Congratulations to Heather Decot, who successfully completed her PhD dissertation defense on November 17, 2017. Her work on dopamine-mediated alterations in brain-wide functional dynamics measured by fMRI was conducted under the supervision of Garret Stuber, in collaboration with Yen-Yu Ian Shih from the Department of Neurology at UNC. The entire Stuber lab is excited to see what Dr. Decot will accomplish in the future!

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Garret Stuber Receives Waletzky Award
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Congratulations to Garret, who is one of two investigators awarded the Jacob P. Waletzky Award from the Society for Neuroscience for 2017. Each year, the Waletzky Award is given to a young neuroscientist (<15 years after receiving a PhD or MD) whose research provides critical new insights into drug addiction. The Stuber lab's use of in vivo imaging and optogenetic techniques has helped to identify the role of specific neural circuits underlying addiction, as well as how drugs of abuse modulate these connections. Garret will receive the Waletzky Award during the annual SfN Neuroscience conference, which takes place November 10-15, 2017 in Washington, DC.

How much Merritt's can you buy with MERIT?

Congratulations to Garret, who received a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award from National Institute on Drug Abuse for his lab's work at UNC. This prestigious award is granted to researchers who have achieved outstanding results with their previous NIDA projects. The MERIT award allows investigators to eschew normal grant application processes and provides long-term support for innovative research. The nominee process is rigorous, featuring review by several panels of NIDA staff and non-associated scientists, and the awardees are ultimately selected by the Director of NIDA.

Garret received the MERIT award for his excellent research on the neurocircuitry of drug abuse. But there is perhaps a more important investigative topic for the lab now... how many Merritt's sandwiches can you buy with a MERIT award?