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 FNIH Launches Project Testing Antibiotic to Prevent Infections in Mothers, Newborns

FNIH Launches Project Testing Antibiotic to Prevent Infections in Mothers, Newborns

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has announced a new project to test whether an antibiotic taken during labor can prevent infections in mothers and newborns in seven countries. The UNC-Chapel Hill site leader is Carl Bose, MD.

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North Carolina Healthcare Heroes Join Online Research Community to Help Fight COVID-19

North Carolina Healthcare Heroes Join Online Research Community to Help Fight COVID-19

North Carolina researchers call for a diverse group of essential workers in health care to join HeroesResearch.org to share experiences and evaluate prevention strategies. The UNC site leader for this effort is Ross Boyce, MD.

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UNC Researchers Collaborate on Project to Study Pandemic’s Impact on People with Eating Disorders

UNC Researchers Collaborate on Project to Study Pandemic’s Impact on People with Eating Disorders

Cynthia Bulik, PhD, founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) is leading a study with Christine Peat, PhD, director of the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED), to characterize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with eating disorders. Preliminary data from the U.S. and the Netherlands are being published to share with clinicians and caregivers to provide a roadmap forward as the pandemic evolves.

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Researchers Map SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Cells of Nasal Cavity, Bronchia, Lungs

Researchers Map SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Cells of Nasal Cavity, Bronchia, Lungs

Major study of coronavirus infection in human airways adds to evidence that wearing a mask is an important protective step toward limiting transmission of COVID-19. The lead authors of the study in the journal Cell are UNC-Chapel Hill pulmonary expert Richard Boucher, MD, and virology expert Ralph Baric, PhD.

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A message from Dr. Burks: A time to pull together

Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, shares a message with the UNC Health community.

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Experimental Drug Found to Improve Symptoms of Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

Experimental Drug Found to Improve Symptoms of Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

James F. Howard Jr., MD, professor in the UNC Department of Neurology, was principal investigator of the phase 3 trial for the experimental drug efgartigimod, developed by Belgian pharmaceutical company Argenx.

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Gathering Big Data to Accelerate COVID-19 fight

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 the NC TraCS Institute.

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Researchers Discover Key Player in Hepatitis A Virus Infection

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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