August

UNC Hospitals, UNC REX, High Point Regional recognized by U.S. News & World Report in annual ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

UNC Hospitals, UNC REX, High Point Regional recognized by U.S. News & World Report in annual ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

Ten specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue. Four of our ranked specialties were ranked highest in the state. Across the state, our system performed well. UNC Hospitals, UNC REX Hospital and High Point Regional Hospital ranked No. 2, No. 10 and No. 16, respectively.

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Training a Nation

Training a Nation

For the past eight years, Anthony Charles, MD, has built the Malawian Surgical Initiative, training Malawian surgeons to care for their own and providing transformative educational experiences for UNC medical students and residents.

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UNC researchers home in on promising treatment for peanut allergy

UNC researchers home in on promising treatment for peanut allergy

The first-ever clinical study of preschoolers allergic to peanuts could lead to safe and effective treatment for millions of people.

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Taking Care of the Small Stuff

Taking Care of the Small Stuff

Tigist Tamir, a third-year graduate student in the Major lab, was recently awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Gilliam Fellowship to research cell-signaling mechanisms that could provide new targets for treating cancer.

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MS patients form long-term bonds with providers

MS patients form long-term bonds with providers

When treating a chronic condition, trust between patient and provider is paramount. UNC’s commitment to compassionate care was honored recently with the designation as a “Partner in MS Care” facility.

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Welcoming the UNC School of Medicine Class of 2020

Welcoming the UNC School of Medicine Class of 2020

Members of the UNC School of Medicine class of 2020 arrived on campus this week to begin their medical school journey. During their four years, they will learn in classroooms and clinics here in Chapel Hill, across the state of North Carolina and beyond.

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The Patient Provider

The Patient Provider

UNC graduate Danielle Harris was just 26 years old when she found out she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her diagnosis forced her to take a break from the Campbell University PA Program. Thanks to her strength and faith, the support of family and friends, and pediatric chemotherapy treatments and her care team at UNC, she's back in school and seeing patients for the first time. The experience, she says, will make her a better provider.

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Researchers build a better opioid painkiller from scratch

Researchers build a better opioid painkiller from scratch

The new compound could reduce overdoses and possibly curb addiction, while addressing the needs of millions of people suffering with chronic pain.

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Roadblocks to research: UNC bioethicist addresses lack of HIV studies in pregnant women

Roadblocks to research: UNC bioethicist addresses lack of HIV studies in pregnant women

With a $3 million NIH grant, Anne Lyerly, MD, MA, leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers to determine what barriers prevent investigators from studying the virus in pregnant women.

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Succeeding with Turner Syndrome

Succeeding with Turner Syndrome

Jennifer Law, MD, director of UNC Children’s Turner Syndrome Program, is working to build awareness of Turner syndrome and show patients and their families that they can overcome their diagnosis.

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BBSP welcomes new students

BBSP welcomes new students

On Aug. 15 a new class of PhD students gathered to begin their week of orientation. During their first year, they will receive training through the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program (BBSP). They will rotate through multiple labs and collaborate with their classmates before selecting one of the BBSP member PhD programs, and the lab where they will complete their thesis. We met a few of the students.

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Miami professor bicycles to Chapel Hill to raise awareness for Angelman syndrome

Miami professor bicycles to Chapel Hill to raise awareness for Angelman syndrome

Kellen Hassell, EdD, raised more than $15,000 and donated it to UNC’s clinical and research efforts to tackle the rare neurodevelopmental disorder.

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UNC scientist’s drive for a cancer cure inspired by the father he doesn’t remember

UNC scientist’s drive for a cancer cure inspired by the father he doesn’t remember

Zhen Gu, a biomedical engineer at the University of North Carolina and N.C. State University, is featured in STAT News for his work on cancer.

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Investigating the presence of sex bias in human surgical clinical research

Investigating the presence of sex bias in human surgical clinical research

In a study published in JAMA Surgery, Melina Kibbe, MD, Zach D. Owens Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, and colleagues found that few human surgical clinical research studies included men and women equally.

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Frank Church delivers annual Whitehead Lecture

Frank Church delivers annual Whitehead Lecture

Frank Church, PhD, professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, delivered this year’s Whitehead Lecture. The annual event, which serves as an unofficial convocation for the UNC School of Medicine, has been held since 1947.

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North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center receives FEMA grant

This funding, which is administered under the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be used to educate lower-income North Carolinians about fire safety and train first responders in burn treatment.

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How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

UNC School of Medicine researchers map the anxiety circuit in the brain and use a compound to limit fearful behavior – an acute side effect of commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants.

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Challenging the status quo: Katz examines training, staffing and research in cardiac intensive care

Challenging the status quo: Katz examines training, staffing and research in cardiac intensive care

Jason Katz, MD, MHS, medical director of UNC’s cardiac intensive care unit, examines the challenges facing cardiac intensive care units and clinicians, and offers innovative recommendations for training, staffing and research for this emerging field.

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Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting cancer

Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting cancer

Findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show that immune cells do not respond the same way to all tumor types. The study, led by UNC Lineberger researcher Benjamin Vincent, MD, could lay the foundation for the discovery of biomarkers to determine which patients might respond to certain immune-stimulating cancer treatments.

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Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school, but only with opt-outs

Majority of parents support HPV vaccination requirements for school, but only with opt-outs

A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause.

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Eleven UNC Hospitals residency programs ranked in top 30 by Doximity

Eleven UNC Hospitals residency programs ranked in top 30 by Doximity

UNC’s residency programs in Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology and Urology are all ranked in the top 30 programs nationwide in the Doximity Residency Navigator.

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UNC PREP reports impressive results

UNC PREP reports impressive results

Newly released research shows that the UNC Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is setting a high standard for the other 31 NIH-funded PREP programs across the country.

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UNC expert weighs in on e-cigarette debate

UNC expert weighs in on e-cigarette debate

Rob Tarran, PhD, says much is unknown about the effects of vaping, but data thus far suggest it is not harmless.

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Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

In a paper published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association, UNC Lineberger physician-researchers led by Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, raised concerns that there are inconsistencies between the five reference guides, or compendia, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services uses to determine which drugs it will reimburse for off-label uses in cancer care.

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Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry

UNC Lineberger researchers, led by Aaron Mitchell, MD, found a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer care guidelines in the United States in a study published in JAMA Oncology. They say the work lays the foundation for future studies of whether the payments influenced clinical practice or guideline recommendations.

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The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC partners with knitting group to create hearing anniversary gifts for children

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC partners with knitting group to create hearing anniversary gifts for children

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC recently partnered with a knitting group to create cuddly love monsters – a Carolina blue creature holding a balloon that’s also the center’s logo – to give to children when they reach their one-year hearing anniversary.

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UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Team Up to Reduce Tobacco Use

UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Team Up to Reduce Tobacco Use

Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Cancer Hospitals, with support from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program, are collaborating on an innovative training program to prepare health care providers across North Carolina and the U.S. to better assist people addicted to tobacco products and help them become “tobacco free.”

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