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Researchers Find Molecular Trigger for Brain Inflammation

Researchers Find Molecular Trigger for Brain Inflammation

UNC School of Medicine research findings could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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UNC Neurocience Labs Awarded Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Grants

UNC Neurocience Labs Awarded Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Grants

The UNC School of Medicine and NC TraCS announced that three labs were selected for $50,000 pilot grants to further Alzheimer’s Disease research being conducted at UNC.

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UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

UNC researchers link orphan receptor to opioid-induced itching

With a more accurate understanding of the characteristics and function of the receptor MRGRPX2, University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers were also able to create chemical probe that will allow them study the receptor more precisely.

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WUNC Interviews Piven on Innovative Autism Research

WUNC Interviews Piven on Innovative Autism Research

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.

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Garret Stuber Receives over $2 Million Dollars to Contine Upstream Neural Circuit Research

Garret Stuber Receives over $2 Million Dollars to Contine Upstream Neural Circuit Research

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.

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Stuber Lab Publishes in Nature

Stuber Lab Publishes in Nature

James Otis & colleagues publish paper entitled, Prefrontal cortex output circuits guide reward seeking through divergent cue encoding, in Nature this week.

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Researchers use MRIs to Predict Which High-Risk Babies will Develop Autism as Toddlers

Researchers use MRIs to Predict Which High-Risk Babies will Develop Autism as Toddlers

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.

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UNC Neuroscience Center Researcher to Headline Upcoming Science Café

UNC Neuroscience Center Researcher to Headline Upcoming Science Café

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.

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UNC Receives $2.5-Million Grant to Explore New Therapy for Anhedonia

UNC Receives $2.5-Million Grant to Explore New Therapy for Anhedonia

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.

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Stuber Lab Publishes in Nature Neuroscience

Stuber Lab Publishes in Nature Neuroscience

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.

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Roth Lab Featured on Cover of Cell

Roth Lab Featured on Cover of Cell

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.

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17th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize Recipient Announced

17th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize Recipient Announced

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.”

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Smith Lab Publishes in Nature Neuroscience

Smith Lab Publishes in Nature Neuroscience

Smith Lab publishes in Nature Neuroscience, "Stream-dependent development of higher visual cortical areas".

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Simultaneous PET/MR Grant Awarded to CIDD Faculty

Simultaneous PET/MR Grant Awarded to CIDD Faculty

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.

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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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