The UNC School of Medicine has awarded the 20th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize to Lily Jan, PhD, and Yuh-Nung Jan, PhD, both at UC San Francisco, for the “discovery and functional characterization of potassium channels.” In adherence to guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19, the husband-and-wife team will give their lecture virtually via Zoom Conference … Continued
Led by UNC School of Medicine neuroscientist Hyejung Won, PhD, researchers created H-MAGMA, a computational tool that improves current technology used to link non-coding genetic variants to the genes associated with diseases through genome-wide association studies. For the full UNC Health/UNC School of Medicine Newsroom article, please click here.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say they can detect autism spectrum disorder before it manifests in some young children, and they’re even developing treatments for some of the conditions that go hand-in-hand with autism. Professors Mark Zylka and Joe Piven work among more than two dozen scientists at UNC focused … Continued
UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Eva Anton, PhD, found that defective primary cilia can modulate connectivity between neurons during brain development and cause rare neurodevelopmental conditions called Joubert-syndrome related disorders. See the full story in the UNC SOM Newsroom here.
UNC School of Medicine Celebrates 2019-20 Yang Family Biomedical Scholars The award, which recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty, is made possible through a generous donation from Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang with additional financial support from Mr. To Hing Wu. This is the fourth annual class of Yang Family Biomedical Scholars, … Continued
Thomas Kash, PhD, was recognized by the Society for Neuroscience for his “creative research on the neural basis of addiction-related behaviors and its illumination of potential paths forward for understanding and treating the pathological behaviors associated with addiction.” The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) presented the Jacob P. Waletzky Award to Thomas Kash, PhD, at Neuroscience … Continued
The Researcher Signature Series features researchers across the School of Medicine. Read about Stephanie Gupton, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, in our second issue. Growing up in a rural town in North Carolina, Dr. Stephanie Gupton was captivated by the natural world, which has been the motivation and foundation … Continued
UNC Lineberger’s Timothy Gerson, MD, PhD and colleagues reported in the journal Development that by blocking a signal called GSK-3, they could control tumor growth in a subtype of medulloblastoma. Their preclinical findings may provide clues to a possible new targeted treatment strategy. “This work could lead to new insights into developmental brain malformations and also to new treatments … Continued
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, will build upon research previously funded by the Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation to develop a therapy to treat children with this neurodevelopmental disorder. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has funded the lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology … Continued
The National Institutes of Health announced 93 awards to fund highly innovative, high-impact biomedical research as part of its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. Wesley Legant, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of pharmacology and biomedical engineering, and Hyejung Won, PhD, assistant professor of genetics, were selected as NIH Director’s New Innovator Award recipients this week. … Continued