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

Scientists Invent Fast Method for ‘Directed Evolution’ of Molecules

Scientists Invent Fast Method for ‘Directed Evolution’ of Molecules

The technique, dubbed VEGAS and created in the lab of Bryan L. Roth, works in mammalian cells and can yield useful new molecules within days, providing scientists with a powerful new research tool and a potential route to better therapeutics for various diseases.

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UNC Project-Malawi Researchers Receive Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

UNC Project-Malawi Researchers Receive Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund groundbreaking research in global health and development, including a project to lessen infant antibiotic use in Africa led by UNC Project-Malawi’s Tisungane Mvalo.

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Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

UNC Family Medicine researchers Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, and Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, lead new study on teen rates for using e-cigarette devices to vape marijuana.

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JAMA Surgery #1 surgery journal in the world with Dr. Melina Kibbe as Editor-in-Chief

JAMA Surgery #1 surgery journal in the world with Dr. Melina Kibbe as Editor-in-Chief

JAMA Surgery journal receives a record high impact factor of 10.668 making it the #1 surgery journal in the world and the distinction of being the 1st surgery journal to achieve a double-digit impact factor.

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Scientists discover new method for developing tracers used for medical imaging

Scientists discover new method for developing tracers used for medical imaging

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Zibo Li, PhD, said their findings could make it possible to attach radioactive tags to compounds that previously have been difficult or even impossible to label.

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UNC Lineberger names Pagano Award recipients

UNC Lineberger names Pagano Award recipients

Kirsten Bryant, Ari Pani, and John Pryor were selected as Pagano Award recipients for postdoctoral research excellence at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and in the departments of pharmacology, biology, and biochemistry & biophysics.

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A Look Back at the 8th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium: Dr. George Smith visits UNC as Guest Speaker

A Look Back at the 8th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium: Dr. George Smith visits UNC as Guest Speaker

On May 1, 2019, Dr. George Smith, Recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, spent the day at UNC as the keynote speaker of the 8th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium.

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Food allergens may also trigger the development of autoimmune diseases in addition to food allergic diseases

Food allergens have been known to cause food allergy to allergic individuals. However, no medical research has before reported that food allergens may also trigger the development of autoimmune diseases.

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Scientists Make Single-cell Map to Reprogram Scar Tissue into Healthy Heart Cells

Scientists Make Single-cell Map to Reprogram Scar Tissue into Healthy Heart Cells

UNC McAllister Heart Institute scientists led by Li Qian, PhD, developed a single-cell genomics pipeline to discover the molecular roadmap underlying the conversion of human scar-making fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes.

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New School of Medicine Strategic Plan “Forward Together” Initiative to Support Clinician Scientists

In an effort to bolster the engagement of junior clinician scientists in research, the School of Medicine is rolling out a new incentive to support research activities of clinician scientists in their departments. To apply for funding, clinical departments should submit the names and degrees of current K awardees in their departments by July 12, 2019.

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UNC receives $3.8 million grant to study “Med-South” weight loss program

UNC receives $3.8 million grant to study “Med-South” weight loss program

Based on the proven benefits of Mediterranean-style diets, researchers have created a unique version of the diet by considering the taste and preferences of people living in the southeastern U.S. With this grant, the “Med-South” diet will be explored as an option for long-term weight loss and improved cardiovascular health. The study is co-led by Thomas Keyserling, MD, MPH, and Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, RD.

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UNC researchers featured in PCORI, ADA video for international conference

UNC researchers featured in PCORI, ADA video for international conference

Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, in the department of family medicine and Laura Young, MD, PhD, and John Buse, MD, PhD, in the department of medicine were featured in this American Diabetes Association video about the MONITOR Trial and a $1.3 million PCORI-funded effort to translate UNC diabetes research into the clinic.

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NIH awards Meyer second grant to study arterial stiffness and brain health

NIH awards Meyer second grant to study arterial stiffness and brain health

Michelle Meyer, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine, was awarded a $2.3 million grant to investigate the association of central arterial stiffening with structural changes in the brain, reduced cognitive function, and Alzheimer’s disease-associated dementias in over 2,700 participants in the Jackson Heart Study, an ongoing cohort study of African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi.

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UNC Sheps, RTI researchers join Cochrane US Network to promote evidence-based health care and public health

UNC Sheps, RTI researchers join Cochrane US Network to promote evidence-based health care and public health

The Cochrane US Network will support and train systematic review authors and users of Cochrane Reviews, and encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence for better health outcomes. Dan Jonas, MD, MPH will lead the UNC-Chapel Hill team.

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Scientists uncover mechanism of action for promising cancer compound

Scientists uncover mechanism of action for promising cancer compound

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Lee Graves, PhD, have uncovered the mechanism that explains how an investigational cancer therapeutic might be working.

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Men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose active surveillance often don’t follow monitoring guidelines

Men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose active surveillance often don’t follow monitoring guidelines

The findings by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers were drawn from an analysis of 346 men newly diagnosed between 2011 and 2013 with low or intermediate-risk prostate cancer in North Carolina. Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, led this study.

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NIH Awards Zylka Lab $6.8 Million to Study Autism, ADHD Environmental Risks

NIH Awards Zylka Lab $6.8 Million to Study Autism, ADHD Environmental Risks

This eight-year project will focus on the interactions between genetics and environmental exposures that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit disorder.

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Perreira Article Reviews Implications of Exclusionary Policies for Health of Immigrants and Their Children

Perreira Article Reviews Implications of Exclusionary Policies for Health of Immigrants and Their Children

Public policies play a crucial role in shaping how immigrants adapt to life in the United States. Krista Perreira, PhD, reviews these policies in "Policies of Exclusion: Implications for the Health of Immigrants and Their Children," published in the Annual Review of Public Health.

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UNC-Chapel Hill to Co-lead $9.5 million Effort to Detect Autism Earlier

UNC-Chapel Hill to Co-lead $9.5 million Effort to Detect Autism Earlier

The NIH grant will help researchers led by Joe Piven, MD, determine if earlier detection can lead to earlier behavioral interventions to improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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UNC School of Medicine’s Wesley Legant named Beckman Young Investigator

UNC School of Medicine’s Wesley Legant named Beckman Young Investigator

Wesley Legant, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering, earned this prestigious early career award for his work developing new fluorescence microscopes for rapid three-dimensional imaging.

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