A new traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, is on display at UM’s in the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The exhibition examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian people.
The traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects and interactive media.
The exhibition is open to the public through March 13 during normal library hours:
- 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday
- 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday
- 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
- 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday
To request disability related modifications or to ask questions about the exhibit, email Ben Chiewphasa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neuroscience Faculty Candidate, Dr. Rebekah Evans from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) presents “Inhibitory control of dopamine neurons”
Abstract: Dopamine neurons are embedded in a predominately inhibitory network. Because dopamine neurons are tonically active, both excitatory bursts and inhibitory pauses in their firing can transmit meaningful information. In this talk, I will address how these bursts and pauses in activity interact with each other through the recruitment of specific intrinsic and synaptic currents. I will show that two populations of substantia nigra dopamine neurons, defined by their differential vulnerability to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease, differ in their dendritic calcium signaling and their ability to recover from periods of inhibition. I use dendrite-specific optogenetic activation and two-photon calcium imaging to functionally map the location of inhibitory synaptic inputs onto dopamine neuron dendrites and use whole-cell patch clamp and computational modeling to show how distinct inhibitory sources differentially modulate dopamine neuron activity. Overall, I describe a striking heterogeneity in the cellular and circuit level control of dopaminergic signals.
Please join us for two films that highlight contemporary, community-driven efforts to improve health in Native American communities. Drawing on cultural practices that go back many generations, today’s Native people are redeveloping systems to ensure health and wellness for their children’s children.
5:30 p.m.: hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. film screenings
8 p.m. Q&A
Hosted by Missoula Indian Urban Indian Health Center
The 9th Annual CBSD CoBRE Research Symposium will occur Sept. 18-20, 2020, at the Double Arrow Lodge in Seeley Lake, MT. The Symposium provides us with the unique opportunity to come together as a research community to discuss the latest research in our laboratories supported by CBSD. The Symposium includes keynote seminars by outside speakers, lectures by Project Leaders who are supported by the CBSD NIH CoBRE grant, and a selection of short talks by pilot project leaders and graduate students. We especially encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a poster session. We also have presentations from our Computational, NMR, Mass Spectrometry, Integrated Structural Biology, and BioSpectroscopy Core Facilities so attendees can learn more about how these facilities can help take their research projects in new directions.
Registration will open in June 2020. Contact Sara Jestrab with questions or to be added to the email communication.