September

Eleven UNC Health Care nurses chosen as 'Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina'

The prestigious list recognizes registered nurses for their outstanding professional abilities and commitment to improving health care in their communities.

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A Surprise from Oliver

A Surprise from Oliver

Chancellor Carol Folt visits the Nobel Museum and finds a greeting from UNC’s only Nobel Laureate, Oliver Smithies

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The Nature of Emergency Medicine

The Nature of Emergency Medicine

While searching for the purpose of rare plants in a remote South Pacific village, Timothy Platts-Mills, MD, took up the cause of medicine. Now, he’s training the next generation of ED doctors at UNC.

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Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to-date

Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to-date

A UNC Lineberger-led study, published today in Nature Genetics, paves the way for potential personalized medicine approaches for the deadly cancer type.

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UNC WakeBrook Awarded $1.6 Million Federal Grant to Expand Primary Care Clinic

UNC WakeBrook Awarded $1.6 Million Federal Grant to Expand Primary Care Clinic

UNC WakeBrook has won a $1.6 million federal grant to expand its primary care clinic, enhance its medical care and services available, and explore ways to improve the integration of primary and behavioral health care. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the four-year grant to WakeBrook Medical Director Dr. Brian Sheitman.

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Diabetes drug boosts bone fat and fracture risk; exercise can partially offset the effect

Diabetes drug boosts bone fat and fracture risk; exercise can partially offset the effect

A new UNC School of Medicine study visualizes the dramatic influence of a diabetes drug on bone health and the benefit of exercise in mice.

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Oberlander's NEJM commentary: Medicare's new physician payment system is 'a leap of faith'

Oberlander's NEJM commentary: Medicare's new physician payment system is 'a leap of faith'

UNC's Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, writes in a “Perspective” commentary published in The New England Journal of Medicine that a new Medicare physician payment system passed by Congress is likely to face many of the same problems of the system it replaced.

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UNC Urology: Exceptional Care

UNC Urology: Exceptional Care

In the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Hospitals, UNC Hospitals was nationally ranked in five of the 16 specialties. In this series, we profile these specialties to learn more about what makes them so outstanding.

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Siler receives prestigious military medicine award

Siler receives prestigious military medicine award

Sean Siler, DO, MBA, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, was presented with one of the Army Medical Department’s most prestigious honors.

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UNC-Chapel Hill researchers awarded $11.3 million for cancer nanotechnology research

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers awarded $11.3 million for cancer nanotechnology research

An $11.3 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund four studies by researchers with the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

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Cardiac surgeon Peter J.K. Starek dies; service on Sept. 18

Cardiac surgeon Peter J.K. Starek dies; service on Sept. 18

Peter J.K. Starek, MD, an international leader and researcher in the field of heart valve replacement and repair and a longtime heart surgeon and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died Sept. 6, 2015, in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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Supported Service

Supported Service

For more than three decades, pediatric respiratory therapist Mark Hall served in the Army National Guard. He deployed all over the world and was mobilized to places on short notice. Thanks to the support he received at UNC Hospitals, his transitions were always seamless.

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In Her Brother’s Footsteps

In Her Brother’s Footsteps

On Sept. 16th, the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC celebrated their 1,000th pediatric cochlear implant patient – a little girl named Tatum Lanier, whose older brother received a similar device at the center in 2010.

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Rallying for Research

Rallying for Research

UNC School of Medicine faculty head to Washington to support research cause.

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Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Studying the ‘gut-brain axis,’ UNC researchers find evidence of an association between the gut microbiota and the eating disorder.

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UNC Hospitals honored for 2nd time with Magnet Recognition

UNC Hospitals honored for 2nd time with Magnet Recognition

UNC Hospitals has once again achieved Magnet recognition from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC grants Magnet Recognition, its highest national credential, in recognition of quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. UNC Hospitals is one of only 420 health care organizations in the United States (out of more than 6,000) to earn the honor.

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Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from UNC Lineberger, Norway launch cancer genetics collaboration

Researchers from Norway visited the cancer center last week to learn firsthand about UNCseq, a clinical trial launched in 2011 at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In the trial, researchers use a profile of the genetic and molecular alterations in patients' tumors to try to identify targeted treatments for them.

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UNC Lineberger major grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

UNC Lineberger major grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

UNC Lineberger’s application for renewal of a major five-year, federal grant earned an "exceptional" rating from the National Cancer Institute. The rating is the highest that a cancer center can earn for the application.

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A Lifelong Mission

A Lifelong Mission

When Billy Fischer, MD, was a child, his family spent time living in China. While there, he was struck by the stark contrast between how people lived in China at that time and how his family lived. He's dedicated himself to addressing poverty and disparity and found medicine to be the way he could make the most impact.

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White Coat Ceremony: Just the Start

White Coat Ceremony: Just the Start

On Sunday, September 20, 181 first-year students at the UNC School of Medicine gathered in Memorial Hall for the White Coat Ceremony, an annual tradition that recognizes the beginning of their medical careers.

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UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and eight other leading cancer research institutions have won a five-year, $12 million grant to try to find treatments for a group of cancers linked to mutations in the NF1 gene.

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New study questions clinical trial data for kidney cancer drugs

New study questions clinical trial data for kidney cancer drugs

Participants in stage IV renal cell cancer drug trials are younger and healthier than many patients who don’t qualify for research studies.

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Carson receives 2015 Fuller Award

Carson receives 2015 Fuller Award

Shannon Carson, MD, professor of medicine, division chief, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, has been awarded this year’s H. Fleming Fuller Award. Carson, who joined the UNC School of Medicine faculty in 1999, called the recognition the peak of his career so far at UNC.

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UNC Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine: A Comprehensive Approach

UNC Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine: A Comprehensive Approach

In the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Hospitals, UNC Hospitals was nationally ranked in five of the 16 specialties. In this series, we profile these specialties to learn more about what makes them so outstanding.

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New Device will make TAVR procedure available to more patients

New Device will make TAVR procedure available to more patients

UNC’s Center for Heart & Vascular Care has been offering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for less than a year. In that time, the team has built a national reputation for excellence, allowing UNC to be among the first phase of the rollout of a next generation TAVR device, Evolut-R, developed by Medtronic. This valve is the first repositionable transcatheter valve ever available.

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A Daughter’s Calling

A Daughter’s Calling

A science class captured Catherine Fahey’s imagination. A mother’s battle with cancer led her to pursue medicine as a career. At UNC, Fahey found a home at the junction of research and patient care.

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Five genetic regions implicated in cystic fibrosis severity

Five genetic regions implicated in cystic fibrosis severity

An international consortium of researchers conducted the largest-ever CF genome-wide analysis to find new therapeutic targets.

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Trilon Turns Five

Trilon Turns Five

On Oct. 5, 2010, Trilon Estes was born with esophageal atresia, a rare congenital condition in which the esophagus does not connect to the stomach. Five major surgeries later, the boy from Wake Forest, North Carolina, is healthy and thriving.

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Smith aims to build diversity from First Look to faculty

Smith aims to build diversity from First Look to faculty

When Tarshree Sawyer arrived in Chapel Hill for this year’s Carolina First Look, she didn’t know very much about UNC. But, she knew Hugh Smith, UNC School of Medicine's associate director for faculty pipeline initiatives.

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Pediatric Audiology receives international honor

Pediatric Audiology receives international honor

A trio of adolescent audiology patients helped herald UNC Pediatric Audiology’s receipt of the Hear the World Foundation’s Richard Seewald Award on Sept. 17. Their unique successes — one a member of his school marching band, another an accomplished dancer, and the third a standout soccer player — illustrate the critical importance of early identification followed by early intervention for children born with hearing loss.

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