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Three Ossining Students Chosen As Finalists In Neuroscience Competition

Ossining High School students, Sarah Fendrich, Mathew Forman, and Julia Riley, are among 12 finalists for the 2016 Neuroscience Research Prize.
Ossining High School students, Sarah Fendrich, Mathew Forman, and Julia Riley, are among 12 finalists for the 2016 Neuroscience Research Prize. Photo Credit: Contributed

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Three Ossining High School students are among 12 finalists for the 2016 Neuroscience Research Prize, which is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.

Sarah Fendrich, Mathew Forman, and Julia Riley, who are part of Ossining High School’s Fundamentals of Science Research program, have the opportunity to receive $1,000 each and attend the world's largest gathering of neurologists in Vancouver, Canada.

One winner will have the opportunity to present his or her work at the Child Neurology Society’s 45th annual meeting in October, also in Vancouver. The American Academy of Neurology and Child Neurological Society created the award to encourage high school students to explore the brain and nervous system through laboratory research.

“It is truly remarkable that from a national pool of students, three of the 12 student finalists come from one school alone,” said Valerie Holmes, who co-teaches the Science Research Program with Angelo Piccirillo.

Forman's research project is titled, "Intranasal Administration of Neuropeptide Y Agonist and Y1 Agonist Prevents the Development of PTSD-like Symptoms;" Fendrich's project is titled, "Individual Neural Network Activity Patterns Underlie Complex Cognitive Task Performance: An fMRI Study with Clinical Implications;" Riley's is titled, "RNF167 Regulates Neuronal SNARE Complex Component VAMP2 via Ubiquitination: Implications in Neuronal Function and Dysfunction."

Ossining High School learned that eight of its Science Research program students are semifinalists in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search competition, more than any other high school in New York. Riley is one of the semifinalists.

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