December

Infective endocarditis increases more than tenfold in North Carolina
The opioid epidemic is reshaping the epidemiology of heart valve infection, according to a new study led by Asher Shranz, MD, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
CAR-T immunotherapy, chemotherapy show promise for fighting relapsed blood cancer
At the 60th Annual American Society of Hematology Meeting in San Diego, UNC Lineberger's Natalie Grover, MD, presented preliminary results from a clinical study of an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma expressing the CD30 protein marker.
UNC Health Care Donates Sensory Kits for Autism-Friendly ‘Elf’ Show at DPAC
Volunteers with the UNC Autism Research Center will help guests at the Dec. 8 performance.
A Population Health Approach to Dramatically Reduce Heart Disease Risk
UNC School of Medicine doctors enlisted a network of health care professionals from small primary care practices and used data analytics to help identify North Carolinians at risk for cardiovascular disease. Primary care doctors could use this approach to dramatically reduce heart disease risk for tens of thousands of people across the state.
UNC School of Medicine researchers receive $9.96 million U.S. DoD grant
The US Department of Defense tabbed UNC Marsico Lung Institute researchers led by Richard Boucher, MD, and Ilona Jaspers, PhD, to study the adverse effects of inhaling toxic fumes from burn pits in the field.
UNC Health Care Plans to Increase Living Wage for Triangle Employees
Minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour in July 2019 to recruit and retain key workforce.
Study finds higher risk of breast cancer for women after childbirth
UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, and collaborators from the Premenopausal Breast Cancer Collaborative Group identified elevated breast cancer risk after childbirth in women younger than 55.
Scientists create genomic resource to explore the biological underpinnings of brain disorders
Published in Science, this research integrates a broad range of genomics data to help find molecular underpinnings of schizophrenia, autism, and other neuropsychiatric conditions. Hyejung Won, PhD, in the department of genetics and UNC Neuroscience Center was co-first author.
Eron, Kuhlman named Smithies Investigators
The UNC School of Medicine selected professors from the departments of medicine and biochemistry & biophysics for the annual award in honor of the late Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.
Scientists Gain Crucial Insights into Traffic Cop Function of Gene Expression Protein
UNC scientists led by Brian Strahl, PhD, and Raghuvar Dronamraju, PhD, uncovered a key regulatory step in gene expression that may be a significant factor in cancers and other major diseases.
University of North Carolina System names A. Wesley Burks, M.D., CEO of UNC Health Care and Dean of UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School
Dr. A. Wesley Burks tapped to lead growth efforts in education, research, and clinical care for North Carolina’s health system.
School of Medicine Researchers Make International Highly Cited Research List
Fourteen UNC School of Medicine faculty members were listed by Clarivate Analytics in the company’s 2018 Highly Cited Research list.
Basch elected to ASCO Board of Directors
As a member of the board, Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO, will help shape the direction and policies of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world's leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals caring for people with cancer.
UCLA’s Zipursky, Harvard’s Sanes win 19th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
Past winners include six scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize.
Happy Holidays from UNC Health Care!
May the light of the season fill your heart with wonder. Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and all the best in the New Year!
Pay-it-Forward Model Increases STD Testing Among Gay Men in China
Research co-led by Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD, director of UNC Project-China, and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found that the intervention could be used to increase screening for other infectious diseases.
Juliano Accepted to American Society for Clinical Investigation
Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, has been invited to join the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Founded in 1908, the ASCI is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies. It seeks to support the scientific efforts, educational needs and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve health.
Onslow Memorial Hospital Enters into Partnership Agreement with UNC Health Care
Officials from Onslow Memorial Hospital and UNC Health Care announced that they are finalizing a management agreement that will begin in January 2019.
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