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In order to conduct intricate experiments on neurons

October 27, 2013

UNC neuroscientists discover new ‘mini-neural computer’ in the brain

Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at UNC have shown that dendrites actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. The finding could help researchers better understand neurological disorders.

Neurology, Research

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CJ Malanga

October 23, 2013

UNC child neurologist finds potential route to better treatments fo...

C.J. Malanga discovered that three specific drugs affect three different kinds of neurotransmitter receptors that all seem to play roles in Fragile X Syndrome.

Autism, Neurology, Treatment

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Human brain illustrated with interconnected small nerves - 3d render

October 7, 2013

A New Frontier

Once unknown in the field of autism, UNC’s Mark Zylka is now uncovering potential causes for the brain disorder.

Autism, Neurology, Studies

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A mutated Arl13b gene caused neurons (red

July 1, 2013

UNC researchers discover a gene’s key role in building the developi...

The gene, Arl13b, is necessary for the proper construction of the cerebral cortex. The finding offers new insights on normal brain development and illuminates some of the factors behind Joubert’s syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.

Neurology, Research

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Neurons can be cultured in one compartment of a microfluidic chamber (right side) and extend their axons through very small grooves into a separate compartment (left side).

May 23, 2013

The secret lives (and deaths) of neurons

UNC researchers uncover surprising insights about how nerve cells rewire themselves, shedding light on a process linked with neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders like schizophrenia and autism.

Autism, Cell Biology, Neurology, Research

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A man grabs his neck in pain.

May 2, 2013

Persistent pain after stressful events may have a neurobiological b...

A new study led by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers is the first to identify a genetic risk factor for persistent pain after traumatic events such as motor vehicle collision and sexual assault.

Chronic Illness, Neurology, Pain, Stress, Wellness

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Image reflects brain activation abnormalities in children and adolescents with a family history of schizophrenia

March 22, 2013

Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia ...

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.

Mental Health, Neurology, Psychiatry, Research

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The chemical probe UNC1215 will be used to investigate the function of malignant brain tumor (MBT) domain protein

March 1, 2013

New chemical probe provides tool to investigate role of malignant b...

The probe, named UNC1215, will provide researchers with a powerful tool to investigate the function of malignant brain tumor (MBT) domain proteins in biology and disease.

Cancer, Devices, Innovation, Neurology

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Eva Anton

June 14, 2011

NIH Eureka grant awarded to UNC neuroscientist Eva Anton

Anton, a member of the Neuroscience Center at UNC, was awarded the grant for his research in the mapping of neuronal placement in the developing cerebral cortex.

Grants, Neurology, Research

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These images show brain maturation measured by cortical thickness for a representative subject with autism at age 2 (left) and age 4 (right). Thicker areas of cortex are shown in red

May 2, 2011

Brain enlargement in autism due to brain changes occurring before a...

A study by UNC researchers finds that children with autism who had enlarged brains at age 2 continued to have enlarged brains at ages 4 and 5. However, this increased brain growth did not continue beyond age 2.

Neurology, Research

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