Led by Juan Song, PhD, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine used optogenetic techniques to stimulate specific brain cells to increase production of neural stem cells and neurons relevant to memory and emotion processing in animal models. Full article can be found on the UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Newsroom website.
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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 research to reveal crucial downstream effects of rare genetic variants, an important insight into the underlying biology of autism.