On March 23, 2017 Joseph Piven, MD, director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, gave an interview on his new study showing it is possible to use MRI scans to predict whether babies with autistic siblings will also develop autism.
Congratulations to Garret Stuber, PhD, on receiving more than $2 million dollars to continue his NIH-funded research studying upstream neural circuits that interface with VTA dopamine neurons to encode rewards and predictive cues.
James Otis & colleagues publish paper entitled, Prefrontal cortex output circuits guide reward seeking through divergent cue encoding, in Nature this week.
This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in.
Flavio Frohlich, PhD, will be the featured scientist at next week’s Science Café at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.
As part of NIMH’s Experimental Therapeutics Initiative and led by Gabriel Dichter, PhD, researchers will use neuroimaging to evaluate a new treatment for decreased motivation and pleasure, symptoms that are common to many psychiatric disorders.
Garret Stuber, PhD, and his lab show that a molecularly defined subset of neurons in the anterior hypothalamus preferentially encode socially rewarding stimuli. These neurons project to and regulate the activity in midbrain dopamine neurons to enhance social motivation.
Bryan Roth, PhD, and his lab report the first crystal structure of LSD bound to one of its molecular targets, the serotonin 5-HT2B receptor.
The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 17th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to David Anderson, PhD, the Seymour BenzerDavid Anderson, PhD Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology for “his discovery of neural circuit mechanisms controlling emotional behaviors.”
Smith Lab publishes in Nature Neuroscience, "Stream-dependent development of higher visual cortical areas".
Dr. Gabriel Dichter, a Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) Investigator, was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to evaluate dopaminergic functioning during reward processing in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
On Saturday December 10, 2016, Harvey’s Aces Celebrity Poker Tournament will be held at the Charlotte Museum of History. Proceeds will be donated to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation Clinic at Chapel Hill and the Harvey Baseball Foundation, two non-profit organizations that former professional baseball player Bryan Harvey helped create.
Garret Stuber, PhD, has been selected as a recipient of the Yang Family Biomedical Scholars Award, which recognizes recently tenured faculty who have already made significant scholarly contributions to their field.
An article from Tim Gershon’s lab is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of Development.
Dr. Ian Shih and his team were recently awarded a BRAIN Initiative R41 grant by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their project, in response to the RFA, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-15-090.html, will develop and validate a MR-compatible microelectrode array for brain stimulation and recording.
He has been awarded this grant for the “Rational Optimization of tACS for Targeting Thalamo-Cortical Oscillations”.
Dr. Ian Shih and his team were recently awarded a BRAIN Initiative R01 grant by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Their project, in response to the RFA http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-16-750.html, will dissect the neuronal and astrocytic compartment of the BOLD signal using cutting-edge fMRI techniques.
Collaboration between the UNC School of Medicine and the University of Minnesota aims to provide scientists with breakthrough information about how the human brain develops from birth through early childhood.
The Pitt Hopkins Research foundation awarded its first ever gene therapy grant to Drs. Ben Philpot & Steve Gray, who are are collaborating on a project to investigate the feasibility of a gene therapy approach for Pitt-Hopkins syndrome (PTHS).
Spencer Smith has published two reviews in the September, 2016 issue of Nature Neuroscience
UNC School of Medicine researchers map the anxiety circuit in the brain and use a compound to limit fearful behavior – an acute side effect of commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants.
Researchers in the Philpot, Smith, and Zylka labs thank Dr. Kellen Hassell and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation for their support.
On August 31st, Dr. Kellen Hassell began a 1,000 mile cycling journey from Miami, Florida to the Angelman Syndrome Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hassell, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the Florida International University, rode to raise awareness and funds for Angelman syndrome research at UNC.
The annual list of Highly Cited Researchers recognized Garret Stuber, PhD, and Bryan Roth, MD/PhD, as highly cited scientists in their fields.
The Department of Psychiatry and the Neuroscience Center are pleased to announce that Dr. Hiroyuki Kato will be joining the faculty at UNC in early 2017.