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UNC research tabbed as a top autism breakthrough of 2013

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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Ken Jacobson receives the Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications

The annual award was given at the meeting of the Biophysical Society in Baltimore, Maryland, for his contributions to the field of fluorescence.

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Deborah O’Brien one of eight GlaxoSmithKline awardees

O'Brien selected in GlaxoSmithKline's first Discovery Fast Track competition, designed to translate academic research into starting points for new potential medicines.

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Spencer Smith and colleagues discover new ‘mini-neural computer’ in the brain

Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers in the Smith lab have shown that dendrites actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. The finding could help researchers better understand neurological disorders.

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Mark Zylka, NIH Pioneer awardee, discusses his path to autism research

Zylka outlines how he started studying brain enzymes, the details and implications of his research, and what motivates him.

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Tarran funded by FDA, NIH to establish Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine is one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science created by FDA, NIH. Research from new program to inform potential tobacco regulatory activities.

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Simons Foundation highlights recent article by Philpot and Zylka

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative features recent findings by Ben Philpot and Mark Zylka in its news article, "Autism genes are surprisingly large, study finds."

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Kechele receives two-year NRSA Fellowship

Graduate student Dan Kechele is awarded National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute.

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Caron named inaugural chair of department of cell biology and physiology

Kathleen Caron, PhD, is associate professor of cell biology and physiology and genetics. Her research focuses on vascular biology and modeling human diseases in mice. She has served as assistant dean for research for the School of Medicine since 2010.

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Ben Philpot, Mark Zylka, colleagues find potential cause of autism

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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