June

Jaspers, Clapp featured in NY Times for e-cigarette research
Researchers in lab of Ilona Jaspers, PhD, found that the common food additive cinnamaldehyde impaired cilia -- the hair-like structures on lung cells crucial for proper respiratory function.
T cells alone are sufficient to establish and maintain HIV infection in the brain
Led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, UNC researchers report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that T cells in the brain may be an important HIV reservoir that should be targeted by HIV cure approaches.
Blood mutations could contaminate genetic analyses of tumors
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and colleagues led by Catherine C. Coombs, MD, show that blood cell mutations accounted for as many as 8 percent of the mutations identified in large-scale genetic sequencing efforts at two major academic centers.
More frequent screening after prostate cancer treatment not linked to improved survival
A study by UNC Lineberger's Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, and colleagues assessed whether monitoring prostate cancer patients following treatment with a PSA test every three months versus once a year would provide a long-term survival benefit.
University leaders celebrate a Blue Cross NC investment in Physician Assistant Studies program
The $1.2 million gift will be used to accommodate more students, recruit top faculty and develop rural sites for students to participate in clinical rotations.
Six UNC Health Care Hospitals Recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for High Quality Stroke Care
American Heart Association Award Recognizes UNC Health Care’s Commitment to Quality Stroke Care.
The Measure of a Doctor
As Harold Pillsbury, MD, retires as chair of UNC Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery, we take a look back at his career through the eyes of one of his patients.
UNC brain stimulation experts host inaugural conference
Flavio Frohlich, PhD, director of the Carolina Neurostimulation Center, hosted the first Carolina Neurostimulation Conference, a trainee-led event at UNC-Chapel Hill in May.
UNC Lineberger among national leaders endorsing goal of eliminating HPV-related cancers in the US
The directors of the 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, including UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, have issued a joint statement endorsing gender-neutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening.
Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects
UNC researchers led by Frank Conlon, PhD, shed light on how gene defects lead to congenital heart malformations.
UNC Medical Center receives two Mission: Lifeline awards from American Heart Association
Both awards recognize the implementation of specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
UNC study: Tdap vaccine given during pregnancy reduces occurrence of infant pertussis
A study led by UNC’s Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies in the U.S. to determine if the Tdap vaccine given to a mother will reduce the chances of her child developing pertussis during the first 18 months of life. The results show a decrease in overall cases of pertussis, and most notably, in pertussis hospitalization in infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy.
Parents ranked cancer prevention as No. 1 provider reason for HPV vaccination
A survey led by UNC Lineberger's Melissa Gilkey, PhD, and collaborators found that parents ranked cancer prevention as the most compelling reason health care providers can give for recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
Family Medicine Summer Academy introduces students to possibilities of primary care
Over the course of two weekends, the UNC Family Medicine Summer Academy hosted a total of 14 recent high school graduates from rural North Carolina. All of these students have an interest in a future career in medicine.
Scientists discover new gene expression mechanism with possible role in human disease
UNC School of Medicine researchers, led by Brian Strahl, PhD, found surprising role for a protein called Spt6, which is crucial to the maintenance of proper messenger RNA levels in cells, a discovery that opens new research avenues and suggests a target for basic understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.
Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women
An analysis co-led led by UNC Lineberger's Hazel B. Nichols, PhD, linked higher body mass index to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.
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