Lab News

October 2019

We had a busy SfN 2019! Marissa presented a poster on our collaborative work with Dr. Lauren McGrath at the University of Denver. Catherine gave a talk at an NIMH-sponsored satellite event and spoke in a sympoisum in honor of Professor Masao Ito at the main SfN meeting. It was an exciting meeting for cerebellar work, from cells to systems! 

July 2019

Catherine gave an invited talk at the Cerebellum Gordon Research Conference in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.

June 2019

Catherine gave an invited talk at the Institut Pasteur, Paris.

May 2019

Congrats to our graduates! Best of luck to Rachel and Mariam, and lab alum Madison, who all graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Neuroscience!

May 2019

Catherine and Laura traveled to Montreal for the International Society for Autism Research Annual meeting to present findings in a panel on the cerebellum and autism.

April 2019

Rachel won Best Poster Presentation in the Natural Sciences by a junior/senior at the Mathias Student Research Conference!

Laura won the award for Best Paper Presentation by a graduate student at the Mathias Student Research Conference!

The full list of winners can be found

here.

March 2019

Hayli is one of only 5 students across the University to win an AU Summer Scholars Award! Congrats, Hayli!

February 2019

Mariam has been awarded the 2019 Academic Achievement Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research or Creative Work by a Junior. Well done, Mariam!
 

December 2018

Our article has been named a "Notable paper in autism research" for 2018!

December 2018

Catherine has been named a 2018 Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of psychology.

December 2018

Congrats to Liz, who successfully defended her MA thesis!

December 2018

Catherine was honored to give an invited talk at the 2018 Fujihara Seminar "The cerebellum as a CNS hub" in Tokyo.

 

November 2018

Laura presented work from our combined tDCS-fMRI studies at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

September 2018

Catherine gave an invited talk at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute 2018 Workshop "The cerebellum in bipolar disorder and other neuropsychiatric diseases".

May 2018

Congratulations to our graduates! Brianne Drury, Stephanie Martin, and Alyssa Lillian graduated with B.S. Neuroscience degrees!

April 2018

Congratulations to Laura, who has been awarded the prize for "Best Poster in the Natural Sciences by a Graduate Student" at the 2018 Robyn Rafferty Mathias conference! Laura has won a travel grant to an upcoming conference!

​March 2018

Catherine has been named the recipient of the 2018 Morton Bender Prize for outstanding scholarly achievement since attaining the rank of Associate Professor.

March 2018

Brianne was part of a team of students that won AU's Global Health Competition! Read more here:

https://www.american.edu/cas/news/Educate-Empower-and-Elevate-Team-Wins-AU-Global-Health-Competition.cfm

March 2018

Five students presented at the 2018 Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference! Congrats to Laura, Stephanie, Alyssa, Rachel and Maddie!

December 2017

Here is some press coverage of our work on the cerebellum and autism:

The Spectrum

Psychology Today blog

November 2017

Our Nature Neuroscience article is a cover article! https://www.nature.com/neuro/volumes/20/issues/12

 

November 2017

We presented our work in two poster sessions at the Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting in DC.

October 2017

Our work with collaborator Peter Tsai, "Altered cerebellar connectivity in autism spectrum disorders and cerebellar-mediated rescue of autism-related behaviors", has been published in Nature Neuroscience!

June 2017

Catherine has been granted tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor!

May 2017

Congrats to our 2017 Graduates!

Anila D'Mello, PhD, Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Caitlin Barrett, BS, Neuroscience

Darina Chudnovskaya, MS, Quantitative Analysis

Sophie Kotik, BS, Neuroscience

April 2017

Anila has won the "Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level" award from American University! She will be honored at an awards ceremony and at graduation. Congrats, Anila!

April 2017

Caitlin won "Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate in the Life Sciences" at the Robyn Mathias Student Research Conference! Congratulations, Caitlin!

March 2017

Catherine presented Grand Rounds in Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

March 2017

Anila successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, "Cerebellum and Language: Applications to Autism"! Congrats, Dr. D'Mello!

January 2017

Anila is the lead author on our article "Cerebellar tDCS modulates neural circuits during semantic prediction: A combined tDCS-fMRI study", which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience! This work was conducted in collaboration with Peter Turkeltaub at Georgetown.

December 2016

Dora's Master's thesis has been accepted for publication in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience! This study was conducted together with Lauren McGrath. The article is entitled "The developmental relationship between specific cognitive domains and grey matter in the cerebellum".

November 2016

Catherine gave an invited seminar on "The Cerebellum and Cognition" at the University of Colorado Boulder.

October 2016

In collaboration with Jeremy Schmahmann and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, our article "Location of lesion determines motor vs. cognitive consequences in patients with cerebellar stroke" has been accepted for publication by NeuroImage: Clinical.

September 2016

Catherine gave an invited talk at the SickKids Neurosciences & Mental Health Emerging Frontier "Autism in the Cerebellum" Mini-symposium. Her talk was entitled "Cerebellum and Autism: From subregions to systems".

September 2016

Lauren McGrath's R15 award has been funded by NIMH! We are co-Investigators on this project investigating the cognitive and neural predictors of comorbid reading and attention problems.

June 2016

Tina successfully defended her Master's thesis! Congrats, Tina!

June 2016

Together with Peter Turkeltaub, we have published tDCS and tDCS-fMRI data from healthy young adults that support the potential use of cerebellar tDCS in aphasia

May 2016

​Anila presented a poster at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Baltimore, MD

April 2016

Caitlin received the award for Best Undergraduate Presentation in the Sciences at the Robyn Rafferty Mathias conference!

April 2016

Caitlin and Sophie presented posters at the Robyn Rafferty Mathias conference!

April 2016

Anila presented a poster on our combined tDCS-fMRI data at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) Annual Meeting in New York City, NY

April 2016

Together with Catherine Limperopoulos, we have published a review paper on structure-function relationships in the developing cerebellum

March 2016

We published a study reporting that ASD children with early language delay and without early language delay show cerebellar grey matter differences even when matched on ADOS, ADI, and WISC subscales

February 2016

Catherine's R21 proposal was funded! We'll be starting a new project in collaboration with Peter Turkeltaub at Georgetown University studying the effects of cerebellar tDCS on post-stroke aphasia.

November 2015

We have published a new review on cerebro-cerebellar circuits in autism

August 2015

We have published a review discussing the role of the  cerebellum is implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders

July 2015

Devon successfully defended his PhD dissertation! Congrats, Devon!

May 2015

Anila presented a poster and Catherine gave an invited talk at the Society for Research on the Cerebellum meeting in Brussels

April 2015

Catherine gave a talk at the Gaitlinburg Conference in New Orleans

April 2015

Dora successfully defended her Master's thesis!

April 2015

Dora presented her Master's thesis findings at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

April 2015

Catherine's R15 NIH grant was funded!

January 2015

Devon has secured a Post-doctoral position at the University of Utrecht in the lab of Dr. Durston! Congrats, Devon!

November 2014

Devon and Catherine each presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

November 2014

Anila gave a Nanosymposium talk at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, DC