November

Dr. William L. Roper Named Interim President of the UNC System
He will succeed President Margaret Spellings, who recently announced plans to step down.
Qian Appointed Associate Director of McAllister Heart Institute
Li Qian, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has been named the associate director of McAllister Heart Institute effective October 1, 2018.
UNC Medical Center temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to water main break
UNC Medical Center is temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to the OWASA water main break. Additionally, we are not accepting transfer patients. Trauma patients are currently being redirected to other facilities in the area.
UNC Medical Center resumes accepting emergency cases
The Medical Center has resumed accepting emergency cases and is accepting transfers on a case-by-case basis, and UNC Health Care clinics in the Chapel Hill area will resume normal operations today at noon.
New Exhibition at NC Museum of Art Showcases the ‘Art of Science and Innovation’
Images in the exhibition highlight medical research from labs of UNC School of Medicine scientists.
Can Scientists Change Mucus to Make It Easier to Clear, Limiting Harm to Lungs?
UNC School of Medicine and Duke University researchers, led by Brian Button, PhD, show why coughing can’t force mucus free from airways to help people battle cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis, and how new treatments could alter mucus to make coughing more therapeutic.
Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?
Neuroscientists and chronic pain experts at the UNC School of Medicine used a weak alternating current of electricity to target a specific part of the brain and significantly decrease chronic lower back pain in all participants of a small clinical trial.
Center for Transplant Care Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Saving Procedures
The program’s major milestone was celebrated in the lobby of the UNC Children’s Hospital Monday morning with speeches from physicians that have made the program possible, along with a kidney transplant patient and his living donor.
Blue Cross NC, UNC-Chapel Hill Collaborate to Expand Rural Primary Care
Blue Cross NC to invest $800,000 in a new UNC-Chapel Hill program that improves access to care, education and employment opportunities throughout Rockingham County.
A cancer diagnosis changed their wedding plans, but strengthened their bond
A diagnosis with a rare type of blood cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia just days before his wedding influenced Dustin Riedesel's perspective on marriage, and inspired him and his now-wife, Katie, to raise money to support cancer research.
Six UNC Health Care Hospitals Earn Top Safety Grades from Leapfrog
The latest hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group are out, and six hospitals affiliated with UNC Health Care received top “A” grades for their work in protecting patients and delivering excellent care.
By solving a mystery of gene repair, scientists uncover an exception to biology’s rules
UNC Lineberger's Dale Ramsden, PhD, and his colleagues published a major study in the journal Science revealing surprising findings about the way major breaks in our DNA are repaired.
Der receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award
The National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award supports accomplished leaders in cancer research.
UNC Researcher Finds Gender Disparities in Admissions, Treatment for Heart Attack Patients, Earns Nomination for AHA Award
Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, was nominated for the Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award for Young Investigators in Training for his study showing young women are having proportionally more heart attacks than young men.
Successful Peanut Allergy Clinical Trial Results Published in NEJM
The treatment, AR101 from Aimmune Therapeutics, was based on research conducted in the lab of Wesley Burks, MD. It significantly increased the amount of peanut protein tolerated. UNC’s Edwin Kim, MD, MS, was PI at the UNC site of this international trial.
Can Genetic Therapy Help Kids with Angelman Syndrome Overcome Seizures?
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, discovered key details for how a deficiency in the gene UBE3A affects the brain and how replacing it could benefit children with the neuro-genetic disorder.
McNaull Receives 2018 Fuller Award
Peggy McNaull, MD, associate professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, has been honored with this year’s H. Fleming Fuller Award. McNaull received the award at the November 19 meeting of the UNC Health Care Board of Directors.
Can Scientists Use Gene Editing for Disease Prevention but Not Human Enhancement?
CRISPR gene-editing technology is being investigated in research labs around the world in hopes that it might change medicine forever. UNC bioethics professors led by Eric Juengst, PhD, MA, and Jean Cadigan, PhD, weigh in.
Sartor Named Crohn’s Disease Health Care Hero
The National Liberty Museum honored Balfour Sartor, MD, with its inaugural Healthcare Hero in the Field of Crohn’s Disease for his decades of work to find better treatments for inflammatory bowel diseases.
Why Underestimating the Health Effects of Vaping is a Bad Idea
In this video, UNC School of Medicine toxicologist Ilona Jaspers, PhD, explains the science of inhaling vapor from e-cigarette products and why we should not compare vaping or "juuling" to smoking.
Boyce receives NIH support for innovative Malaria study in Uganda
Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, a clinical instructor in the division of infectious diseases, has been awarded a nearly $1-million Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institutes of Health to utilize principles from criminology to map mosquito breeding sites in Western Uganda. The project could increase the efficiency of vector control in the region.
UNC-Chapel Hill Rises to Fifth for Federal Research Funding
The latest annual R&D survey reinforces Carolina’s position as a top global research university.
UNC researchers awarded $1.3 million to put diabetes discovery into practice across the U.S.
A landmark UNC School of Medicine study showed that the finger prick blood glucose test is unnecessary for most people with type 2 diabetes, and now researchers Katrina Donahue and Laura Young received a PCORI grant to implement their findings across the country.
The Search for a Cure
The UNC School of Medicine's efforts to develop new treatments and potential cures for HIV are featured extensively on UNC-Chapel Hill's home page this week.
Dr. Saira Sheikh to lead autoimmunity and lupus research program launched by $1 million gift
A doctor-patient relationship inspires an innovative initiative designed to advance understanding of autoimmune diseases, specifically Sjogren’s and Lupus.
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