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UNC, NC State to use data to tackle rare diseases through $11-million national effort

UNC, NC State to use data to tackle rare diseases through $11-million national effort

The Rare Disease Observatory will integrate and make large data sets readily available to researchers so they can study rare diseases and improve the lives of millions of people.

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'60 Minutes' Spotlights UNC Lineberger's Use of Artificial Intelligence

'60 Minutes' Spotlights UNC Lineberger's Use of Artificial Intelligence

The Oct. 9 episode of CBS News' '60 Minutes' featured UNC Lineberger researchers discussing how they use IBM's Watson to cull through and generate useful clinical insights from massive amounts of genetic data.

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Researchers show how allergic responses, build up of specific protein can trigger asthma

Researchers show how allergic responses, build up of specific protein can trigger asthma

UNC scientist Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, helps medical colleagues figure out why airborne allergens can cause asthma symptoms in some people but not others. His work implicates an important protein in mucus -- MUC5AC.

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UNC physician’s assistant student organizes collection drive for Louisiana flooding victims

UNC physician’s assistant student organizes collection drive for Louisiana flooding victims

UNC School of Medicine PA student Alyse Moses-Lebron has organized a digital collection drive to assist victims of the devastating floods in Louisiana. The collection drive began October 6 and will continue through October 14.

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Part-Time Playwright

Part-Time Playwright

For more than three decades, playwriting has been a hobby for UNC researcher Keith Burridge, PhD. Later this month, his play “The First Woman President” will be performed at a theater festival in New York City.

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UNC’s Purvis earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

UNC’s Purvis earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

With a focus on stem cells, Jeremy Purvis, PhD, wants to tap the power of computer modeling to develop regenerative medicine solutions to medical conditions.

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Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor

Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor

Susan G. Komen announced UNC Lineberger researcher Charles M. Perou, PhD, as the recipient of this year's Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science for his contributions to the understanding of breast cancer as distinct molecular subtypes that have prognostic value using cutting-edge cancer genomics tools.

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High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

In the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC Lineberger researchers report that nearly a third of a group of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, and who have federally-funded Medicare health insurance, did not start treatment within six months of diagnosis with any of three targeted drugs that have led to dramatic improvements in survival for the disease.

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Severe burns, injuries from e-cigarette explosions go under-reported across the country

Severe burns, injuries from e-cigarette explosions go under-reported across the country

In a new British Medical Journal editorial, UNC School of Medicine researchers and physicians stress the need for better worldwide surveillance of e-cigarette-related burns and better regulation of e-cigarettes to reduce burn injuries.

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Weber delivers Zika, travel update to UNC School of Medicine faculty

Weber delivers Zika, travel update to UNC School of Medicine faculty

David Weber, MD, MPH, Matt Collins, MD, PhD, and Helen Lazear, PhD, were the featured speakers addressing the Zika virus epidemic during lecture at the UNC School of Medicine.

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Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine

Park pens column on UNC Hospitals' Environmental Services Gospel Choir for Healthcare Executive Magazine

Gary Park, President of UNC Hospitals, contributed a column entitled Harmonious Healthcare for the September/October 2016 issue of Healthcare Executive Magazine, the official magazine of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The piece features the Environmental Services Gospel Choir, a UNC Hospitals employee-run volunteer choir that performs for patients and employees.

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Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

In an analysis of survival data for a population of patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers confirmed that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to multiple cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients with other strains of the virus.

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UNC receives $18 million to develop mobile technology to prevent and treat HIV in adolescents

UNC receives $18 million to develop mobile technology to prevent and treat HIV in adolescents

iTech project will target people under the age of 30, the population with most new HIV infections in US. The effort is led by Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine.

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Closing the Diversity Gap

Closing the Diversity Gap

UNC researchers publish special report exploring the reasons why PhD-trained scientists choose careers in or out of academia.

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Baby teeth and autism: UNC part of large NIH study of environmental risk factors

Baby teeth and autism: UNC part of large NIH study of environmental risk factors

Autism researchers will use new technology to study baby teeth of children who have siblings with autism to learn if siblings are more likely to develop the disorder if exposed to chemicals while in the womb.

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UNC awarded high-profile NIH grant to research environmental influences on child health

UNC awarded high-profile NIH grant to research environmental influences on child health

UNC School of Medicine’s Michael O’Shea, MD, is the principal investigator for the $5-million grant to analyze data and follow children over time to study the origins of diseases and conditions.

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Two UNC School of Medicine startup companies featured in Congressional event

Two UNC School of Medicine startup companies featured in Congressional event

Renovion and EpiCypher, spinouts from the work of David Henke, MD, and Brian Strahl, PhD, respectively, were celebrated this week at the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s University Startups Demo Day

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UNC Hospitals’ quality improvement program leads to quicker treatment of STEMI heart attacks

UNC Hospitals’ quality improvement program leads to quicker treatment of STEMI heart attacks

To address full cardiac arrest of hospital patients, new measures reduced the average time between symptom onset and the start of treatment by 72 percent.

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Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast

Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virology” podcast

Virologists with the UNC School of Medicine participated in last week's on-campus recording of a popular virology podcast.

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Spangler honored as 'Sepsis Hero' by Sepsis Alliance

Spangler honored as 'Sepsis Hero' by Sepsis Alliance

On Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, Sepsis Alliance held its fifth annual Sepsis Heroes: Celebrating Champions of Sepsis Awareness gala in New York City. UNC medical student Hillary Spangler was one of five honorees recognized as a Sepsis Hero. This annual event celebrates and applauds the work of individuals and organizations that have made great strides in raising sepsis awareness.

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