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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
A New Frontier
Once unknown in the field of autism, UNC’s Mark Zylka is now uncovering potential causes for the brain disorder.
Located in News / 2013 / October
A Real Mindbender
UNC neuroscientist Juan Song discovers how baby neurons stay alive, a key finding for understanding neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s
Located in News / 2013 / November
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
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
Caltech researcher David Anderson wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
Past winners include six scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize.
Located in News / 2017 / January
Could a new class of fungicides play a role in autism, neurodegenerative diseases?
A new UNC School of Medicine study shows how chemicals designed to protect crops can cause gene expression changes in mouse brain cells that look strikingly similar to changes in the brains of people with autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
Located in News / 2016 / March
Discovery shows how herpes simplex virus reactivates in neurons to trigger disease
About 90 percent of us live with HSV inside brain cells. Under stress, the virus leaves neurons and can cause cold sores, recurrent eye infection, and in rare cases encephalitis.
Located in News / 2015 / December
Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocaine exposure
A new study of newborns with prenatal drug exposure finds cocaine-specific disruptions in a part of the brain circuitry thought to play an important role in arousal regulation.
Located in News / 2015 / April
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