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Unearthing Secrets of New Neurons

Heather Frank, then a senior majoring in neuroscience at Colgate University, explains studies on neurogenesis that she worked on during an internship in the NIMH Unit on Neuroplasticity.

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The lab is located in the new Porter Neuroscience Center, which was formally dedicated in Spring, 2014. This state-of-the art resource is uniquely designed to foster collaboration on brain-related intramural studies across 10 NIH Institutes and Centers. After graduating, Heather returned to NIH as a post-baccalaureate IRTA fellow, in the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders of the NIMH Emotion and Development Branch, which is using neuroimaging to study brain circuitry in children with bipolar disorder and severe, impairing irritability.

For more information:

NIMH Science Update:
How Might New Neurons Buffer Against Stress

Maturation and function of new neurons in the adult hippocampus
Heather Cameron, Ph.D., chief NIMH Unit on Neuroplasticity 

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Irritability and New Approaches to Psychiatric Diagnosis
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., chief, NIMH Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders 

Porter Building Dedication, March 31, 2014 

NIH Catalyst: Porter Neuroscience Research Center