October

UNC School of Medicine announces new class of Simmons Scholars
The Simmons Scholars Program supports the work and professional development of faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine.
UNC leads first-of-its-kind, $21-million study of posttraumatic brain disorders
The longitudinal patient-centered AURORA study – the largest study of its kind – will trace the development of posttraumatic stress, minor traumatic brain injury symptoms, chronic pain, and depression, to create new diagnostic tools and treatment interventions.
High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients
In the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, UNC Lineberger researchers report that nearly a third of a group of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, and who have federally-funded Medicare health insurance, did not start treatment within six months of diagnosis with any of three targeted drugs that have led to dramatic improvements in survival for the disease.
Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scientific honor
Susan G. Komen announced UNC Lineberger researcher Charles M. Perou, PhD, as the recipient of this year's Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science for his contributions to the understanding of breast cancer as distinct molecular subtypes that have prognostic value using cutting-edge cancer genomics tools.
UNC’s Purvis earns NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
With a focus on stem cells, Jeremy Purvis, PhD, wants to tap the power of computer modeling to develop regenerative medicine solutions to medical conditions.
UNC physician’s assistant student organizes collection drive for Louisiana flooding victims
UNC School of Medicine PA student Alyse Moses-Lebron has organized a digital collection drive to assist victims of the devastating floods in Louisiana. The collection drive began October 6 and will continue through October 14.
Researchers show how allergic responses, build up of specific protein can trigger asthma
UNC scientist Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, helps medical colleagues figure out why airborne allergens can cause asthma symptoms in some people but not others. His work implicates an important protein in mucus -- MUC5AC.
'60 Minutes' Spotlights UNC Lineberger's Use of Artificial Intelligence
The Oct. 9 episode of CBS News' '60 Minutes' featured UNC Lineberger researchers discussing how they use IBM's Watson to cull through and generate useful clinical insights from massive amounts of genetic data.
UNC, NC State to use data to tackle rare diseases through $11-million national effort
The Rare Disease Observatory will integrate and make large data sets readily available to researchers so they can study rare diseases and improve the lives of millions of people.
UNC researchers earn five NIH BRAIN Initiative grants
From non-invasive brain stimulation to the inner workings of fMRI, UNC researchers will study the human brain like never before to address neurological and psychiatric conditions such as depression, Alzheimer’s, and schizophrenia.
Researchers find two distinct genetic subtypes in Crohn’s disease patients
The UNC School of Medicine discovery could lead to more effective, personalized treatments for the debilitating gastrointestinal condition.
UNC’s Kibbe, Sancar elected to National Academy of Medicine
Melina Kibbe, MD, and Nobel Prize Winner Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, join only twelve current and former UNC School of Medicine faculty members in the prestigious National Academy of Medicine.
Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments
National Institute of Justice funds research to develop a tool to identify abuse in this setting.
Paper vs. electronic: How a dermatology prescription is written affects adherence
Adewole S. Adamson, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the UNC School of Medicine, found that patients given electronic prescriptions were more likely to pick up and fill their dermatological prescriptions than those patients who were given a traditional, written prescription.
Sancar delivers Berryhill Lecture
On Oct. 20, Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, 2015 Nobel Laureate, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, delivered the annual Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture.
UNC ranks 2nd in world for pharmacology and toxicology
UNC performed exceptionally well in health, medical and life science fields in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings.
UNC Hospitals, UNC REX Healthcare, High Point Regional, and Pardee earn Top Grades for Patient Safety from Leapfrog
Only 844 hospitals nationwide received “A” grades in the Fall 2016 Leapfrog report.
‘It began with an observation’
Ronald Falk, MD, earns National Institutes of Health honor for seminal work as a physician-scientist.
Part-Time Playwright
For more than three decades, playwriting has been a hobby for UNC researcher Keith Burridge, PhD. Later this month, his play “The First Woman President” will be performed at a theater festival in New York City.
Share This: