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Douglas Hermes, a graduate student in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2018 King Research Excellence Award.

This award honors the late Dr. Richard King, a Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, for his many contributions to our department over the years. This award recognizes research excellence.

Douglas is currently studying how viral infection in the brain can influence the immune system to predispose individuals to neurodegenerative disease in the future. These research funds are directly purchasing the immunological assay kits that Douglas needs to better understand how the brain changes during viral infection and how we can use select pharmaceutical drugs to intervene and help fix these aberrant processes.

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