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April 2009

Core faculty Amishi Jha, and affiliated faculty Michael Kaplan win teaching awards!
Dr. Amishi Jha win the Penn School of Arts and Sciences award for Innovation in Teaching, and Dr. Michael Kaplan was honored with the Dean's award for Distinguihsed Teaching by an Affiliated Faculty.

June 2008

Cognitive Neurologists develop new screening instrument
Penn CCN faculty members Geoff Aguirre, Anjan Chatterjee, Branch Coslett and Murray Grossman, along w other colleagues from Penn and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, have developed the Philadelphia Brief Assessment of Cognition.  In comparison to the widely used Mini Mental State Exam for dementia, the PBAC is sensitive to the neuropsychological changes in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions such as frontotemporal dementia.  Requiring only 15-20 minutes to administer and score, the PBAC is an efficient new method for assessing dementia severity across a wide variety of patients.

Patient-based cognitive neuroscience research: Penn’s registry is a model
Penn cognitive neuroscientists Anjan Chatterjee and Marianna Stark, along with Penn CCN former postdoc Lesley Fellows, have published an article on how to create and maintain patient registries for cognitive neuroscience research.  Their article, entitled “Patient Registries in Cognitive Neuroscience Research: Advantages, Challenges and Practical Advice” came out this year in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

CCN Core Faculty Member Sharon Thompson-Schill wins 2008 Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB) Teaching Award for 2008!

Archived News:

Four new professors join core faculty

Roy Hamilton was recently appointed Instructor in Cognitive Neurology for the University of Pennsylvania. He completed residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 after having graduating from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 with degrees in Medicine and Health Sciences Technology. His research interest is in the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the adult human brain. He investigates how the brain reorganizes itself in response to injury, and whether or not it is possible to enhance the brain's potential for reorganization in order to speed rehabilitation. Roy uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in order to examine and manipulate the functional anatomy and connectivity of the brain in both healthy and injured states. Roy is also the director of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Pipeline Program, a multi-tiered neuroscience education program for inner-city high schools students in Philadelphia.

Adrian Raine joined the Departments of Criminology and Psychiatry as the Richard Perry University Professor. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in experimental psychology from Oxford University and his doctorate in psychology from York University. Before his arrival at Penn, he was a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California. He is internationally renowned for his integration of biological and social perspectives on the prediction and explanation of violent behavior. His discoveries have identified brain structures, nutritional influences, genetic factors and social environments that foster violent criminal tendencies. Adrian is continuing his work on the neurobiology of antisocial behavior, including investigations of the neural bases of normal and abnormal moral reasoning, and the ethical, legal and social implications of “neurocriminology.”

Robert Schultz is the new Endowed Chair of the Regional Autism Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He received his bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Texas (Austin). His training is in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging, and his recent research has focused on the use of structural and functional MRI to study social cognition and face perception, particularly as these can be related to deficits found in persons with autism and related disorders. He is especially interested in the role of a specific brain region, the "fusiform face area" (FFA), in both face perception and in social knowledge. His work has helped define this as one of the key nodes for understanding social deficits in autism.

Sabrina Smith is a doctor in the Division of Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her bachelors degree in psychology from Princeton University, and her M.D./Ph.D. from New York University School of Medicine . Her doctorate is in physiology and neuroscience. She is using funds from the Child Neurology Foundation for a new study on language acquisition and visuospatial function in children who have suffered from a stroke.

CCN faculty help launch Neuroethics Society

Martha Farah and Anjan Chatterjee, along with CCN affiliated faculty members Stephen Morse and Paul Root Wolpe, recently joined with colleagues at eight other universities to establish a new professional society dedicated to promoting research on the ethical implications of neuroscience. To learn more, please visit

Penn’s highest teaching award for Cognitive Neuroscience professor

Sharon Thompson-Schill has won the 2006 Linback Award for teaching PSYC 149, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. Congratulations, Sharon!

Endowed chair for CCN director

Martha Farah has been named the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in Natural Sciences.


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Last Modified: 16 December, 2009


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