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UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in NIH finding, according to a new report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, and 11 clinical departments rank in the top 30.

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Dr. Cristy Page Named School of Medicine Executive Dean

Dr. Cristy Page Named School of Medicine Executive Dean

Cristy Page, MD, MPH, Chair of UNC Family Medicine, has been named Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, effective February 18, 2019. This leadership position was vacated when Dr. Wesley Burks assumed the dual role of Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care.

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Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Immune System and Brain

Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Immune System and Brain

Led by Leslie Morrow, PhD, research shows how new compounds could target specific brain cell receptors to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, depression, and posttraumatic stress.

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‘Virtual Pharmacology’ Advance Tackles Universe of Unknown Drugs

‘Virtual Pharmacology’ Advance Tackles Universe of Unknown Drugs

Pharmacology’s Bryan Roth teamed with UCSF and European researchers to create a platform to screen hundreds of millions of never-before-synthesized compounds and then produce remarkably potent antibacterial and psychiatric drug candidates.

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UNC Lineberger awards $1.35M for cancer research

UNC Lineberger awards $1.35M for cancer research

UNC Lineberger awarded grants to 14 scientists and research teams in the fall grant awards cycle. Applications for the next round of funding will be due March 15.

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Muenzer Presents Additional Results from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial

Muenzer Presents Additional Results from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial

Interim results presented by UNC's Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD, provide preliminary evidence that in vivo genome editing occurred in a clinical trial testing a treatment for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II), also known as Hunter syndrome.

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UNC-led team awarded $5.1 million for cervical cancer prevention effort in Malawi

UNC-led team awarded $5.1 million for cervical cancer prevention effort in Malawi

Jennifer Tang, MD, and Lameck Chinula, MMED, both in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine, are co-principal investigators for this USAID grant to more effectively combat cervical cancer, the leading cause of death among women in Malawi.

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UNC Researchers Dramatically Reduce Racial Disparities in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Treatment

UNC Researchers Dramatically Reduce Racial Disparities in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Treatment

UNC School of Medicine’s Samuel Cykert, MD, in the department of medicine, led a five-year, multi-institutional trial aimed at reducing the disparity in treatment and outcomes for black lung cancer patients versus white lung cancer patients.

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Persistent low body weight for young kids may place them at higher risk for anorexia nervosa later in adolescence

Persistent low body weight for young kids may place them at higher risk for anorexia nervosa later in adolescence

The study, co-authored by Zeynep Yilmaz, PhD, also found that persistent high body weight in young children may be a risk factor for later development of other eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and purging disorder.

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TBJ Selects Seven Health Care Heroes from UNC Medical Center, School of Medicine

TBJ Selects Seven Health Care Heroes from UNC Medical Center, School of Medicine

Triangle Business Journal selected seven medical and research leaders as Health Care Heroes, including former Dean and UNC Health Care CEO William Roper, current Dean and CEO Wesley Burks, and the student-led organization White Coats Black Doctors.

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Der to Receive Mentor Award from UNC-Chapel Hill

Der to Receive Mentor Award from UNC-Chapel Hill

Channing Der, PhD, will be honored along with 23 other UNC faculty and teaching assistants at a banquet to celebrate the 2019 University Teaching Award winners.

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Sancar’s Replica Nobel Medal Now on Display at Wilson Library

Sancar’s Replica Nobel Medal Now on Display at Wilson Library

Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, donated one of three gold-plated medals as permanent gift to the university and it is now on display in the numismatics exhibit.

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Research Reveals New Molecular Player in Heart Enlargement Due to Cardiac Disease

Research Reveals New Molecular Player in Heart Enlargement Due to Cardiac Disease

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Jiandong Liu, PhD, found that an RNA-binding protein called Lin28 is crucial for pathological hypertrophy, an enlargement of the heart associated with diverse cardiac diseases.

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William Snider, Founding Director of the UNC Neuroscience Center, Retires

William Snider, Founding Director of the UNC Neuroscience Center, Retires

William Snider, MD, who started the UNC Neuroscience Center in 1999 and led it for 17 years, will retire from the UNC School of Medicine February 1.

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 Patient, doctor connect through rare cancer diagnosis

Patient, doctor connect through rare cancer diagnosis

In March of 2011, when she was 14 years old, Lily Newton was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the bone and soft tissue called Ewing sarcoma. Cancer changed Newton’s life in more ways than she could have imagined.

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Senior Faculty Honored with Basic Science Mentoring Awards

Senior Faculty Honored with Basic Science Mentoring Awards

The Office of Graduate Education and Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development recognized 10 faculty members with Excellence in Basic Science Mentoring Awards this week.

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UNC Autism Paper Makes Top 10 List

UNC Autism Paper Makes Top 10 List

Mark Shen, PhD, at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, was first author on a scientific paper last November that Autism Speaks named as one of the top 10 research papers in 2018.

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Call for Submissions: Art of a Scientist competition

Call for Submissions: Art of a Scientist competition

“The Art of a Scientist” brings together the creativity of these two seemingly unrelated fields in order to explain complex scientific ideas and principles and share them with a general audience. Submission deadline is January 21.

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‘The singing patient’ hopes his music will inspire others

‘The singing patient’ hopes his music will inspire others

Decorated military veteran MG Autry says service to others is central to his life. Even when he is facing his own health challenges, he would have it no other way.

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