Negron Research Group

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  • ABRCMS 2020: Outstanding ePosters Presentations Awards!!!

Date: November 16, 2020

Congratulations Alondra, Mariela and the students from UPR Cayey in their ABRCMS 2020 Presentations!! Alondra and Mariela WON Outstanding Presentation Awards!!!

  • “A Novel Route to Neuroprotection in Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury” – By Edwin Vázquez Rosa, Ph.D.

Date: November 12, 2020

Platform: Zoom Meetings

Hour: 10:30 am

Chronic neurodegeneration, major cause of the long-term disabilities that afflict survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is linked to an increased risk for late-life neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Dr. Vázquez, current researcher from the Louis-Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, offered a conference about his research experience in the finding of the restoration of blood-brain barrier (BBB) structure and function by P7C3-A20 when administered 12 months after TBI. This pharmacotherapy was associated with cessation of chronic neurodegeneration and recovery of normal cognitive function, benefits that persisted long after treatment cessation. Pharmacologic renewal of BBB integrity may this provide a new treatment option for patients who have suffered a remote TBI, or other neurological conditions associated with BBB deterioration.

  • Our Research work was on the News!!!

Date: October 26, 2020

  • “The natural compound 4R-cembranoid and memantine share similar cholinergic pathways to induce neuroprotection” – By Yancy Ferrer Acosta, Ph.D.

Date: October 13, 2020

Platform: Zoom Meetings

Hour: 10:30 am

Dr. Ferrer is an expert in neurobiology; she studies the function and regulation of astrocytes in ischemic strokes.

She offered a conference about her research group investigation of the role of astrocytes in the neuroinflammation process. Some of the studies and techniques performed in her laboratory are primary cell cultures of astrocytes, mouse models of ischemic stroke, western blots, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, among other molecular biology techniques.

Currently, Dr. Ferrer is studying the neuroprotective properties of natural compound 4R-cembrenoid for the development of treatments for ischemic strokes.

  • ABRCMS 2020: Abstracts accepted for Virtual Experience!!

Date: September 24, 2020

Alondra and Ariana, current research assistants, got accepted to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 2020 (ABRCMS 2020) to present their research projects.

  • “A Novel Approach of Organic Nanomaterials for Current Challenges in Medicine” – By Luis M. Negrón Ríos, Ph.D.

Date: September 10, 2020

Platform: Zoom Meetings

Hour: 10:30 am

Dr. Negrón talked about his research. His interests are the synthesis and study of stimuli-responsive organic molecules called lipid dendrimers that self-assemble in nanoparticles for drug-delivery applications. He is interested in understanding how lipid dendrimers can form these nanoparticles in order to develop a new alternative for therapeutic agents for neurological applications.

His research group apply concepts of organic chemistry (synthesis and characterization), analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, among other interdisciplinary areas. He is currently working in lipid dendrimer derivatives used for the encapsulation and delivery of drugs that induce neuroplasticity to treat brain strokes.

  • PR-LSAMP 2020 Fellowship: Renis and Ariana received PR-SLAMP Award for Academic Year 2020-2021

Date: August 2020

Current research assistants Renis and Ariana received PR-LSAMP Fellowship for their research projects for academic year 2020-2021. Congratulations for this great achievement!

  • Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE) Program Fellowship: Alondra was accepted to the RISE Research Group Fall 2020 Cohort

Date: August 3, 2020

Alondra, current research assistant that studies the hydrophobic formation of lipid dendrimers nanoparticles used as a potential strategy to encapsulate statins drugs for drug delivery applications, received RISE award for her research project funding during Fall 2020. Congratulations for this great achievement!

  • 7th Student Meeting of Research, Creations, and Community Service

Date: June 19, 2020

Hour: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ariana and Alondra presented their research projects at the 7th Student Meeting of Research, Creations, and Community service of the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Excellent work!!!

  • Virtual Presentation for QUIM4999 – Undergraduate Research Symposium

Date: May 14, 2020

Platform: Google Meets

Hour: 10:30 am

Congratulations to Ariana, Alondra and all chemistry students that presented their progress reports at the Undergraduate Research Virtual Symposium of the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey.

  • Summer Internships 2020: Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology

Date: March 2, 2020

Alondra got accepted to the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She will work at the Dr. Catherine Murphy’s Research Laboratory. Congratulations for this great achievement!

  • Activity of Professional Development at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

Date: February 14, 2020

Hour: 11:00 am

Place: NEC Amphitheater

Professor Negrón gave an oral presentation about his research as a faculty member from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

  • Presentation for QUIM4999 – Undergraduate Research Symposium

Date: December 10, 2019

Place: 311 MMM

Hour: 10:30 am

The undergraduate students from the chemistry department, Alondra and Ariana, gave oral presentations for the end of semester at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Excellent work!

  • Poster presentations at the PR-Neuroscience Symposium

Date: December 7, 2019

The undergraduate students Alondra, José, and Ariana gave poster presentations at the 27th Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference hosted by ”Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamón, PR”. Nice work, and best wishes for the next adventure!

  • Negron’s Research Laboratory received three grants on Fall 2019!!!

Date: December 2019

Place: University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

Congratulations on your well-deserved success Dr. Negrón!!!

  • PR-LSAMP 2019 Fellowship:

Date: September 11, 2019

Ariana received PR-LSAMP Fellowship for their research projects for academic year 2019-2020. Congratulations for this great achievement!

  • Fluorescent Light Microscopy Seminar- By Lic. Bismark Madera

Date: February 27, 2019

Hour: 10:30 am

**NEW PLACE**: NEC Amphitheater

Lic. Bismark Madera from the Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility (NIEF) will be offering a fluorescent light microscopy seminar at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Don’t forget to register for this great opportunity!

Link for Registration

  • Christmas lunch

Negron research group wishes you a merry christmas, and a happy new year! Cheers!