February

UNC Researchers Dramatically Reduce Racial Disparities in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Treatment
UNC School of Medicine’s Samuel Cykert, MD, in the department of medicine, led a five-year, multi-institutional trial aimed at reducing the disparity in treatment and outcomes for black lung cancer patients versus white lung cancer patients.
UNC-led team awarded $5.1 million for cervical cancer prevention effort in Malawi
Jennifer Tang, MD, and Lameck Chinula, MMED, both in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine, are co-principal investigators for this USAID grant to more effectively combat cervical cancer, the leading cause of death among women in Malawi.
Muenzer Presents Additional Results from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial
Interim results presented by UNC's Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD, provide preliminary evidence that in vivo genome editing occurred in a clinical trial testing a treatment for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II), also known as Hunter syndrome.
UNC Lineberger awards $1.35M for cancer research
UNC Lineberger awarded grants to 14 scientists and research teams in the fall grant awards cycle. Applications for the next round of funding will be due March 15.
‘Virtual Pharmacology’ Advance Tackles Universe of Unknown Drugs
Pharmacology’s Bryan Roth teamed with UCSF and European researchers to create a platform to screen hundreds of millions of never-before-synthesized compounds and then produce remarkably potent antibacterial and psychiatric drug candidates.
Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Immune System and Brain
Led by Leslie Morrow, PhD, research shows how new compounds could target specific brain cell receptors to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, depression, and posttraumatic stress.
Dr. Cristy Page Named School of Medicine Executive Dean
Cristy Page, MD, MPH, Chair of UNC Family Medicine, has been named Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, effective February 18, 2019. This leadership position was vacated when Dr. Wesley Burks assumed the dual role of Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care.
UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report
All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in NIH finding, according to a new report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, and 11 clinical departments rank in the top 30.
John Stackhouse, founder of the NC Jaycee Burn Center, passed away
Stackhouse pledged $40,000 to help establish the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals. In addition, he provided a gift to establish the John Stackhouse Distinguished Professorship and lecture series in 1994 and to provide continued support for the Burn Center.
Lineberger Club features ovarian cancer survivor, advocate
Marie Wood shared the story of her motivation to launch the Triad chapter of She ROCKS Inc., a Wilmington-based nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for ovarian cancer research at UNC Lineberger.
Researchers identify cluster of N.C. counties with higher colorectal cancer death rates
UNC Lineberger researchers uncovered county-level factors linked to higher colorectal cancer mortality rates in a cluster of counties in northeastern North Carolina. The study’s first author is Tzy-Mey Kuo, PhD, research associate at UNC Lineberger. Andrew Olshan, PhD, is the study’s senior author.
Researchers review metastatic melanoma treatment
Researchers led by UNC Lineberger’s David Ollila, MD, FACS, reviewed the results for 80 adult metastatic melanoma patients treated with talimogene laherparepvec, or TVEC.
CRISPR gene editing makes stem cells 'invisible' to immune system
UNC School of Medicine researchers from the lab of J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD, are co-authors of a study on the creation of pluripotent stem cells that avoided transplant rejection in lab studies.
Researchers discover potential attack strategy for aggressive breast cancer
UNC Lineberger researchers including Leslie Parise, PhD, and department of pharmacology doctoral student Alex Chung have designed a novel way to attack an aggressive breast cancer.
Virus linked to cancer takes over ‘cellular mail’ to alter tumor environment
A UNC Lineberger study, led by Dirk Dittmer, PhD, reports the Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus can commandeer a system involved in how host cells can affect changes in neighboring cells.
Mayer-Davis selected as member of 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, including Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Chair of Nutrition.
UNC’s National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Launches Website
The new website aims to train health care providers and improve eating disorder awareness among the public. UNC's Christine M. Peat, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is Program Director for the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED).
Lorenzo earns ADA junior faculty award
The American Diabetes Association selected Damaris Lorenzo, PhD, as a winner of its Junior Faculty Development Award, which carries with it funding for further research on diabetes-related investigations.
Patient-reported symptoms offer insight for clinical trials
UNC Lineberger researchers and collaborators, led by Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi, found that allowing patients to write, in their own words, about treatment-related symptoms they experienced while participating in clinical trials can provide valuable information.
Likelihood of Tick Bite to Cause Red Meat Allergy Could Be Higher than Previously Thought
Scott Commins, MD, PhD, and his team found the red meat allergy-causing alpha-gal – a sugar in nearly all mammal blood except for humans – is found in tick saliva regardless of whether the tick had recently fed on an animal, challenging previous theories.
Eating Small Amounts of Peanut after Immunotherapy May Extend Allergy Treatment Benefits
Edwin Kim, MD, MS, says the results of a multi-year observational study are encouraging for those suffering from peanut allergies.
Immunotherapy for Egg Allergy May Allow Patients to Eat Egg Safely for Years after Treatment
Edwin Kim, MD, MS, says the results of a multi-year observational study show what life after egg oral immunotherapy can look like for people with egg allergies.
UNC Health Care Donates Sensory Kits for Shows at Raleigh Little Theatre
Kits to support autism-friendly performances of ‘Junie B. Jones’ and ‘Three Little Birds’
Zeng wins Outstanding Individual Performance Award
Allergen Biologics created this award due to its first-rate relationship with Xinghua Zeng, the lab manager for the UNC Vector Core, which provides AAV products to researchers around the world.
New studies aim to improve melanoma diagnosis
A pair of studies led by UNC Lineberger's Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, and Kathleen Conway Dorsey, PhD, could aid in improved diagnosis for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
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