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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Ras Tracker

The Ras Tracker

For more than 20 years, Sharon Campbell, PhD, has been studying Ras, a protein implicated in 30 percent of all cancers. Now she’s on the hunt for alternative ways to shut the protein down.

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Building up Medical Education in Baghdad

Building up Medical Education in Baghdad

A new collaboration between the UNC School of Medicine and the University of Baghdad aims to build a better medical education system throughout Iraq.

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UNC neuroscientist earns NSF grant to build a better way to explore the brain

UNC neuroscientist earns NSF grant to build a better way to explore the brain

Spencer Smith, PhD, received one of 36 NSF grants to create better technologies to advance our knowledge of how the brain works in normal circumstances and in disease states.

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Join our #T1Dchat on Twitter – Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. ET!

Join our #T1Dchat on Twitter – Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. ET!

Participating in the chat will be two diabetes experts and co-authors of a new American Diabetes Association position statement on the care of people with type 1 diabetes.

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MUSC and UNC-Chapel Hill join forces to test a diabetes outreach program

MUSC and UNC-Chapel Hill join forces to test a diabetes outreach program

The Bamberg Diabetes Transitional Care Study will utilize cutting-edge iPad technology to explore the impact and feasibility of different diabetes interventions for patients transitioning from the hospital to home.

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War vet receives his hearing back

War vet receives his hearing back

Dr. Oliver Adunka, an ENT surgeon at UNC Health Care, was able to get Dac Carpenter into a clinical trial that installed a sound bridge in one ear. That allows Dac to hear just like he did before he was injured.

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