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

The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart

Todd Cohen and Jonathan Schisler — a neuroscientist and a heart researcher — began working together in 2016 after meeting for coffee in Marsico Hall. By combining their expertise in protein studies, they strive to develop a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Antiplatelet Therapy Study Named in Top 10 Advances in Genomic Medicine

Antiplatelet Therapy Study Named in Top 10 Advances in Genomic Medicine

A recent study conducted by investigators from the UNC Department of Medicine and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was recognized as one of the top 10 advances in genomic medicine in 2019.

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Improving Cardiovascular Health of the Most Vulnerable

Improving Cardiovascular Health of the Most Vulnerable

Heart disease and stroke are major causes of pre-mature mortality and morbidity in North Carolina, and there are significant racial and geographic disparities in cardiovascular care, morbidity and mortality. A two-year pilot project led by Rick Stouffer, MD, shows how the cardiovascular health of the most vulnerable patients can be improved with free medications.

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New School of Medicine Initiative Solicits First Call for Applications for Physician Scientist Trainee Awards

New School of Medicine Initiative Solicits First Call for Applications for Physician Scientist Trainee Awards

With support from the strategic plan, the new Physician Scientist Training Program will support the most promising physician scientists and bolster translational research at the UNC School of Medicine.

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Nelson Receives NIAMS Grant To Apply Advanced Methodologies to Osteoarthritis (OA) Phenotyping

Nelson Receives NIAMS Grant To Apply Advanced Methodologies to Osteoarthritis (OA) Phenotyping

Dr. Amanda Nelson's $365,000, 2-year grant will facilitate much-needed research strategies designed to lead to more personalized and successful management of OA.

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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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A Full Breakdown of All Vaping Industry Academic Scholarships to High Schoolers

A Full Breakdown of All Vaping Industry Academic Scholarships to High Schoolers

Led by Adam Goldstein, MD, UNC Family Medicine researchers published details on how electronic cigarette companies offer academic scholarships to high school-age teenagers and young adults, showing a disconnect between the industry’s desire to increase vaping among young people and the desire of health advocates to decrease such usage.

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Life’s Clockwork: Scientist Shows How Molecular Engines Keep Us Ticking

Life’s Clockwork: Scientist Shows How Molecular Engines Keep Us Ticking

Charles Carter, PhD, published seminal work on the inner workings of chemical machines inside our cells that turn energy into action, the foundation of life.

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Latest Grant Awards to SOM Faculty

View a list of recent competitive grant awards to faculty from the UNC School of Medicine.

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Juliano Appointed to ASCI Institutional Representatives Program

Juliano Appointed to ASCI Institutional Representatives Program

Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, will serve as the UNC Institutional Representative as part of the American Society for Clinical Investigation’s Institutional Representatives Program for the next 5 years.

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Research Round-Up Highlights of 2019

The SOM Office of Research releases this inaugural publication with the most noteworthy 1-2 research highlights provided by each Department.

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Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD:  Medication, or Psychotherapy?

Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD: Medication, or Psychotherapy?

A systematic review and meta-analysis led by Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, of UNC’s departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds there is insufficient evidence at present to answer that question. Clinicians should make shared decisions with patients about treatment, and they should not rely on current treatment guidelines.

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What Happens When Your Immune System and Antibiotics Don't Work together?

What Happens When Your Immune System and Antibiotics Don't Work together?

Research from the lab of Brian Conlon, PhD, shows that as the innate immune system attacks Staphylococcus aureus, the immune system also stops antibiotics from being able to efficiently kill. This antagonism may lead antibiotics to fail.

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Scientists Show How Tiny, Mutated Neuron Antennae Impair Brain Connectivity

Scientists Show How Tiny, Mutated Neuron Antennae Impair Brain Connectivity

UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Eva Anton, PhD, found that defective primary cilia can modulate connectivity between neurons during brain development and cause rare neurodevelopmental conditions called Joubert-syndrome related disorders.

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Scientists Visualize Competition Between Healthy, Dysfunctional Platelets

Scientists Visualize Competition Between Healthy, Dysfunctional Platelets

In some patients with blood disorders, platelet transfusion therapy doesn’t work. UNC School of Medicine scientists used real-time imaging and mouse models to show why. Their work, led by Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD, could guide clinical studies and better use of platelet therapy.

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Weiss Will Lead PDS Biotechnology Combination Studies in Cancer

Weiss Will Lead PDS Biotechnology Combination Studies in Cancer

PDS Biotechnology has appointed Jared Weiss, MD, principal investigator for combination trials with Merck, to advance studies in head, neck and HPV-related advanced cancer.

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Niznik Leads Study That Identifies Benefits of De-prescribing AChEls

Niznik Leads Study That Identifies Benefits of De-prescribing AChEls

Assistant professor Joshua Niznik, PhD, PharmD, in the division of Geriatric Medicine, published a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that suggests de-prescribing Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors (AChEls) as a reasonable approach to lowering polypharmacy.

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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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How Enzymes Reign Supreme in Worldwide Carbon Recycling

How Enzymes Reign Supreme in Worldwide Carbon Recycling

Richard Wolfenden, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, details how white rot fungi produce enzymes that turn out to be key players in the carbon cycle.

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