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How an unlikely cellular ‘antenna’ can impair brain development
Disruption of a neuron structure called the primary cilium leads to defects in brain development resembling those seen in neuropsychiatric disorders.
Located in News / 2017 / August
The science of baby’s first sight
UNC scientists conduct seminal experiments to unveil how early-in-life visual experiences – simply trying to see – sculpt a particular subnetwork of brain circuitry we need in order to see properly.
Located in News / 2017 / January
UNC researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells, potential link to autism
The common chemotherapy drug topotecan disrupts a gene integral for neuron communication, though the effects are reversible. The research also homes in on an underlying cause of autism.
Located in News / 2014 / December
No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory
By targeting one facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the groundwork for a new treatment paradigm for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Located in News / 2016 / July
UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development
The finding, detailed in the new journal eLife, shows how the protein GSK-3 is essential for neuronal migration and could be a key player in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Located in News / 2014 / July
Harvard’s Christopher Walsh wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
Past winners include six scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize
Located in News / 2016 / February
The Axon Investigator
Driven by a childhood desire to know what makes us unique, Corey Cusack, PhD, came to UNC to uncover the inner workings of brain cells. This year she earned her doctorate by parsing the tiny proteins involved in neuron death and axon pruning.
Located in News / 2014 / September
ALS: New Clues to the Cause and How Future Drugs Might Reverse Disease
UNC and NC State researchers team up to reverse TDP-43 protein aggregation, a hallmark of degenerative diseases.
Located in News / 2017 / July
Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression
Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.
Located in News / 2015 / April
Study opens new door for ALS drug discovery
For the first time, scientists pin down the structure of toxic clumps of a protein associated with a large number of ALS cases, opening new avenues in the pursuit of drugs to stem the disease.
Located in News / 2015 / December