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Tag: Cell Biology and Physiology

November 16, 2016

It’s how you splice it: scientists discover possible origin of musc...

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from their fetal forms to their adult forms. Not doing so could lead to muscle defects and disorders.

Cardiology, Genetics, Vascular Health

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October 13, 2016

UNC researchers earn five NIH BRAIN Initiative grants

From non-invasive brain stimulation to the inner workings of fMRI, UNC researchers will study the human brain like never before to address neurological and psychiatric conditions such as depression, Alzheimer’s, and schizophrenia.

Awards, Neurology

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UNC Chapel

July 28, 2016

No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory

By targeting one facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the groundwork for a new treatment paradigm for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Neurology, Research, Sleep, Treatment

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Spencer Smith

April 6, 2016

Neuroscientist Spencer Smith building new kind of brain-imaging system

With funds from an international grant, Smith and colleagues are creating an instrument to visualize neuronal activity throughout the entire brain of a moving vertebrate organism.

Research, Technology

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Ben Philpot

March 24, 2016

Neuron type-specific gene loss linked to Angelman syndrome seizures

The results suggest further lines of research related to the effects of neurodevelopmentally critical genes on other kinds of neurons.

Genetics, Research

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Anna Cliffe

December 9, 2015

Discovery shows how herpes simplex virus reactivates in neurons to ...

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.

Neurology, Research, Sexual Health, Stress

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Randy Schekman

October 28, 2015

Three Nobel laureates to meet at 5th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel S...

UNC’s Oliver Smithies, a 2007 laureate, will host 2013 prize winner Randy Schekman, with UNC’s latest laureate, Aziz Sancar, in attendance. The day opens with a special panel discussion on open access publishing.


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Garret Stuber

October 1, 2015

Stuber earns Gill Transformative Investigator Award

Indiana University honored UNC neuroscientist Garret Stuber, PhD, for his work uncovering how brain circuits work.


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A cell from James Bear’s lab. Red indicates focal adhesion structures. Green is the Myosin II protein. Blue is actin filaments. They work in unison to help cells

August 13, 2015

Comprehending Chemotaxis

James Bear, PhD, uncovers the intricate mechanisms that allow certain cells to move, discoveries with implications for cancer metastasis.

Cancer, Research

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Mark Zylka

August 6, 2015

UNC scientists pinpoint how a single genetic mutation increases aut...

The research shows the precise cellular mechanisms that could increase risk for the disorder and how an existing drug might help thousands of people with autism.

Autism, Genetics, Research

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