July

Autism May Arise from Genetic Defect During ‘Scaffolding’ of Developing Brain
Led by Eva Anton, PhD, scientists have uncovered details of a key cellular mechanism crucial for brain development. This process of brain development is spawned by a gene that, when mutated, had previously been linked to the development of autism.
Scientists Invent Fast Method for ‘Directed Evolution’ of Molecules
The technique, dubbed VEGAS and created in the lab of Bryan L. Roth, works in mammalian cells and can yield useful new molecules within days, providing scientists with a powerful new research tool and a potential route to better therapeutics for various diseases.
HIV-infected cells persist in cerebrospinal fluid, linked to poorer neurocognitive performance
A new study finds that nearly half of cells sampled from the cerebrospinal fluid of HIV patients had viral DNA, even though the patients had been on antiretroviral treatment for several years. The late Kevin R. Robertson, PhD, was co-lead author, and Joseph J. Eron, MD, is a co-author.
Researchers clock DNA's recovery time after chemotherapy
The lab of Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, published a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that could inform the creation of 'chronochemotherapies' -- strategies using chemo to treat cancer patients at particular times of day to maximize therapeutic benefit and minimize side effects.
Foundation of Hope awards nearly half a million dollars for SOM research
Seven UNC School of Medicine researchers were awarded grants to combat a range of conditions, including bulimia, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and mood disorders.
Studying Premature Babies to Understand Environmental Impacts on Children’s Health
UNC School of Medicine researchers are 15 years into a long-term study to learn how to optimize the health of children born at less than 28 weeks gestation, including identifying factors that help them succeed in school and develop social and communication skills.
North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and the July 4th Holiday
There are many ways to celebrate Independence Day. The physicians and staff at UNC’s Burn Center hope you do them all safely.
NC, SC Join Forces to Combat HIV Epidemic
The “Carolinas United to End HIV (CUE-HIV)” partnership aims to decrease the number of HIV infections by 90 percent in ten years.
Cruz Earns Three Awards to Support Mental Health Work in India
The largest philanthropic organization in India will scale up an innovative mental health training program created by Christina Cruz, MD, EdM, to help children with mental health issues.
Researchers identify anorexia nervosa genetic variants, redefine disorder as metabolic and psychiatric
The large-scale genome-wide association study, led by UNC’s Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and Gerome Breen, PhD, of King’s College London suggests that the origins of the eating disorder include a combination of metabolic and psychiatric components.
UNC School of Medicine surpasses $500M in Research Funding
The UNC School of Medicine has surpassed $500 million in research funding, marking a major milestone for the School’s expanding research enterprise.
New International Study Will Explore Accessibility of Talk Therapy Treatment for New Mothers
The departments of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine are collaborating on a large-scale, $13.2 million PCORI-funded perinatal psychiatry trial that will also bring together researchers at University of Toronto in Canada and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago.
Researchers unveil experimental compound to block therapeutic target in blood cancer
Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a hyperactive cell signal that contributes to tumor growth in an aggressive blood cancer.
First Patient Receives Surgery in UNC-Led International Pivotal Trial for Repair of Thoracoabdominal and Pararenal Aortic Aneurysms
Mark Farber, MD, chief of vascular surgery at the UNC School of Medicine, is the national principal investigator for the study and performed the trial’s first implant of the GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis, an investigational device, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.
UNC Health Care Hospitals Nationally Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
22 High Performing Ratings in U.S. News’ “Best Hospitals” Report
Physician Office Building to be named for Dean Jeffrey Houpt, MD
The UNC Physician Office Building, located adjacent to the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, will be renamed the Houpt Building in honor of Jeffrey L. Houpt, MD. Houpt served as Dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor of medical affairs at UNC from 1996 until 2004. In 1998, when the UNC Health Care system was created by the North Carolina General Assembly, Houpt was appointed CEO.
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