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 Likelihood of Tick Bite to Cause Red Meat Allergy Could Be Higher than Previously Thought

Likelihood of Tick Bite to Cause Red Meat Allergy Could Be Higher than Previously Thought

Scott Commins, MD, PhD, and his team found the red meat allergy-causing alpha-gal – a sugar in nearly all mammal blood except for humans – is found in tick saliva regardless of whether the tick had recently fed on an animal, challenging previous theories.

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Patient-reported symptoms offer insight for clinical trials

Patient-reported symptoms offer insight for clinical trials

UNC Lineberger researchers and collaborators, led by Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi, found that allowing patients to write, in their own words, about treatment-related symptoms they experienced while participating in clinical trials can provide valuable information.

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Lorenzo earns ADA junior faculty award

Lorenzo earns ADA junior faculty award

The American Diabetes Association selected Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, as a winner of its Junior Faculty Development Award, which carries with it funding for further research on diabetes-related investigations.

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UNC’s National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Launches Website

UNC’s National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Launches Website

The new website aims to train health care providers and improve eating disorder awareness among the public. UNC's Christine M. Peat, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is Program Director for the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED).

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Mayer-Davis selected as member of 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Mayer-Davis selected as member of 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, including Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Chair of Nutrition.

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Virus linked to cancer takes over ‘cellular mail’ to alter tumor environment

Virus linked to cancer takes over ‘cellular mail’ to alter tumor environment

A UNC Lineberger study, led by Dirk Dittmer, PhD, reports the Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus can commandeer a system involved in how host cells can affect changes in neighboring cells.

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Researchers discover potential attack strategy for aggressive breast cancer

Researchers discover potential attack strategy for aggressive breast cancer

UNC Lineberger researchers including Leslie Parise, PhD, and department of pharmacology doctoral student Alex Chung have designed a novel way to attack an aggressive breast cancer.

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CRISPR gene editing makes stem cells 'invisible' to immune system

CRISPR gene editing makes stem cells 'invisible' to immune system

UNC School of Medicine researchers from the lab of J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD, are co-authors of a study on the creation of pluripotent stem cells that avoided transplant rejection in lab studies.

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Researchers review metastatic melanoma treatment

Researchers review metastatic melanoma treatment

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger’s David Ollila, MD, FACS, reviewed the results for 80 adult metastatic melanoma patients treated with talimogene laherparepvec, or TVEC.

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Researchers identify cluster of N.C. counties with higher colorectal cancer death rates

Researchers identify cluster of N.C. counties with higher colorectal cancer death rates

UNC Lineberger researchers uncovered county-level factors linked to higher colorectal cancer mortality rates in a cluster of counties in northeastern North Carolina. The study’s first author is Tzy-Mey Kuo, PhD, research associate at UNC Lineberger. Andrew Olshan, PhD, is the study’s senior author.

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Lineberger Club features ovarian cancer survivor, advocate

Lineberger Club features ovarian cancer survivor, advocate

Marie Wood shared the story of her motivation to launch the Triad chapter of She ROCKS Inc., a Wilmington-based nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for ovarian cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

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John Stackhouse, founder of the NC Jaycee Burn Center, passed away

John Stackhouse, founder of the NC Jaycee Burn Center, passed away

Stackhouse pledged $40,000 to help establish the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals. In addition, he provided a gift to establish the John Stackhouse Distinguished Professorship and lecture series in 1994 and to provide continued support for the Burn Center.

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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 $1.35 million for cancer research

UNC Lineberger awards $1.35 million 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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