Vital Signs

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

UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

UNC Hospitals has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. It is the fourth consecutive year the hospital has received this distinction

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How blood vessels control their destiny

How blood vessels control their destiny

UNC researchers define the importance of the decoy receptor VEGFR1 in the process of angiogenesis, in findings that could have important implications in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

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Journal Edited by UNC Researcher Reaches Record High Impact Factor

Journal Edited by UNC Researcher Reaches Record High Impact Factor

ACMG's Genetics in Medicine journal receives record high impact factor, is now in top 2.5 percent of all indexed journals.

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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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 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/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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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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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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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 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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