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Philpot publishes lab's research in Neuron
The results suggest further lines of research related to the effects of neurodevelopmentally critical genes on other kinds of neurons.
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Philpot and Stuber labs discover a role for GABA co-release in the brain’s reward pathway
In a paper published in Nature Communications, Janet Berrios, a graduate student in the Philpot lab, discovered that the loss of UBE3A decreases the release of the GABA neurotransmitter and alters reward-seeking behavior in an important neural pathway once presumed to be principally regulated by the dopamine neurotransmitter.
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Zylka and Philpot to lead UNC Neuroscience Center
Mark Zylka, PhD, will serve as director and Ben Philpot, PhD, will serve as associate director of the UNC Neuroscience Center at the UNC School of Medicine, effective July 1. William Snider, MD, who has served as the center’s director for nearly 17 years, will step down from his leadership role, but will remain on faculty as professor of neurology, while also continuing his research.
Ben Philpot receives new R01 funding
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The work of Mark Zylka, PhD, and Ben Philpot, PhD, is featured by Autism Speaks in its list of 10 major advances in autism research in 2013.
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August 2013 - Findings published in the journal Nature outline the effects that key enzymes called topoisomerases can have on the genetic machinery behind brain development.
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Thaxton awarded two-year NARSAD Young Investigator grant
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly known as NARSAD, or the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) awards $11.8 million in 200 new two-year grants for young researchers in brain and behavior science.
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November 2012 - New research from Ben Philpot and colleagues provides a neurological justification for this therapeutic approach, but researchers caution there could be unanticipated effects.
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Philpot lab publishes cover story in the journal Neuron
October 2012 - A new activity-dependent role for the protein heavily implicated in autism, Neuroligin-1, identified
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