For the past several years, the Frick lab has provided a 4-week summer research experience to incoming freshman students as part of the UR@UWM program. See here for more information on the program and hear from Frick lab alums from 2018 and 2019.
UWM postdoc Dr. Brooke Dulka recently interviewed Dr. Frick as part of her Scientific American blog entry about estrogens and memory. The article is an excellent way to learn more about the role of estrogens in memory formation and memory loss in aging.
Graduate student Lisa Taxier’s first 1st-authored paper was recently accepted to the journal Hormones and Behavior. This project constituted Lisa’s Masters thesis and presented more challenges than we initially anticipated, so kudos to Lisa for her perseverance!
Graduate student Miranda Schwabe was accepted to attend the science communication workshop ComSciCon Chicago to be held at Northwestern University in late August! More information on this workshop can be found here.
Dr. Kellie Gross was notified that her postdoctoral NRSA (F32) fellowship application will be awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health! Kellie’s project examines the roles of matrix metalloproteinases and beta-integrin in the memory-enhancing effects of estradiol. Congratulations Kellie!!
Graduate student Miranda Schwabe has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid for Research from the scientific research honor society Sigma Xi. This $1,000 grant will be used for Miranda’s Masters project to understand the role of the nucleus reuniens of the thalamus in mediating memory on its own and in concert with the medial prefrontal cortex and dorsal hippocampus. Congratulations Miranda!
Dr. Frick’s collaboration with colleagues at Marquette University and Concordia University Wisconsin to develop new ERbeta-specific drugs for relieving menopausal symptoms and reducing dementia risk was profiled on TMJ4 News and in a more detailed interview on Facebook. The collaboration has spawned a new company, Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc., whose mission is to license these compounds for pharmaceutical development. Dr. Frick is a co-founder and the Chief Scientific Officer of Estrigenix.
Lisa Taxier has been awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA, F31) from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the role of hippocampal astrocytes in memory and estrogenic regulation of memory. This prestigious award will support Lisa’s studies for three years. Congratulations Lisa!
Senior undergraduate Sarah Philippi was selected to present her Alzheimer’s Association-funded research at the 2019 Posters on the Hill event in Washington, DC. Sarah was the only student selected from the state of Wisconsin! She will present her work on Capitol Hill and discuss her research with legislators from Wisconsin. Congratulations to Sarah on being selected to represent not only UWM, but the entire state of Wisconsin!