UNC Health Talk

Tag: Neuroscience

Meghan Morgan-Smith

July 29, 2014

UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain dev...

The finding, detailed in the new journal eLife, shows how the protein GSK-3 is essential for neuronal migration and could be a key player in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Neurology, Research

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Beth Knight/Photo by Max Englund

March 4, 2014

Inside Our Cellular Invaders

When we fight an infection -- any invader -- our bodies conjure inflammatory responses, immune responses. But inside some individual cells, a similar reaction happens. Beth Knight, PhD, found out what transpires inside such cells involved in a kind of brain cancer called medulloblastoma and what role a particularly important protein plays in cancer development. This is the second profile in a continuing series of features on UNC School of Medicine graduate students.

Cancer, Physician Stories, Research

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A digital version of the high resolution crystal structure of the delta opioid receptor with the sodium ion at the center in blue.

January 12, 2014

Solving a 40-year-old mystery, UNC researchers find new route for b...

New targeted therapies for pain, Parkinson's disease, and depression carry the promise of greater benefit for patients without serious side effects.

Pain, Research

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Juan Song

November 26, 2013

A Real Mindbender

UNC neuroscientist Juan Song discovers how baby neurons stay alive, a key finding for understanding neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's, Neurology

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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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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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UNC Chapel

August 28, 2013

Researchers discover how a chemical used in chemotherapies affects ...

Key enzymes are found to have a ‘profound effect’ across dozens of genes linked to autism. The insight could help illuminate environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorder and contribute to a unified theory of how the disorder develops.

Autism, Research

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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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Neural circuit that senses heat and itch is labeled red.   Neural circuits that process other sensory stimuli are labeled in blue and green.  Image is from the spinal cord. Source: Zylka lab

April 8, 2013

UNC study finds that hot and cold senses interact

This discovery has implications for how people perceive hot and cold temperatures and for why people with certain forms of chronic pain experience heightened responses to cold temperatures.

Pain, Research, Studies

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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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