News Archives

Dr. Deshpande and colleagues presented on the Gulf War Illness State of the Science at a Virtual Conference. Links to the presentations are located on the conference website

Our papers on ketamine and Gulf War Illness are now published. These papers suggest role of calcium and BDNF signaling in antidepressant-like effect of ketamine in a rat model of Gulf War Illness related depression

Will blockade of Tumor Necrosis Factor improve Gulf War Illness related symptoms? In collaboration with Dr. Dixon our lab will investigate effects a solTNF inhibitor in a rat model for Gulf War Illness

Is there an accelerated aging in Gulf War Illness? A new project funded by DOD-CDMRP in collaboration with Dr. McClay will explore this hypothesis

Dr. Ana Ribeiro joins our lab as a Post-Doctoral Scholar. Ana obtained her PhD from Univ. of Milan, Italy and her thesis was on "A spine to nucleus signaling pathway in Alzheimer’s Disease"

Congratulations to Jackie Zhu for receiving the 2020-21 VCU Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Jackie Zhu presented her work on Ketamine and Gulf War Illness at the 2019 Posters on the Hill event organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research held at Washington DC and at the 2019 SOT meeting in Baltimore.

Maris Ratliff presented at the 2019 VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. She was supported by JakeLinn Harris, Narmeen Rashid, and Jackie Zhu.

Gulf War Illness and neuroinflammation- collaborative project with Dr. Jamie DeWitt at ECU recommended for funding. Project begins Aug-2019.

Dr. Deshpande elected as the Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES)

Dr. Deshpande presented a talk on the Neurobiology of the Gulf War Illness at Virginia Tech Fralin Life Science Institute Fall-2018 Seminar Series

Dr. Deshpande spoke on "The Toxicological Basis of Gulf War Illness" at VCU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 2018 Fall Seminar Program

Congratulations Edna Santos on receiving VCU-Biology and VCU-UROP Travel Award for  2018 SOT meeting in San Antonio. Edna will be joining the VCU Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Program.

Congratulations Wasamah Sheikh on getting accepted for the Hopkins Inst. of Cell Engineering 2018 Summer Research Program.

We welcome Elisa Hawkins to our lab. Elisa will be our Sr. Lab and Research Specialist. Hokies balance is maintained in the lab!

We are excited that Dr. Kristin Phillips will be joining as an Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech.