internationally renowned obesity neuroscientists as well as to provide a venue for the general public to learn more about the neural basis of obesity.

April. 3, 7 p.m.

Keynote Address,

Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

Kent State University has considerable strength in a broad range of  neurosciences from molecular biology to behavior and addresses through its research a wide variety of neurological diseases and illnesses.  The purpose of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for scholarly interactions with internationally renowned obesity neuroscientists as well as to provide a venue for the general public to learn more about the neural basis of obesity.

April. 3, 7 p.m.

Keynote Address,

Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

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