Genetics

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

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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New School of Medicine Program Highlights Precision Medicine at UNC

New School of Medicine Program Highlights Precision Medicine at UNC

The Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care will be led by the UNC School of Medicine’s Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD. The program, funded by a $10-million grant from UNC Health Care, will be a collaboration among multiple departments within the school to bring together existing precision medicine treatments and support future endeavors in this field.

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Anti-inflammatory Protein Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria to Curb Obesity

Anti-inflammatory Protein Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria to Curb Obesity

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Jenny Ting, PhD, and colleagues, publish a new approach to weight loss and diabetes prevention.

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Genomic study finds a new role for microRNAs as predictors of Crohn’s disease progression

Genomic study finds a new role for microRNAs as predictors of Crohn’s disease progression

These findings by UNC School of Medicine researchers are an important step forward in designing more effective clinical trials and developing personalized Crohn’s disease therapies.

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Preliminary Data from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial Encouraging

Preliminary Data from Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial Encouraging

As part of the phase 1 clinical trial for patients with Hunter syndrome, Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD, performed the UNC Clinical Translational and Research Center's first-ever in vivo genome editing therapy, achieving a milestone in his own career.

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Children's Research Institute Seminar Series: "Cross-blood-brain-barrier Gene Delivery for Treating Neuropathic Lysosomal Storage Diseases"

The Children’s Research Institute Seminar Series presents its September speaker, Haiyan Fu, PhD, for her talk, "Cross-blood-brain-barrier Gene Delivery for Treating Neuropathic Lysosomal Storage Diseases."

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McKay receives NIH "Maximizing Investigators' Research Award"

McKay receives NIH "Maximizing Investigators' Research Award"

Daniel J. McKay, PhD, assistant professor, Biology and Genetics and Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Studies (iBGS), has received a 5-year $1.25 million MIRA grant for his project titled “Genetic and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Developmental Gene Regulation."

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 Researchers find potential key to unlocking the immune system in pancreatic cancer

Researchers find potential key to unlocking the immune system in pancreatic cancer

In the journal Cancer Immunology Research, scientists led by UNC Lineberger's Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, revealed that a molecule called interleukin-35 plays a role in suppressing cancer-fighting immune cells in pancreatic cancer.

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SOM Office of Research appoints Christopher Gregory director of Office of Research Technologies

SOM Office of Research appoints Christopher Gregory director of Office of Research Technologies

Christopher Gregory, PhD, has been appointed director of the Office of Research Technologies to increase interdisciplinary science and maximize resources available to UNC School of Medicine researchers.

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Experts Reaffirm One Gene Associated with Heart Condition, Dispute 20 Previous Gene Associations

Experts Reaffirm One Gene Associated with Heart Condition, Dispute 20 Previous Gene Associations

UNC's Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD, associate professor of genetics and medicine, served on the ClinGen panel to evaluate the validity of genes reported to be associated with Brugada Syndrome, a serious genetic heart arrhythmia condition.

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Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects

Getting to the Heart of Congenital Cardiac Defects

UNC researchers led by Frank Conlon, PhD, shed light on how gene defects lead to congenital heart malformations.

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New patent on autism genetic test could stall scientific research

New patent on autism genetic test could stall scientific research

Jim Evans, MD, PhD, was quoted in The Scientist on the potential of a North Carolina-based company charging a licensing fee to scientists who want to sequence the gene HOMER1, which has been linked to autism.

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