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We study how and when memory circuits need to communicate during learning for the successful formation of fear memories.

We are located in the Biomedical Sciences department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI


June 30, 2020

There's a new Doctor in the house!

Announcing Dr. Adam Kirry, who successfully defended his dissertation today!  He's now heading to the University of Cincinnati for his postdoc.  Good luck, Adam!

July 01, 2020

We're recruiting graduate students!

Apply now for Marquette's Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program.  Contact Dr. Gilmartin for more information. 

June 01, 2020

PACAP and the amygdala

The Handbook of Amygdala Structure and Function is out, edited by Janice Urban and Amiel Rosenkranz.  Our chapter (Nicole Ferrara and Marieke Gilmartin) discusses PACAP signaling in fear, stress, and memory.  Check it and the other fantastic contributions out here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/handbook/handbook-of-behavioral-neuroscience/vol/26/suppl/C

May 25, 2020

Congratulations to Adam on his recent NLM paper!

Adam interrogated the role of prefrontal input to the amygdala in cued trace fear conditioning and found that this direct connection is important early in training.  Read about it here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1074742720300939?via%3Dihub

April 15, 2020

Congratulations to Bob on his recent J Neuro paper!

Dr. Twining, Adam, and recent undergrad Katie reveal a role for direct hippocampal input to the prefrontal cortex in episodic fear memory:  the connection is crucial for incorporating contextual information into memory.  Read it here: https://www.jneurosci.org/content/40/16/3217.abstract.

December 01, 2019

Very excited to begin work on a series of experiments that will determine how the stress-related peptide PACAP differentially modulates cortical physiology and fear behavior in males and females.

October 21, 2019

Society for Neuroscience - Chicago 2019

Back from an enlightening SFN meeting in windy Chicago.  This was Undergraduate Matt LaViola's first conference -- he did a great job presenting (twice!) and enjoyed the immersive experience of SFN. 

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