March

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of bowel lesions
Possible risks must be weighed against the benefits of supplements, a study led by Seth Crockett, MD, MPH, finds.
Earp named Director of UNC Lineberger
Shelton Earp, MD, has been named director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Earp has served as interim director since June 2017, a role he accepted after Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, UNC Lineberger’s director since January 2014, was nominated to become the director of the National Cancer Institute.
Hayes-Jordan named Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Surgeon in Chief, North Carolina Children’s Hospital
Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP, a pioneering surgeon and researcher, has been named Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine, and Surgeon in Chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. She will officially join the UNC School of Medicine faculty effective June 1, 2018.
Prognostic tool could identify high-risk breast cancer patients
In the journal Cell Chemical Biology, researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Xian Chen, PhD, report on potential prognostic tool that could be used to identify high-risk patients within particular subtypes of breast cancer.
UNC Researcher Helps Find Solutions for Childcare Conundrum at Academic Conferences
Paola Giusti-Rodriguez, PhD, is one of 40 scientists that contributed to a paper outlining the difficulties parents encounter when attending conferences. They offer solutions that could quickly improve attendance and involvement of mothers at these events.
Goldman to step down as chair of the department of microbiology and immunology
The UNC School of Medicine is conducting a national search to fill the position of department chair.
To halt breast cancer’s spread, scientists block amino acid found in asparagus
UNC Lineberger researchers Charles M. Perou, PhD, and Lisa A. Carey, MD, were part of a preclinical study led out of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute that found that blocking the production of asparagine with a drug called L-asparaginase in mice with aggressive triple negative breast tumors, and putting them on a low-asparagine diet, reduced the breast tumor’s ability to spread.
UNC School of Medicine Announces three new Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professors
Three exemplary physician-scientists at the UNC School of Medicine – David Margolis, MD, Ada Adimora, MD, MPH, and Janet Rubin, MD – have been named Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professors.
The Problem of Burnout Among Surgeons
UNC School of Medicine's Marco Patti, MD, is the senior author of an article on burnout in JAMA Surgery.
Wake Forest Baptist, UNC Health Care Sign Binding Definitive Agreement Regarding Ownership of High Point Regional Health
Over the coming months, leadership from both Wake Forest Baptist and High Point Regional Health will be working together to take the necessary steps toward full integration.
A few minutes with Stephen Frye, PhD
After a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Stephen Frye, PhD, joined the UNC faculty in 2007 with the goal of partnering with physician-scientists to develop new cancer therapeutics. In May, he and his wife Susan will ride 60 miles on a tandem bicycle to support Team UNC Lineberger in The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer. We recently sat down with Frye to talk about his love of chemistry, his interest in writing, and his desire to break the 50 mph barrier on his bicycle.
Three SOM faculty named TBJ Health Care Heroes
At the annual Triangle Business Journal Health Care Heroes awards dinner, three UNC School of Medicine faculty were honored, as well as four other UNC Health Care employees.
Core facilities, learning opportunities available for researchers, staff
The UNC School of Medicine Office of Research Technologies is fostering an environment of community and mentoring for UNC core directors and researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and across campus.
Improved capture of cancer cells could aid in disease tracking
In the journal Clinical Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger's Andrew Wang, MD, and colleagues reported that by forcing cancer cells to slow down and developing stronger molecular traps for them, they could identify large numbers of the cells in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
Match Day: The end of the beginning
We spoke to a few students about this pivotal day, their reflections on their time at the UNC School of Medicine, and their feelings as they enter the next phases of their careers.
Match Day: Sights and Sounds
Recapping Match Day at the UNC School of Medicine.
UNC Graduate School Names Impact, Horizon Award Winners
Of the 22 awardees, 10 are in the UNC School of Medicine or in departments shared between the school and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
UNC School of Medicine Ranked Number One for Primary Care
In the organization’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st in primary care, 23rd in research, and 14th for obstetrics and gynecology.
UNC Pediatrics Delivers Investigational Genome Editing Therapy in Clinical Trial for the Rare Hunter Syndrome
First gene therapy performed by Dr. Joseph Muenzer and the UNC Clinical Translational and Research Center.
Register to join the UNC SOM team for Bike MS
The event is September 8 and 9. Riders can choose to ride from 30 to 100 flat and beautiful miles each day.
New Partnership will expand Malawian Surgical Initiative
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will fund the training of an additional surgeon each year as part of the in-country initiative led by UNC’s Anthony Charles, MD, MPH.
Some e-cigarette ingredients are surprisingly more toxic than others
UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Robert Tarran created a new screening technique to deduce the different toxicity levels of the more than 7,700 types of e-liquid flavors available to consumers.
UNC Lineberger symposium to focus on abnormal genetics, DNA repair in cancer
UNC Lineberger’s symposia have tracked advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer since 1977.
Coyne-Beasley talks about connectedness, gun violence, and the power of youth to change the world
An NC TraCS interview with Dr. Coyne-Beasley about her first year as president of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the pressing issues of the day.
Laura Klinger, director of TEACCH Autism Program, featured on podcast
In the run-up to World Autism Day on Monday, April 2, the moms who run the Spawned podcast interviewed Laura Klinger, PhD, about various issues related to autism, including the latest research developments.
Mentoring in the Era of #MeToo
Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, vice dean for education, wrote a commentary JAMA this week about the power and importance of mentorships as society continues to progress toward gender equality.
Narratives That Are Shared: Writing for Resilience
For five years, Writing for Resilience has met most Tuesdays, offering a place for caregivers, patients, providers and the community at large a place to quietly reflect, and the chance to discover what shifts in perspective might sneak up on them while they put pen to paper.
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