2017

July

Dr. Kevin Wickman gets promoted to Vice Head of the Department of Pharmacology; Congratulations Kevin!

May

The Wickman Lab launches a "Viral Vector Core" service to provide high-quality, high-titer custom Adeno-Associated Viruses (AAV) to the UMN community.

Baovi Vo was a finalist in the 3 Minutes Thesis Talk (3MT) Competition that took place on the Research Recognition Day.

Nora McCall presented her work on the role GIRK channels play in addiction in dopaminergic neurons at the Research Recognition Day.

Timothy Rose was appointed to the "Neuroscience Training in Drug Abuse Research" training grant (DA007234).

April

Timothy Rose, first-year student in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology, joined the Wickman lab for his graduate training. Welcome aboard!

Dr. Ezequiel Marron, Dr. Lei Zhang, and Baovi Vo et al. published a paper, "GIRK2 splice variants and neuronal G protein-gated K+ channels: implications for channel function and behavior." in Scientific Reports.

February

Nora McCall presented her work on the role GIRK channels play in addiction in dopaminergic neurons at the 2017 Winter Conference on Brain Research. Congrats!

Dr. Ezequiel Marron et al. published a paper, "Suppression of inhibitory G protein signaling in forebrain pyramidal neurons triggers plasticity of glutamatergic neurotransmission in the nucleus accumbens core." in Neuropharmacology.

2016

November

Nora McCall and Dr. Megan Tipps represented the lab at the 2016 Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. Nora and Megan presented their work, "Selective ablation of GIRK channels in dopamine neurons alters behavioral effects of cocaine in mice" and "Associative learning is gated by GABAB-GIRK signaling in pyramidal neurons of the basolateral amygdala," respectively.

Nora McCall received a travel grant from the University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students to present her work at the Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Good job!

Nora McCall received a travel award from the Winter Conference for Brain Research, to attend their 2017 annual meeting from Jan 28 - Feb 2 in Big Sky, MT. Congrats!

Dr. Nicole Victoria's recently published paper in Biological Psychiatry was featured on the cover of the November 15 publication.

Dr. Ezequiel Marron was selected as the featured scholar in the Global Scholar Profile Program at the University of Minnesota.

July

Nora McCall et al. published a paper, "Selective Ablation of GIRK Channels in Dopamine Neurons Alters Behavioral Effects of Cocaine in Mice," in Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Ezequiel Marron presented work on the role of GIRK channels in modulating PrLC GABA neuron excitability and its possible role in modulating fear learning at the Ion Channel Gordon Conference at Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts.

March

Allison Anderson and Baovi Vo – first–year students in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology – joined the Wickman lab for their graduate training. Welcome aboard!

Nora McCall received an F31 NRSA Award (F31 DA041767) from the NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) entitled "Cocaine-Induced Adaptations in Inhibitory Signaling in VTA Dopamine Neurons."

January

Nora McCall presented work on the role of GIRK channels in VTA DA neurons in regulating behavioral sensitivity to cocaine at the Winter Conference on Brain Research in Breckenridge, Colorado.

2015

October

Dr. Nicole Victoria accepted a position as an investigator at the FDA. The Wickman lab wishes her the best of luck!

September

Lydia Kotecki's poster received a "best poster" award at the Pharmacology Department's annual retreat.

August

Dr. Nicole Victoria received an F32 NRSA award (F32 MH106190) from the NIH/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

June

Dr. Ezequiel Marron received a travel award from The Society of General Physiologists to attend and give an oral presentation at the FASEB Ion Channel Regulation Conference.

May

Lydia Kotecki's work on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying opioid reward-related behavior was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

April

Dr. Ezequiel Marron's work on sex differences in GIRK-dependent signaling in pyramidal neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex was published in Neuropharmacology.

Dr. Nicole Victoria received a travel award to the Conference on Learning and Memory at University of Texas in Austin, where she presented her work on the role of GIRK channels in aversive learning and memory, and underlying plasticity.

January

Dr. Nicole Victoria was appointed to the "Neuroscience Training in Drug Abuse Research" training grant (DA007234).

Nora McCall was appointed to the "Neuroscience Training in Drug Abuse Research" training grant (DA007234).

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