UNC Health Talk

Tag: Neuroscience

Flavio Frohlich

May 5, 2015

Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

In a double-blinded, randomized study, UNC researchers found that the IQ scores of people who underwent tDCS brain stimulation improved markedly less than did the IQ scores of people in the placebo group.

Neurology, Research, Treatment

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April 30, 2015

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.

Genetics, Neurology, Research, Technology, Treatment

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Flavio Frohlich

April 16, 2015

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to ...

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

Mental Health, Neurology, Research, Treatment

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Illustration of RNS Device courtesy of NeuroPace

April 15, 2015

UNC Hospitals team first in North Carolina to perform new procedure...

In February, UNC neurologist Hae Won Shin, MD, and neurosurgeon Eldad Hadar, MD, were the first in the state to implant the NeuroPace RNS System following the medical device’s recent FDA approval. In clinical trials, the NeuroPace system greatly reduced the number of seizures experienced by patients with severe epilepsy.

Innovation, Neurology, Technology, Treatment

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Image produced in collaboration with Alyssa Schoenwaelder.

April 8, 2015

Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocai...

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.

Neurology, Pregnancy, Research, Substance Abuse

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March 30, 2015

UNC Neuroscience Center lab featured on UNC-TV

Spencer Smith, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was featured on North Carolina Now, a nightly program on UNC TV.

Awards

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Garret Stuber

January 29, 2015

New deep-brain imaging reveals separate functions for nearly identi...

For the first time, UNC neuroscientist Garret Stuber, PhD, imaged activity patterns of individual brain cells in freely moving mice to link specific basic behaviors to particular neurons.

Neurology, Research

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Bryan L. Roth

December 23, 2014

Roth’s novel research technique, DREADDs, lands him on Top 10 List

The National Institute of Mental Health director Tom Insel recognized Byran L. Roth, MD, PhD, for his innovative research tool.

Awards, Mental Health

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Neurons expressing the Topoisomerase-1 gene (green). Image by Angela Mabb

December 3, 2014

UNC researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells, potential lin...

The common chemotherapy drug topotecan disrupts a gene integral for neuron communication, though the effects are reversible. The research also homes in on an underlying cause of autism.

Autism, Cancer, Neurology, Research

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September 18, 2014

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpos...

By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism, Genetics, Research

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Spencer Smith's new two-photon microscope under construction

August 28, 2014

Two Photon Future

For the Obama BRAIN Initiative, UNC neuroscientist Spencer Smith, PhD, creates a new kind of microscope to study the brain like never before.

Devices, Innovation, Neurology

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