October

Shih Earns $3.8 million NIH BRAIN Initiative Grant
Yen-Yu Ian Shih, PhD, associate professor of neurology and member of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, will use cutting-edge neuroscience tools to improve the understanding of fMRI signal in a brain area called striatum.
Genomic study finds a new role for microRNAs as predictors of Crohn’s disease progression
These findings by UNC School of Medicine researchers are an important step forward in designing more effective clinical trials and developing personalized Crohn’s disease therapies.
UNC School of Medicine and Recovery Record launch study to detect and prevent binge-eating behaviors
New study brings together behavioral, genetic, and microbiome data to give a fuller snapshot of binge eating triggers and treatments.
Melina Kibbe Featured on WUNC's The State of Things
Melina Kibbe, MD, chair of the department of surgery, spoke to Frank Stacio Monday for an extended interview.
Ernest Grant featured on FOX 8 High Point
Ernest Grant, PhD, will become the first man to be president of the American Nurses Association.
Brain circuits for successful emotional development established during infancy
Results from the UNC Early Brain Development Study, led at UNC by John Gilmore, MD, suggest that early detection and intervention could help children at risk for emotional problems.
Study focused on improving radiation treatment for cancers in pet dogs
UNC Lineberger's Paul A. Dayton, PhD, and his colleagues have been awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate how to improve radiation treatment for pet dogs undergoing treatment for sarcoma.
Susan G. Komen awards UNC Lineberger $1.1M for breast cancer research
Included in the new investments by Susan G. Komen was $400,000 for UNC Lineberger’s Lisa Carey, MD, the physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, chief of the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, and a member of the Komen Scientific Advisory Board, for a study of HER2-positive breast cancer.
Roper to receive 2018 North Carolina Award, State’s Highest Honor
The state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians Friday, Nov. 16, at the Raleigh Convention Center. Governor Roy Cooper will present the award at a 7 p.m. banquet and ceremony. The award was created by the General Assembly in 1961 to recognize significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service and science. William L. Roper, MD, MPH, CEO of UNC Health Care and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine is one of this year's honorees.
Dengue Fever Vaccine Delivered With Nanotechnology Targets All Four Virus Serotypes
A newly published study led by Stefan Metz, PhD, a research associate at the UNC School of Medicine, details how researchers used a nanoparticle vaccine platform to develop a tetravalent dengue virus vaccine capable of inducing balanced, type-specific neutralizing antibodies to each dengue virus serotype.
Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes
New recommendations, co-written by UNC School of Medicine’s John Buse, MD, PhD, cover the type of drugs patients should be prescribed and how providers can better help patients manage their health.
UNC to Create the Next Generation, Ultra-Long-Acting Antiretroviral Formulations for HIV Treatment and Prevention
New project aims to provide long-lasting HIV treatment and/or protection from a single injection. Angela Wahl, PhD, Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, and Martina Kovarova, PhD, are collaborating to lead the work, which is funded by a $3.8-million NIH grant.
Long-acting injectable implant shows promise for HIV treatment and prevention
The long-acting antiretroviral drug formulation, developed by UNC School of Medicine researchers Rahima Benhabbour, PhD and Martina Kovarova, PhD, is injected under the skin and forms into a solid implant that dissolves slowly to release anti-HIV medication over time.
New School of Medicine Program Highlights Precision Medicine at UNC
The Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care will be led by the UNC School of Medicine’s Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD. The program, funded by a $10-million grant from UNC Health Care, will be a collaboration among multiple departments within the school to bring together existing precision medicine treatments and support future endeavors in this field.
Visiting Malawian Medical Student Makes the Most of Summer Experience
Mirriam Munthali, who is in her fourth year at the Malawi College of Medicine, spent the summer in Chapel Hill as a part of the UNC Partner Site Student Scholarship, sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine’s Office of International Activities.
The New UNC Medical Education Building: Building on a tradition of excellence
Set to open in 2022, UNC School of Medicine’s new medical education building will grow the school’s statewide impact on the physician workforce and enhance the delivery of its cutting-edge curriculum to help Carolina reach its goal of being the nation’s leading public medical school.
Scientists Reveal New Cystic Fibrosis Treatments Work Best in Inflamed Airways
New UNC School of Medicine research led by Martina Gentzsch, PhD, and Carla Ribeiro, PhD, suggests that cystic fibrosis drugs used to correct the faulty CFTR protein would work better when the patients’ airways are inflamed.
New NC-Based Study to Advance Research Through Free and Expanded Newborn Screening
Cynthia M. Powell, MD, professor of pediatrics and genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is Early Check Lead Investigator for the team from UNC.
Giselle Corbie-Smith Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the departments of social medicine and medicine, was elected for her scholarly work on the practical and ethical issues of engaging communities in research to achieve health and equity.
UNC Earns First-in-State Accreditation for Geriatrics Emergency Department
Advanced age brings unique needs, particularly in the ED. Led by Christina Shenvi, MD, PhD, the Geriatric-Emergency Department Accreditation at UNC’s Hillsborough ED is one of about 20 to receive this designation nationwide.
Scientists zero in on ways to boost colorectal cancer screening
UNC Lineberger's Daniel Reuland, MD, MPH, and colleagues published in JAMA Internal Medicine a review of data from 73 randomized clinical trials that tested different ways of increasing screening for colorectal cancer. Their analysis identified three approaches as being the most effective.
MAHEC, UNC-Chapel Hill Celebrate New Interprofessional Academic Health Center
UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC expands health science education in Western North Carolina.
UNC scientists solve 3-D structure of CF protein in active, inactive states
The labs of John Riordan at the UNC School of Medicine and James Chen at Oregon Health & Science University published detailed cryo-electron microscopic analysis of the CFTR protein to gain insights into why a faulty chloride channel leads to serious disease.
Social Medicine’s Sue Estroff receives UNC's Thomas Jefferson Award
Sue Estroff, PhD, professor of social medicine and adjunct professor of anthropology and psychiatry, has been honored by her peers with the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award.
UNC-Chapel Hill, Deerfield announce creation of new company to accelerate discovery of medicines
Deerfield Management commits up to $65 million to support the development of new therapeutics at UNC-Chapel Hill.
HPV blood test shows promise for tracking head and neck cancer after treatment
UNC Lineberger's Bhishamjit S. Chera, MD, will present preliminary findings at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology on Tuesday from a study that evaluated a blood test for HPV-linked oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, which is a cancer of the back of the throat. The findings demonstrated the test could be an effective and less costly alternative for monitoring for cancer recurrence after radiation treatment.
When it comes to respiratory effects of wood smoke, sex matters
Impacts of environmental toxins may be missed when researchers fail to compare effects on men and women, according to a study by UNC-Chapel Hill scientists. UNC School of Medicine’s Ilona Jaspers, PhD, led the research.
UNC Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Earns Innovator Award for Reducing Drug Waste
At the 35th Annual National Oncology Conference, the Association of Community Cancer Centers recognized the NC Cancer Hospital for early adoption of a program to reduce drug waste and reduce drug cost.
Byerley named UNC School of Medicine’s Executive Vice Dean
Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, has been named Executive Vice Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, effective November 1. Byerley will continue her present role while also assuming expanded leadership responsibilities for the School of Medicine.
Are Immigration Policies Adversely Affecting Citizen Children?
According to a commentary by UNC School of Medicine student Sebastian Werner, the health of citizen-children is adversely affected by immigration policies targeting the undocumented.
Three SOM students make it to Three Minute Thesis finals
Come check out the finals in Bondurant G100 Tuesday Oct. 30 at 4 pm, when Alex Chung, Susanna Harris, and Bhawana Shrestha compete with other UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students to take top prizes.
Can intense risk factor modification for diabetes patients harm kidney health?
A new study co-led by Amy Mottl, MD, MPH, at the UNC School of Medicine shows that in patients with diabetes and at high risk of heart disease, intensive risk factor modification results in minor benefits and possible harm to kidneys.
Song, Hingtgen earn Hettleman Prizes
Juan Song, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, and Shawn Hingtgen, PhD, were two of four professors from UNC-Chapel Hill to be awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty this fall.
Former patient donates $10 million to further blood cancer research at UNC Lineberger
Etteinne “ET” and W. G. Champion “Champ” Mitchell of New Bern, North Carolina, will create a new fund supporting ground-breaking research in blood cancer at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, including lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma research, in gratitude for the care Champ received and to bolster research directed at finding cures.
Piven honored with Ruane Prize for autism research
At an awards dinner in New York City, Joseph Piven was named co-recipient of the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
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