Navigation Links
Rutgers scientist receives prestigious 'Young Investigator Award'
Date:6/17/2008

Dr. Mariana Pereira, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University in Newark (CMBN), is the recent recipient of a "2008 Young Investigator Award" from NARSAD, The World's Leading Charity Dedicated to Mental Health Research (previously known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). NARSAD is the world's leading donor-supported organization dedicated to funding research on psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Pereira, a resident of Jersey City, is one of only two recipients in New Jersey, joining 218 other early career scientists from a number of leading research universities in the U.S. and 11 other countries. She will receive $60,000 from NARSAD over the next two years in order to continue preclinical studies relevant for the problem of cocaine addiction in women during the postpartum period which is associated with dysfunctional maternal care, and which can result in the later development of substance abuse and/or other psychiatric disorders in the child.

"The young scientists whom NARSAD selects for participation.represent the very best in their respective areas of expertise" said Georff Birkett, president of NARSAD. "Their work will accelerate progress in the study of all areas of psychiatric disorders, and is leading not only to better treatments but also, we are confident, to cures."

Mariana Pereira, Ph.D., has worked since 2006 as a postdoctoral associate in the research lab of Dr. Joan I. Morrell of CMBN, one of the leading centers for neuroscience research in the U.S.

According to Dr. Morrell, Pereira's research interests "focus upon understanding the behavioral responses to natural, compared to pharmacological, rewards and the neural substrates, that are engaged during these responses in the maternal female." The preclinical experiments conducted in Morrell's lab "aim to understand how cocaine can hijack the normal motivational patterns of the postpartum female which have evolved to maximally benefit the survival of offspring. In humans, cocaine use is not compatible with good parental care, and motivation to seek cocaine competes negatively with the motivation to care for offspring. Such impaired parental care can lead to harm to infants, with the possibility of lifelong consequences."

"As Dr. Pereira expands her experimental and scholarly repertoire using cutting-edge neuroscience approaches, she will have the strongest possible experiences for further growth in her scientific skills, and leadership in her field," noted Morrell.

Pereira received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Uruguay in Montevideo-Uruguay, completing her Ph.D. in biological sciences, with honors in physiological sciences in 2006.

Prior to working in Morrell's lab, she conducted research at the University of Uruguay in Montevideo-Uruguay, the University of Connecticut and at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico. She is a co-author of numerous articles, published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, Physiology and Behavior, Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Brain Research, and other academic journals.


'/>"/>

Contact: Helen Paxton
paxton@andromeda.rutgers.edu
Rutgers University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member Rachel Jones wins New York Times Nurse Award
2. Rutgers biomaterial debuts in clinical trials of new stent
3. N.J. nurses are overworked according to Rutgers College of Nursing professor
4. Rutgers College of Nursing emerita professor Beverly Whipple receives FSSS book award
5. Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member Rachel Jones awarded Rutgers-Newark Provost Award
6. Rutgers center sparks liquid bandage, a new frontline wound treatment
7. NJSNA honors Rutgers College of Nursings Linda Flynn for excellence in research
8. Rutgers researchers unlock mysteries of vitamin A metabolism during embryonic development
9. Julia Quinlan to present awards at a conference hosted by Rutgers College of Nursing
10. The Zonta Club of Essex County honors Rutgers College of Nursings Rachel Jones
11. Rutgers research partner Stemcyte, Inc., expands to New Jersey
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading ... its growing list of Partner Firms. S.S. Nesbitt is headquartered in Birmingham, ... and in between. , Harnessing the experience and insights of the agency’s team ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Pediatric therapists are challenged to use evidence ... the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) captures 20% more change in outcomes than other ... the Goal Attainment Scale, Education Resources Inc. is offering a course focused on ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... MA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... their revolutionary, biocompatible columns and accessories. These PEEK-lined stainless steel (PLS) columns combine ... provide a solution that ensures the integrity of biological samples while operating at ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Anxiety of older Americans ... start of Medicare Part D a decade ago, according to The Senior Citizens ... adults on how they are coping with rapidly rising costs. “The implications are ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Traumatic Brian Injury is ... may be one of many possible sources: sports, car accidents, falls, work accidents, ... Mastering Rehab Solutions for the Complexities of Concussions is designed for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... , February 10, 2016 Puerto Rico ... Puerto Rico Healthcare and Life Sciences Report 2016 ... page Puerto Rico Healthcare and Life Sciences Report 2016 ... into the fifth largest territory in the world for pharma ... device and diagnostics manufacturing, and more universities per square mile ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , Feb. 10, 2016 Convergence ... confluence of various technologies that results in ... unavailable. These opportunities create a cyclical system ... turn, drives the development of new technologies. ... characterized by technology convergences, which are constantly ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... PRINCETON, New Jersey and OR AKIVA, ... Regentis Biomaterials Ltd., a leader ... of its Series D investment round on February 5, ... Haisco Pharmaceutical Group ("Haisco"), a leading Chinese pharmaceutical ... Medica Partners, SCP Vitalife Partners, Generali Financial Holdings and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: