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Surprise Finding About HIV Reservoir Could Lead to Better Therapies

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.

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NIH Awards $7.5 million to ramp up clinical trials for rare, genetic airway diseases

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.

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Clinical Trial Makes Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Available in Primary Care Setting

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.

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Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos

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.

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Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison

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.

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Philpot Lab Receives NIH Grant to Create Therapy for Rare Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome

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.

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Findings help explain how breast cancer can spread in the body

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.

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Gillings, SOM Researchers Awarded $51 Million NIH Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse

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.

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Wesley Legant, Hyejung Won Earn NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

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.

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Former trainees share career insights at UNC Lineberger’s 44th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

Former trainees share career insights at UNC Lineberger’s 44th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

Two scientists who trained in laboratories at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill returned to campus for UNC Lineberger’s 44th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day to share lessons from their careers.

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Scientists implicate genes behind faulty DNA repair in breast cancer

Scientists implicate genes behind faulty DNA repair in breast cancer

While mutations in BRCA genes are well known to increase breast cancer risk, researchers from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have uncovered a different series of genes they believe might be contributing to breast cancer through a lesser-known mechanism.

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Researchers Publish Comprehensive Review on Respiratory Effects of Vaping

Researchers Publish Comprehensive Review on Respiratory Effects of Vaping

UNC School of Medicine researcher Rob Tarran, PhD, led a review of all published scientific literature on the effects of e-cigarette use on the respiratory system. The team of four authors strongly recommend tighter regulation of e-cigarette products.

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UNC Health Care Marks Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day with Expansion of Special Training Program

UNC Health Care Marks Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day with Expansion of Special Training Program

Governor Cooper proclaimed Sept. 26, 2019, as Dementia Friendly Hospitals Day in North Carolina. UNC Health Care marked the occasion by celebrating the expansion of its special training program aimed at providing better care for patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. UNC is the first hospital system in the state to implement this training program at multiple hospitals.

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UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Weili Lin, PhD, is the principal investigator of a research project to improve outcomes for children exposed to opioids, and Susan Gaylord, PhD, is the UNC site PI for a second project to help people with low back pain.

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Long-Acting Injectable Multi-Drug Implant Shows Promise for HIV Prevention and Treatment

Long-Acting Injectable Multi-Drug Implant Shows Promise for HIV Prevention and Treatment

UNC researchers have created an injectable multi-drug delivery system that is removable, biodegradable and effective for up to a year in some cases. First author Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, MSc, says the ability to administer multiple drugs with this implant is an important advancement in this research.

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External Advisory Board Issues Findings & Recommendations  for UNC Children’s Pediatric Heart Surgery Program

External Advisory Board Issues Findings & Recommendations for UNC Children’s Pediatric Heart Surgery Program

The report, which was reviewed by the UNC Health Care Board of Directors September 16th, makes several detailed recommendations to improve the program, while noting UNC Health Care’s commitment to programmatic quality and improvement.

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Zylka Lab awarded $6.1 million from NIH to develop CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy for Angelman syndrome, study UBE3A autism gene with Philpot Lab

Zylka Lab awarded $6.1 million from NIH to develop CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy for Angelman syndrome, study UBE3A autism gene with Philpot Lab

Mark Zylka, PhD, director of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was awarded NIH funding for two 5-year projects, one jointly with Ben Philpot, PhD, to develop new knowledge with the potential to advance treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders.

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CBD May Alleviate Seizures, Benefit Behaviors in People with Neurodevelopmental Conditions

CBD May Alleviate Seizures, Benefit Behaviors in People with Neurodevelopmental Conditions

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Ben Philpot, PhD, and Bin Gu, PhD, found that cannabidiol had anti-seizure effects and behavior benefits in animal models of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.

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Susan G. Komen Announces $26-million Investment in Research Focused on Metastatic Breast Cancer, New Treatments

Susan G. Komen Announces $26-million Investment in Research Focused on Metastatic Breast Cancer, New Treatments

UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine researchers Lisa Carey, MD, Charles Perou, PhD, and Hector Franco, PhD, received $1,450,000 in research funding. They were the only North Carolina-based researchers awarded Komen grants.

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Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?

Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?

In a new study, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Benjamin Vincent, MD, report the discovery of a method for predicting whether abnormal proteins produced by cancer cells could trigger an immune response.

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