October

Wesley Legant, Hyejung Won Earn NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards
The National Institutes of Health announced 93 awards to fund highly innovative, high-impact biomedical research as part of its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.
Gillings, SOM Researchers Awarded $51 Million NIH Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher Lisa LaVange, PhD, is the PI of an NIH HEAL Initiative project to help people with chronic back pain and to curb opioid misuse. It includes Tim Carey, MD, MPH; Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc; and Sam McLean, MD, from the UNC School of Medicine.
Philpot Lab Receives NIH Grant to Create Therapy for Rare Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, will build upon research previously funded by the Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation to develop a therapy to treat children with this neurodevelopmental disorder.
Findings help explain how breast cancer can spread in the body
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Chad Pecot, MD, published new findings that help explain one path that breast cancers can take as they leave tumors and spread throughout the body.
Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison
A new study, led by Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, in the UNC department of social medicine, finds that people who were held in restrictive housing while serving time in prison face a substantial increased risk of death after their release.
Clinical Trial Makes Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Available in Primary Care Setting
Seema Garg, MD, PhD, is leading a study that uses telemedicine and new imaging technology to offer a convenient retinal screening method for patients with diabetes at risk for vision loss. Tom Miller, MD, is integrating the innovative technology into UNC’s clinical setting.
Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos
The National Cancer Institute has awarded University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a five-year, $2.7 million grant to develop more effective health warnings for little cigars and cigarillos.
Surprise Finding About HIV Reservoir Could Lead to Better Therapies
Researchers led by Ron Swanstrom, PhD, and colleagues in South Africa, discovered that the latent HIV reservoir that persists during antiretroviral treatment mostly reflects viruses present in the blood at the start of antiretroviral treatment.
NIH Awards $7.5 million to ramp up clinical trials for rare, genetic airway diseases
Formed 15 years ago, the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium is now co-led by UNC’s Stephanie Davis, MD, to continue advancing knowledge and treatments for genetic chronic pulmonary conditions.
Young adults with PTSD may have a higher risk of stroke in middle age
Lindsey Rosman, PhD, assistant professor in the division of cardiology, is lead author of the study.
New Heart Attack Registry to Provide Unprecedented Insight into STEMI Occurrence, Treatment in North India
Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, is leading a study reviewing hospitalizations for a certain type of heart attack in two hospitals in northern India. This is the first prospective cohort study of this magnitude in the region and is already providing unique data about opportunities to improve STEMI management in India.
UNC Awarded $19.4 million to Continue National Effort to Combat HIV Comorbidities
The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study / Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study is a collaborative research effort to understand and reduce the impact of chronic health conditions that affect people living with HIV. Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, leads the UNC-Chapel Hill site, one of 13 across the country.
Legant Named 2019 Packard Fellow
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced the 2019 class of Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, including Wesley Legant, PhD, in the biomedical engineering and pharmacology departments.
Physicians: Please Claim Your Doximity Profile
By claiming your profile on Doximity by Oct. 31, you’ll be eligible to vote in the 2020 survey that factors into the hospital and specialty rankings in the annual US News and World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings.
New Procedure Being Offered for COPD Patients with Emphysema Variant
Adam Belanger, MD, and fellow interventional pulmonologists, are now offering bronchoscopic long-term reduction for qualifying patients as an alternative to traditional lung volume reduction surgery.
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