Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

Observing Brain Synapses in Action





LTian.jpg

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Lin Tian's fascination with neuroscience stems from a deep curiosity about the complexity and elegance of the human brain. As one of only five scientists in the U.S. and Canada - and the first at UC Davis - to be named a 2014 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Tian will be developing optical sensors and applications to acquire fundamental insights about how the nervous system functions in health and disease.
 
"The functioning brain receives thousands of chemical and electrical signals at the synapse, the area of connection between neurons," Tian said. "Understanding how neurons integrate these multiple inputs to transmit information and to shape and refine the neural circuitry itself is an important area of research that can shed light on an array of neurological disorders, including depression, addiction, autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy."
 
With a five-year, $500,000 grant from the Rita Allen Foundation, Tian will develop imaging tools to obtain a comprehensive view of both excitatory and inhibitory synapses in action at the cellular, tissue and whole-animal levels. She also will apply these tools to uncover the functional organization of cortical layer1 (L1) interneurons in shaping long-range interactions and their link to behavior, which can't be done with current technology, Tian said.
 
"Understanding how information is transferred across neural circuitry and systems is the key to innovation in the treatment of neurological disorders," she said.
 
Tian is an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis. She holds a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from the University of Science and Technology of China and a doctorate in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Northwestern University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm.
 
Since 1976, more than one hundred young leaders in biomedical science have been selected as Rita Allen Foundation Scholars. The program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and promise. Scholars have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Medicine, and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.



Follow Us On Facebook






Placer County News Headlines

Roseville Gas Prices Pushing HigherRoseville, CA - With Brent crude oil prices rising above $55 a barrel for the first time in 16 months, Roseville residents

Paying for Infrastructure Without Soaking the TaxpayerPresident-elect Trump has many difficult fiscal tasks ahead - one of which is to promote long-overdue infrastructure construction at a time when the national debt

Raymer Seeking a Kidney TransplantAll the little boy wanted for Christmas was his two front teeth. Karen Raymer of Hidden Valley Lake, California, would like just one kidney

Attack on Pearl Harbor Memorial and Wreath-Laying CeremonyDecember 7th 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Renewable Energy Job Training for Local StudentsRoseville - More than 25 local students from Sierra College have now gained invaluable hands-on training for jobs in the fast growing field of renewable energy

Placer SPCA waiving Adoption Fees in DecemberRoseville, CA - The Placer SPCA is thrilled to announce that every animal adoption fee will be waived from December 1st through December 31st

New California Laws 2017 - Part 1Roseville, CA - New California laws for 2017. Part 1 includes racial mascots, immigration, tobacco, marijuana, search warrants, mental health and much more.

27th Annual Holiday Craft Fair in Roseville Roseville, CA - The 27th Annual Holiday Craft Fair in Roseville takes place this Saturday at Maidu Community Center.

Roseville Flash Crime Report: Mail Theft on the RiseRoseville, CA - The Roseville Police Department's public police activity report for the period covering November 15-28, 2016.

Football Championship West in Roseville and RocklinRoseville, CA - The Football University (FBU) National Championship West region games will take place on Dec. 2-5 in Roseville and Rocklin.

Local Businesses Warned About Potential ScamThe California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is warning ABC licensees and the public of a possible scam in both Northern and Southern California involving persons

18th Annual Holiday Show and Sale in RocklinRocklin, CA - The Ridley Gallery at Sierra College Rocklin Campus is proud to announce our Eighteenth Annual Holiday Show and Sale


NEWS: In Case You Missed It