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UNC researchers uncover how kappa opioid receptors drive anxiety

UNC researchers uncover how kappa opioid receptors drive anxiety

Study could lead to new drug development targets for forms of anxiety that are more pathological, such as those associated with excessive alcohol intake or opiate abuse.

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Meagan Ryan Receives Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award

Meagan Ryan Receives Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award

Meagan Ryan, CCBTP trainee and graduate student in the Der and Cox Labs, has been selected to receive a Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Scholar Award.

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Nicole Baker Gives Real Scientists Voice in Social Media

Nicole Baker Gives Real Scientists Voice in Social Media

Nicole Baker founds Science Writing and Communication Club and popular SWAC science blog, The PipettePen.

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Erasing memory using synaptic optogenetics

The Hahn, Kuhlman and Kasai labs developed a genetically encoded probe that can label and optically erase synapses that were enlarged or generated by motor learning. Dense labeling of synapses was found in a small subset of pyramidal neurons, and irradiation with blue light erased motor memory.

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Researchers shed pharmacological light on “dark” cellular receptors

Researchers shed pharmacological light on “dark” cellular receptors

UNC and UCSF labs create a new research tool to find homes for two orphan cell-surface receptors, a crucial step toward finding better therapeutics and causes of drug side effects.

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