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Scientists Discover Key Neural Circuit Regulating Alcohol Consumption
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Zoe McElligott, PhD, found that alcohol consumption is regulated by the activity of a particular set of neurons in a specific brain region, a discovery that could lead to a better understanding of why some casual drinkers develop an alcohol use disorder.
Located in News / 2019 / December
Polygenic risk score improves psychosis risk prediction, study finds
A new study, led by Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH, in the UNC Department of Psychiatry, finds that using a polygenic risk score (PRS) based on data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) improves psychosis risk prediction in individuals meeting clinical high-risk criteria.
Located in News / 2019 / November
Sullivan Receives Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award
Patrick Sullivan, MD, Yeargan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics and Director of the Center for Psychiatric Genomics, received the award Oct. 29.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / November 14
Hope Grows Here, the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health’s No Limits Gala, celebrates sixth year
The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health presents Hope Grows Here: Sixth Annual No Limits Gala at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-CH campus November 7.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / October 31
UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Weili Lin, PhD, is the principal investigator of a research project to improve outcomes for children exposed to opioids, and Susan Gaylord, PhD, is the UNC site PI for a second project to help people with low back pain.
Located in News / 2019 / September
Cruz Earns Three Awards to Support Mental Health Work in India
The largest philanthropic organization in India will scale up an innovative mental health training program created by Christina Cruz, MD, EdM, to help children with mental health issues.
Located in News / 2019 / July
‘Hope grows here’
The Farm at Penny Lane’s innovative programs help mental health clients become more self-sufficient.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / July 3
Foundation of Hope awards nearly half a million dollars for SOM research
Seven UNC School of Medicine researchers were awarded grants to combat a range of conditions, including bulimia, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and mood disorders.
Located in News / 2019 / July
UNC-Chapel Hill to Co-lead $9.5 million Effort to Detect Autism Earlier
The NIH grant will help researchers led by Joe Piven, MD, determine if earlier detection can lead to earlier behavioral interventions to improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Located in News / 2019 / May
2019 Marks UNC’s Third Year Participating in Largest Genetic Autism Research Study
Gabriel Dichter, PhD, director of research at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, said one of the main goals of the SPARK project is to help determine the genes that cause autism.
Located in News / 2019 / April