iHuman Research Assistant Professor Dr. Chen Ming was awarded the 2019 Yangtze River Delta Neuroscience Young Scientist Award on August 15, 2019. Jointly established by Shanghai Society of Neuroscience, Anhui Society for Neuroscience, Zhejiang Society for Neuroscience and Jiangsu Society for Neuroscience, the award is given each year to six young scientists in the research field of neuroscience for their outstanding contributions, and is aimed at encouraging the enthusiasm and creativity of young neuroscientists in the Yangtze River Delta. The winners are invited to give an oral presentation at the upcoming 2019 Yangtze River Delta Forum on Neuroscience and the 11th Congress of members in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.
Dr. Chen Ming, collaborating with iHuman Institute and Professor Hu Ji of the School of Life Science and Technology, has obtained a series of research results elucidating the neural circuitry mechanisms in reward and aversion by using optical methods including grin lens and fiber photometry. Dr. Chen Ming and collaborators led by Dr. Hu Ji from ShanghaiTech’s SLST and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine’s Dr. Xu Tianle discovered a new mechanism of itch processing and the results were published in Neuron on April 2019 with Dr. Chen Ming as co-first author. In addition, Dr. Chen Ming was a major participant in research deciphering the mechanism of reward inhibiting paraventricular CRH neurons to relieve stress, which was published in Current Biology on March 2019. Parts of Dr. Chen Ming’s post-doctoral work – the mechanism of feedback circuit between BLA and mPFC neurons in drug aversion and the mechanism of presynaptic GABAB receptor-mediated inhibition in morphine reward – were published in Science Advances (co-corresponding author, February 2019) and eLife (first author, July 2015). These research findings can provide theoretical support for the treatment of severe neuropsychiatric diseases such as addiction, anxiety and depression.
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