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14th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium

14th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium was held on October 24, 2013 at the Carolina Club

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Mark Zylka Uncovers Potential Causes for Brain Disorder

Mark Zylka Uncovers Potential Causes for Brain Disorder

Once unknown in the field of autism, UNC’s Mark Zylka is now uncovering potential causes for the brain disorder!

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Dr. Garret Stuber identifies brain circuitry that triggers overeating

Dr. Garret Stuber identifies brain circuitry that triggers overeating

The finding shows that certain parts of brain cells could play a critical role in anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and obesity.

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Simons Foundation highlights recent article by Drs. Ben Philpot and Mark 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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Dr. Flavio Frohlich receives NIMH BRAINS R01 grant

Dr. Flavio Frohlich receives NIMH BRAINS R01 grant

The awarded grant funds interdisciplinary research on individualized, non-invasive brain stimulation to modulate cortical state dynamics and cognition

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Researchers discover a potential cause for autism

Researchers discover a potential cause for autism

In a paper published in Nature, a team led by Mark Zylka found that key enzymes have a ‘profound effect’ across dozens of genes linked to autism. The insight could help illuminate environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorder and contribute to a unified theory of how the disorder develops.

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Anton lab publishes research on a gene’s key role in building the developing brain’s scaffolding

The gene, Arl13b, is necessary for the proper construction of the cerebral cortex. The finding offers new insights on normal brain development and illuminates some of the factors behind Joubert’s syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.

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Drs. Mark Zylka & Ben Philpot awarded grants from the Angelman Syndrom Foundation

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) has awarded $1.25 million to six research grants focused on finding treatments and defining the optimal window for treatment for individuals with Angelman syndrome

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 Spencer Smith wins three-year Klingenstein Fund award to support neuroscience research

Spencer Smith wins three-year Klingenstein Fund award to support neuroscience research

Spencer Smith, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology, and the UNC Neuroscience Center, will use the additional funding to pursue experiments to shed light on the role of dendrites in neuron function and computation.

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Zylka Lab study finds that hot and cold senses interact

This discovery has implications for how people perceive hot and cold temperatures and for why people with certain forms of chronic pain experience heightened responses to cold temperatures.

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Norwegian scientists win Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Professor Edvard Moser and Professor May-Britt Moser are director and co-director, respectively, of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and they jointly lead the Centre for the Biology of Memory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

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Study suggests L-DOPA therapy for Angelman syndrome may have both benefits and unanticipated effects

New research from UNC provides a neurological justification for this therapeutic approach, but researchers caution there could be unanticipated effects.

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Anton lab publishes in Development Cell on how interneurons navigate during the development of the cerebral cortex

Anton lab publishes in Development Cell on how interneurons navigate during the development of the cerebral cortex

UNC researchers track a gene’s crucial role in orchestrating the placement of neurons in the developing brain. Their findings help unravel some of the mysteries of Joubert syndrome and other neurological disorders.

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10/30/2012: 13th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium

250 neuroscientists gathered for the 13th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium held October 25, 2012

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10/22/12: Philpot Lab Publishes in Neuron

A new activity-dependent role for the protein heavily implicated in autism, Neuroligin-1, identified

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10/15/12: UNC Neuroscience Community Mourns the Loss of Larysa Pevny, PhD, 1965-2012

Larysa Pevny, PhD, Associate Professor of Genetics, member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, and Director of the UNC Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, passed away on Sept. 30, 2012. She was a pioneer in the fields of neuroscience and stem cell biology and is remembered as a brilliant, generous and supportive colleague.

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6/25/12: Stuber lab publishes in Nature Neuroscience

Activation of lateral habenula inputs to the ventral midbrain promotes behavioral avoidance

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