fot_inaug_038.jpgDr. Michal Toborek received an honorary degree of Doctor honoris causa from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland on October 7, 2016. The degree was awarded by the Senate of the Academy of Physical Education in recognition of Dr. Toborek’s scientific achievements with emphasis on research related to impact of exercise, his service and activities in promoting international research collaboration, and his long-term collaboration with the Academy of Physical Education. The ceremony took place during the inauguration of academic year 2016/2017 at the Academy of Physical Education. Dr. Toborek gave an inaugural lecture titled “Targeting exercise for the blood-brain barrier modulation: a lesson from drug abuse.”

KatelynKatelyn O'Neill is our second PiBS PhD student rotating in the lab. For an eight week period, she will be working alongside postdoctoral scholar Luc Bertrand in detecting HIV infection of pericytes in-vivo. They plan to accomplish this by optimizing an in-situ PCR technique. Katelyn will present her work at the end of her rotation. 

DianaPresentation.jpg On September 26th, Post-Doc Diana Avila presented her work on targeting latent HIV-1 in the brain using state of the art nanotechnology. The NanoFlorida 2016 conference was hosted by the University of Central Florida in Orlando.


Mineseon Park’s paper “Exercise protects against methamphetamine-induced aberrant neurogenesis” was accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. The authors are Minseon Park, Harry Levine, and Michal Toborek. The results indicate that exercise can attenuate METH-induced neurotoxicity by protecting against the BBB disruption and related microenvironmental changes in the hippocampus. Congratulations Minseon!

DSC02635x.jpgOn August 23rd Post-Docs Ana Leda and Luc Bertrand were filmed for the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Ana's: Mouse Microsurgery Infusion Technique for Targeted Substance Delivery into the CNS via the Internal Crotid Artery was filmed by Jim Wrocklage and edited by Jo Clark. Luc's film was titled after his procedures: Induction of Ischemic Stroke and Ischemia-Reperfusion in Mice Using the Middle Artery Occlusion Technique. Ana and Luc performed their experiments, as they explained their protocols and procedures to the camera. Make sure to watch the Journal to see our stars making history in the field of Biochemistry!