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April 18, 2024

Collaboration Between the Shih Lab and Stanford University Sheds Light on the Function of Retrosplenial Cortex in Spatial Exploration

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (, Dr. Harry Chao from the Shih Lab and researchers in Stanford University have provided new insights into the brain’s default mode network (DMN), particularly focusing on the retrosplenial cortex’s role in spatial exploration. Traditionally, the DMN has been studied under behaviorally …

Epilepsy monitoring

March 26, 2024

UNC Epilepsy Center Accredited as Level IV Epilepsy Center

The UNC Epilepsy Center has received reaccreditation as a Level IV Epilepsy Center from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). This accreditation level indicates that the center offers advanced neurodiagnostic monitoring and comprehensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment. Level 4 centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and a …

Rebecca Traub, MD

February 20, 2024

Dr. Rebecca Traub Elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neuology

Congratulations! Dr. Rebecca Traub has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN). Fellow status recognizes outstanding work and accomplishments in neurosciences, clinical neurology, academic/administrative neurology, within the AAN, and the community. Traub specializes in neuromuscular diseases, as well as inflammatory and hereditary nerve and muscle conditions. She serves as the …

August 18, 2023

Dr. Miriam Sklerov won K23 for “Investigation of non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of apathy”

Dr. Miriam Sklerov, of the Neurology Movement Disorders Center at UNC recently won a K23 through the NIMH, for her project, “Investigation of non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of apathy”. They will be recruiting people with Parkinson’s disease to investigate the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on apathy using a behavioral task and EEG. …

June 29, 2023

Dr. Weiting Zhang received a new NIH R21 award and promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor within the Department of Neurology

Dr. Weiting Zhang, a staff scientist in Ian Shih’s lab, has received a new NIH R21 award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The award provides two years of research funding and aims to dissect the neural origins of interhemispheric resting-state functional connectivity in the striatum using fMRI, chemogenetics, and spectral fiber …

Todd Cohen, PhD

April 27, 2023

UNC Office of Technology Commercialization Awarded the Cohen lab to Advance Gene Therapies for ALS Patients

The UNC Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) works in partnership with investigators to effectively manage the identification, evaluation, protection, translation and commercialization of impactful inventions and technologies. On April 25, 2023, OTC awarded Dr. Todd Cohen’s lab a Technology Commercialization Grant. Cohen explains, “We will be using this support from the Office of Technology Commercialization …

April 11, 2023

Shih lab members published on Nature Communications, Science Advances, and Nature Neuroscience

Researchers in the Shih lab published novel findings on causal control of the anterior insular cortex on the default mode network of the brain using selective neural stimulation (Nature Communications, featured as an Editor’s highlight article), and multi-channel optical recording of neural activity changes during fMRI (Science Advances, see also Press release, Video News Coverage, and the interview …

February 27, 2023

Dr. Shahzad Khan announced as an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology, and the Department of Neurology

The UNC departments of Neurology and Cell Biology & Physiology look forward to welcoming Dr. Shahzad Khan as an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurology.    Dr. Khan obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Virginia, under the mentorship of George Bloom, Ph.D. In Dr. Bloom’s …

Duke/UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Symposium

June 9, 2021

RFA: Alzheimer’s Disease Research – Norins Pilot Awards

The Duke/UNC Alzheimer's Disease Research Collaborative is offering $50,000 Norins pilot awards to stimulate and support collaborative, innovative research on the potential role of microbes or pathogens in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The principal investigator must be a Duke University faculty member or postdoctoral fellow, but cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations is strongly encouraged.


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