Neuroscience News

Celebrity Poker Tournament in Charlotte will support UNC Angelman syndrome research

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.

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Garret Stuber awarded Yang Family Biomedical Scholars Award

Garret Stuber awarded Yang Family Biomedical Scholars Award

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.

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Gershon Lab Featured on November 2016 Cover of Development

Gershon Lab Featured on November 2016 Cover of Development

An article from Tim Gershon’s lab is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of Development.

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Dr. Ian Shih & his team awarded BRAIN Initiative R41 Grant by the NIMH

Dr. Ian Shih & his team awarded BRAIN Initiative R41 Grant by the NIMH

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.

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Flavio Frohlich has been awarded a $2.4M Brain Initiative Grant

Flavio Frohlich has been awarded a $2.4M Brain Initiative Grant

He has been awarded this grant for the “Rational Optimization of tACS for Targeting Thalamo-Cortical Oscillations”.

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Dr. Ian Shih and his team were recently awarded a BRAIN Initiative R01 grant by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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.

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UNC and Minnesota researchers earn NIH grant to explore infant brain development

UNC and Minnesota researchers earn NIH grant to explore infant brain development

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.

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Gene Therapy Grant Awarded to Drs. Ben Philpot & Steve Gray

Gene Therapy Grant Awarded to Drs. Ben Philpot & Steve Gray

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).

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Spencer Smith Publishes Two Reviews in Nature Neuroscience

Spencer Smith Publishes Two Reviews in Nature Neuroscience

Spencer Smith has published two reviews in the September, 2016 issue of Nature Neuroscience

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Kash Lab Publishes in Nature

Kash Lab Publishes in Nature

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.

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Researchers in the Philpot, Smith, and Zylka labs thank Dr. Kellen Hassell and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation for their support.

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.

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Garret Stuber and Bryan Roth Recognized by Reuters as Highly Cited Researchers

Garret Stuber and Bryan Roth Recognized by Reuters as Highly Cited Researchers

The annual list of Highly Cited Researchers recognized Garret Stuber, PhD, and Bryan Roth, MD/PhD, as highly cited scientists in their fields.

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Hiroyuki Kato to join Neuroscience Center and Department of Psychiatry

Hiroyuki Kato to join Neuroscience Center and Department of Psychiatry

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.

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UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

The UNC Neuroscience Center has also joined UNC SPARK to fund a full-time staff person and undergraduates dedicated to community outreach.

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Philpot lab publishes research in Neuron

Philpot lab publishes research in Neuron

In the journal Neuron, Ben Philpot, PhD, professor of cell biology and physiology, published his lab’s research analyzing the spatial determinants for UBE3A loss in the development of seizures and other hyperexcitability phenotypes in the brain

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Zylka lab publishes in Nature Communications

Zylka lab publishes in Nature Communications

The study shows how a class of commonly used fungicides, designed to protect crops, can cause gene expression changes in mouse brain cells that look strikingly similar to changes in the brains of people with autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Spencer Smith awarded HFSP Grant

Spencer Smith awarded HFSP Grant

Spencer Smith was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program grant for the "real-time tracking and imaging of neuronal dynamics in freely moving vertebrates.

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Zylka lab postdoc wins SFARI Bridge to Independence Award

Zylka lab postdoc wins SFARI Bridge to Independence Award

Jason Yi, PhD, a postdoc in the Zylka lab was selected as a finalist for the SFARI Bridge to Independence Award for his proposed research project, "Inhibitory circuit dysfunction in autism spectrum disorder".

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Philpot and Stuber labs discover a role for GABA co-release in the brain’s reward pathway

Philpot and Stuber labs discover a role for GABA co-release in the brain’s reward pathway

In a paper published in Nature Communications, Janet Berrios, a graduate student in the Philpot lab, discovered that the loss of UBE3A decreases the release of the GABA neurotransmitter and alters reward-seeking behavior in an important neural pathway once presumed to be principally regulated by the dopamine neurotransmitter.

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16th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize Recipient Announced

16th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize Recipient Announced

The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 16th Perl-UNC Prize to Christopher A. Walsh, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Harvard Medical School, for the “discovery of genes and mechanisms regulating human cortical development.”

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Stuber Publishes Review in Nature Neuroscience

Stuber Publishes Review in Nature Neuroscience

Garret Stuber publishes new review in Nature Neuroscience on the neurocircuitry of the lateral hypothalamus for feeding and reward related behaviors.

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Zylka and Philpot to lead UNC Neuroscience Center

Zylka and Philpot to lead UNC Neuroscience Center

Mark Zylka, PhD, will serve as director and Ben Philpot, PhD, will serve as associate director of the UNC Neuroscience Center at the UNC School of Medicine, effective July 1. William Snider, MD, who has served as the center’s director for nearly 17 years, will step down from his leadership role, but will remain on faculty as professor of neurology, while also continuing his research.

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Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors

Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors

In a paper published in Cell Reports, Vijay Swahari, a postdoctoral fellow in Deshmukh lab, identifies how the critical role of Dicer in DNA damage response can be exploited for therapy in aggressive brain tumors like Medulloblastoma.

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