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

Researchers find combined therapy for RA may help speed remission

RTI and UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, including Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, and Beth Jonas, MD, analyzed results from 22 studies to support combination therapy as a way improve outcomes for some rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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Scientists Show How Vaping Induces Reactions in Lungs that Can Lead to Disease

Scientists Show How Vaping Induces Reactions in Lungs that Can Lead to Disease

In a new UNC School of Medicine study led by Rob Tarran, PhD, biomedical researchers show how high levels of protease enzymes in the lungs of e-cigarette users suggest they are at increased risk of developing emphysema.

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Accepting Applications for Jefferson-Pilot / James Woods Awards

The Office of Research and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development are now accepting applications for both the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine and the James W. Woods Junior Faculty Awards. The deadline for both awards is September 30, 2019.

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UNC researchers captured a new culprit in multiple myeloma, a common hematological cancer

UNC researchers captured a new culprit in multiple myeloma, a common hematological cancer

Greg G. Wang, PhD, and UNC researchers recently identified a gene termed PHF19 to be critically involved in the development and progression of multiple myeloma, and also provided proof-of-principle evidence supporting pharmacological targeting of this pathway for therapeutics of this common hematological cancer.

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Researchers develop method for identifying aggressive breast cancer drivers

Researchers develop method for identifying aggressive breast cancer drivers

In an effort to improve the accuracy of predictions about prognosis for patients with breast cancer and the efficacy of personalized therapy, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have developed a method to precisely identify individual patients who have aggressive breast cancer.

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Scientists Find Powerful Potential Weapon to Overcome Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists Find Powerful Potential Weapon to Overcome Antibiotic Resistance

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Brian Conlon, PhD, discover how molecules called rhamnolipids could make common aminoglycoside antibiotics effective against the toughest Staph infections.

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Accepting Applications for Bridge / Boost Funding

The UNC School of Medicine is now accepting applications for the first round of Bridge / Boost Funding for Fiscal Year 2020. The deadline for applications is October 2, 2019

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List your UNC study now to boost recruitment

UNC has a free website that allows anyone who is interested to find and express interest in a research study taking place at UNC. Any UNC study or trial that is recruiting human subjects can easily list a study on this website and be contacted by potentially eligible participants.

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Byron Awarded NIH grant to correct health misperceptions about nicotine

Byron Awarded NIH grant to correct health misperceptions about nicotine

Justin Byron, PhD, MHS, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine, is the principal investigator on a new $428,000 grant from the FDA and the National Cancer Institute.

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NIH, AHRQ, CDC announce new ORCID iD requirements for certain awards

NIH, AHRQ, CDC announce new ORCID iD requirements for certain awards

NIH, AHRQ, and CDC announced in July 2019 that individuals who receive research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID iDs beginning in fiscal year 2020.

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UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment

UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment

Two new projects are part of a NIH-funded network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, is a co-principal investigator for one study and site-PI for the other.

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Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery contributes to first international consensus statement on endoscopic skull‐base surgery

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery contributes to first international consensus statement on endoscopic skull‐base surgery

Three Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery faculty served as experts for a new evidenced-based consensus statement on skull base surgery. Adam Zanation, MD, FACS, is a primary author and Charles Ebert Jr., MD, MPH, and Brian Thorp, MD, are co-authors on the work.

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Physicians, researchers and audiologists validate new imaging software for cochlear implant patients

Physicians, researchers and audiologists validate new imaging software for cochlear implant patients

Michael Canfarotta, MD, Margaret Dillon, AuD, Emily Buss, PhD, Harold Pillsbury, MD, FACS, Kevin Brown, MD, PhD, and Brendan O’Connell, MD, in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, found that a new imaging software can be used to determine the precise location of an implant within the cochlea, which may be used to individualize the device for improved outcomes.

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FDA Approves Cochlear Implantation for Single-Sided Deafness and Asymmetric Hearing Loss

FDA Approves Cochlear Implantation for Single-Sided Deafness and Asymmetric Hearing Loss

MED-EL USA announced the FDA approval for the use of their cochlear implants for single-sided deafness and asymmetric hearing loss for patients 5 years of age and older on July, 22, 2019. The data from the clinical trial on cochlear implantation in cases of single-sided deafness and asymmetric hearing loss conducted by Margaret Dillon, AuD, and the UNC Cochlear Implant Clinical Research lab was instrumental in the FDA approval.

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Researchers unveil experimental compound to block therapeutic target in blood cancer

Researchers unveil experimental compound to block therapeutic target in blood cancer

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a hyperactive cell signal that contributes to tumor growth in an aggressive blood cancer.

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EHR enhancements linked to better cognitive performance in physicians

EHR enhancements linked to better cognitive performance in physicians

Dr. Carlton Moore contributed to a recent quality improvement study published in JAMA Network Open that considers how current interfaces for electronic health records may be associated with excess cognitive workload and poor performance levels for physicians.

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Frances Ligler: Superhero

Frances Ligler: Superhero

Not only is Dr. Frances Ligler an expert in biosensors and microfluidics, but she is an inspiration to all children pursuing STEM interests through her involvement with Camp Invention.

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School of Medicine Expands Effort to Better Clinical Research Process Improvement, Plans to Create CRSO

A workgroup led by NC TraCS and comprised of leadership from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC’s Office of Research is working to establish a new Clinical Research Support Office, which will be charged with advancing clinical research process improvement – a major priority of the Research Imperative within Forward Together, the School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan.

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Studying Premature Babies to Understand Environmental Impacts on Children’s Health

Studying Premature Babies to Understand Environmental Impacts on Children’s Health

UNC School of Medicine researchers are 15 years into a long-term study to learn how to optimize the health of children born at less than 28 weeks gestation, including identifying factors that help them succeed in school and develop social and communication skills.

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Foundation of Hope awards nearly half a million dollars for SOM research

Foundation of Hope awards nearly half a million dollars for SOM research

Seven UNC School of Medicine researchers were awarded grants to combat a range of conditions, including bulimia, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and mood disorders.

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