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  • Stimulating Brain Circuits Promotes Neuron Growth in Adulthood, Improving Cognition and Mood

    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.

  • Scientists Detect Common Fungicide in Pregnant Women and Children

    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

  • Gene Therapy Could Treat Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, Proof-of-Concept Study Suggests

    Restoring lost gene activity prevents many disease signs in an animal model of the rare, single-gene neurodevelopmental condition. The UNC Neuroscience Center lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, led this research. Full article can be found here.

  • A New Wave of Psychiatric Care

    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.

  • Michelle Itano

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

    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