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Scientists create painless patch of insulin-producing beta cells to control diabetes

Scientists create painless patch of insulin-producing beta cells to control diabetes

The new “smart cell patch” developed at UNC and NC State is a proof of principle to treat millions of people with type-1 and advanced type-2 diabetes.

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 UNC researchers discover colorectal cancer biomarker, potential personalized treatment

UNC researchers discover colorectal cancer biomarker, potential personalized treatment

In the journal Cell Reports, UNC Lineberger researchers reported they found markedly low levels of the protein NLRX1 in multiple laboratory models of colorectal cancer, and in samples of human tissue. Studies have shown that the protein is known to be involved in regulating immune system signals in order to prevent hyperactive inflammatory responses by the immune system, but UNC Lineberger researchers believe their finding also points to a role for the protein in preventing colorectal cancer growth. Based on their findings, they believe they’ve identified a potential treatment for colorectal cancer with low NLRX1.

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UNC School of Medicine researchers publish JAMA ViewPoint on Zika

UNC School of Medicine researchers publish JAMA ViewPoint on Zika

World Health Organization announced a public health emergency because of Zika in February, a year after the virus was first detected in Brazil.

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Past Its Prime

Past Its Prime

When Joe Jenkins entered UNC School of Medicine in the 1970s, Berryhill Hall was a new medical education building that fit the times. But more than 40 years later, the building’s limitations – both in size and design – are impediments to overcome for medical students like Krishan Sivaraj.

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Continuing the conversation on physician burnout

Continuing the conversation on physician burnout

While efforts to address the issue at UNC continue, a national leader on the subject visited to discuss his research and was welcomed with a full auditorium.

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Harriet Fulbright Institute announces the Prof. Aziz Sancar Girls in STEM Project

Harriet Fulbright Institute announces the Prof. Aziz Sancar Girls in STEM Project

Seven hundred girls from seven cities in Turkey will engage in science, technology, engineering, and math education during a series of three-day conferences.

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Dittmer selected as American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Dittmer selected as American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Dirk Dittmer, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, was selected as one of the American Academy of Microbiology’s 2016 Fellows.

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UNC Hospitals’ care earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency for Five Service Lines

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina ranked UNC Hospitals’ bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee & hip replacement, spine surgery, maternity and complex & rare cancer service lines highly as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program

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‘Broken’ heart breakthrough: researchers reprogram cells to better battle heart failure

‘Broken’ heart breakthrough: researchers reprogram cells to better battle heart failure

UNC School of Medicine scientists overcame a significant barrier to convert scar-making fibroblasts into living, beating cardiomyocytes.

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The Nurturer and the Researcher

The Nurturer and the Researcher

Nicoleta Constantin is part of a generation of Romanians that found opportunities outside of Romania after the fall of communism. In her life in the United States, she has performed groundbreaking biochemistry research in the lab of Duke Nobel Prize winner Paul Modrich, but she found her calling when she became a pediatric nurse at North Carolina Children's Hospital.

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UNC Researchers to Discuss Latest Zika Virus Developments

Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine will present the latest developments in the race to understand the Zika virus at noon on Friday, March 4, in room 2204 of the Medical Biomolecular Research Building.

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New type-2 diabetes therapy proves better than traditional insulin injections

New type-2 diabetes therapy proves better than traditional insulin injections

UNC-led global phase-3 clinical trial sets the stage for improved management of a disease that affects nearly 30 million Americans.

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Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential treatments for Ewing sarcoma

Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential treatments for Ewing sarcoma

In a first-of-its-kind-study, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center discovered and applied a new screening technique capable of testing thousands of potential drug compounds to see if those compounds can reverse abnormal DNA unwinding in Ewing sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that’s most common in teens and young adults.

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Biomedical engineer Zhen Gu receives prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Biomedical engineer Zhen Gu receives prestigious Sloan Fellowship

The joint UNC/NC State researcher also earned a grant from JDRF and Sanofi to further develop glucose responsive insulin therapies for diabetes.

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McCrory comes to Berryhill Hall

McCrory comes to Berryhill Hall

The governor met students, faculty, and administrators at the medical education building he hopes will be replaced if voters okay a bond March 15.

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UNC research challenges Darwin, shows how a gene cheats Mendel’s law of segregation

UNC research challenges Darwin, shows how a gene cheats Mendel’s law of segregation

Led by UNC School of Medicine’s Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, a team of geneticists found how the gene R2d2 distorts cell division across generations to affect fertility.

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Walking the Walk

Walking the Walk

Milele Bynum capped her long journey from medical school to motherhood and back again with a national award for the success of her community health program.

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Anorexia is Not a Choice

Anorexia is Not a Choice

Researchers at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and around the world continue to study the genetics of the disease while treating patients in desperate need of help.

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Terry Magnuson named vice chancellor for research at UNC

Terry Magnuson named vice chancellor for research at UNC

A renowned geneticist whose work spans disciplines will take the top research post at UNC-Chapel Hill

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