August 2016, Dr. Jacob Cain, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Jill Weimer’s lab, received a 1 year grant from the Batten Disease Support and Research Association. This research will focus on development of a novel mouse model that allows for cell specific introduction of a disease causing mutation associated with CLN3-Batten disease.
July 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer and a member of her team, Katherine White, recently published a study revealing that increased anxiety rate in obese patients may be caused by an interaction between obesity and a very common human infection, which results in immunological changes in the brain. This study, entitled “Diet-induced obesity prolongs neuroinflammation and recruits CCR2+ monocytes to the brain following herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 latency in mice,” was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity in collaboration with colleagues Drs. Patti Sheridan and Scott Hutton at the University of North Carolina.
August 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer recently received an administrative supplement for her R01 entitled “Novel mechanisms for distal transport in developing and mature neurons” funded through the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health. This $100,000 award (direct and indirect) will allow the Weimer team to investigate whether sex influence the age of onset, rate of decline and response to drug treatment in CLN6-Batten disease patients. Preliminary studies from the Weimer lab suggest that, in a mouse model of CLN6-Batten disease, male present earlier with disease symptoms than female littermates – which could significantly shift the window for administration of any disease therapy.
June 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer recently organized and hosted the 5th Annual It’s All About Science Festival at the Sanford Center which was attended by nearly 4000 community members. The event is organized annually by Sanford Research in partnership with area biotech companies, academic affiliates and non-profit organization. Through her STEM education efforts, Dr. Weimer also currently serves as the Chairwomen of the Kirby Science Discovery Center Board and is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Washington Pavilion.
May 2016, USD graduate student Jon Brudvig has won a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Jon is a second year PhD student in the Basic Biomedical Sciences program. He is completing his dissertation research in the Weimer Lab at Sanford Research, studying the role of cell polarity proteins in development of the cerebral cortex. The NDSEG is a highly competitive predoctoral fellowship funded by the Department of Defense, and supports individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
May 2016, Dr. Jill Weimer was recently elected to the Alumnae Council for the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Rochester in Rochester NY. Dr. Weimer received her BA, MS, and PhD from the University of Rochester and was the very first graduate student member appointed to the council while she was at student at the UR.