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

How to increase health care enrollment for N.C.’s immigrants

UNC study underscores the potential of the Affordable Care Act to reach many N.C. immigrants

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UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, discovered the mechanisms responsible for keeping the clock in sync.

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UNC researchers find new genetic target for a different kind of cancer drug

UNC researchers find new genetic target for a different kind of cancer drug

Upstream of the proteins that cancer cells use to proliferate sits RBM4, a gene-splicing protein that UNC researcher Zefeng Wang, PhD, discovered is drastically reduced in human lung and breast cancer cells.

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Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects

Popular cancer drug target implicated in cardiovascular defects

Research led by UNC’s Kathleen Caron, PhD, shows that halting the protein CXCR7 leads to over activation of adrenomedullin, a hormone needed at proper levels for normal cardiovascular development

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Common diabetes drug not linked to short-term risk of pancreatic cancer

Common diabetes drug not linked to short-term risk of pancreatic cancer

UNC researchers overturn a controversial study about DPP-4 inhibitors – commonly prescribed diabetes medications.

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UNC pain researchers featured on UNC-TV

UNC pain researchers featured on UNC-TV

Mark Zylka, PhD, and Lipin Loo, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Zylka’s lab, were featured on a recent segment of North Carolina Science Now, a production of UNC-TV.

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The Two-Photon Future

The Two-Photon Future

For the Obama BRAIN Initiative, UNC neuroscientist Spencer Smith, PhD, creates a new kind of microscope to study the brain like never before.

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The Axon Investigator

The Axon Investigator

Driven by a childhood desire to know what makes us unique, Corey Cusack, PhD, came to UNC to uncover the inner workings of brain cells. This year she earned her doctorate by parsing the tiny proteins involved in neuron death and axon pruning.

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The Ras Tracker

The Ras Tracker

For more than 20 years, Sharon Campbell, PhD, has been studying Ras, a protein implicated in 30 percent of all cancers. Now she’s on the hunt for alternative ways to shut the protein down.

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UNC neuroscientist earns NSF grant to build a better way to explore the brain

UNC neuroscientist earns NSF grant to build a better way to explore the brain

Spencer Smith, PhD, received one of 36 NSF grants to create better technologies to advance our knowledge of how the brain works in normal circumstances and in disease states.

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MUSC and UNC-Chapel Hill join forces to test a diabetes outreach program

MUSC and UNC-Chapel Hill join forces to test a diabetes outreach program

The Bamberg Diabetes Transitional Care Study will utilize cutting-edge iPad technology to explore the impact and feasibility of different diabetes interventions for patients transitioning from the hospital to home.

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Many older emergency department patients are malnourished

Many older emergency department patients are malnourished

More than half of patients 65 and older were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, study finds.

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 Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

The work, led by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill and other TCGA sites, revamps traditional ideas of how cancers are diagnosed and treated and could also have a profound impact on the future landscape of drug development.

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New study explores physician attitudes about use of e-cigarettes

New study explores physician attitudes about use of e-cigarettes

This study is believed to be the first to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers.

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UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development

UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development

The finding, detailed in the new journal eLife, shows how the protein GSK-3 is essential for neuronal migration and could be a key player in neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Several UNC faculty published in JAMA theme issue on HIV/AIDS

Several members of the UNC School of Medicine faculty had articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's (JAMA) July 23/30, 2014, HIV/AIDS theme issue.

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UNC investigators receive $3.7 million NIH grant

UNC investigators receive $3.7 million NIH grant

The grant will allow UNC researchers, led by Samuel McLean, MD, MPH, to perform the first-ever prospective longitudinal study of health outcomes after sexual assault. Graduate students, fellows, or faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in potentially developing an NIH Diversity Supplement application related to the study are invited to send a cover letter to the program manager.

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UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies

UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies

The study, led by Martina Gentzsch, PhD, provides evidence that could help drug developers improve compounds aimed at correcting CFTR proteins in cystic fibrosis patients.

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