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Organization for Autism Research Makes Inaugural Gift for Groundbreaking Project at UNC

Organization for Autism Research Makes Inaugural Gift for Groundbreaking Project at UNC

Led by Kara Hume at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice is a continually updated resource of evidence-based best practices and online instruction.

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Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments

Cells lacking nuclei struggle to move in 3-D environments

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Keith Burridge, PhD, and published in the Journal of Cell Biology, examined the role of the physical structure of the nucleus in cell movement through different surfaces.

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UNC School of Medicine faculty recognized for highly cited research

UNC School of Medicine faculty recognized for highly cited research

Eleven UNC School of Medicine faculty members were named as highly cited researchers in the annual Thomas Reuters list.

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Cystic Fibrosis Discovery: Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life

Cystic Fibrosis Discovery: Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life

UNC School of Medicine scientists show that therapies to break up mucus in toddlers might offer the best route to a longer life for CF patients.

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 Narrowing the gap toward precision medicine for pancreatic cancer

Narrowing the gap toward precision medicine for pancreatic cancer

To improve treatment and our understanding of one of the deadliest cancers in the United States, UNC Lineberger's Jen Jen Yeh, MD, was involved in two studies that take different approaches to precision medicine for pancreatic cancer.

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A prescription for fruits and veggies

A prescription for fruits and veggies

A new study led by researchers at UNC, including Dana Neutze, MD, of the Department of Family Medicine, and NC State University will give a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients at The UNC Family Medicine Center, in addition to connecting them with existing nutrition education programs. Researchers will track changes in patient diet and biometric measures, as well as the impact on farmers—the revenue and risks associated with the program.

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Nash UNC Health Care Names L. Lee Isley as CEO

Nash UNC Health Care Names L. Lee Isley as CEO

Isley has served as CEO for Granville Health System in Oxford, NC, since 2006, and has held a variety of roles in his 30-year health care career.

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Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief

Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief

UNC Lineberger’s Donald Rosenstein, MD, and Justin Yopp, PhD, have published a compelling book, “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life,” that recounts the lessons a group of widowed fathers learned in responding to loss and grief.

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Egan publishes commentary about recent change in donor lung allocation policy

Egan publishes commentary about recent change in donor lung allocation policy

Thomas Egan, MD, says that the change in policy was long overdue. However, because the change happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in response to litigation, it came as a “tsunami” that was “sudden, unexpected, and may have huge consequences.”

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Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Research conducted by Susan Girdler, PhD, and David Rubinow, MD, and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to conclude that a year of hormone therapy can effectively prevent the onset of depressive symptoms for women during the menopause transition.

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Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

In a paper published in Cell, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, show how to activate only one kind of brain receptor vital for pain relief. This receptor is not involved in addiction or respiratory depression that leads to death – the most severe side effects of opioid use.

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Three UNC autism research studies earn end-of-year honors

Three UNC autism research studies earn end-of-year honors

Autism Speaks, Spectrum, and the NIH singled out innovative work from Joseph Piven’s research team as top studies advancing the field of autism research in 2017.

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Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

In the first survey of its kind, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, show that a majority of physicians are unlikely to counsel patients about firearms or firearm safety, but that more continuing medical education on the topic would increase physician counseling behaviors

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A look back at our favorite stories of 2017

A look back at our favorite stories of 2017

In 2017, the UNC School of Medicine was home to some fascinating discoveries and amazing stories. Here’s a list of favorites from our news team.

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Young cancer patient gets trip of a lifetime, joins SWAT team for the day

Young cancer patient gets trip of a lifetime, joins SWAT team for the day

Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina and the Durham Police Department SWAT team helped reveal a once-in-a-lifetime surprise for Noah Marmito and his family at the N.C. Cancer Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

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The Gift of Sophie

The Gift of Sophie

The dying wish of a teenager sparked the creation of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation and UNC Lineberger’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Support Program, which has become a national leader in the movement to help young people stay true to who they are despite a cancer diagnosis.

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Kirkman to chair National Diabetes Education Program

Kirkman to chair National Diabetes Education Program

M. Sue Kirkman, MD, Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center's Clinical Trials Unit, has been appointed Chair of the National Diabetes Education Program. Kirkman's term as Chair begins on Jan. 1, 2018.

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Chinese Cardiologists Visit UNC Medical Center as Part of AHA Collaboration

Chinese Cardiologists Visit UNC Medical Center as Part of AHA Collaboration

A delegation of medical professionals from across China toured Chapel Hill’s emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab and other facilities to learn about UNC’s STEMI system of care.

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Roper and Burriss named to '183 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know 2017'

Roper and Burriss named to '183 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know 2017'

According to Becker's Hospital Review, "The men and women on this list lead some of the largest and most successful nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. "

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An Obsession to Serve

An Obsession to Serve

After 10 years as a US Army medic, Rick Cowan turned to the UNC School of Medicine, where he will graduate this year as a physician assistant.

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