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PCORI Awards UNC Researchers $4 million to Evaluate Mental Health Interventions for Autistic Adults

Brenna Maddox, Ph.D., at the UNC School of Medicine, will lead a study to help autistic adults, clinicians, and other key stakeholders select which mental health intervention is the best fit for individual patients. Brenna…

Piven Presents on Autism in Older Age to Special U.S. DHHS Interagency Committee

Joe Piven, MD, the Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, co-presented an overview of autism research in older populations before the US DHHS Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Joseph Piven, MD (photo by Chad David…

Anton Receives NIH High Risk-High Reward Grant

Eva Anton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Neuroscience Center, received an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to study the underpinnings of brain malformations and neurodevelopmental disorders. Eva Anton,…

A Celebration of Scholarly Excellence

Four faculty members honored with distinguished professor and faculty scholar titles From left to right: Gary Stuck, Malbert Smith, Kin White, Nianbo Dong, Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Ethan Hutt, Kara Hume, Brian Boyd, and Sharon Coop  …

UNC Earns 4th Consecutive NIH Autism Centers of Excellence Grant

Joe Piven, MD, director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, is the principal investigator on a 5-year, $12-million NIH grant for the Brain and Behavior Study of ASD from Infancy through Adolescence, led by…

Rodríguez-Romaguera Awarded 2022 Young Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Jose Rodríguez-Romaguera, PhD, has been awarded the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation 2022 Young Investigator Award. The Foundation’s grants provide scientists with up to $70,000 to advance research focused on mental illness. Jose…

“They are socialized differently”: People with autism more likely to identify as LGBTQ+

CARY, N.C. — Growing up Becca Alley always felt different from others. She just didn’t have a label for herself. “The Shania Twain song like ‘I feel like a woman’. I’m like ‘I don’t know what…

Visual System Brain Development Implicated in Infants who Develop Autism

This research, led by Jessica Girault, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine, was conducted as part of the NIH-funded Infant Brain Imaging Study Network, which used MRI to document crucial differences in the visual…

Scientists Detect Common Fungicide in Pregnant Women and Children

UNC-Chapel Hill scientists led by Mark Zylka, PhD, found measurable levels of a biomarker for azoxystrobin in pregnant women and young kids, and investigated the fungicide’s ability to pass from mothers to embryos in utero…

Scientists Identify Overgrowth of Key Brain Structure in Babies Who Later Develop Autism

Research led by Mark Shen, PhD, Heather Hazlett, PhD, and Joseph Piven, MD, from UNC-Chapel Hill is the first to demonstrate overgrowth of the amygdala in the first year of life, before babies show most…