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Mark Zylka, PhD, Receives Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Pilot Project Award
Mark J. Zylka, PhD, Professor/Director, W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, was one of the awardees of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program. His project, “Does prenatal pesticide exposure exacerbate phenotypes in a mouse model of autism?”, submitted for the 2018-2019 CEHS Standard Pilot Projects Program, was approved for funding on April 1, 2018. Jun 20, 2018
Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, Selected as Pew Scholar in Biological Sciences
Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, has been selected as a Pew Scholar in Biological Sciences, which provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The Kato Lab will use this award to study the circuit mechanisms underlying the extraction of complex sounds in the auditory cortex. Findings in the simple mouse cortex should provide a first step towards an ultimate understanding of the neuronal circuits underlying vocal communications, and how they fail in diseased brains. Jun 14, 2018
Graham Diering, PhD, Interviewed on Radio in Vivo
Graham Diering, PhD, was interviewed on Radio in Vivo, a local Triangle weekly science interview radio program, about the science of sleep. Jun 04, 2018
Large Aggregates of ALS-causing Protein Might Actually Help Brain Cells
The Dokholyan and Deshmukh labs published a report in PNAS where they examined the neurotoxicity of various SOD1 protein aggregates in a model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The large SOD1 aggregates, which are a hallmark of ALS, are generally considered to contribute to motor neuron death in ALS. However, the study found that the large SOD1 aggregates are less toxic than the smaller SOD1 trimers. These results suggest that therapies targeted towards the SOD1 trimers, rather than the larger SOD1 fibrils, may be more effective for the treatment of ALS. Apr 23, 2018
Nagendran Muthusamy, PhD, Wins 2018 Robert & Margaret Grossfeld Award
Matsushima Lab Research Scientist, Nagendran Muthusamy, is the 2018 Robert and Margaret Grossfeld Award Recipient. This award recognizes his outstanding 2017 publication in Nature Neuroscience. Apr 16, 2018