Latest News

Payton's Pal

Payton's Pal

Four-year-old Payton is battling a rare blood disorder called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Since her bone marrow transplant, she isn’t feeling herself — but she’s not fighting alone. Her best friend and CPAL, Lindsay Cannon, is right beside her.

Payton's Pal - Read More…

Developing the Doctor and the Person

Developing the Doctor and the Person

For years, the UNC School of Medicine curriculum has emphasized humanities perspectives in medical education with the goal of developing not only better, more well-rounded doctors, but also more complete people. Now, a new interdisciplinary master’s curriculum, Literature, Medicine, and Culture, offers medical students (and others) an opportunity to formalize their training in the humanities, and prepares them for a changing health care landscape.

Developing the Doctor and the Person - Read More…

The Geneticist

The Geneticist

With his selection to the NIH Council of Councils, Terry Magnuson, PhD, becomes the first UNC scientist appointed to the board dedicated to funding the biggest ideas in medical research.

The Geneticist - Read More…

Many elite college athletes return to play after ACL surgery

Many elite college athletes return to play after ACL surgery

Most collegiate athletes in a new study were able to return to play after having knee surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

Many elite college athletes return to play after ACL surgery - Read More…

Diabetes researchers urge for new screening and management approach

Diabetes researchers urge for new screening and management approach

By treating people earlier, doctors could help diabetes patients avoid the most severe, life-threatening complications that stem from prolonged periods of elevated blood glucose.

Diabetes researchers urge for new screening and management approach - Read More…

Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis

Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis

For individuals facing the possibility of a lifetime on antipsychotic medications, this new analysis may help them and their health care providers in making a difficult decision.

Blood test may help determine who is at risk for psychosis - Read More…

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism

By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism - Read More…

Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood worsens musculoskeletal pain outcomes after trauma exposure

Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood worsens musculoskeletal pain outcomes after trauma exposure

People living in lower-income neighborhoods have worse musculoskeletal pain outcomes over time after stressful events than people from higher-income neighborhoods, a new study finds.

Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood worsens musculoskeletal pain outcomes after trauma exposure - Read More…

How to increase health care enrollment for N.C.’s immigrants

UNC study underscores the potential of the Affordable Care Act to reach many N.C. immigrants

How to increase health care enrollment for N.C.’s immigrants - Read More…

UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, discovered the mechanisms responsible for keeping the clock in sync.

UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle - Read More…

Celebrating Survival

Celebrating Survival

On Sept. 12, the UNC Hospitals Infectious Diseases Clinic hosted a first-of-its-kind celebration gala to pay tribute to those who have been living with HIV infection for more than 20 years.

Celebrating Survival - Read More…

A Special Bond

A Special Bond

Two days after Lennox Pierce was born, he was flown to N.C. Children's Hospital’s Level IV NICU for lifesaving treatment. Two years later, the Pierces reunited with their providers and other NICU families at Sunday’s Newborn Critical Care Center's graduate reunion.

A Special Bond - Read More…

Roy Williams' game day security blanket

Roy Williams' game day security blanket

In his day job, Darrick Woods is a nurse manager on the emergency services transitions unit at UNC Hospitals. But since 1993, Darrick's off-hours have led him to the Dean Dome, where he serves on the security detail for Carolina men's basketball.

Roy Williams' game day security blanket - Read More…

Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects

Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects

Research led by UNC’s Kathleen Caron, PhD, shows that halting the protein CXCR7 leads to over activation of adrenomedullin, a hormone needed at proper levels for normal cardiovascular development

Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects - Read More…

UNC researchers find new genetic target for a different kind of cancer drug

UNC researchers find new genetic target for a different kind of cancer drug

Upstream of the proteins that cancer cells use to proliferate sits RBM4, a gene-splicing protein that UNC researcher Zefeng Wang, PhD, discovered is drastically reduced in human lung and breast cancer cells.

UNC researchers find new genetic target for a different kind of cancer drug - Read More…

5 Ways UNC Informatics will Improve Health Care for North Carolinians

5 Ways UNC Informatics will Improve Health Care for North Carolinians

Health informatics is changing the way North Carolinians receive their care. Sam Cykert, professor of medicine and director of the UNC School of Medicine Program on Health and Clinical Informatics, and Tim Carey, professor of medicine and director of the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC, share ways UNC informatics systems will improve health care for North Carolinians.

5 Ways UNC Informatics will Improve Health Care for North Carolinians - Read More…

Common diabetes drug not linked to short-term risk of pancreatic cancer

Common diabetes drug not linked to short-term risk of pancreatic cancer

UNC researchers overturn a controversial study about DPP-4 inhibitors – commonly prescribed diabetes medications.

Common diabetes drug not linked to short-term risk of pancreatic cancer - Read More…

An Informatics Renaissance

An Informatics Renaissance

Health informatics at UNC has a long tradition. Now with advanced training and research opportunities available to students, three physicians board-certified in the new subspecialty of clinical informatics calling UNC home, and exciting new research coming out of the university, UNC informatics is undergoing a renaissance.

An Informatics Renaissance - Read More…

The Axon Investigator

The Axon Investigator

Driven by a childhood desire to know what makes us unique, Corey Cusack, PhD, came to UNC to uncover the inner workings of brain cells. This year she earned her doctorate by parsing the tiny proteins involved in neuron death and axon pruning.

The Axon Investigator - Read More…

The Two-Photon Future

The Two-Photon Future

For the Obama BRAIN Initiative, UNC neuroscientist Spencer Smith, PhD, creates a new kind of microscope to study the brain like never before.

The Two-Photon Future - Read More…