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Autism May Arise from Genetic Defect During ‘Scaffolding’ of Developing Brain
Led by Eva Anton, PhD, scientists have uncovered details of a key cellular mechanism crucial for brain development. This process of brain development is spawned by a gene that, when mutated, had previously been linked to the development of autism.
Located in News / 2019 / July
Four pairs of UNC biomedical graduate students, mentors earn HHMI Gilliam Fellowships
This prestigious honor from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports exceptional graduate students committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders across the country. Read about their past experiences and research in their own words.
Located in News / 2019 / August
Scientists Show How Vaping Induces Reactions in Lungs that Can Lead to Disease
In a new UNC School of Medicine study led by Rob Tarran, PhD, biomedical researchers show how high levels of protease enzymes in the lungs of e-cigarette users suggest they are at increased risk of developing emphysema.
Located in News / 2019 / August
Vaping may harm fertility in young women
Led by Kathleen Caron, PhD, UNC School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette use during pregnancy impairs metabolic health in animal models.
Located in News / 2019 / September
Zylka Lab awarded $6.1 million from NIH to develop CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy for Angelman syndrome, study UBE3A autism gene with Philpot Lab
Mark Zylka, PhD, director of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was awarded NIH funding for two 5-year projects, one jointly with Ben Philpot, PhD, to develop new knowledge with the potential to advance treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Located in News / 2019 / September
CBD May Alleviate Seizures, Benefit Behaviors in People with Neurodevelopmental Conditions
UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Ben Philpot, PhD, and Bin Gu, PhD, found that cannabidiol had anti-seizure effects and behavior benefits in animal models of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Located in News / 2019 / September
Researchers Publish Comprehensive Review on Respiratory Effects of Vaping
UNC School of Medicine researcher Rob Tarran, PhD, led a review of all published scientific literature on the effects of e-cigarette use on the respiratory system. The team of four authors strongly recommend tighter regulation of e-cigarette products.
Located in News / 2019 / September
Philpot Lab Receives NIH Grant to Create Therapy for Rare Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, will build upon research previously funded by the Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation to develop a therapy to treat children with this neurodevelopmental disorder.
Located in News / 2019 / October
Scientists Identify Underlying Molecular Mechanisms of Alexander Disease
Researchers led by UNC School of Medicine’s Natasha Snider, PhD, used human induced pluripotent stem cells and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to make important basic science discoveries about the molecular underpinnings of Alexander disease, a rare neurodegenerative condition that is often fatal to young children.
Located in News / 2019 / November
Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments
A study led by UNC Lineberger's Keith Burridge, PhD, and published in the Journal of Cell Biology, examined the role of the physical structure of the nucleus in cell movement through different surfaces.
Located in News / 2018 / January