Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate Nicole M. Wilson Wins Women in Neurotrauma Research Award

Nicole M. Wilson, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate, won the Women in Neurotrauma Research (WiNTR) Award after competing in the trainee poster competition at the 2016 National Neurotrauma Society Symposium. The WiNTR award is given annually to recognize the top poster presentation by a woman. The trainee poster competition consisted of the top 22 (out of 377) graduate students and post-doctoral associates, based on ranked abstract scores.

“It is an honor to have received the WiNTR Award, and to be in the company of so many accomplished women in neurotrauma research,” Wilson said. “It is especially rewarding given that I have had the pleasure of working with two WiNTR award recipients, Meghan Blaya, Ph.D., and Helen Bramlett, Ph.D., and I am thrilled to have been handed the torch.”

For this competition, Wilson presented her research “Phosphodiesterase 4B Inhibition as an Anti-Inflammatory Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury.” Under the guidance of her mentor, Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Wilson has been studying the role of an enzyme, phosphodiesterase 4B, in inflammation and pathology after traumatic brain injury. This research was done in collaboration with W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project, Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science and Professor, Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Cell Biology, and is partially funded by the F31 predoctoral fellowship that Wilson received from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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