March

Five-year survival improves for certain cancers in adolescents and young adults
UNC Lineberger's Hazel Nichols, PhD, is senior author of a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that shows which cancer types saw improved outcomes among adolescents and young adults.
North Carolina’s Early Check Program to Add New Muscular Dystrophy Test to Newborn Screening Panel
The test will identify Duchenne muscular dystrophy and some other types of muscle conditions, as part of the Early Check Program, which is led at UNC-Chapel Hill by Cynthia Powell, MD.
ViiV Healthcare, UNC-Chapel Hill announce five-year, $20 million renewal of HIV cure partnership
This unique public-private collaboration provides funding for HIV Cure Center and Qura Therapeutics, the joint venture that brings academic and pharmaceutical research scientists together for the goal of curing people with HIV. David Margolis, MD, is the director of the UNC Cure Center.
CAR-T immunotherapy for lymphoma studied at UNC Lineberger receives fast-track designation from FDA
Based on proof-of-concept results from clinical trials at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma has received a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Scientists Create Tool to Detect Genes Associated with Psychiatric, Neurodegenerative Diseases
Led by UNC School of Medicine neuroscientist Hyejung Won, PhD, researchers created H-MAGMA, a computational tool that improves current technology used to link non-coding genetic variants to the genes associated with diseases through genome-wide association studies.
Virtual Reality Shows Promise for Early Detection of MS Balance Problems
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Jason Franz, PhD, created virtual reality experiments to show how a potentially portable and inexpensive test could reduce falls and related injuries in people with multiple sclerosis.
UNC Health Announces Voluntary Visitor Restrictions for Hospitals
UNC Health Urges Use of Virtual Options.
Newer Anti-HIV Drugs Safest, Most Effective During Pregnancy
Dolutegravir-containing regimen exhibited superior safety profile in large, NIH-supported study of pregnant women. UNC’s Lameck Chinula presented findings at the online Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. UNC’s Jeffrey Stringer is a study investigator.
UNC Health Enacts Heightened Restrictions for Facility Visitors, Vendors, Volunteers and Students
Community events, activities and meetings hosted at UNC Health facilities are canceled until further notice
UNC Health Begins COVID-19 Testing at UNC Medical Center
UNC Health’s in-house testing will help ease demand on State Health Department & LabCorp.
UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year
In the organization’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st in primary care and 23rd in research.
AskBio, UNC-Chapel Hill Collaborate on Angelman Syndrome Gene Therapy Research
A UNC School of Medicine research team led by Mark Zylka, PhD, and Ben Philpot, PhD, has generated preclinical evidence that gene therapy may help individuals with Angelman syndrome by improving seizure and motor outcomes.
Duke Health, UNC Health & WakeMed to Prioritize or Reschedule Non-Critical Surgeries, Procedures and Ambulatory Appointments
This shift is part of the health systems’ preparation to conserve precious clinical resources and to protect patients and medical professionals.
UNC Health’s Triangle Region to Perform Only Priority, Urgent and Emergent Procedures and Surgical Cases
UNC Health joins other major healthcare systems in the state and nation in making this very difficult decision.
Match Day 2020 for UNC SOM Students
Today 165 UNC School of Medicine students found out where they will be going to complete their residency training.
UNC Researchers Look to Next Generation Genetic Sequencing for Deeper Understanding of COVID-19
Dirk Dittmer, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, is working with colleagues to explore how next generation sequencing can be used to help ensure accuracy in novel coronavirus diagnostics, as well as identify mutations and learn the history of the virus by sequencing its genome.
Duke Health, UNC Health & WakeMed Further Restrict Visitors at Hospitals
No visitors will be permitted in the hospitals’ inpatient areas.
UNC Health and WakeMed Seek Donations of Masks, Other Critical Medical Supplies
UNC Health and WakeMed are asking community organizations, corporations and individuals to donate much-needed medical supplies to help protect workers and patients across their respective systems.
Worldwide Study Unlocks Genetic Secrets of Gray Matter
A major international collaboration co-led by UNC School of Medicine scientist Jason Stein, PhD, has produced the first genetic map of the cerebral cortex, identifying more than 300 genetic variants that influence cortical structure and play roles in psychiatric conditions.
UNC Medical Students Make Face Shields for Healthcare Workers
Be a Maker and students from the UNC School of Medicine team up with Duke and NC State to design and produce thousands of face shields for healthcare workers.
SOM Students Rally to Help Health Care Workers through the Fight Against COVID-19
UNC School of Medicine students across campuses are organizing multiple volunteer projects all with one aim – help hospitals safely and effectively combat COVID-19. From making PPE to organizing child care, these students are doing whatever they can to make a difference.
MAHEC receives $1 million to expand treatment capacity for opioid use disorder in NC
Funding supports development of regional addiction medicine hubs and community-based treatment.
Food Lion Donates $500,000 to UNC Health for COVID-19 Research
The North Carolina-based retailer donated $3.1 million this week for local hunger-relief efforts and COVID-19 research on vaccines and treatments at UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine.
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