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

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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Prestigious Journal Names Li Qian as Top Reviewer

Prestigious Journal Names Li Qian as Top Reviewer

The editors at Cell Press selected Li Qian, PhD, associate director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, as one of its best scientific article reviewers, and published a short essay about her views on peer review.

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Hanson plays key role in NIA's IMPACT Collaboratory

Hanson plays key role in NIA's IMPACT Collaboratory

UNC will play a key role in the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) newly announced IMPACT Collaboratory, a national research incubator to improve care and quality of life for people living with dementia. Laura Hanson, MD, will lead the collaboratory's Patient and Caregiver Reported Outcomes (PCRO) Core.

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Susan G. Komen Announces $26-million Investment in Research Focused on Metastatic Breast Cancer, New Treatments

Susan G. Komen Announces $26-million Investment in Research Focused on Metastatic Breast Cancer, New Treatments

UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine researchers Lisa Carey, MD, Charles Perou, PhD, and Hector Franco, PhD, received $1,450,000 in research funding. They were the only North Carolina-based researchers awarded Komen grants.

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CBD May Alleviate Seizures, Benefit Behaviors in People with Neurodevelopmental Conditions

CBD May Alleviate Seizures, Benefit Behaviors in People with Neurodevelopmental Conditions

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Ben Philpot, PhD, and Bin Gu, PhD, found that cannabidiol had anti-seizure effects and behavior benefits in animal models of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.

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Zylka Lab awarded $6.1 million from NIH to develop CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy for Angelman syndrome, study UBE3A autism gene with Philpot Lab

Zylka Lab awarded $6.1 million from NIH to develop CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy for Angelman syndrome, study UBE3A autism gene with Philpot Lab

Mark Zylka, PhD, director of the UNC Neuroscience Center, was awarded NIH funding for two 5-year projects, one jointly with Ben Philpot, PhD, to develop new knowledge with the potential to advance treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?

Can scientists predict which cancer markers are likely to trigger an immune response?

In a new study, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Benjamin Vincent, MD, report the discovery of a method for predicting whether abnormal proteins produced by cancer cells could trigger an immune response.

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Researchers report favorable survival, fewer side effects after reduced therapy for HPV-linked head and neck cancer

Researchers report favorable survival, fewer side effects after reduced therapy for HPV-linked head and neck cancer

UNC Lineberger’s Bhishamjit Chera, MD, associate professor of radiation oncology, found that reducing the intensity of radiation treatment for patients with human papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer produced a promising survival rate with fewer side effects.

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Jaspers lays out the case against using e-cigarette products

Jaspers lays out the case against using e-cigarette products

The Conversation, a nonprofit international news organization featuring academics who want to write for a general audience, posted an article written by Ilona Jaspers, PhD, toxicologist and professor of pediatrics and microbiology & immunology.

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Brewer, Lazard lead publication in Tobacco Control

Brewer, Lazard lead publication in Tobacco Control

UNC Lineberger’s Noel Brewer, PhD, and Allison Lazard, PhD, led a study titled, “Communicating about chemicals in cigarette smoke: impact on knowledge and misunderstanding.”

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Researchers Pinpoint Animal Model Proteins Important in Study of Human Disease

Researchers Pinpoint Animal Model Proteins Important in Study of Human Disease

Frank Conlon, PhD, co-led a study showing which proteins and pathways are conserved in four major animal models and humans, providing insights into which models are best for specific research of human disease.

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Li receives a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

Li receives a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

Wentao Li, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in the Sancar lab, has received a highly competitive K99 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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Vaping may harm fertility in young women

Vaping may harm fertility in young women

Led by Kathleen Caron, PhD, UNC School of Medicine researchers found that e-cigarette use during pregnancy impairs metabolic health in animal models.

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Hernandez and Carpenter awarded grant by The National Science Foundation

Hernandez and Carpenter awarded grant by The National Science Foundation

UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU researchers, including Michelle Hernandez, MD, and Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, have been awarded an NSF grant to study early asthma exacerbation detection through wearables developed by NCSU.

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New Peanut Allergy Treatment Passes Phase 2 Trial, Shows Effectiveness and Safety

New Peanut Allergy Treatment Passes Phase 2 Trial, Shows Effectiveness and Safety

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Edwin Kim, MD, show that tiny under-the-tongue doses of peanut protein can offer safe and substantial protection against peanut allergy.

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Rose studies how augmented reality could increase surgical precision

Rose studies how augmented reality could increase surgical precision

Austin S. Rose, MD, FARS, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, studies the use of 3D image guidance with the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens to deliver better care and efficiency in the operating room.

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