April

Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs
A study led by UNC Lineberger researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, and Sarah Kowitt, MPH, found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.
UNC Lineberger researchers to present at AACR Annual Meeting
The 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting meeting in Washington, D.C., April 1-5, is expected to draw more than 20,000 scientists, clinicians, advocates, and others, including UNC Lineberger faculty, to discuss advances in the field of cancer science.
Parise, Kramer vie for UNC faculty chair post
Leslie Parise, PhD, professor and chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics in the UNC School of Medicine is running for faculty chair against Lloyd Kramer, PhD, professor of history in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. The elections will be held April 7–19 by electronic ballot emailed to all eligible faculty members.
Remembering Paul Bunce
Dr. Bunce was a founding clinical faculty member of the UNC School of Medicine and established the division of urology. He passed away on March 18 at the age of 100.
Lineberger researchers speak at N.C. Executive Mansion for Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month proclamation
Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina to bring attention to this second-leading cause of cancer death among women. UNC Lineberger researchers joined First Lady Kristin Cooper at the Executive Mansion Monday at a luncheon hosted by the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association.
Cancer burden for aging U.S. HIV population projected to shift
UNC researcher Jessica Y. Islam, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported findings today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that the total number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the United States is projected to decrease through 2030. Researchers project that there will be a decrease in cancers linked to the advanced stage of HIV infection -- AIDS.
‘The joy of science’: Remembering Dr. Smithies, Carolina’s first Nobel laureate
Hundreds of Carolina faithful gathered together on Tuesday evening to pay tribute to Dr. Oliver Smithies, a world-renowned scientist and UNC’s first Nobel Laureate, who passed away after a short illness in January. He was 91.
Page named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine
Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the department of Family Medicine, effective March 30.
UNC Hospitals, UNC REX, High Point Regional and Johnston Health Earn Top Safety Grades from Leapfrog
Only 823 hospitals nationwide received “A” grades in the Spring 2017 Leapfrog report.
Steiner Honored with Schweitzer Leadership Award
Beat Steiner, MD, was recognized by the North Carolina chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for his service to vulnerable people, particularly those living with severe mental illness and substance abuse issues.
For Diabetes: A Call to Congress
UNC School of Medicine professor and nurse practitioner Kate Bergamo joined diabetes advocates in the annual Call to Congress.
The Art of Mentorship
In the last two years, Susan Girdler, PhD, and medical student Mary Shen have each been honored for their commitment to mentoring others. In conversation, the two discuss the importance of mentorship, supporting women in leadership, and building beneficial relationships.
UNC research featured in PBS segment on PTSD
PBS NewsHour produced a three-part series on PTSD, including a segment on a research project at the UNC School of Medicine led by Sam McLean, MD.
Ten-year study shows steady increase in type 1, 2 diabetes in U.S. youth
The study found there was an average of 1.8 percent increase each year of youth with newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetes and an average of 4.8 percent per year increase of newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes cases among the same population.
Maternal and infant outcomes improve at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia
The UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a long-standing partnership with this hospital.
UNC welcomes Caltech’s David Anderson, 2017 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize winner
At the UNC School of Medicine, Anderson gave a talk on his discovery of neural circuitry controlling emotional behavior.
UNC Division of Cardiology Shines at ACC.17
More than 18,000 people, mostly cardiovascular health professionals, converged on Washington, D.C. for the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Showcase – ACC.17 – during which UNC researchers gave 36 presentations.
UNC Researchers Identify a New HIV Reservoir
Findings reveal a second target for cure research. Jenny Honeycutt, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the division of infectious diseases, is the study's lead author.
De Silva lab awarded $3 million federal contract to develop Zika test
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded contract will allow UNC researchers to develop serological diagnostics for the Zika virus, which could mean more accurate testing for potential recent and remote exposure to the virus.
‘I was a mom again’: Women of Horizons share their stories of recovery
In the second of this two-part series, we feature three women, all of whom have successfully graduated from the program they credit with saving their families and their lives.
UNC Horizons: Two decades of healing moms and babies
In the first of this two-part series, we feature the men and women behind the scenes, the health care providers dedicated to saving future generations from the vicious cycle of addiction.
Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?
For the elderly and people with neurodegenerative conditions, balance is not taken for granted. UNC and NC State biomedical engineers are using a new virtual reality system that might one day be used to reveal balance impairments currently undetectable during conventional testing or normal walking.
Brotherly Love, No Matter What
UNC undergraduate Austin Ludwig works at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities to play a role in autism research he hopes will help millions of people, perhaps even his younger brother.
“We are not our disease”: UNC Horizons celebrates 23 years of healing women and children with new facility
UNC and surrounding communities gathered together on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility for UNC Horizons at Shelton Station in downtown Carrboro. UNC Horizons has been treating new and expecting mothers with substance use disorders, while keeping the mother-child dyad intact, since 1994.
Bashford to lead new Office of Rural Initiatives
Robert Bashford, MD, will assume the role of Associate Dean for Rural Initiatives, leading the UNC School of Medicine’s newly created Office of Rural Initiatives. In this position, he will expand his work to recruit and train the next generation of primary care physicians passionate about serving in rural North Carolina. In addition, he will build multidisciplinary, interprofessional groups to serve in rural underserved settings.
UNC School of Medicine's Leslie Parise elected UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Chair
Parise is completing a second term on the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) and Faculty Council, where she pushed for improvements to the campus work-life environment and initiated discussions that led to creation of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
UNC SOM professor consults with Sesame Street to create character with autism
Listen to Laura Klinger, PhD, on WUNC's The State of Things discussing the creation of a new Sesame Street character Julia, who is depicted as having autism. Klinger, director of the UNC TEACCH Autism Program, was an expert consultant in the creation of the character.
UNC's Robert McGinty Named 2017 Searle Scholar
Researchers find molecular trigger for brain inflammation
UNC School of Medicine research findings could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
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