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

 UNC Global Women’s Health receives grant to train women’s health researchers in Zambia

UNC Global Women’s Health receives grant to train women’s health researchers in Zambia

The training grant reinforces the mission of Global Women’s Health by developing the local research capacity needed to improve women’s health care in sustainable, lasting ways. Carla Chibwesha, MD, and Benjamin Chi, MD, faculty in the UNC Division of Global Women's Health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will lead this new initiative.

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Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Researchers Define Burden of Hepatitis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Research led by Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, shows how to adapt an existing HIV testing method to detect hepatitis C virus.

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Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus

Key Psychiatric Drug Target Comes Into Focus

UC San Francisco and UNC-Chapel Hill team solves first ever high-resolution structure of dopamine receptor. Details of the work were published today in Science.

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New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

New book explores drinking, drug abuse, and addiction in the autism community

UNC’s Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer will speak about their new book at Quail Ridge Book Store in Raleigh on Oct. 28.

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Science Perspective on Antibodies to Prevent HIV

Science Perspective on Antibodies to Prevent HIV

The journal Science published a perspective on Oct. 6, by two leading HIV investigators, including Myron Cohen, MD, highlighting the next frontier of HIV prevention – broadly neutralizing antibodies or bnAbs.

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UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project

UNC researchers to lead $61-million national asthma treatment project

The five-year, NIH-funded research study aims to create better, more personalized asthma treatments for the millions of people who suffer from the lung condition.

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Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease

Scientists find gene linked to heightened mucus levels in lung disease

In lab experiments, UNC School of Medicine researchers showed that blocking the gene Bpifb1 led to a striking increase in the mucin protein MUC5B in mucus.

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Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Delays for melanoma surgeries linked to insurance type

Researchers report in JAMA Dermatology that surgical treatment delays – defined as surgery that occurred more than six weeks after diagnosis – were common. Medicaid patients were 36 percent more likely than private insurance patients to experience delays.

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Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Blood test for HPV may help predict risk in cancer patients

Preliminary findings from a study led by UNC Lineberger's Bhisham Chera, MD, and Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, suggest a genetic test for HPV16 in blood could be useful to help assess risk for patients and identify patients suitable for lower treatment doses.

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Can T cells be unleashed to attack skin tumors?

Can T cells be unleashed to attack skin tumors?

Maureen Su, MD, and colleagues report on a potential new way to fight melanoma by blocking one of the immune system’s checks and balances, thus freeing immune cells to attack tumors and kill cancer cells.

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How do cancer cells release their “brakes” to allow division?

How do cancer cells release their “brakes” to allow division?

Research led by Michael J. Emanuele, PhD, details a specific cellular pathway that allows replication and division – key information in the search for better ways to halt tumor growth.

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Post Heart Attack: How can scar tissue be turned back into healthy heart muscle?

Post Heart Attack: How can scar tissue be turned back into healthy heart muscle?

For the first time, UNC scientists detail crucial differences in two leading methods for generating heart muscle cells, a key strategy for new post-heart attack therapies.

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Faulty cell signaling derails cerebral cortex development, could it lead to autism?

Faulty cell signaling derails cerebral cortex development, could it lead to autism?

UNC School of Medicine researchers pinpoint signaling problems in the progenitor cells crucial for proper neuron generation and organization.

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Skin patch dissolves fat, could help treat diabetes

Skin patch dissolves fat, could help treat diabetes

Through lab experiments, UNC, NC State, and Columbia University researchers developed a microneedle skin patch that delivers nanoparticles full of fat-shrinking drugs to potentially treat obesity and diabetes.

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UNC launches new study to uncover nutritional impacts on early brain development

UNC launches new study to uncover nutritional impacts on early brain development

Researchers are using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and collecting data on dietary nutrient intake, feeding practices, and gut microbiota abundance and diversity to elucidate the links between nutrition, the microbiome, and brain maturation processes in early childhood.

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UNC lung researchers awarded $12.5-million NIH grant to develop new drug compounds

UNC lung researchers awarded $12.5-million NIH grant to develop new drug compounds

The National Institutes of Health has awarded four UNC experts a translational program project grant (tPPG) to develop and test therapeutics aimed at reducing the hyper-concentration of mucus often found in cystic fibrosis and asthma patients.

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Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

The calculator will provide policy makers and advocates with an approximation of the return on investment for interventions that enable women to breastfeed.

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NIH Increases Funding for UNC/Emory iTech Center

NIH Increases Funding for UNC/Emory iTech Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the UNC/Emory Center for Innovative Technology (iTech) an additional $13 million to develop interventions for youth at risk for or living with HIV. Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, associate professor in the division of infectious diseases, is the project's principle investigator.

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Tamera Coyne-Beasley featured in UNC Women in Science series

Tamera Coyne-Beasley featured in UNC Women in Science series

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, is a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, as well as director of the North Carolina Child Research Health Network at the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NCTraCS). She is the president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Her research focuses on sexual health, vaccines, injury, and violence prevention among adolescents.

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NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzheimer’s therapy

NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzheimer’s therapy

The National Institute on Aging awarded a $2.6-million, five-year grant to UNC’s Mohanish Deshmukh’s lab to explore miR-29, a key molecule that helps mature brain cells avoid death.

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