June

Caring for and caring about North Carolina’s children
This letter to the editor has been published on the News & Observer website today and will appear in print Sunday June 2.
NIH Awards Zylka Lab $6.8 Million to Study Autism, ADHD Environmental Risks
This eight-year project will focus on the interactions between genetics and environmental exposures that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit disorder.
Men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose active surveillance often don’t follow monitoring guidelines
The findings by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers were drawn from an analysis of 346 men newly diagnosed between 2011 and 2013 with low or intermediate-risk prostate cancer in North Carolina. Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, led this study.
UNC Sheps, RTI researchers join Cochrane US Network to promote evidence-based health care and public health
The Cochrane US Network will support and train systematic review authors and users of Cochrane Reviews, and encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence for better health outcomes. Dan Jonas, MD, MPH will lead the UNC-Chapel Hill team.
AMA Awards UNC School of Medicine $1.8 million to support FIRST program
The Fully Integrated Readiness Service Training (FIRST) Program is a pipeline to a family medicine residency and three years of service in underserved areas of North Carolina.
Bowman Earns the James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award
As part of the award, Natalie Bowman, MD, MPH, will receive $3,000 to support her research and proposed studies of the gastrointestinal manifestations of Chagas disease.
UNC receives $3.8 million grant to study “Med-South” weight loss program
Based on the proven benefits of Mediterranean-style diets, researchers have created a unique version of the diet by considering the taste and preferences of people living in the southeastern U.S. With this grant, the “Med-South” diet will be explored as an option for long-term weight loss and improved cardiovascular health. The study is co-led by Thomas Keyserling, MD, MPH, and Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, RD.
UNC School of Medicine selects Chung, Liu as Jefferson Pilot Award Recipients
Arlene Chung, MD, and Jiandong Liu, PhD, will use their four-year, $20,000 awards to further their research and scholarly work at the UNC School of Medicine.
Remembering Dr. Charlie van der Horst
Retired professor of medicine and internationally renowned HIV researcher Charlie van der Horst passed away Friday.
UNC Health Care Announces Initiatives to Restore Confidence in Pediatric Heart Surgery Program
Steps include releasing data on patient outcomes, forming an external advisory board, pausing some complex surgeries temporarily, investing in program enhancements and more
Scientists Make Single-cell Map to Reprogram Scar Tissue into Healthy Heart Cells
UNC McAllister Heart Institute scientists led by Li Qian, PhD, developed a single-cell genomics pipeline to discover the molecular roadmap underlying the conversion of human scar-making fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes.
In Remembrance of Dr. Kevin Robertson
Kevin Robertson, PhD, a professor in the department of neurology for more than 30 years, passed away Sunday after an extended battle with cancer.
Researchers identify traits linked to better outcomes in HPV-linked head and neck cancer
Led by Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, and Bhishamjit Chera, MD, UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers believe their findings could help identify patients with characteristics linked to improved treatment response.
Scientists discover new method for developing tracers used for medical imaging
UNC Lineberger researchers led by Zibo Li, PhD, said their findings could make it possible to attach radioactive tags to compounds that previously have been difficult or even impossible to label.
UNC Health Care Launches Innovative Fully Integrated Epic Telehealth Solution
App enhances patient experience enabling video visits with their providers; providers benefit from one-click video workflow, fully embedded within the patient chart
UNC Children’s Named to U.S. News’ “Best Children’s Hospitals” for 11th Straight Year
UNC Children’s is nationally ranked in seven subspecialties, with two in the top 20.
Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use
UNC Family Medicine researchers Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, and Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, lead new study on teen rates for using e-cigarette devices to vape marijuana.
UNC Project-Malawi Researchers Receive Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund groundbreaking research in global health and development, including a project to lessen infant antibiotic use in Africa led by UNC Project-Malawi’s Tisungane Mvalo.
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