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McElligott Awarded NIH Grant Study Neural Circuitry of Alcohol Consumption
Zoe McElligott, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and member of the UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, will investigate how neurotransmitters promote alcohol consumption and whether chronic alcohol consumption alters the strength of a specific brain circuit.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 24
UNC Researchers to Participate in International Schizophrenia Study
The ProNET project aims to test whether data-driven variation in biomarkers can be used to predict individual clinical trajectories and select individual patients most likely to benefit from specific treatments. The Department of Psychiatry's Diana Perkins, MD, MPH, is the UNC principal investigator for ProNET.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 17
A Scientific First: How Psychedelics Bind to Key Brain Cell Receptor
This work, published in Cell and led by the UNC-Chapel Hill lab of Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, sets the stage for the discovery of new kinds of antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and treatments for substance use disorders.
Located in News / 2020 / September
Scan of Genomes for Inherited Variants Implicates New Gene Important in Autism
Hyejung Won, PhD, and Jason Stein, PhD, in the UNC Department of Genetics and members of the UNC Neuroscience Center, led a genome-wide association study to find that lowered expression of a gene called DDHD2 may increase a person’s likelihood of autism.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 17
Kesimer Featured as COPD Science Expert
The trade magazine Pulmonology Consultant asked Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, four important questions about mucin abnormalities in early COPD.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 17
Ramsden, Gupta awarded 5-year, $8.8 million grant to study enzyme with important implications for breast and ovarian cancers
The National Cancer Institute has awarded a team led by UNC Lineberger’s Dale Ramsden, PhD, professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, a five-year, $8.8 million program project grant to study an enzyme called DNA polymerase theta.
Located in News / 2020 / September
Researchers Reveal Safeguarding of a Key DNA Sensor in the Innate Immune System
Led by Qi Zhang, PhD, and Robert McGinty, MD, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill scientists used cryo-electron microscopy technology to produce the first-ever high-resolution structure of the protein cGAS bound to the DNA packaging unit inside human cell nuclei, revealing how cGAS responds to foreign or damaged DNA, but not the body’s healthy DNA.
Located in News / 2020 / September
Linnstaedt named a 2020 Rita Allen Pain Scholar
Sarah D. Linnstaedt, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Anesthesiology, has been awarded a 2020 Award in Pain grant from The Rita Allen Foundation. This prestigious award will help Dr. Linnstaedt’s lab perform studies examining a promising therapeutic target for the prevention of chronic pain.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 10
Genetics Faculty Publish Back-to-Back Papers in Cell
Blood-Cell Consortium members from the UNC Department of Genetics, Drs. Yun Li (associate professor), Laura Raffield (assistant professor), Karen Mohlke (professor) and Cassandra Spracklen (former postdoctoral fellow) are co-authors on two large studies focused on the genetics of blood cell traits.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 10
The Malawian Program for Mental Health Research Training Grant has been awarded to Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases in partnership with UNC Psychiatry
The UNC Institute for Global health and Infectious Diseases and UNC Psychiatry’s Division of Global Mental Health WARMHEART will create an expert pool of mental health researchers based in Malawi who are trained as leaders and able to collaborate with other disciplines and policymakers to address the role of psychiatric illness across the lifespan in sub-Saharan Africa.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / September 10