January

Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid
In a paper published in Cell, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, show how to activate only one kind of brain receptor vital for pain relief. This receptor is not involved in addiction or respiratory depression that leads to death – the most severe side effects of opioid use.
Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence
In the first survey of its kind, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, show that a majority of physicians are unlikely to counsel patients about firearms or firearm safety, but that more continuing medical education on the topic would increase physician counseling behaviors
Three UNC autism research studies earn end-of-year honors
Autism Speaks, Spectrum, and the NIH singled out innovative work from Joseph Piven’s research team as top studies advancing the field of autism research in 2017.
Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition
Research conducted by Susan Girdler, PhD, and David Rubinow, MD, and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to conclude that a year of hormone therapy can effectively prevent the onset of depressive symptoms for women during the menopause transition.
Egan publishes commentary about recent change in donor lung allocation policy
Thomas Egan, MD, says that the change in policy was long overdue. However, because the change happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in response to litigation, it came as a “tsunami” that was “sudden, unexpected, and may have huge consequences.”
Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief
UNC Lineberger’s Donald Rosenstein, MD, and Justin Yopp, PhD, have published a compelling book, “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life,” that recounts the lessons a group of widowed fathers learned in responding to loss and grief.
Nash UNC Health Care Names L. Lee Isley as CEO
Isley has served as CEO for Granville Health System in Oxford, NC, since 2006, and has held a variety of roles in his 30-year health care career.
A prescription for fruits and veggies
A new study led by researchers at UNC, including Dana Neutze, MD, of the Department of Family Medicine, and NC State University will give a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients at The UNC Family Medicine Center, in addition to connecting them with existing nutrition education programs. Researchers will track changes in patient diet and biometric measures, as well as the impact on farmers—the revenue and risks associated with the program.
Narrowing the gap toward precision medicine for pancreatic cancer
To improve treatment and our understanding of one of the deadliest cancers in the United States, UNC Lineberger's Jen Jen Yeh, MD, was involved in two studies that take different approaches to precision medicine for pancreatic cancer.
Cystic Fibrosis Discovery: Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life
UNC School of Medicine scientists show that therapies to break up mucus in toddlers might offer the best route to a longer life for CF patients.
UNC School of Medicine faculty recognized for highly cited research
Eleven UNC School of Medicine faculty members were named as highly cited researchers in the annual Thomas Reuters list.
Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments
A study led by UNC Lineberger's Keith Burridge, PhD, and published in the Journal of Cell Biology, examined the role of the physical structure of the nucleus in cell movement through different surfaces.
Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Better Antipsychotic Drugs
Published in Nature, research from the lab of Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, revealed the first-ever crystal structure of the dopamine 2 receptor bound to an antipsychotic drug – a much-needed discovery in the quest to create effective drugs with fewer side effects to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other conditions.
Organization for Autism Research Makes Inaugural Gift for Groundbreaking Project at UNC
Led by Kara Hume at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice is a continually updated resource of evidence-based best practices and online instruction.
UNC Health Care Collaborates with Apple
UNC Health Care is collaborating with Apple on the early release of a new health records feature in the iPhone Health app. Read a memo from Dr. Roper about the partnership.
Freiwald, Tsao win 18th Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
Past winners include six scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize.
More stroke patients may receive crucial treatments under new guideline
UNC department chair led new guideline writing group.
Yeh and Strahl named Smithies Investigators
The UNC School of Medicine selected professors from the departments of surgery, and biochemistry and biophysics for the annual award in honor of Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.
Flythe earns Woods junior faculty award
Jennifer Flythe, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of nephrology, has been selected as this year’s James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award winner.
UNC Paws, Brushes with Life receive $8-million donation
The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health will use the private funding to support two of its main rehabilitation programs for adults who suffer from mental illness.
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