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María Torruella Suárez awarded F31 NRSA

María Torruella Suárez awarded F31 NRSA

María Luisa, a graduate student in the the McElligott lab at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, received an NRSA from the NIAAA entitled “Examining Alcohol Induced Plasticity in Amygdala Hind Brain Circuits.” She will work to determine whether a history of alcohol consumption in mice can alter the behavioral and physiological properties of amygdalar circuits targeting the hindbrain.

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Mark Zylka, PhD, Receives Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Pilot Project Award

Mark Zylka, PhD, Receives Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Pilot Project Award

Mark J. Zylka, PhD, Professor/Director, W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, was one of the awardees of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program. His project, “Does prenatal pesticide exposure exacerbate phenotypes in a mouse model of autism?”, submitted for the 2018-2019 CEHS Standard Pilot Projects Program, was approved for funding on April 1, 2018.

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Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, Selected as Pew Scholar in Biological Sciences

Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, Selected as Pew Scholar in Biological Sciences

Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, has been selected as a Pew Scholar in Biological Sciences, which provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The Kato Lab will use this award to study the circuit mechanisms underlying the extraction of complex sounds in the auditory cortex. Findings in the simple mouse cortex should provide a first step towards an ultimate understanding of the neuronal circuits underlying vocal communications, and how they fail in diseased brains.

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Graham Diering, PhD, Interviewed on Radio in Vivo

Graham Diering, PhD, Interviewed on Radio in Vivo

Graham Diering, PhD, was interviewed on Radio in Vivo, a local Triangle weekly science interview radio program, about the science of sleep.

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Large Aggregates of ALS-causing Protein Might Actually Help Brain Cells

Large Aggregates of ALS-causing Protein Might Actually Help Brain Cells

The Dokholyan and Deshmukh labs published a report in PNAS where they examined the neurotoxicity of various SOD1 protein aggregates in a model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The large SOD1 aggregates, which are a hallmark of ALS, are generally considered to contribute to motor neuron death in ALS. However, the study found that the large SOD1 aggregates are less toxic than the smaller SOD1 trimers. These results suggest that therapies targeted towards the SOD1 trimers, rather than the larger SOD1 fibrils, may be more effective for the treatment of ALS.

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Nagendran Muthusamy, PhD, Wins 2018 Robert & Margaret Grossfeld Award

Nagendran Muthusamy, PhD, Wins 2018 Robert & Margaret Grossfeld Award

Matsushima Lab Research Scientist, Nagendran Muthusamy, is the 2018 Robert and Margaret Grossfeld Award Recipient. This award recognizes his outstanding 2017 publication in Nature Neuroscience.

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Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, to give Presidential Special Lecture at 2018 SFN Meeting

Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, to give Presidential Special Lecture at 2018 SFN Meeting

UNC investigator, Bryan Roth, will give a Presidential Special Lecture entitled "From Salvia Divinorum to LSD—Toward a Molecular Understanding of Psychoactive Drug Actions" at the 2018 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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Graham Diering, PhD, Publishes in PNAS

Graham Diering, PhD, Publishes in PNAS

Memories can last a lifetime, but the neuronal synapses that store memories are made of macrolmolecules such as proteins that undergo synthesis and degradation on the scale of hour to days. The Huganir Lab, in which Dieiring was recently a postdoctoral scholar, hypothesized that a population of extremely long-lived proteins may reside at synapses, forming part of the substrate for long-term storage of memories. Here they have used metabolic labeling of mice and cultured neurons, combined with mass spectrometry to identify the synaptic long-lived proteome.

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Song Lab Publishes Cover Article of Stem Cell Reports

Song Lab Publishes Cover Article of Stem Cell Reports

The latest publication from the Song Lab, "An Adeno-Associated Virus-Based Toolkit for Preferential Targeting and Manipulating Quiescent Neural Stem Cells in the Adult Hippocampus", has made the cover of Stem Cell Reports!

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UNC to Host Brain Stimulation Conference

UNC to Host Brain Stimulation Conference

Spearheaded by Flavio Frohlich, PhD, the conference will gather the top minds in the field of neurostimulation this May in Chapel Hill. Registration is now open.

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Freiwald, Tsao win 18th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Freiwald, Tsao win 18th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 18th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to Winrich Freiwald, PhD, of The Rockefeller University and Doris Y. Tsao, PhD, of the California Institute of Technology for the discovery of brain mechanisms of face recognition. Freiwald and Tsao will visit Chapel Hill on April 12 to receive the prize – a $20,000 award – and give a lecture on their work at 3 p.m. in room G202 in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB).

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Hyejung Won & Jason Stein Publish in Cell

Hyejung Won & Jason Stein Publish in Cell

Jason Stein and Hyejung Won recently published an article in Cell on the dynamic landscape of open chromatin during human neurogenesis.

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UNC Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

UNC Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

In a paper published in Cell, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, show how to activate only one kind of brain receptor vital for pain relief. This receptor is not involved in addiction or respiratory depression that leads to death – the most severe side effects of opioid use.

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Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, Awarded National Ataxia Foundation Young Investigator Award for Spinocerebellar Ataxias Research

Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, Awarded National Ataxia Foundation Young Investigator Award for Spinocerebellar Ataxias Research

Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, an assistant professor of Cell Biology and Physiology in the UNC School of Medicine and a Neuroscience Curriculum Faculty Member, has been awarded a grant from the National Ataxia Foundation. This one-year grant will allow the Lorenzo lab to study how the regulation of cerebellar development and connectivity by β-spectrins is implicated in the pathophysiology of spinocerebellar ataxias.

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Ben Philpot, PhD Awarded Rett Syndrome Research Trust Grant

Ben Philpot, PhD Awarded Rett Syndrome Research Trust Grant

This new project, aimed at reactivating MECP2, has been funded by the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.

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Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, Awarded Whitehall Foundation Grant

Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, Awarded Whitehall Foundation Grant

Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine and a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, has been awarded a grant from the Whitehall Foundation. He will receive $225,000.00 over three years to study the mechanisms underlying spectro-temporal integration of sounds in our brains.

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Mark Zylka, PhD, Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Mark Zylka, PhD, Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

UNC Neuroscience Center's Director, Mark Zylka, was one of three professors from UNC-Chapel Hill, and among 396 new fellows in total, who were recognized by their peers for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

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Garret Stuber, PhD, Named Co-Recipient of the Waletzky Award

Garret Stuber, PhD, Named Co-Recipient of the Waletzky Award

The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to a young scientist (within 15 years of his/her PhD or MD degree) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction.

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Song Lab Publishes on Discovery of a Long-Distance Brain Circuit in Cell Stem Cell

Song Lab Publishes on Discovery of a Long-Distance Brain Circuit in Cell Stem Cell

In a new study published in Cell Stem Cell, UNC School of Medicine neuroscientist Juan Song and colleagues discovered a long-distance brain circuit that controls the production of new neurons in the hippocampus. This story is featured as the Cover Story in the current issue of Cell Stem Cell.

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 Graham Diering, PhD, Announced as Finalist for the Eppendorf Science Prize for Neurobiology

Graham Diering, PhD, Announced as Finalist for the Eppendorf Science Prize for Neurobiology

Graham Diering, PhD, announced as a finalist for the 2017 Eppendorf Science Prize for Neurobiology. The prize winning essay on synaptic plasticity during sleep is published in the Oct. 27, 2017 issue of Science. Graham is a new faculty member in Cell Biology & Physiology and will continue his work on molecular mechanisms by which sleep supports cognitive function.

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Garret Stuber, PhD, Receives NIH Merit Award

Garret Stuber, PhD, Receives NIH Merit Award

Garret Stuber, PhD, received an NIH Merit Award for his NIH grant to study midbrain neural circuits that orchestrate cue-reward associations. Merit awards provide long-term, stable support to investigators whose research competence and productivity are distinctly superior and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner. This grant, which is funded by NIDA, provides stable support for this project for 10 years.

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Taylor Lab Publishes in Nature Communications

Taylor Lab Publishes in Nature Communications

Anne Marion Taylor’s lab publishes in Nature Communications on the cellular mechanisms of circuit remodeling following axon damage in the mammalian central nervous system.

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Faulty cell signaling derails cerebral cortex development, could it lead to autism?

Faulty cell signaling derails cerebral cortex development, could it lead to autism?

Anton Lab Researchers pinpoint signaling problems in the progenitor cells crucial for proper neuron generation and organization.

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UNC named NIH Autism Center of Excellence for third time

UNC named NIH Autism Center of Excellence for third time

As part of a five-year, $7.5 million award, UNC researchers led by Joseph Piven, MD, will follow up on innovative imaging studies to create interventions to help children with autism.

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NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzheimer’s therapy

NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzheimer’s therapy

The National Institute on Aging awarded a $2.6-million, five-year grant to UNC’s Mohanish Deshmukh’s lab to explore miR-29, a key molecule that helps mature brain cells avoid death.

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