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 Training Grant Renewed

May 28, 2019

The UNC Neuroscience PhD program was established in 1966, making it the second oldest Neuroscience PhD Curriculum in the United States. The Curriculum has been funded continuously for over 27 years from the NIH and recognized by the NIH as a model predoctoral training program. We are pleased to announce the training grant has been … 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

UNC Neuroscience Center and the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology welcome our new faculty, Drs. Gregory Scherrer and Adam Hantman!

May 14, 2019

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gregory Scherrer from Stanford University and Dr. Adam Hantman from HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus to the UNC Neuroscience Center and the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology. Dr. Scherrer’s lab investigates the neurobiology of pain perception and the mechanisms of action of opioids, and will begin September 1, 2019. … 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