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

New web-based calculator better interprets prenatal genetic test results

UNC OB-GYN's Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine has unveiled a free, web-based calculator to help providers better counsel patients on the benefits and risks of the four most common screening tools for fetal genetic abnormalities available commercially in the U.S.

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Imaging Beyond Anatomy

Imaging Beyond Anatomy

A UNC core facility churns out radioactive agents to investigate the subcellular activity that drives disease.

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New Publication Evaluates End Points for Clinical Trials

New Publication Evaluates End Points for Clinical Trials

Clinical trials studying kidney disease usually use end-stage kidney disease as the primary outcome, or end point, of a study. For many kidney diseases end-stage kidney disease may not occur for several years, sometimes 10 or more. A new paper examines surrogate endpoints. Patrick Nachman, MD, of the UNC Kidney Center, is one of the paper's authors.

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Scientists find new evidence of key ingredient during dawn of life

Scientists find new evidence of key ingredient during dawn of life

UNC School of Medicine researchers provide first direct experimental evidence for the rapid synthesis of two classes of proteins necessary to create the first life on Earth.

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Smart insulin patch could replace painful injections for diabetes

Smart insulin patch could replace painful injections for diabetes

A joint effort between diabetes doctors and biomedical engineers could revolutionize how people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check.

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Stirman earns Burroughs Wellcome award

Stirman earns Burroughs Wellcome award

The $500,000 grant will allow Jeffrey Stirman, PhD, a postdoc biomedical engineer at UNC, to develop a new kind of microscope and study the brain like never before.

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Leading immune system discovery at the molecular level

Jenny Ting, PhD, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine, has studied genetic and molecular mechanisms behind immune system development for more than three decades at UNC. Now she’s helping to lead two major federal center grants to further vaccine development and boost our understanding of immune responses to viruses.

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UNC researchers develop innovative gene transfer-based treatment approach

UNC researchers develop innovative gene transfer-based treatment approach

The experimental treatment uses a genetically modified virus to deliver a missing gene into the cerebrospinal fluid of children with giant axonal neuropathy (GAN).

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Imagining a New Kind of Image

Imagining a New Kind of Image

Graduate student Sarah Shelton reinvented herself from a dancer to a scientist. Now, she’s creating a new ultrasound technique to improve cancer diagnostics.

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Cellular Insides

Cellular Insides

A freshman professor when Michael Jordan was a first-year student-athlete, Keith Burridge, PhD, has dedicated his career to elucidating the intricate structures of cells that allow cancers to metastasize.

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New evidence emerges on the origins of life on Earth

New evidence emerges on the origins of life on Earth

University of North Carolina researchers provide evidence for how the genetic code developed in two distinct stages to help primordial chemicals evolve into cells.

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A new era for genetic interpretation

A new era for genetic interpretation

UNC Lineberger researchers are collaborating through the ClinGen consortium to pinpoint disease-causing genetic variants.

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Carolina, GSK announce novel partnership to accelerate search for HIV cure

Carolina, GSK announce novel partnership to accelerate search for HIV cure

The HIV Cure center will be located on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and will focus exclusively on finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

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UNC analysis shows advantage for picture-based cigarette pack warnings over text warnings

UNC analysis shows advantage for picture-based cigarette pack warnings over text warnings

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis published today in the journal Tobacco Control synthesized the results of 37 different experiments comparing picture-based and text warnings, finding that picture-based warnings were more effective than text warnings on 20 of 25 different outcome measures.

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Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

In a double-blinded, randomized study, UNC researchers found that the IQ scores of people who underwent tDCS brain stimulation improved markedly less than did the IQ scores of people in the placebo group.

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UNC faculty author four key publications in gastroenterology and hepatology

UNC faculty author four key publications in gastroenterology and hepatology

According to a list recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, UNC Gastroenterology and Hepatology faculty authored four of the 12 key publications in gastroenterology and hepatology published in 2014.

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UNC Lineberger study finds new potential melanoma drug target

UNC Lineberger study finds new potential melanoma drug target

A new treatment for melanoma could be on the horizon, thanks to a finding by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led team. In the study, which was published online today in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, the authors report that they found high levels of an enzyme in melanoma samples that they believe is a potential drug target.

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UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome

UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome

The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. The invention could lead to better cancer drugs or improvements in the potency of existing ones.

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Building Pipelines of Physician-Scientists

Building Pipelines of Physician-Scientists

We may be rivals on the court, but believe it or not, UNC and Duke share many of the same values. Take, for example, the MD-PhD students at both schools who are working together and building mentorship programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing the dual-degree.

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