August

UNC scientist to lead $10-million project to build brain-imaging technology
The five-year NSF project led by UNC researcher Spencer Smith will develop new imaging systems and technology to explore the brain like never before.
UNC teams with Verily Life Sciences to study trauma recovery
The Verily Study Watch will help researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and across the country collect first-in-kind data to better understand and diagnose adverse brain outcomes after trauma.
Scientists create stem cell therapy for lung fibrosis conditions
Through a joint UNC School of Medicine-NC State research project shows how to harvest lung stem cells non-invasively and then multiply healthy cells – a potential powerful therapy against inflammatory lung conditions.
UNC researcher interviewed on Irish radio
The Moncrieff Show recently interviewed Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer Santelli about her research showing that the kinds of microbes found in dirty baby diapers can predict the child's later cognitive development.
Knickmeyer_Moncrieff interview.mp3
An mp3 file of a radio interview with Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer Santelli.
UNC School of Medicine welcomes Class of 2021
The new class of students arrived on campus this week for orientation.
UNC residency programs ranked highly on Doximity reputation scores
Three UNC Hospitals residency programs ranked either first or second for best reputation among the nation’s residency programs, and 21 ranked in the top 50.
How an unlikely cellular ‘antenna’ can impair brain development
Disruption of a neuron structure called the primary cilium leads to defects in brain development resembling those seen in neuropsychiatric disorders.
Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities
In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Melissa Troester, PhD, published results of an analysis of approximately 1,000 invasive breast tumors. The study confirmed that young black women are more likely to have “triple negative,” or “basal-like,” breast cancers, a subtype that does not express any of the receptors for targeted biologic therapies. The study also identified variation by race within a clinical breast cancer type that has the greatest mortality disparity.
Thanks to a UNC research project, she can walk again
As UNC geneticist Jonathan Berg gears up to lead a $9.7-million renewal of the NCGENES project, we look at a story from the original study and how it changed the fortunes of a woman from Goldsboro, NC.
UNC Health Care receives high marks in latest US News & World Report Ratings
U.S News & World Report has released its annual Best Hospitals ratings. Across the state, several UNC Health Care facilities were recognized for clinical excellence.
372 UNC Health Care physicians named to 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® list
Only four percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor.
Researchers look to improve detection of skin cancer lacking pigment melanin
UNC Lineberger researchers led by Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, have identified key features linked to amelanotic melanoma, a form of skin cancer that lacks the brown or black color that stems from the pigment melanin.
Jensen delivers Whitehead Lecture
Brian Jensen, MD, assistant professor of medicine and pharmacology, delivered the 2017 Whitehead Lecture. The event, which serves as an unofficial convocation of the UNC School of Medicine, has been held annually since 1947.
Karl Holt selected as Tillman Scholar
In honor of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, the award supports active-duty military, veterans, and military spouses driven to make a positive impact in their communities or around the world.
Researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia in patients treated for non-blood cancers
A study led by UNC Lineberger's Catherine Coombs, MD, revealed new risk factors for “clonal hematopoiesis,” a medical phenomenon in which genetic mutations are found in the blood cells of patients who do not have an existing blood cancer.
Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center
With seed money from the Kenan Charitable Trust, the new center takes aim at the greatest challenges facing the field of autism spectrum disorder.
Mario Capecchi will give keynote talk at Smithies Nobel Symposium
Mark your calendars for September 19 at 3 p.m. for a talk by Italian scientist Mario Capecchi, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Martin Evans and our own Oliver Smithies.
Group led by UNC physician writes patient safety bundle for hypertension in pregnant women
Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH, director of maternal-fetal medicine at UNC, was lead author on the commentary, which makes 14 specific recommendations on how best to address the needs of pregnant and recently postpartum women who face a sudden spike in blood pressure.
Helping caregivers find their way back to normal
When a critical incident takes its toll on staff, the volunteers on the Critical Incident Stress Management team helps them figure what normal looks like after an emotional trauma.
UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses
A $340,000 The Duke Endowment grant helps UNC Family Medicine physician Evan Ashkin expand Formerly Incarcerated Transition program into Orange County.
UNC School of Medicine welcomes new PhD students to BBSP
The Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program (BBSP) welcomed a new class of PhD students to Chapel Hill this week for orientation.
Piven to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Joe Piven, MD, will headline the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ weekly Science Café on Thursday, August 24.
UNC Health Care CEO William Roper Named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
As UNC Health Care’s CEO, Dr. Roper oversees a clinical enterprise that provides more than 3 million clinic visits across North Carolina each year. He is also Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, which is nationally ranked for primary care, family care and rural medicine.
Damania featured in UNC's Women in Science Wednesday series
Blossom Damania, PhD, is the vice dean for research, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine, and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the biological mechanism behind cancer-causing viruses.
The Science of Fluoride Flipping
A new imaging technique helps UNC researchers study tiny, time-sensitive biological processes – the crucial underpinnings of human health and disease.
From the Ground Up: The State of Cancer Care in Malawi
Satish Gopal, MD, head of UNC’s cancer care efforts at UNC-Project Malawi, will welcome collaborators from across the region for the Malawi Cancer Care Symposium on Aug. 28 and 29.
UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader
UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Unraveling Alzheimer’s: New Study Documents How Brain Cells Go Bad
In a first-of-its-kind study, UNC researchers show how a damaging cascade of events inside brain cells – and related to Alzheimer’s disease – can be stopped or reversed.
Staring down the widowmaker
Roger Darr’s heart attack was caused ventricular fibrillation, or “sudden cardiac death”. Most patients who experience ventricular fibrillation at home do not survive. But thanks to high quality CPR provided by his quick-thinking wife, first responders, the Emergency Room staff at Central Carolina Hospital, and the providers at the UNC Medical Center, Roger is around to tell his story.
UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System Announce Plan to Form New Organization and Provide Solutions for Healthcare’s Most Pressing Challenges in North Carolina and Beyond
New organization will provide greater access to world-class care for North Carolinians
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