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Song earns Neuroscience research award

November 18, 2014

This week at the annual Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC, Juan Song, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology, received the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award, which recognizes neuroscientists early in their careers for the creativity and originality of their research.

Song joined UNC in 2013 after a six-year postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, where she led the first-ever experiments showing how specific kinds of brain cells communicate with each other during the creation of new neurons. She also discovered that PV+ interneurons can be stimulated to help baby neurons survive as older neurons die.

Her work, featured here, has implications for neurodegenerative conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Song is also a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center.