11/30/12: A Larysa Pevny Memorial was held at 3pm in MBRB including eulogies from 3-4 pm in G202 MBRB. A time for fellowship and expressing condolences to the family followed in the MBRB 2nd floor lobby. Larysa's mother and sister were in attendance as were others from out of town who are friends and former colleagues.
11/13/12: Eva Anton publishes in Developmental Cell Nov 2012.
2012: Congratulations to Kristin Sellers, Leah Townsend, Elizabeth Andersen and Heather Decot, who were awarded HHMI Student Research Fellowships!
10/25/12: The 13th Annual Neuroscience Symposium was held from 9am – 2pm. A number of speakers were featured at the event. Thanks to all who made it a success!
9/20/12: Kevin Blauth of Markovic-Plese's lab successfully defended his PhD dissertation and completed his talk, "CX3CL1 Upregulates ICAM-1 on CD4+ T Lymphocytes: Implications for the Immunopathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis"
9/4/12: The TOWN HALL meeting took place in Taylor Hall 124 at 12:30p.m. The purpose of the meeting was to have an opportunity to create a more direct interaction between students and the leadership.
8/23/12: Buddy Whitman of Breese's lab successfully defended his PhD dissertation and completed his talk titled "Neuroimmune Consequences of Chronic Alcohol Exposure and its Relationship to Stress."
07/11/12: Sarah Taves of McCarthy's lab successfully defended her PhD. dissertation and completed her talk titled "Investigating the Glial Contribution on Persistent Pain."
04/2012: John Elliott Robinson was awarded an NRSA in April 2012, titled "Mechanisms of Alcohol Reward in a Humanized OPRM1 Mouse Model."
Garret Stuber's lab published in Neuron in the March 22nd issue of Neuron. The research article shows that activation of VTA GABA neurons can disrupt reward-related behavior by their direct regulation of neighboring dopamine neurons. Click here for the press release.
Regina Carelli, Stephen B. Baxter Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, is co-chairing a committee that will suggest priorities for implementation and help guide the logistics necessary to bring the Academic Plan ideas to fruition. To read further about Academic Plan, please visit this website: http://academicplan.unc.edu/
Corey Cusack was selected to receive a competitive travel fellowship for the Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS) conference in Barcelona this July. On behalf of the International Affairs Committee and the Society for Neuroscience, she has been selected to receive a $2,000 travel award.
4/13/2012: Jaeda Coutinho-Budd in Zylka's lab successfully defended her Ph.D and completed her talk titled "Membrane Deformation and Lipid Signaling: Functions of srGAP Family Proteins and PI (4, 5)P2."
3/23/2012: Liz Buttermore in Bhat's lab successfully defended her Ph.D and completed her talk titled "Organization and Maintenance of Molecular Domains in Myelinated Axons."
3/20/2012: Beth Cox in Johns lab successfully defended her Ph.D. and completed her talk titled "Prenatal Cocaine: Effects on Neonatal Vocalizations, Cue-Induced Maternal Response, and Brain Development "
3/15/2012: A paper from the groups of Ben Philpot, Bryan Roth and Mark Zylka has just appeared online in Nature together with a News and Views. The paper reports work with a novel assay that points towards development of a treatment for a neurodevelopment disorder. Click here for Nature paper. Click here for News and Views in Nature.
12/19/2011: Amanda Jacobs in Weinberg's lab successfully defended her Ph.D and completed her talk titled "The Organization of Proteins Involved in Synaptic Plasticity."
10/13/11: The 12th UNC Neuroscience Symposium was held. Speakers included Cori Bargmann, PhD, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor, Rockefeller University, HHMI Investigator; Co-Perl Prize Winner, Elizabeth Phelps, PhD, Professor, New York University; Stephen Smith, PhD, Professor, Stanford University; Edward Callaway, PhD, Professor, Salk Institute
9/26/2011: Tom Kash, faculty member in the Curriculum, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
9/6/2011: Michael Wallace, PhD student in Philpot's lab, was recently awarded an NRSA, "Cell-Type-Specific Synaptic Defects in Angelman Syndrome Model Mice."
8/22/2011: Reggie Cannady, PhD student in Hodge's Lab, was recently awarded an NRSA, "Molecular Mechanisms of Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Relapse-like Behavior."
7/20/2011: Chris Smith, PhD student in Boettiger's lab, was recently awarded an NRSA, "Now Versus Later Decision Making: Effects of Frontal Development and Alcohol Use."
7/12/11: Michael Salling in Hodge's lab successfully defended his PhD and completed his talk title "Alcohol Drinking and the Amygdala Proteome: A Mechanistic Role for CaMKII in the Reinforcing Properties of Alcohol."
7/1/11: Dr. Spencer Smith joined the UNC Neuroscience Center's Faculty. He will use 2-photon imaging of visual cortex in living mice to assess ensemble neural activity. Spencer will have apointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology and the UNC Neurscience Center.
May 2011: Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's PMRD event. The day was a successful learning experience for all. Special thanks to this year's invited guest, Mr. Marc R. Freeman, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and HHMI investigator.
5/16/11: Sarah Williams in Johns lab successfully defended her Ph.D and completed her talk titled "Cocaine Exposeure During Pregnancy: Effects on Maternal Behaviors and Endocrine Signaling."
5/1/11: Dr. Flavio Frohlich joined the UNC Neuroscience Center's Faculty. He will be studying cortical network activity using multi-electrode recording in his new lab at UNC. Flavio will have appointments as Assistant Professor in Department of Psychiatry, the UNC Neuroscience Center, and the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology.
4/8/11: Kim Carpenter successfully defended her Ph.D. on Friday, April 8, 2011, 2pm in Bondurant G100. Her talk title, "Functional Neuroimaging of Social and Executive Neural Circuitry in High-Functioning Autism." Dissertation Mentor: Dr. Aysenil Belger, Clinical Mentor: Dr. Joseph Piven.
4/6/11: Lucy Kotlyanskaya has been awarded an NSF, How Does the Adapter Protein Disabled Regulate Abl Tyrosine Kinase Signaling During Morphogenesis?
3/17/11: Corey Cusack has been awarded an NRSA, Molecular Intersection Between Neuronal Apoptosis and Axon Degeneration. She scored in the first percentile on the first submission.
02/22/11: Philpot, Roth and Zylka awarded prestigious grant for research in autism research spectrum disorders.
12/7/10: Luke Campagnola has been awarded an NRSA, Mapping the Connectivity of Cochlear Nucleus Bushy Cells.
11/1/10: Sarah Williams has been selected to receive a Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award. This recognizes outstanding graduate student research of particular benefit to North Carolina. There will be an Annual Student Recognition Celebration on April 6, 2011 where all of the Impact awardees will showcase their research to the campus community, state legislators, and others participating in a poster session.
10/18/10: 225 scientists from the triangle attend the UNC Neuroscience Symposium on Oct. 14th. Drs. Lesilie Vosshall, Matthew Wilson, Dan Geschwind, and Steven Paul delivered lecutres on “The Neurobiology of Innate Behavior: Sex, Smell, and Food”, “Hippocampal Memory Reactivation”, “Genetics, Genomics and the Neurology of Autism”, and “Alzheimer’s Disease: From Genomics to Proteomics to New Drugs.” After the Symposium, the speakers met with students, postdocs, and faculty members.
9/17/10: Pierre Morell Research Day was held on Friday Sept. 17th and was a huge success! The featured speaker was Dr. Karel Svoboda who talked about "Optical Studies of the Neural Circuits Underlying Somatosensation"
9/1/10: Jeremy Petravicz, Neurobiology PhD student from Ken McCarthy's lab successfully defends thesis dissertation. "Challenging the Dogma: Evaluating the Role of Astrocyte Calcium Signaling in Physiology and Behavior" on Wednesday, September 1st, 1:45pm, Bioinformatics Auditorium.
8/30/10: Curriculum faculty member and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Jenny Ting, was selected to deliver the 2010 Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture. The lecture coincides with the annual convocation of the Medical School. It is a time when we reflect upon our School’s splendid heritage of collegiality and excellence, to which Norma Berryhill contributed so much. It is also the occasion on which we welcome our newest faculty members. Congratulations to Dr. Ting!
7/16/10: Natalia Surzenko, Neurobiology PhD student from Larysa Pevny's lab successfully defended thesis dissertation. "The Function of SOX2 Transcription Factor in the Postnatal Mouse Retina" on Friday, July 16, 11:00am, Taylor Hall 124.
7/15/10: Leon Coleman, Neurobiology PhD student from Fulton Crews' lab successfully defended thesis dissertation. "The Long-term Effects of Adolescent and Postnatal Ethanol Exposure on the Adult Mouse Brain: A Multidisciplinary Approach" on Thursday, July 15, 2:00pm, Taylor Hall 124.
6/10/10: Jackie de Marchena, Neurobiology PhD student from Franck Polleux's lab (co-advisor, Ben Philpot) successfully defended thesis dissertation. "Synaptic Plasticity and Morphogenesis in the Developing Cerebral Cortex" on Thursday, June 17, 11:00am, Bioinformatics Auditorium.
4/7/10: Marina Spanos, Neurobiology PhD student from Clyde Hodge's lab successfully defends thesis dissertation "Alcohol Exposure Leads to Differential Neuroadaptations in the ERK/MAPK Signaling Pathway in Adolescents as Compared to Adults" Wednesday, April 7, 9:30am, Taylor 124
4/1/10: Stephanie Stagg, Neurobiology PhD student from Steve Crew's lab to successfully defends thesis dissertation "Transcriptional Regulation of Drosophila Neural Development" Thursday, April 1, 11:00am, Coker 215
05/01/10: Curriculum faculty member, Dr. Clyde Hodge, recognized for mentoring by the Carolina Women's Leadership Council. Click here for more info.
04/12/10: The Curriculum adds three new faculty. Ryan Miller, Andrea Nackley Neely and Garret Stuber become new primary faculty within The Curriculum in Neurobiology.
4/1/10: Maile Henson, Neurobiology PhD student from Ben Philpots's lab to successfully defends thesis dissertation "Role of the NMDA Receptor Subunit, NR3A, in Glutamatergic Synapse Development" Thursday, April 1, 3:00pm, G100 Bondurant
03/10/10: Curriculum faculty, Dr. Ken McCarthy, featured in March 2010 Science.
03/10/10: The Curriculum adds four new faculty. James Bear, Klaus Hahn, Mark Peifer, and Greg Matera become new primary faculty within The Curriculum in Neurobiology.
03/5/10: Sean Barron, Neurobiology PhD student from Robert Rosenberg's lab successfully defends thesis dissertation. "Molecular Mechanisms of Allosteric Modulation of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors" Thursday, March 5, 2010, Bioinformatics Auditorium, 1st Floor, 3:30pm.
01/25/10: Nate Sowa, Neurobiology MD/PhD student from Mark Zylka's lab receives UNC Distinguished Dissertation Award