The 15th Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize award ceremony and lecture was held on Thursday, May 14th at 3PM in G202 MBRB.
Using a new ‘chemogenetic’ technique invented by Bryan Roth’s lab at UNC, scientists turn neurons ‘on’ and ‘off’ to demonstrate how brain circuits control behavior in mice. This unique tool – the first to result from the NIH BRAIN Initiative – will help scientists understand how to modulate neurons to more effectively treat diseases.
Spencer Smith, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was featured on North Carolina Now, a nightly program on UNC TV.
Tom Kash, PhD, led a study, published in Nature Neuroscience, that identifies both where in the brain and how Neuropeptide Y, a protein in the brain, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking.
For the first time, Garret Stuber, PhD, imaged activity patterns of individual brain cells in freely moving mice to link specific basic behaviors to particular neurons.
The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 15th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to David W. Tank, PhD, for the “discovery of fundamental mechanisms of neural computation.”
Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, and his DREADDs technology was named one of the top 10 mental health stories of note by Tom Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
Anton Lab identifies a mechanism underlying distinct patterns of neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex
In a Developmental Cell paper, Anton lab shows that APC-regulated microtubule severing is necessary for appropriate patterns of neuronal migration and placement in the developing brain.
Ben Philpot, PhD, and Mark Zylka, PhD, discovered a biochemical mechanism that could cause "chemo brain", the neurological side effects of chemotherapy.
The 15th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium was held on October 23, 2014 at the Carolina Club. It featured talks from Drs. Gina Turrigiano, Anatol Kreitzer, and David Van Essen.
Edvard and May-Britt Moser, 2012 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize recipients were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.
Ben Philpot, PhD, and Mark Zylka, PhD, were featured on UNC-TV with a segment on their autism research.
Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, and Thomas Kash, PhD were awarded a grant to develop the next generation of DREADDs for brain research.
Spencer Smith received National Science Foundation and Simons Foundation grants to develop and use a new kind of two-photon microscope, working toward the goal of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative of mapping every neuron in the human brain.
Philpot lab discovers a new mechanism underlying experience-dependent modifications of synaptic connectivity in the brain
Ben Philpot published this discovery in Neuron.
Juan Song was awarded the 2014 Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award. Supported by the Trubatch family, the award recognizes originality and creativity in neuroscience research by early-career professionals
The Snider lab discovered that the protein glycogen synthase kinase-3 is necessary for proper brain development. Meghan Morgan-Smith, PhD, found that deleting the protein from developing cortical neurons caused a dramatic defect in radial migration.
Dr. Garret Stuber was awarded UNC's 2014 Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.
Deshmukh lab discovers how neurons prevent cell death, a mechanism that is utilized by both Parkinson's disease and brain cancer cells. Their findings could ultimately impact the approach to and treatment of both ailments.
Garret Stuber received an R01 from NIDA entitled, "Lateral Hypothalamic Circuits for Feeding and Reinforcement", funded for 5 years (07/01/2014 - 06/30/2019).
Juan Song receives both Whitefall Foundation award and American Heart Association award
They also found a compound that could become a new treatment for conditions such as arthritis, shingles, and back pain.
Dr. Flavio Frohlich, along with colleague Dr. Jenny Bizley, has received a $750,000 Human Frontier Science research grant.