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Post Heart Attack: How can scar tissue be turned back into healthy heart muscle?
For the first time, UNC scientists detail crucial differences in two leading methods for generating heart muscle cells, a key strategy for new post-heart attack therapies.
Located in News / 2017 / September
Are e-cigarettes ‘safer’ than regular cigarettes?
UNC School of Medicine researchers lead new study showing that e-cigarettes trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses in human airways.
Located in News / 2017 / October
How to Turn Damaged Heart Tissue Back into Healthy Heart Muscle: New Details Emerge
Publishing their work in Nature, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Li Qian, PhD, show how their new research platform helped them discover new cell subpopulations and crucial cellular players in the process of turning damaged heart tissue back into healthy heart muscle. The research platform could be used to study other biological processes and create tailored therapies.
Located in News / 2017 / October
New gene therapy treatment proves effective for rare blood disorder
Researchers at the University of North Carolina and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia treated factor VII deficient dogs with normal copies of genes; three years later the dogs remain healthy with no side effects.
Located in News / 2016 / January
‘Broken’ heart breakthrough: researchers reprogram cells to better battle heart failure
UNC School of Medicine scientists overcame a significant barrier to convert scar-making fibroblasts into living, beating cardiomyocytes.
Located in News / 2016 / March
UNC Nobel laureates Oliver Smithies and Aziz Sancar present medals to UNC
Sancar, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, donated his prize money to a Chapel Hill foundation. Smithies donated his monetary award to four universities, including UNC.
Located in News / 2016 / April
New gene therapy for hemophilia shows potential as safe treatment
Research showed that bleeding events were drastically decreased in animals with hemophilia B. Using a viral vector to swap out faulty genes proved safe and could be used for the more common hemophilia A.
Located in News / 2015 / March
Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms
The discovery from UNC School of Medicine researchers overturns a controversial research study and offers a path for creating and testing CF treatments.
Located in News / 2014 / June
UNC researchers find new way to prevent dangerous blood clots
Eliminating an enzyme known as factor XIII shrinks clots by 50 percent. The discovery could lead to a safer alternative to blood thinners for patients at high risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Located in News / 2014 / July
Setting the stage for a new paradigm in treatment of heart failure
New evidence shows the root of heart failure lies in misfolded proteins in the heart’s cells, according to UNC researchers. The finding may pave the way for dramatically new treatment approaches.
Located in News / 2013 / January