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

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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The Signal and the Noise

The Signal and the Noise

Henrik Dohlman, PhD, discovered why seemingly identical cells might react differently to the chemical signals inside our bodies and the drugs we use to battle diseases.

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Neurons, brain cancer cells require the same little-known protein for long-term survival

Neurons, brain cancer cells require the same little-known protein for long-term survival

UNC researchers lay the groundwork for a new approach to brain cancer treatments and a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease.

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UNC researchers find new way to prevent dangerous blood clots

UNC researchers find new way to prevent dangerous blood clots

Eliminating an enzyme known as factor XIII shrinks clots by 50 percent. The discovery could lead to a safer alternative to blood thinners for patients at high risk of deep vein thrombosis.

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Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

Though cancer screening has come a long way, physicians still do not thoroughly discuss with patients the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures before decisions are made to undergo the screenings, according to a new study co-authored by a UNC physician.

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Rutala and Weber describe key considerations for selecting disinfectants

Rutala and Weber describe key considerations for selecting disinfectants

A new article, authored by William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, and David J. Weber, MD, MPH, explains five key considerations that health care professionals should take into account when selecting the optimal disinfectant for decontamination of environmental surfaces.

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Fat of the Bone

Fat of the Bone

Maya Styner, MD, unveils a new kind of study showing how a high-fat diet, exercise, and diabetes medications can change the insides of our bones.

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Song awarded grant to study brain cell restoration after stroke

Song awarded grant to study brain cell restoration after stroke

Juan Song, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology, received a 4-year, $308,000 Scientist Development Award from the American Heart Association to investigate how brain cells called interneurons influence the regeneration of the hippocampus region of the brain after stroke.

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The Brain on Light

The Brain on Light

Graduate student Alice Stamatakis uses optogenetics to study the complicated circuitry behind reward, addiction, and aversion.

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UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

The discovery, from the lab of Brian Strahl, PhD, offers insights for the creation of better, more targeted therapies for various forms of cancer.

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Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

Increased mucins pinned to worsening cystic fibrosis symptoms

The discovery from UNC School of Medicine researchers overturns a controversial research study and offers a path for creating and testing CF treatments.

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Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

Toxins in the Environment Might Make You Older Than Your Years

Why are some 75-year-olds downright spry while others can barely get around? New research provides part of the explanation.

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