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Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise as Angelman Syndrome Treatment

October 25, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom Website. Led by Ben Philpot, PhD, and Matt Judson, PhD, the new therapy was generally well-tolerated and prevented key signs of the condition in animal models.

UNC Researchers Awarded $9.25 Million to Study DNA Variance Related to Disease

September 10, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom Website. Hyejung Won, PhD, is principal investigator of five-year project, part of the NIH’s $185-million Impact of Genomic Variation on Function consortium. UNC’s Karen Mohlke, PhD, and Michael Love, are co-investigators.

Jason Stein, PhD and Hyejung Won, PhD Awarded U01 Grant from NIMH

August 2, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the UNC School of Medicine Genetics Website. Drs. Jason Stein (Assistant Professor) and Hyejung Won (Assistant Professor) have been awarded an U01 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) for their project titled “Discovery and validation of genetic variation impacting the gene regulatory landscape … Continued

Itano Named Editor-in-Chief of BioTechniques

July 22, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom Website. Michelle Itano, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Cell Biology and Physiology and Director of the Neuroscience Microscopy Core at the UNC School of Medicine, was selected as the new editor-in-chief of BioTechniques, the International … Continued

Scientists Find Genetic Cause, Underlying Mechanisms of New Neurodevelopmental Syndrome

July 1, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom Website. Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine, led the discovery of a new neurodevelopmental syndrome, its underlying genetic basis and molecular mechanisms, both important milestones on the road to create therapeutic strategies.

Baldwin lab publishes paper in Neuron

June 25, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom Website. Dr. Katie Baldwin and colleagues published a paper June 24, 2021 in Neuron entitled “HepaCAM controls astrocyte self-organization and coupling.” This study shows how the loss of the protein hepaCAM drives brain development dysfunction and plays … Continued

Please join Neuroscience Center leadership in congratulating Dr. Nicolas Pégard on being selected as a 2021 Beckman Young Investigator!

June 11, 2021

Full details of the announcement can be found on the Beckman Foundation Website. The funded project title is : Bidirectional Neuroprosthetics with Miniature Optical Brain Machine Interfaces Optical brain machine interfaces use light to monitor and manipulate activity, but current technologies cannot reliably communicate with more than a few dozen neurons in parallel because they are … Continued

Scherrer Earns Three Grants for Innovative Pain, Opioid Research

June 3, 2021

The lab of Greg Scherrer, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, investigates the precise ways in which opioids interact with brain mechanisms and then, armed with a better understanding of the underlying biology, the lab pursues new ways to block pain without causing significant side effects. A member of … Continued