Announcing the 2nd Year Grant of the 2019 Avielle Foundation Neuroscience Award

Exciting things are happening at the Avielle Foundation and with your continued support our investment in science has been steady. We’re excited to announce the Robison Lab at Michigan State University received the second year grant of the Avielle Foundation’s Neuroscience Award to continue their work of developing a more consistent and quantifiable model for the study of violence using mouse intra-species aggression.

A team from the Robison Lab, led by Criminal Justice/Neuroscience Dual-PhD Candidate Christine Kwiatkowski, has applied this new model, which is driven by data from more than 700 mice collected in three different labs across the country, to uncover a role for the gut microbiome in shaping aggressive behavior in adult males. In collaboration with groups in MSU’s Entomology and Criminal Justice Departments, they are now correlating these mouse data with microbiome data collected from people across Detroit to determine whether the human microbiome could be connected to violent crime.

Learn about the Robison Lab at MSU and read the published science:

Epigenetic Regulation of Hippocampal Fosb Expression Controls Behavioral Responses to Cocaine

Androgen-Dependent Excitability of Mouse Ventral Hippocampal Afferents to Nucleus Accumbens Underlies Sex-Specific Susceptibility to Stress

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