Neuroscience Student Wins AAAS Poster Competition

The University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences is proud to announce that neuroscience student Nalini Rao has been selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the Student Poster Competition Winner in the Brain and Behavior category.
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Rao’s winning poster titled, RAI1 Mutant Mice Exhibit Smith-Magenis Syndrome Phenotypes, features a neurodevelopmental disorder called Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS), which results from mutations in a specific chromosome. SMS is characterized by intellectual and social behavior disabilities, delayed motor and speech functions, and sleep disturbances. Rao’s poster detailed how the hypothesis was tested on whether a single gene mutation in mice could make these same characteristics appear. This test is important because it was able to match symptoms seen in SMS patients and could pave the way for further research.


 The 2016 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, February 13-14.

March 04, 2016