Laura Bianchi has been appointed to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section on neuronal communication.

Laura Bianchi, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Principal Investigator at The Bianchi Lab, has been appointed to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section on neuronal communication.

The Neuronal Communication Study Section is composed of reviewers who previously served on NIH panels that are no longer active. Prof. Bianchi, a former member of the Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling Study Section, was tapped to serve on the neuronal communication panel based on her expertise and work in the field of glia/neuron interaction.

“The NIH periodically reorganizes its study sections to better serve the scientific community in evaluating grant applications,” Prof. Bianchi said. “The cohort on neuronal communication will review R01, R21, and R03 grant applications that primarily focus on synaptic transmission, the biological process by which a neuron communicates with a target cell across a synapse.”

At the Miller School, Prof. Bianchi uses invertebrate model organisms to investigate fundamental biological questions about the cross talk between neuronal and glial cells in the nervous system.

Her commitment to basic science research made her standout as candidate to join the new NIH study section.

The NIH section on neuronal communication will typically meet three times per year:in February, June/July, and September/October. Key areas of review include synaptic structure, modulation, and mechanisms, with an emphasis on fundamental mechanisms of neuronal function and communication.

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