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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
UNC neuroscientist part of first class of industry research grant winners
To support the NIH BRAIN Initiative, Garret Stuber, PhD, will use a new kind of microscope to further his lab’s investigation of brain circuits related to obesity.
Located in News / 2014 / November
UNC’s Bryan Roth elected to Institute of Medicine
Roth’s research to create innovative tools for neuroscientists and discover potential targets for therapeutics has earned him one of the highest honors in the field of medicine.
Located in News / 2014 / October
UNC neuroscientists discover new ‘mini-neural computer’ in the brain
Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at UNC have shown that dendrites actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. The finding could help researchers better understand neurological disorders.
Located in News / 2013 / October
UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study
Groundbreaking initiative combines web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of personalized treatments.
Located in News / 2016 / April
Garret Stuber Named Co-Recipient of the Waletzky Award
The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to a young scientist (within 15 years of his/her PhD or MD degree) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction.
Located in News / 2017 / November
A BRAIN Initiative first: new tool can switch behavior ‘on’ and ‘off’
Using a new ‘chemogenetic’ technique invented at UNC, scientists turn neurons ‘on’ and ‘off’ to demonstrate how brain circuits control behavior in mice. This unique tool – the first to result from the NIH BRAIN Initiative – will help scientists understand how to modulate neurons to more effectively treat diseases.
Located in News / 2015 / April
UNC Hospitals team first in North Carolina to perform new procedure to treat severe epilepsy
In February, UNC neurologist Hae Won Shin, MD, and neurosurgeon Eldad Hadar, MD, were the first in the state to implant the NeuroPace RNS System following the medical device’s recent FDA approval. In clinical trials, the NeuroPace system greatly reduced the number of seizures experienced by patients with severe epilepsy.
Located in News / 2015 / April
NIH renews grant funding the Bowles Alcohol Research Center
The center, established 20 years ago and led by Fulton Crews, PhD, will receive more than $8.7 million over five years to continue research on the effects of alcohol on the brain.
Located in News / 2017 / November
UNC study shows how two brain areas interact to trigger divergent emotional behaviors
The findings could lead to new mental health therapies for disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression.
Located in News / 2013 / March