grant study neurons $3 million grant to further study how neurons work together

Studying how neurons work together in order to better understand neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders, researchers led by John Byrne, PhD, at McGovern Medical School have been awarded more than $3 million from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative. “We have learned a lot about how single neurons work, […]


Willed Body Program Van National Donate Life Month: The Willed Body Program

April is National Donate Life Month: a time to recognize the need that many patients have for replacement organs. It’s also a time to express gratitude to those who chose to meet that need through the process of donation. Established in 2003 by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations, National Donate Life Month features […]


Night at the opera set for Feb. 8

Sixty students from McGovern Medical School are attending the Houston Grand Opera Feb. 8 for a special event organized by faculty and students. Faculty sponsors include Patricia Butler, MD, vice dean for educational programs; Nachum Dafny, PhD, professor of neurobiology and anatomy; and student organizer is Timothy George, MSII and art and music in patient […]


Roger Janz, Ariana Andrei, Valentin Dragoi Dragoi’s visual perception research published in Nature Communications

The human brain has been one of the biggest scientific mysteries for centuries. There are millions of heterogeneous signals carrying different types of information like structure, color, and emotion, flowing through our brains during the course of the day, yet how the brain uses these signals efficiently to allow a person to make decisions on […]


Roger Janz, Ariana Andrei, Valentin Dragoi Dragoi’s visual perception research published in Nature Communications

The human brain has been one of biggest scientific mysteries for centuries. Millions of signals carrying different types of external and internal information, such as structure, color, and emotion, flow through our brains during the course of the day, yet how the brain uses these signals efficiently to allow us to make decisions on a […]




Valentin Dragoi, Ph.D. Dragoi earns third NIH BRAIN award

Working to further the understanding of how the brain processes information, Valentin Dragoi, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology and anatomy with McGovern Medical School, has been awarded a three-year, $1.6 million award from the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative.


Cryo-electron research published in PLOS Biology

Two McGovern Medical School faculty members contributed to research now published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Biology Journal, as part of a first-authored paper written by UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences alumna Tara Fischer, Ph.D.


Terry J. Crow, Ph.D., Scholarship in Neuroscience (web) Debes named inaugural recipient of Terry J. Crow, Ph.D., Scholarship in Neuroscience

Samantha Debes, a doctoral student in the laboratory of Valentin Dragoi, Ph.D., in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Terry J. Crow, Ph.D. Scholarship in Neuroscience.