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Gathering Big Data to Accelerate COVID-19 fight

Scientists around the country are creating a secure, central database of electronic health records from coronavirus patients to aid in the ongoing effort to treat patients effectively. The UNC-Chapel Hill site leader is John Buse, MD, PhD, director of NC TraCS.

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Researchers Discover Key Player in Hepatitis A Virus Infection

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Stanley M. Lemon, MD, and colleagues used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to pinpoint a sugar-fatty acid molecule that acts like a gatekeeper to hepatitis A virus infection of human cells.

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Ting Elected President of American Association of Immunologists

Ting Elected President of American Association of Immunologists

Jenny P. Ting, PhD, was selected as the 2020-2021 President of the American Association of Immunologists. Established in 1913, AAI has become the most prestigious association of immunologists in the world with nearly 8,000 scientists in 71 countries.

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Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine announce intent to partner at New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine have signed a letter of intent to enhance medical education and clinical services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (“NHRMC”), in the event the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners ultimately chooses to affiliate or form a joint venture with, or sell to Novant Health.

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Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine announce intent to partner at New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine announce intent to partner at New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Per the letter of intent, the organizations are committed to expanding the medical education program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, including enhancing the long-standing pediatric program and other service lines as appropriate.

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High COVID-19 Mortality Rates Among Those with Liver Disease

High COVID-19 Mortality Rates Among Those with Liver Disease

A. Sidney Barritt IV, MD, MSCR, and Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, in UNC's division of gastroenterology and hepatology, are co-authors of a study of patients with COVID-19 and liver disease.

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Samantha Meltzer-Brody named 2020 O. Max Gardner Award Winner

Samantha Meltzer-Brody named 2020 O. Max Gardner Award Winner

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, chair of the UNC Department of Psychiatry, recieved the 2020 Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest honor conferred by the University of North Carolina system.

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UNC, EPA Researchers, Infection Prevention Experts Create Hierarchy of Mask Alternatives

UNC, EPA Researchers, Infection Prevention Experts Create Hierarchy of Mask Alternatives

With facemask donations pouring in and a proliferation of instructional videos for fabricating masks at home, UNC and EPA researchers are collaborating with infection prevention experts to test the performance of masks on campus, with the goal of providing UNC Health workers with the safest available masks at all times. The research collaboration is led by Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, and Phillip Clapp, PhD.

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Long-Acting Injectable Cabotegravir Highly Effective at Preventing HIV Infection

Long-Acting Injectable Cabotegravir Highly Effective at Preventing HIV Infection

The global randomized, controlled and double-blinded study, co-led by Myron Cohen, MD, showed that the drug cabotegravir lowered HIV incidence among cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men.

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New Study Sheds Light on IBD Patients with Covid

New Study Sheds Light on IBD Patients with Covid

Erica Brenner, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology fellow at UNC Children's Hospital, is a co-lead author of the study.

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A New Tool to Map the Flow of Info within Living Cells

A New Tool to Map the Flow of Info within Living Cells

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Klaus Hahn, PhD, John Sondek, PhD, and Daniel Marston, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center reveal the inner workings of cellular communication and processes important for cell migration and potentially metastasis.

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Berklee College of Music Student Honors Health Care Heroes with Music Video, “Hero to Me”

Berklee College of Music Student Honors Health Care Heroes with Music Video, “Hero to Me”

Raleigh native Abby Schiller honors UNC Health workers and essential employees on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic with original song and music video.

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Iweala, Burks Publish Review of Study about IgE-Producing B Cells in Gut Tissues

Iweala, Burks Publish Review of Study about IgE-Producing B Cells in Gut Tissues

Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and Wesley Burks, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health, published a review of a recent study looking at how IgE-producing B cells in the gut expand the gut’s role in food allergy.

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School of Medicine Class of 2020 Holds Virtual Hooding Celebration

School of Medicine Class of 2020 Holds Virtual Hooding Celebration

A virtual Hooding Ceremony full of special messages for the UNC School of Medicine 2020 graduates took place on Friday, May 8.

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Griffith Wins Photographic Society of America’s Progress Award

Griffith Wins Photographic Society of America’s Progress Award

Jack Griffith, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the Progress in Photography Award from the Photographic Society of America for his work using photo-microscopy with the electron microscope to reveal details of DNA mechanics and organization.

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First-in-Kind Study Reveals Genetic Markers of Type 2 Diabetes in East Asians

First-in-Kind Study Reveals Genetic Markers of Type 2 Diabetes in East Asians

An international team of researchers co-led by UNC School of Medicine’s Karen Mohlke, PhD, conducted the largest-ever genome-wide study of people from across East Asia to uncover the genetic roots of type 2 diabetes.

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Now More Than Ever, Global is Local

Now More Than Ever, Global is Local

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the value of UNC's Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and its work around the world, from Chapel Hill to Central America, Africa, and Asia.

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Scientists Reveal Host- SARS-CoV-2 Protein Targets for Drug Repurposing

Scientists Reveal Host- SARS-CoV-2 Protein Targets for Drug Repurposing

The lab of Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, was part of a large research project led by the University of California-San Francisco to identify viral proteins and virus-host protein interactions that could become important drug targets to treat people with COVID-19.

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Researchers Publish Clinical Data on Remdesivir Treatment for COVID-19

Researchers Publish Clinical Data on Remdesivir Treatment for COVID-19

The nation’s coronavirus task force announced clinical trial results for remdesivir, a treatment from Gilead Sciences that emerged as a possible coronavirus treatment in the lab of Ralph Baric, PhD.

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