May

New Islet Cell Transplant Program, First in North Carolina, Giving Pancreatitis Patients a Better Option
The Chronic Pancreatitis and Autologous Islet Cell Transplant Program, created by Chirag S. Desai, MD, is helping patients improve their quality of life by eliminating severe pain and reducing or ending the use of narcotic pain medications, while preventing brittle diabetes.
UNC Lineberger’s Griffith elected into National Academy of Sciences
A pioneer in high-resolution electron microscopy, Jack Griffith, PhD, earned one of the most prestigious honors in science during a career packed with distinguished research and collaborations that began prior to him coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1978.
Sullivan makes international news with new study on genes and depression
Patrick Sullivan, MD, made international news with a study he contributed to that uncovered 30 new genes linked to depression, tripling the number known to play a role in the debilitating disease.
Multiple UNC physicians quoted in articles for online magazine Bustle
Writers for Bustle, a popular online magazine created by women and for women, recently quoted multiple UNC physicians for various health-related articles.
UNC experts respond to CDC’s advisory regarding increase in mosquito and tick borne illnesses
On Tuesday, the CDC issued a report on the rising rates of tick and mosquito borne illnesses across the United States. In an interview with CNN, Myron Cohen, MD, spoke about the importance of the advisory and increasing public awareness. David Weber, MD, MPH, spoke with the New York Times about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks.
Commins discusses increase in Alpha-Gal Diagnoses with CBS News
Scott Commins, MD, PhD, of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, is a nationally known expert on the Alpha-Gal allergy, a red meat allergy caused by tick bites. Diagnoses of Alpha-Gal are on the rise, and Commins spoke with CBS News about the issue.
Could Reading our Circadian Clocks According to DNA Repair Optimize Chemotherapy?
For the first time, UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar analyzed whole-genome DNA repair in an animal over 24 hours to find which genes were repaired, where exactly, and when, laying the groundwork for a more precise use of anti-cancer drugs.
UNC Medical Center again named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America"
Becker's Healthcare selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and Truven Health Analytics.
For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being
A new study led by UNC Lineberger's Eliza M. Park, MD, shows that parenting concerns can have a significant impact on the mental and emotional health of women with advanced cancer. In particular, they found that a mother’s emotional well-being was significantly linked with whether she had communicated with her children about her illness, and her concerns about how her illness will financially impact her children.
UNC researchers present study about family history and postpartum mental health at national APA Conference
Anna Bauer, PhD, and Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, were chosen by the APA to present findings from their recently published study about a new mother’s risk of postpartum psychiatric conditions when she has an immediate family member with a psychiatric disorder.
UNC’s Olafur Palsson featured in national media
Olafur Palsson, professor of medicine, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and at tonic.com for his work on hypnosis to treat IBS.
Taking the Long Road
Patrick Lang, PhD, has compiled scholastic achievements – including a Core Fulbright U.S. award– while never losing sight of his family’s roots in rural China.
UNC’s Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery upends the residency interview process
In research recently published in The Laryngoscope, the department details results from two years of adding surgical simulation to residency interviews.
UNC researchers discover how body temperature wrecks potential dengue, Zika vaccine
The UNC School of Medicine labs of Brian Kuhlman, PhD, and Aravinda de Silva, PhD, found that key components of a potentially potent vaccine fall apart due to body temperature, leaving us susceptible to severe infection.
Newton Transitioning to ABFM, FitzGerald Named Interim NC AHEC Program Director
Kevin FitzGerald, who has served in several senior leadership roles at UNC Health Care and the University of North Carolina, has been named Interim Program Director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).
Damania earns Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring
Blossom Damania, PhD, vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine, was honored with the award at the UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral hooding ceremony May 12.
The Heart of a Researcher
At the UNC School of Medicine, researchers come to their work through various paths. For Wanda O'Neal, PhD, her tireless dedication to researching cystic fibrosis and lung conditions was born from a very personal place -- a family with six kids with CF.
UNC School of Medicine celebrates the Class of 2018
On Saturday, May 12, the UNC School of Medicine held its commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2018. Students gathered with faculty, friends, and family in Memorial Hall to celebrate their accomplishments. The class selected Alice Ma, MD, as its commencement speaker.
Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants
Of the three principal investigators awarded these prestigious NIH grants, two are researchers in the UNC Department of Pharmacology at the UNC School of Medicine – Byran L. Roth and Gary Johnson.
Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure
A new case report led by UNC's Maya Styner, MD, describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.
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