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Scientists Detect Common Fungicide in Pregnant Women and Children

May 16, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill scientists led by Mark Zylka, PhD, found measurable levels of a biomarker for azoxystrobin in pregnant women and young kids, and investigated the fungicide’s ability to pass from mothers to embryos in utero in mice and during lactation. Full article can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom … Continued

A New Wave of Psychiatric Care

April 25, 2022

UNC-affiliated startup Pulvinar Neuro’s novel treatment for mental illness – a technology that uses closed-loop, non-invasive stimulation of brain waves – offers hope to a rising tide of patients and recently led to the company’s acquisition by medical device leader Electromedical Products International. Full article can be found here.

Dr. Michelle Itano strives to show everyone the magic of microscopes

April 12, 2022

Since middle school, Michelle Itano has been mesmerized by the power of microscopes. These seemingly familiar pieces of technology can do so much more than simply capture images of small things. They can unveil a world beyond our imagination — one Itano strives to show as many people as possible. Full article can be found … Continued

Jason Stein, PhD Promoted to Associate Professor

January 12, 2022

Dr. Jason Stein has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Genetics, effective January 1, 2022. Dr. Stein earned his BA from the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University and his PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA.  He served as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Dan Geschwind in the Departments of Neurology, … Continued

UNC Neuroscience Center 2021 NeuroSpark Awards

December 15, 2021

We are delighted to announce the 2021 NeuroSpark awardees: “Measuring Brain-wide Responses to Neural Circuit Perturbations During Movement” Adam Hantman, Ian Yen-Yu Shih “Tracking Arousal Responses with a BOP (Biometric Ocular Photometer)” Jose Rodriquez-Romaguera, Nicolas Pegard, Rebecca Grzadzinski, Anthony Zannas “Advancing a Computational Tool to Measure Facial Grimacing Associated with Spontaneous Pain” Morika Williams, Matt … Continued

One-shot gene therapy for Angelman syndrome shows promise in mice

December 1, 2021

One injection of a potential new gene therapy for Angelman syndrome forestalls many of the neurodevelopmental condition’s key traits, according to early tests in mice. “While additional pharmacology and safety studies are needed, our viral vector can potentially provide transformative therapeutic relief with a single dose,” says lead investigator Benjamin Philpot, professor of neuroscience at the University of … Continued