Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, awarded Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience

July 15, 2019

Hiroyuki Kato, PhD, has been awarded a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience, which provides funding to highly promising early career investigators in neuroscience. The Kato Lab will use this award to study how recurrent circuits in the mammalian cerebral cortex shape the sensory information processing in the brain. Findings in the simple mouse cortex should … Continued

NIH Awards Zylka Lab $6.8 Million to Study Autism, ADHD Environmental Risks

June 5, 2019

This eight-year project will focus on the interactions between genetics and environmental exposures that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit disorder. Although scientists have made significant progress identifying gene mutations linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, they have not investigated to the same extent the … Continued

UNC Neuroscience Center and the Department of Psychiatry welcome new faculty Dr. Rodríguez-Romaguera!

May 21, 2019

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jose Rodríguez-Romaguera as a new faculty member to the UNC Neuroscience Center and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Rodríguez Romaguera’s lab will investigate the neurobiology of arousal and anxiety, and will open August 2nd, 2019. Additional details about the Rodríguez-Romaguera Lab: Psychiatric disorders such as Anxiety and Autism Spectrum … Continued

Tom Kash, PhD, publishes in Neuron

April 26, 2019

The Neurobiology of Noshing: Why is it so easy to overeat calorie-rich tasty foods? UNC School of Medicine scientists led lab experiments suggesting a particular brain circuit motivates us to overeat, and it could be a new target for anti-obesity and binge-eating treatments CHAPEL HILL, NC – When you eat something super tasty, ever wonder … Continued

Bryan Roth, MD, PhD elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2019

Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, the Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Protein Therapeutics and Translational Proteomics in the Department of Pharmacology in the UNC School of Medicine, was elected today to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with two other UNC-Chapel Hill professors, Jodi Magness, PhD, in religious studies, and Kathleen Harris, PhD, … Continued

Michelle Itano, PhD, Earns CZI Grant to support Imaging Scientists

March 19, 2019

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $17 million in funding of 17 CZI Imaging Scientists, including Michelle S. Itano, PhD, director of the UNC Neuroscience Microscopy Core, who will receive approximately $780,000 to work with UNC-Chapel Hill scientists. The Core, which is funded by the UNC Neuroscience Center and the UNC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities … Continued

UCLA’s Zipursky, Harvard’s Sanes win 19th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

December 19, 2018

Past winners include six scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize. CHAPEL HILL, NC – The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 19th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to S. Lawrence Zipursky, PhD, of UCLA, and Joshua R. Sanes, PhD, of Harvard University for the “discovery of cell-surface proteins that control circuit assembly in … Continued

Hyejung Won, PhD, co-first author of paper published in Science

December 19, 2018

Scientists create genomic resource to explore the biological underpinnings of brain disorders Published in Science, this research integrates a broad range of genomics data to help find molecular underpinnings of schizophrenia, autism, and other neuropsychiatric conditions. Hyejung Won, PhD, in the department of genetics and UNC Neuroscience Center was co-first author. CHAPEL HILL, NC – … Continued

Philpot Lab publishes in the Journal of Clinical Investigation

November 21, 2018

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, discovered key details for how a deficiency in the gene UBE3A affects the brain and how replacing it could benefit children with the neuro-genetic disorder Angelman syndrome, a genetic disease with no cure. Angelman syndrome is a genetic disease with no cure. Children grow up … Continued