Cain Labs postdoctoral fellow receives the prestigious K99/R00 grant

Dr. Matthew Weston, postdoctoral fellow at Dr. Swann’s lab received the prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence grant (K99/R00) for his research proposal titled, “Regulation of Synapse and network dynamics by mTOR”. This grant mechanism is designed to facilitate a timely and easier transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position.

Learn more about NIH Pathway to Independence grant (K99/R00).

Many roads to hyperexcitation: mTOR suppressors regulate synaptic function in different ways

Loss of 2 genes that repress mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR), a growth-promoting pathway, causes autism and epilepsy. Excessive excitation of neurons was assumed to be the culprit. However, a study published in the February 2014 issue of The Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience adds a new twist.