Vital Signs

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

In 10th Year, NC DNA Day Continues Growth

In 10th Year, NC DNA Day Continues Growth

PhD students and post-docs traveled all across North Carolina to spread their excitement for science. The program, which began at UNC, now includes five other states.

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Caregivers at Carolina: Support for Physician Scientists Program Names Inaugural Honorees

Caregivers at Carolina: Support for Physician Scientists Program Names Inaugural Honorees

UNC's Caregivers at Carolina: Support for Physician Scientists Program has announced it's inaugural awardees, The UNC Caregivers at Carolina: Support for Physician Scientists Program announces its inaugural Scholar awardees, Eliza Park, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine.

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Using Mobile Technology to Understand PPD

Using Mobile Technology to Understand PPD

Last month, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, Patrick Sullivan, MD, and other UNC School of Medicine researchers released a first-of-its-kind mobile app to recruit patients for a large-scale genetic study on postpartum depression, addressing an old problem in a new way.

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New investigational compound shows promise against melanoma, lymphoma

New investigational compound shows promise against melanoma, lymphoma

Cancer patients with the EZH2 gene mutation could benefit from a new therapy UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger researchers have now tested successfully in lab models.

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UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

Groundbreaking initiative combines web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of personalized treatments.

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‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

‘Moonshot to Malawi’ outlines global cancer disparities

UNC Lineberger member Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, has called for a commitment to contribute resources and energy to control cancer in less-resourced countries where there are significant gaps in cancer awareness, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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A Long-term Research Relationship

A Long-term Research Relationship

As a high school student, Caitlin Burk began working in the research lab of Wesley Burks, MD. Now, eight years later, she continues that work while balancing the demanding schedule of a third-year medical student.

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Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains on the Rise

Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains on the Rise

Dr. Eliana Perrin of UNC is one of the authors of the study, which found no evidence of a decline in childhood obesity in any age group.

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UNC to play instrumental role in first-ever national study of dietary interventions to treat Crohn’s Disease

UNC to play instrumental role in first-ever national study of dietary interventions to treat Crohn’s Disease

A research question posed through the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Partners Patient-Powered Research Network CCFA Partners – a collaboration between UNC and the CCFA – served as motivation for this study concept.

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Le works to transform the system

Le works to transform the system

Medical student Tam Le delves into the intricacies of the U.S. health care system to help inform how medical students and residents are trained on the job.

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Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Burridge elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

UNC School of Medicine professor and basic scientist Keith Burridge has conducted seminal research on the basic building blocks of cells for four decades.

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Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

Women’s adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines varies following false-positive mammogram

A study led by UNC Lineberger researchers has found that for women who have had a false-positive mammogram result, their likelihood to get screened at recommended intervals depends on the timing of their last screen. Louise Henderson, PhD, will present the findings at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Monday, April 18.

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