Genetics

The latest genetics news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

November 14 is Genetic Counselor Awareness Day

November 14 is Genetic Counselor Awareness Day

Join UNC's 20 genetic counselors in celebrating the third annual Genetic Counselor Awareness Day.

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Sullivan Receives Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award

Sullivan Receives Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick Sullivan, MD, Yeargan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics and Director of the Center for Psychiatric Genomics, received the award Oct. 29.

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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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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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Researchers Pinpoint Animal Model Proteins Important in Study of Human Disease

Researchers Pinpoint Animal Model Proteins Important in Study of Human Disease

Frank Conlon, PhD, co-led a study showing which proteins and pathways are conserved in four major animal models and humans, providing insights into which models are best for specific research of human disease.

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Four pairs of UNC biomedical graduate students, mentors earn HHMI Gilliam Fellowships

Four pairs of UNC biomedical graduate students, mentors earn HHMI Gilliam Fellowships

This prestigious honor from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports exceptional graduate students committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders across the country. Read about their past experiences and research in their own words.

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If You Could Learn Every Disease Your Child Could Possibly Develop in Life, Would You?

If You Could Learn Every Disease Your Child Could Possibly Develop in Life, Would You?

Adding genomic sequencing results to traditional newborn screening means a baby could potentially test positive for numerous conditions that might not develop within their lifetime. A UNC School of Medicine study proposed a method for how to responsibly determine which types of conditions to include in testing and potentially return to parents.

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Researchers study strategies for using nanotechnology to boost cancer therapeutics

Researchers study strategies for using nanotechnology to boost cancer therapeutics

Four UNC Lineberger researchers – Leaf Huang, Alexander Kabanov, Andrew Wang, and Jenny Ting – presented strategies for using tiny particles to boost cancer treatment as part of a National Cancer Institute site visit.

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NCI awards $2.2M to Pylayeva-Gupta to investigate immune responses in pancreatic cancer

NCI awards $2.2M to Pylayeva-Gupta to investigate immune responses in pancreatic cancer

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year grant of more than $2.2 million to UNC Lineberger’s Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, to support her research into the immune response in pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers.

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Bryson Center for Judicial Science Education established

The UNC Department of Genetics and the National Courts and Sciences Institute (NCSI) have collaborated to establish the Bryson Center for Judicial Science Education as a reliable scientific source to provide valid translational education and research for American trial courts and appellate jurisdictions as they grapple with complex criminal and civil cases involving new scientific evidence.

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Genetics and Molecular Biology Seminar Series: "Asthma in the Post-GWAS Era: Searching for the Mid-Hanging Fruit"

The GMB Friday Seminar Series welcomes Carole Ober, Professor and Chair of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, for her talk, “Asthma in the Post-GWAS Era: Searching for the Mid-Hanging Fruit."

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Magnuson Takes Over as President of the Genetics Society of America

Magnuson Takes Over as President of the Genetics Society of America

This is the first in a series of profiles on UNC School of Medicine researchers. We will feature biomedical researchers throughout this 140th year of the school and beyond.

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UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in NIH finding, according to a new report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, and 11 clinical departments rank in the top 30.

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Muenzer Presents Additional Results from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial

Muenzer Presents Additional Results from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial

Interim results presented by UNC's Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD, provide preliminary evidence that in vivo genome editing occurred in a clinical trial testing a treatment for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II), also known as Hunter syndrome.

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New Genetic Risk Factors Discovered for Alzheimer's Disease

New Genetic Risk Factors Discovered for Alzheimer's Disease

The study was carried out as part of an initiative of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, which was founded by UNC School of Medicine's Patrick Sullivan, MD, who is the consortium's lead principal investigator.

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School of Medicine Researchers Make International Highly Cited Research List

School of Medicine Researchers Make International Highly Cited Research List

Fourteen UNC School of Medicine faculty members were listed by Clarivate Analytics in the company’s 2018 Highly Cited Research list.

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Scientists create genomic resource to explore the biological underpinnings of brain disorders

Scientists create genomic resource to explore the biological underpinnings of brain disorders

Published in Science, this research integrates a broad range of genomics data to help find molecular underpinnings of schizophrenia, autism, and other neuropsychiatric conditions. Hyejung Won, PhD, in the department of genetics and UNC Neuroscience Center was co-first author.

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Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) Endorsed by FDA

Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) Endorsed by FDA

UNC researchers were instrumental in the FDA recognition of the ClinGen expert curated human genetic data. In a press release, the FDA announced this first formal recognition of a public database of human genetic variants and their relationship to disease.

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Scientists train a computer to classify breast cancer tumors

Scientists train a computer to classify breast cancer tumors

In a study published in the journal NPJ Breast Cancer, researchers led by Charles Perou, PhD, and Melissa Troester, PhD, reported they used a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning, or deep learning, to train a computer to identify certain features of breast cancer tumors from images.

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