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A New Frontier
Once unknown in the field of autism, UNC’s Mark Zylka is now uncovering potential causes for the brain disorder.
Located in News / 2013 / October
UNC researchers discover a gene’s key role in building the developing brain’s scaffolding
The gene, Arl13b, is necessary for the proper construction of the cerebral cortex. The finding offers new insights on normal brain development and illuminates some of the factors behind Joubert’s syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.
Located in News / 2013 / June
FDA approves eculizumab for generalized myasthenia gravis
UNC's James F. Howard, MD, was the lead investigator in the clinical trial that led to FDA approval.
Located in News / 2017 / October
UNC pain researchers featured on UNC-TV
Mark Zylka, PhD, and Lipin Loo, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Zylka’s lab, were featured on a recent segment of North Carolina Science Now, a production of UNC-TV.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / Sept. 4
Unraveling Alzheimer’s: New Study Documents How Brain Cells Go Bad
In a first-of-its-kind study, UNC researchers show how a damaging cascade of events inside brain cells – and related to Alzheimer’s disease – can be stopped or reversed.
Located in News / 2017 / August
Could a new class of fungicides play a role in autism, neurodegenerative diseases?
A new UNC School of Medicine study shows how chemicals designed to protect crops can cause gene expression changes in mouse brain cells that look strikingly similar to changes in the brains of people with autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
Located in News / 2016 / March
UNC neuroscientist earns NSF grant to build a better way to explore the brain
Spencer Smith, PhD, received one of 36 NSF grants to create better technologies to advance our knowledge of how the brain works in normal circumstances and in disease states.
Located in News / 2014 / August
UNC study finds that hot and cold senses interact
This discovery has implications for how people perceive hot and cold temperatures and for why people with certain forms of chronic pain experience heightened responses to cold temperatures.
Located in News / 2013 / April
The secret lives (and deaths) of neurons
UNC researchers uncover surprising insights about how nerve cells rewire themselves, shedding light on a process linked with neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders like schizophrenia and autism.
Located in News / 2013 / May
Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia predate onset of symptoms
Brain scans of children who have parents or siblings with the illness reveal a neural circuitry that is hyperactivated or stressed by tasks that peers with no family history of the illness seem to handle with ease.
Located in News / 2013 / March