Vital Signs

This week's collection of news and events from the School of Medicine

UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

The UNC School of Medicine ranks 16th overall in NIH funding; 6th among public universities. The department of cell biology and physiology is the highest ranked at 2nd overall.

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Diering selected as finalist for Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Diering selected as finalist for Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

The biotech company and top-tier science journal named Graham Diering, PhD, as one of three finalists whose essays on neurobiology were published in Science.

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Davis named Chair of Department of Pediatrics

Davis named Chair of Department of Pediatrics

Stephanie D. Davis, MD, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine and Physician in Chief of UNC Children’s Hospital effective July 23, 2018.

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Scientists map molecular mechanisms crucial for new approach to heart disease therapy

Scientists map molecular mechanisms crucial for new approach to heart disease therapy

Scientists led by UNC McAllister Heart Institute researcher Frank Conlon, PhD, reveal detailed molecular events underlying the transformation of ordinary fibroblast cells into therapeutic cardiac muscle cells.

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UNC School of Medicine departments rank high on “Best Global Universities” list

UNC School of Medicine departments rank high on “Best Global Universities” list

In the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, pharmacology and toxicology were lumped into one category and ranked first among public universities. Among all universities around the globe, UNC pharmacology/toxicology ranked second behind Harvard.

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Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers

Researchers define structure, function of enzyme key to blood cancers

In the journal Nature, UNC Lineberger's Greg Wang, PhD, and colleagues reported findings about the structure and function of the DNMT3A enzyme complex, which helps control gene expression.

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HIV exports viral protein in cellular packages

HIV exports viral protein in cellular packages

A study from the lab of UNC Lineberger's Dirk Dittmer, PhD, found that HIV sends out a protein called Nef in cellular packages called exosomes.

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Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier

Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier

UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Aravind Asokan, PhD, reveal how certain gene-carrying AAV vectors can penetrate the brain more efficiently to treat brain and spinal cord conditions, while reducing liver payload.

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UNC Lineberger researcher launches startup to improve radiation treatment in developing world

UNC Lineberger researcher launches startup to improve radiation treatment in developing world

UNC Lineberger's Sha Chang, PhD, was named to the latest class of KickStart Venture Services' Commercialization Award winners. Her startup company is creating solutions for improving radiation treatment for cancer.

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