Genetics

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

Three Teams Received Emerging Challenges Grants to Combat COVID-19

The UNC School of Medicine and NC TraCS awarded pilot funding to three teams for the 2020 Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Awards in a call highlighting research to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ting Elected President of American Association of Immunologists

Ting Elected President of American Association of Immunologists

Jenny P. Ting, PhD, was selected as the 2020-2021 President of the American Association of Immunologists. Established in 1913, AAI has become the most prestigious association of immunologists in the world with nearly 8,000 scientists in 71 countries.

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First-in-Kind Study Reveals Genetic Markers of Type 2 Diabetes in East Asians

First-in-Kind Study Reveals Genetic Markers of Type 2 Diabetes in East Asians

An international team of researchers co-led by UNC School of Medicine’s Karen Mohlke, PhD, conducted the largest-ever genome-wide study of people from across East Asia to uncover the genetic roots of type 2 diabetes.

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UNC Researchers Featured in Podcast on Future Pandemic Readiness

UNC Researchers Featured in Podcast on Future Pandemic Readiness

This Week in Virology featured three UNC-Chapel Hill researchers talking about READDI, a $125-million initiative designed to start making drugs now for the next pandemic.

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Cell Types Underlying Parkinson’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders Identified

Cell Types Underlying Parkinson’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders Identified

Patrick Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, Yeargan Distinguished Professor in the departments of genetics and psychiatry, is a co-lead author of the study.

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Whole Genome Sequencing Reveals Genetic Structural Secrets of Schizophrenia

Whole Genome Sequencing Reveals Genetic Structural Secrets of Schizophrenia

A study co-led by Jin Szatkiewicz, PhD, Patrick Sullivan, MD, and colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill and four Swedish universities found that extremely rare variants affect the boundaries of a 3D genome structure called topologically associated domains in people with schizophrenia much more than they affect people without the condition.

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Worldwide Study Unlocks Genetic Secrets of Gray Matter

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.

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Scientists Create Tool to Detect Genes Associated with Psychiatric, Neurodegenerative Diseases

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.

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Researchers find out what’s keeping cancer-killing T-cells away from pancreatic cancer tumors

Researchers find out what’s keeping cancer-killing T-cells away from pancreatic cancer tumors

Scientists led by UNC Lineberger’s Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, implicated B-cells, a type of immune cell, in the releasing of signals to keep T-cells from reaching pancreatic tumors to kill tumor cells.

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Cell Press Publishes List of 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America

Cell Press Publishes List of 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America

Craig Cameron, Folami Ideraabdullah, and Genevieve Neal-Perry, were selected as part of a feature on CrossTalk, a subsidiary of Cell Press geared toward a general audience.

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UNC NeuroSpark Research Award Winners Celebrated

UNC NeuroSpark Research Award Winners Celebrated

Four research teams at the UNC School of Medicine won $25,000 pilot grants with the goal of increasing collaborations throughout the neurosciences, as part of a UNC NeuroSpark event.

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Researchers find clues to drug resistance in medulloblastoma subtype

Researchers find clues to drug resistance in medulloblastoma subtype

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and Kirk Wilhelmsen, MD, PhD, have new evidence to explain how drug resistance develops in a major subtype of medulloblastoma, the most common invasive brain tumor in children.

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Largest study of its kind reveals that many psychiatric disorders  arise from common genes

Largest study of its kind reveals that many psychiatric disorders arise from common genes

Several UNC School of Medicine faculty from the departments of Genetics and Psychiatry are co-authors of the study, which was published in the journal Cell.

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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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