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

Legant Named 2019 Packard Fellow

Legant Named 2019 Packard Fellow

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced the 2019 class of Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, including Wesley Legant, PhD, in the biomedical engineering and pharmacology departments.

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2019-20 SOM / NCTraCS Translational Team Science Awards

Proposals for the 2019-2020 TTSA awards are now being accepted. The deadline for proposals is January 3, 2020.

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New Heart Attack Registry to Provide Unprecedented Insight into STEMI Occurrence, Treatment in North India

New Heart Attack Registry to Provide Unprecedented Insight into STEMI Occurrence, Treatment in North India

Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, is leading a study reviewing hospitalizations for a certain type of heart attack in two hospitals in northern India. This is the first prospective cohort study of this magnitude in the region and is already providing unique data about opportunities to improve STEMI management in India.

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NIH Awards $7.5 million to ramp up clinical trials for rare, genetic airway diseases

NIH Awards $7.5 million to ramp up clinical trials for rare, genetic airway diseases

Formed 15 years ago, the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium is now co-led by UNC’s Stephanie Davis, MD, to continue advancing knowledge and treatments for genetic chronic pulmonary conditions.

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Harrison Receives Career Development Grant from Lung Cancer Initiative

Harrison Receives Career Development Grant from Lung Cancer Initiative

Emily Harrison, PhD, a postdoc at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded $150,000 for research focused on inhibiting the mechanisms of lung cancer metastasis.

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Surprise Finding About HIV Reservoir Could Lead to Better Therapies

Surprise Finding About HIV Reservoir Could Lead to Better Therapies

Researchers led by Ron Swanstrom, PhD, and colleagues in South Africa, discovered that the latent HIV reservoir that persists during antiretroviral treatment mostly reflects viruses present in the blood at the start of antiretroviral treatment.

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Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos

Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos

The National Cancer Institute has awarded University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a five-year, $2.7 million grant to develop more effective health warnings for little cigars and cigarillos.

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UNC-led study comparing tradeoffs of benefit, harm, and cost in hematuria evaluation published in JAMA Internal Medicine

UNC-led study comparing tradeoffs of benefit, harm, and cost in hematuria evaluation published in JAMA Internal Medicine

UNC researchers led by Matthew Nielsen, MD, found that the risk stratification may optimize the balance of benefit, harm, and cost associated with diagnostic testing for a common condition called hematuria.

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Lee to Lead Collaborative Investigation of Novel Tomosynthesis for Imaging-Guided Bronchoscopy for Lung Cancer Diagnosis & Screening

Lee to Lead Collaborative Investigation of Novel Tomosynthesis for Imaging-Guided Bronchoscopy for Lung Cancer Diagnosis & Screening

Associate professor of radiology Yueh Z. Lee, MD, PhD, received a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering R01 grant ($770.4K+), and will serve as principal investigator of a four-year, academic-industry partnering study titled “Stationary Digital Tomosynthesis for Transbronchial Biopsy Guidance.”

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Clinical Trial Makes Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Available in Primary Care Setting

Clinical Trial Makes Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Available in Primary Care Setting

Seema Garg, MD, PhD, is leading a study that uses telemedicine and new imaging technology to offer a convenient retinal screening method for patients with diabetes at risk for vision loss. Tom Miller, MD, is integrating the innovative technology into UNC’s clinical setting.

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PROMISE study seeking mid and senior level underrepresented biomedical researchers to serve as peer group facilitators

PROMISE study seeking mid and senior level underrepresented biomedical researchers to serve as peer group facilitators

UNC is part of a national effort, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Program Consortium, to identify best mentoring practices for scientists underrepresented in biomedical research.

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Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison

Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison

A new study, led by Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, in the UNC department of social medicine, finds that people who were held in restrictive housing while serving time in prison face a substantial increased risk of death after their release.

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Findings help explain how breast cancer can spread in the body

Findings help explain how breast cancer can spread in the body

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Chad Pecot, MD, published new findings that help explain one path that breast cancers can take as they leave tumors and spread throughout the body.

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Philpot Lab Receives NIH Grant to Create Therapy for Rare Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome

Philpot Lab Receives NIH Grant to Create Therapy for Rare Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, will build upon research previously funded by the Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation to develop a therapy to treat children with this neurodevelopmental disorder.

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Gillings, SOM Researchers Awarded $51 Million NIH Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse

Gillings, SOM Researchers Awarded $51 Million NIH Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher Lisa LaVange, PhD, is the PI of an NIH HEAL Initiative project to help people with chronic back pain and to curb opioid misuse. It includes Tim Carey, MD, MPH; Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc; and Sam McLean, MD, from the UNC School of Medicine.

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Thurston Arthritis Research Center Receives $3.4 Million NIH Grant to Implement Studies Of Rheumatic Diseases

Thurston Arthritis Research Center Receives $3.4 Million NIH Grant to Implement Studies Of Rheumatic Diseases

Leigh Callahan, PhD, is Director/Principle Investigator, leading a team of scientists who are advancing understanding, prevention & treatment of diseases such as osteoarthritis with this five-year grant.

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Former trainees share career insights at UNC Lineberger’s 44th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

Former trainees share career insights at UNC Lineberger’s 44th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

Two scientists who trained in laboratories at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill returned to campus for UNC Lineberger’s 44th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day to share lessons from their careers.

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Scientists implicate genes behind faulty DNA repair in breast cancer

Scientists implicate genes behind faulty DNA repair in breast cancer

While mutations in BRCA genes are well known to increase breast cancer risk, researchers from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have uncovered a different series of genes they believe might be contributing to breast cancer through a lesser-known mechanism.

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Magness, Jalazo Rally for Research on Capitol Hill

Magness, Jalazo Rally for Research on Capitol Hill

Scott Magness, PhD, and Liz Jalazo, MD, were part of a large contingent of researchers from across the country who met with Congressional leaders to stress the importance of biomedical research and continued funding.

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UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Weili Lin, PhD, is the principal investigator of a research project to improve outcomes for children exposed to opioids, and Susan Gaylord, PhD, is the UNC site PI for a second project to help people with low back pain.

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