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Scientists Take Major Step Toward Angelman Syndrome Gene Therapy

October 29, 2020

Published in Nature, research led by Mark Zylka, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine, shows how gene editing with CRISPR-Cas9 can restore function in an animal model of the neurodevelopmental condition Angelman syndrome. Mark Zylka, PhD CHAPEL HILL, NC – October 21, 2020 – Babies born with a faulty maternal copy of the UBE3A … Read more

Scan of Genomes for Inherited Variants Implicates New Gene Important in Autism

September 18, 2020

In a study published in Translational Psychiatry, research led by Hyejung Won, PhD, and Jason Stein, PhD, assistant professors in the UNC Department of Genetics and members of the UNC Neuroscience Center, found that lowered expression of a gene called DDHD2 may increase a person’s likelihood of autism. Spectrum News, a leading source of news and … Read more

Dr. Bryan Roth’s New Paper in Cell Journal

September 18, 2020

Hallucinogens like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin, and substituted N-benzyl phenylalkylamines are widely used recreationally with psilocybin being considered…Find the full paper here.

Neuroscience Curriculum Graduate Students Awarded External Funding

August 21, 2020

The Neuroscience Curriculum is proud to announce that 5 graduate students were recently awarded external funding from a variety of sponsors in support of their research. Please join us in congratulating them on this achievement. Amber Kline Amber is a graduate student in the laboratory of Hiroyuki Kato and was awarded a three year NIH … Read more

CZI Collaborative Pairs Grant

August 21, 2020

Drs. Sarah Cohen & Mohanish Deshmukh will use multicolor live-cell imaging to understand how stem cells reorganize as they differentiate into neurons and glia. Their long term goals are to determine whether defects in organelle dynamics are a fundamental feature of neurodegenerative disease. This project combines Dr. Cohen’s expertise in microscopy and organelle dynamics with … Read more

Congratulations to 2020 Beckman Young Investigator Awardee Andrea Giovannucci, Ph.D

June 12, 2020

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced the selection of its 2020 class of Beckman Young Investigator Awardees from U.S. colleges and universities. Our very own Dr. Andrea Giovannucci, PhD was one of the recipients of this year’s award offering $600,000 in funding over four years. Congratulations! For more information, please see the Beckman Foundation … Read more

Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan win 20th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize; Lecture to be given virtually via Zoom Conference

March 16, 2020

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 … Read more