June

A message from Dr. Burks: A time to pull together
Dr. Wesley Burks, CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, shares a message with the UNC Health community.
Researchers Map SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Cells of Nasal Cavity, Bronchia, Lungs
Major study of coronavirus infection in human airways adds to evidence that wearing a mask is an important protective step toward limiting transmission of COVID-19. The lead authors of the study in the journal Cell are UNC-Chapel Hill pulmonary expert Richard Boucher, MD, and virology expert Ralph Baric, PhD.
UNC Researchers Collaborate on Project to Study Pandemic’s Impact on People with Eating Disorders
Cynthia Bulik, PhD, founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) is leading a study with Christine Peat, PhD, director of the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED), to characterize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with eating disorders. Preliminary data from the U.S. and the Netherlands are being published to share with clinicians and caregivers to provide a roadmap forward as the pandemic evolves.
North Carolina Healthcare Heroes Join Online Research Community to Help Fight COVID-19
North Carolina researchers call for a diverse group of essential workers in health care to join HeroesResearch.org to share experiences and evaluate prevention strategies. The UNC site leader for this effort is Ross Boyce, MD.
FNIH Launches Project Testing Antibiotic to Prevent Infections in Mothers, Newborns
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has announced a new project to test whether an antibiotic taken during labor can prevent infections in mothers and newborns in seven countries. The UNC-Chapel Hill site leader is Carl Bose, MD.
FARE Clinical Network Selects UNC Allergy and Immunology as FCN Discovery Center of Distinction
The UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic has been selected to become an FCN Discovery Center of Distinction. With this new designation, lead principal investigator, Edwin Kim, MD, MS, will receive a $100,000 stipend to help develop critical infrastructure necessary to deliver optimal clinical care and leadership in the community to patients with food allergy.
Strahl Lab Decodes Another Piece of the Histone Code Puzzle
In the journal Cell Reports, Brian Strahl, PhD, and colleagues engineered a genome regulator to reveal its important biological functions of genome access.
UNC Researchers Create New Type of Accurate COVID-19 Antibody Test
UNC School of Medicine researchers Aravinda de Silva, PhD, and Prem Lakshmanane, PhD, and colleagues developed a COVID-19 test that pinpoints human antibodies specific to a particular part of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The test can be ramped up to document past and recent COVID-19 infections and possibly used to identify asymptomatic virus infection and the level of immunity in individuals.
Foundation of Hope Funds Nearly Half a Million Dollars to UNC Mental Illness Research
The Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness (FOH) will award almost $475,000 to 13 investigators from the UNC Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine.
Roth Leads $26.9 Million Project to Create Better Psychiatric Medications
Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a team of internationally acclaimed researchers led by UNC School of Medicine’s Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, aims to create new medications to effectively and rapidly treat depression, anxiety, and substance abuse without major side effects.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Reduces Hypoglycemia in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
Laura Young, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, was UNC’s principal investigator for this six-month clinical trial that shows the use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) reduces serious levels of hypoglycemia compared with standard monitoring by daily use of blood glucose finger-stick test strips.
UNC Children’s Named to U.S. News’ “Best Children’s Hospitals” for 12th Straight Year
UNC Children’s is nationally ranked in seven subspecialties, two in the top 25
First-of-its-kind UNC study finds oral hygiene training can significantly reduce pneumonia in nursing homes
The UNC Sheps Center’s Mouth Care Without a Battle training program shows promising results after one year, underscores need to establish new standards of care for residents with dementia. UNC School of Medicine’s Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, is the program co-director.
UNC Health Eases Visitor Restrictions for Triangle
Patients at UNC Medical Center, UNC REX and Johnston Health will be allowed one visitor
Egg Oral Immunotherapy Could be Better Option than Baked Egg Therapy in Egg-Allergic Children
Edwin Kim, MD, MS, at the UNC School of Medicine reported results from a five-year multi-site study for the treatment of egg allergy in children, showing that egg oral immunotherapy was significantly more likely to achieve sustained unresponsiveness compared to children opting for baked egg therapy.
UNC Researcher Leads National Survey on Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, led a study investigating the emotional and mental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. The study authors are releasing their findings directly to the public in an effort to provide guidance and understanding to individuals and clinicians as the pandemic evolves.
National Prison Project Tracks the Pandemic Behind Bars
Researchers at UNC and two other institutions launch the COVID Prison Project. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine, is a co-founder of the project.
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