Church member Coleen Atkins, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, with an honors thesis conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Chapman investigating the effects of nitric oxide on learning and memory. She received her doctorate in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, studying the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. Dr. Atkins was a post-doctoral fellow at the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health and Sciences University. In 2004, Dr. Atkins joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow to study synaptic dysfunction after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Atkins is president of the Miami Society for Neuroscience Chapter and highly active in Brain Awareness Week outreach activities as well as volunteering in her local community to promote the understanding of neuroscience to the general public.
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