Neuroscience News

Jason Stein to join UNC Neuroscience Center and Department of Genetics Jan 1, 2016.

Jason Stein to join UNC Neuroscience Center and Department of Genetics Jan 1, 2016.

Dr. Jason Stein from UCLA will join the faculty of the Neuroscience Center and the Department of Genetics in January 2016.

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Jeffrey Stirman, PhD, of Smith Lab Awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grant

Jeffrey Stirman, PhD, of Smith Lab Awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grant

Jeffrey Stirman, Ph.D., was just awarded a grant of $500,000 as part of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) program.

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Lei Xing, PhD, of Snider Lab Awarded Young Investigator Award

Lei Xing, PhD, of Snider Lab Awarded Young Investigator Award

Lei Xing of received a two-year Young Investigator Award from Children’s Tumor Foundation. Lei Xing is a Research Scientist in Dr. William Snider’s lab. He proposes to investigate the effect of ERK/MAPK hyperactivation on neural circuit development.

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Frohlich lab uses brain stimulation to boost creativity

Frohlich lab uses brain stimulation to boost creativity

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, Frohlich lab increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

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15th Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize awarded to Dr. David Tank

15th Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize awarded to Dr. David Tank

The 15th Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize award ceremony and lecture was held on Thursday, May 14th at 3PM in G202 MBRB.

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Roth Lab Discovers New Tool to Study and Control  Brain Circuits

Roth Lab Discovers New Tool to Study and Control Brain Circuits

Using a new ‘chemogenetic’ technique invented by Bryan Roth’s lab at UNC, scientists turn neurons ‘on’ and ‘off’ to demonstrate how brain circuits control behavior in mice. This unique tool – the first to result from the NIH BRAIN Initiative – will help scientists understand how to modulate neurons to more effectively treat diseases.

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Smith lab featured on UNC-TV

Smith lab featured on UNC-TV

Spencer Smith, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was featured on North Carolina Now, a nightly program on UNC TV.

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Kash Lab Identifies Protein that Can Suppress Binge Alcohol Drinking

Kash Lab Identifies Protein that Can Suppress Binge Alcohol Drinking

Tom Kash, PhD, led a study, published in Nature Neuroscience, that identifies both where in the brain and how Neuropeptide Y, a protein in the brain, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking.

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Stuber Lab  Links Specific Behaviors to Particular Neurons

Stuber Lab Links Specific Behaviors to Particular Neurons

For the first time, Garret Stuber, PhD, imaged activity patterns of individual brain cells in freely moving mice to link specific basic behaviors to particular neurons.

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15th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize awarded to Princeton's David Tank

15th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize awarded to Princeton's David Tank

The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 15th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to David W. Tank, PhD, for the “discovery of fundamental mechanisms of neural computation.”

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Roth's DREADDs technology recognized on Top 10 List

Roth's DREADDs technology recognized on Top 10 List

Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, and his DREADDs technology was named one of the top 10 mental health stories of note by Tom Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Anton Lab identifies a mechanism underlying distinct patterns of neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex

Anton Lab identifies a mechanism underlying distinct patterns of neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex

In a Developmental Cell paper, Anton lab shows that APC-regulated microtubule severing is necessary for appropriate patterns of neuronal migration and placement in the developing brain.

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Philpot and Zylka Labs pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells

Ben Philpot, PhD, and Mark Zylka, PhD, discovered a biochemical mechanism that could cause "chemo brain", the neurological side effects of chemotherapy.

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15th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium was held October 23

15th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium was held October 23

The 15th Annual UNC Neuroscience Symposium was held on October 23, 2014 at the Carolina Club. It featured talks from Drs. Gina Turrigiano, Anatol Kreitzer, and David Van Essen.

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2012 Perl-UNC Prize recipients awarded Nobel Prize

2012 Perl-UNC Prize recipients awarded Nobel Prize

Edvard and May-Britt Moser, 2012 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize recipients were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

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Philpot and Zylka Labs featured on UNC-TV for work on autism

Philpot and Zylka Labs featured on UNC-TV for work on autism

Ben Philpot, PhD, and Mark Zylka, PhD, were featured on UNC-TV with a segment on their autism research.

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UNC neuroscience researchers receive funding from NIH BRAIN Initiative

UNC neuroscience researchers receive funding from NIH BRAIN Initiative

Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, and Thomas Kash, PhD were awarded a grant to develop the next generation of DREADDs for brain research.

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Spencer Smith receives funding to create new microscope as part of BRAIN Initiative

Spencer Smith receives funding to create new microscope as part of BRAIN Initiative

Spencer Smith received National Science Foundation and Simons Foundation grants to develop and use a new kind of two-photon microscope, working toward the goal of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative of mapping every neuron in the human brain.

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Juan Song Receives Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

Juan Song Receives Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award

Juan Song was awarded the 2014 Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award. Supported by the Trubatch family, the award recognizes originality and creativity in neuroscience research by early-career professionals

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Snider lab published in eLife on protein that is essential for brain development

Snider lab published in eLife on protein that is essential for brain development

The Snider lab discovered that the protein glycogen synthase kinase-3 is necessary for proper brain development. Meghan Morgan-Smith, PhD, found that deleting the protein from developing cortical neurons caused a dramatic defect in radial migration.

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Garret Stuber Receives 2014 Hettleman Prize

Garret Stuber Receives 2014 Hettleman Prize

Dr. Garret Stuber was awarded UNC's 2014 Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.

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Deshmukh lab finds how neurons prevent cell death

Deshmukh lab finds how neurons prevent cell death

Deshmukh lab discovers how neurons prevent cell death, a mechanism that is utilized by both Parkinson's disease and brain cancer cells. Their findings could ultimately impact the approach to and treatment of both ailments.

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Garret Stuber receives NIDA R01

Garret Stuber receives NIDA R01

Garret Stuber received an R01 from NIDA entitled, "Lateral Hypothalamic Circuits for Feeding and Reinforcement", funded for 5 years (07/01/2014 - 06/30/2019).

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Juan Song Receives Two Prestigous Awards

Juan Song Receives Two Prestigous Awards

Juan Song receives both Whitefall Foundation award and American Heart Association award

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