The Fungicide Effect

Mark Zylka’s research into chemicals altering gene transcription in neurons gains international attention.

After the UNC School of Medicine published a story on the neuroscience research of Mark Zylka, PhD, associate professor of cell biology and physiology, news spread quickly to London, where The Guardian newspaper was the first major outlet to cover this story on the potential effects of fungicides and pesticides on brain cells.

The story, published in the UNC Health Care Newsroom, also drummed up attention in Mother Jones magazine, which ran a 1,200-word story on the research and other findings related to the chemicals Zylka’s lab studied and their potential environmental impacts. There’s a lively discussion in the comments section, as well.

The Daily Kos covered the story, as did Futurity, Science Daily, Medical News Today, Natural News, and a slew of other science and medical websites. The NIH also included the story in its roundup.

Zylka, who is a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center and will become its director July 1, hopes to continue this line of research in animal models. He also hopes to collaborate with researchers to conduct epidemiological studies.

Zylka, who came to UNC in 2006, is a member of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Max Englund, multimedia specialist at UNC Health Care / UNC School of Medicine, produced the video.

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