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 Using ‘sticky’ nanoparticles, researchers develop new strategy to boost body’s cancer defenses

Using ‘sticky’ nanoparticles, researchers develop new strategy to boost body’s cancer defenses

In the journal Nature Nanotechnology, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Andrew Wang, MD, report on strides made in the development of a strategy to improve the immune system's detection of cancer proteins by using “sticky” nanoparticles.

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UNC bioethicist pens ‘cautionary tale’ for Zika vaccine development and pregnancy

UNC bioethicist pens ‘cautionary tale’ for Zika vaccine development and pregnancy

UNC’s Anne Lyerly, MD, published an opinion piece in JAMA Pediatrics that urges scientists to use lessons learned during the Rubella outbreak as they work to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus, specifically as it relates to the ethics of including pregnant women in vaccine trials.

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Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

UNC and University of Florida researchers created viruses to deliver gene therapies while evading pre-existing immune system responses. Aravind Asokan, PhD, led the research team at UNC.

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Ernest Grant re-elected as vice president of American Nurses Association

Ernest Grant re-elected as vice president of American Nurses Association

Grant has more than 30 years of nursing and leadership experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He serves as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center

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UNC/NC State spinout company raises $5.8M for ‘smart’ insulin devices

UNC/NC State spinout company raises $5.8M for ‘smart’ insulin devices

A Research Triangle Park startup founded by Zhen Gu, PhD, a biomedical engineer with joint faculty appointments at UNC and NC State University received a $5.8 million cash infusion to continue translation efforts of ‘smart’ insulin devices.

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UNC Lineberger research featured at ASCO Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger research featured at ASCO Annual Meeting

Research presented by UNC Lineberger members was featured in plenary and other major sessions of the meeting this year, and was picked up by multiple media outlets.

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Biomedical engineer named a finalist in U.S. State Department research, education award

Biomedical engineer named a finalist in U.S. State Department research, education award

Zhen Gu, PhD, a researcher and professor in the UNC-NC State Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, received an international award for young investigators, and he was a finalist in a national research and education award.

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UNC co-leads large clinical trial on new combo therapy for type 2 diabetes

UNC co-leads large clinical trial on new combo therapy for type 2 diabetes

New insulin degludec has comparable cardiovascular safety rates to insulin glargine U100 but with less risk of triggering low blood sugar.

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Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

At the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Hyman B. Muss, MD, presented preliminary findings from several studies focused on older adults with cancer.

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Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

UNC study uncovers crucial function of a yeast enzyme Set2 whose well-conserved human counterpart is often mutated in cancers, especially kidney cancer.

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Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

A new technique from UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar reveals the genome-wide DNA damage that a major carcinogen causes.

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Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

In the first large pragmatic trial of its kind in the United States, results from a UNC School of Medicine study show that checking finger-stick blood sugars may not help diabetes patients who do not use insulin.

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UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

A phase 2, double-blind study of the investigational medication, brexanolone, in the treatment of women with severe PPD published in The Lancet. Clinical trials are currently underway at UNC.

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Taking stock of the Collaborative Cross

Taking stock of the Collaborative Cross

Five years ago, the journals Genetics and G3 published a series of papers that reported the first data from the genetic resource population known as the Collaborative Cross. This week, two journals release special issues highlighting the breadth of work this tool has made possible.

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Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2

Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2

In two previous studies, University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.

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Promising results found for treatment of melanoma in the brain

Promising results found for treatment of melanoma in the brain

At the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2017 in Chicago, researchers presented promising data for two different investigational drug regimens used to treat melanoma that has spread to the brain, a common and deadly complication of this cancer.

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New models of kidney cancer may drive immunotherapy research

New models of kidney cancer may drive immunotherapy research

UNC Lineberger member William Y. Kim, MD, and his colleagues report in the journal Nature Communications they have created mouse models of both papillary and clear cell renal cell carcinoma that faithfully mimic the genetic changes seen in tumors of patients with these cancers.

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UNC REX Healthcare presents run/walk to end prostate cancer

UNC REX Healthcare presents run/walk to end prostate cancer

The inaugural Zero – The End of Prostate Cancer run/walk in Raleigh takes place at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, June 24.

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 With ‘new life’ after transplant, cancer survivor renews marriage vows

With ‘new life’ after transplant, cancer survivor renews marriage vows

Recognizing that her husband now had a chance for a new, healthier life thanks to a stem cell transplant, Jackie Hannah secretly arranged for a ceremony for her husband David and her to renew their marriage vows. While he was in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in March, just after the transplant, and still dressed in his pajamas, David married Jackie again with hospital staff in attendance.

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