March 2016, Rachel Laufmann, a senior at USD and full-time technician in the Weimer lab, has been awarded the 2016 Undergraduate Research Excellence Award from the University of South Dakota. This prestigious award recognizes 3+ years’ of research that Rachel conducted both as an REU/SPUR scholar and as a part of her undergraduate honors thesis. The award includes a grant of $500, a featured month in the USD 2017 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs calendar, and a framed citation for her accomplishments.
March 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer gave an invited lecture at the 2016 American Society for Neurochemistry in Denver March 19-23rd. Dr. Weimer’s presentation will be a part of a special panel entitled “Old Friends and New Roles: Brain Patterning and Signal Transduction.” The goal of the American Society for Neurochemistry is to advance and promote the science of neurochemistry and related neurosciences and to increase and enhance neurochemical knowledge.
November 2015, Dr. Jill Weimer gave two invited seminars on her CLN6-Batten disease research. The first was in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The second was at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
November 2015, Dr. Jill Weimer and a USD BBS graduate student with her team, Jon Brudvig, recently published a review article entitled “X MARCKS the spot: myristoylated alanine-rich C kinase substrate in neuronal function and disease” in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.
November 2015, Dr. Jill Weimer presented updates on her Batten disease research at Young Harris College in Georgia.
October 2015, Dr. Jill Weimer was recently interviewed for an episode of The Doctors TV show regarding her work on Batten disease in partnership with the Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation. This taped episode aired October 12th.
October 2015, Jon Brudvig, a BBS PhD student in the Weimer lab, has received a travel award from the Center for Brain Behavior Research to attend the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago to present his research and to attend a stem cell training course.
October 2015, Dr. Jill Weimer received a research grant for nearly $440,000 from The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation for her research on finding a cure or treatment for a rare variant form of Batten disease. http://www.sanfordhealth.org/newsroom/2015/10/Sanford-scientist-lands-grant-to-support-Batten-disease-research