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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
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
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
Solving a 40-year-old mystery, UNC researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments
New targeted therapies for pain, Parkinson's disease, and depression carry the promise of greater benefit for patients without serious side effects.
Located in News / 2014 / January
Inside Our Cellular Invaders
When we fight an infection -- any invader -- our bodies conjure inflammatory responses, immune responses. But inside some individual cells, a similar reaction happens. Beth Knight, PhD, found out what transpires inside such cells involved in a kind of brain cancer called medulloblastoma and what role a particularly important protein plays in cancer development. This is the second profile in a continuing series of features on UNC School of Medicine graduate students.
Located in News / 2014 / March
Stirman earns Burroughs Wellcome award
The $500,000 grant will allow Jeffrey Stirman, PhD, a postdoc biomedical engineer at UNC, to develop a new kind of microscope and study the brain like never before.
Located in News / 2015 / June
Roth’s novel research technique, DREADDs, lands him on Top 10 List
The National Institute of Mental Health director Tom Insel recognized Byran L. Roth, MD, PhD, for his innovative research tool.
Located in News / 2014 / December
The Brain on Light
Graduate student Alice Stamatakis uses optogenetics to study the complicated circuitry behind reward, addiction, and aversion.
Located in News / 2014 / June
UNC Neuroscience Center lab featured on UNC-TV
Spencer Smith, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was featured on North Carolina Now, a nightly program on UNC TV.
Located in News / 2015 / March