- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A University of Arkansas neurobiologist has been awarded more than $440,000 to study how a gene develops nerve connections throughout the body.

The school announced the grant from the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday.

The award will support the work of assistant professor Timothy A. Evans, who will study the development of nerve connections in the nervous system of fruit flies.

Studying how a gene develops nerve connections is a key step in finding ways to stimulate regrowth of those connections after an injury or degenerative disease.

Evans will focus his research on the gene found in fruit flies known as robo2. Robo2 is a nerve cell protein that controls the growth of nerve fibers during a fly’s development.

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