Understanding the creation of new nerve cells in adult brains while engaging more Maine college students in biomedical research is the focus of a five-year study being led by a University of Maine researcher.

Kristy Townsend, an assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Maine, is leading the research that will focus on adult neural plasticity and neurogenesis. The broader impact goals of the project are to expand a capstone course for seniors to conduct original biomedical research, and the development of an outreach program and summer fellowship with community colleges and other underrepresented groups in Maine in order to engage students in research and increase access to biomedical careers.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Townsend a $1 million CAREER grant for the project, “Novel Mechanisms of Adult Neurogenesis.” Read more.