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AskBio, UNC-Chapel Hill Collaborate on Angelman Syndrome Gene Therapy Research
A UNC School of Medicine research team led by Mark Zylka, PhD, and Ben Philpot, PhD, has generated preclinical evidence that gene therapy may help individuals with Angelman syndrome by improving seizure and motor outcomes.
Located in News / 2020 / March
Scientists Create Tool to Detect Genes Associated with Psychiatric, Neurodegenerative Diseases
Led by UNC School of Medicine neuroscientist Hyejung Won, PhD, researchers created H-MAGMA, a computational tool that improves current technology used to link non-coding genetic variants to the genes associated with diseases through genome-wide association studies.
Located in News / 2020 / March
UNC NeuroSpark Research Award Winners Celebrated
Four research teams at the UNC School of Medicine won $25,000 pilot grants with the goal of increasing collaborations throughout the neurosciences, as part of a UNC NeuroSpark event.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / Jan. 23
Scientists Show How Tiny, Mutated Neuron Antennae Impair Brain Connectivity
UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Eva Anton, PhD, found that defective primary cilia can modulate connectivity between neurons during brain development and cause rare neurodevelopmental conditions called Joubert-syndrome related disorders.
Located in News / 2019 / December
Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan Named 20th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize Recipients
The husband-and-wife scientists from UC San Francisco will be honored at a spring event at UNC-Chapel Hill for their seminal research discoveries on the development and function of the nervous system.
Located in News / 2019 / December
Kash Receives Jacob P. Waletzky Award
Thomas Kash, PhD, was recognized by the Society for Neuroscience for his "creative research on the neural basis of addiction-related behaviors and its illumination of potential paths forward for understanding and treating the pathological behaviors associated with addiction."
Located in News / 2019 / October
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
Wesley Legant, Hyejung Won Earn NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards
The National Institutes of Health announced 93 awards to fund highly innovative, high-impact biomedical research as part of its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.
Located in News / 2019 / October
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