Ming-Hu Han, PhD received the 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for Depression Basic Research: to understand what happens in the brain to cause mental illness.  Dr. Han will study the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain, one area where changes to neural circuitry have been linked to depression. The VTA is a major part of the brain’s reward circuitry. Dr. Han will investigate how cells in the lateral hypothalamus, a brain area involved in the body and brain’s responses to stress, communicate with the VTA.

Barbara Juarez received the Student Merit Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.


Barbara Juarez was accepted into the Neuroscience Scholars Program from SfN.


Ming-Hu Han was elected to The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) during its annual meeting in December. The ACNP is a premier professional society in brain, behavior, and psychopharmacology research in the United States. Members are selected based on their original research contributions to the field of neuropsychopharmacology.