Vital Signs

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

UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development

UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development

The finding, detailed in the new journal eLife, shows how the protein GSK-3 is essential for neuronal migration and could be a key player in neurodevelopmental disorders.

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MED: Unforgettable Journey, Remarkable Opportunity

MED: Unforgettable Journey, Remarkable Opportunity

This summer, the Medical Education Development (MED) program celebrates 40 years of teaching. Sponsored by the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Health Careers Opportunities Program, and the State of North Carolina, MED is designed to increase opportunities in the health professions for individuals who demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but who have lacked opportunity to reach their educational goals.

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UNC researchers discover how Hepatitis C virus persists for years

UNC researchers discover how Hepatitis C virus persists for years

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) lingers in the human body for years, slowly damaging the liver and leading to liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer, which is often fatal. Research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has discovered a mechanism that facilitates the virus achieving this life-long persistence. Chronic HCV infection is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States.

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Edward R. Perl, MD, 1926-2014

Edward R. Perl, MD, 1926-2014

Edward R. Perl, MD, a preeminent neuroscientist, passed away on July 15 after a long life dedicated to science, education, and service at the University of North Carolina.

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UNC investigators receive $3.7 million NIH grant

UNC investigators receive $3.7 million NIH grant

The grant will allow UNC researchers, led by Samuel McLean, MD, MPH, to perform the first-ever prospective longitudinal study of health outcomes after sexual assault. Graduate students, fellows, or faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in potentially developing an NIH Diversity Supplement application related to the study are invited to send a cover letter to the program manager.

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YOUR HEALTH: Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases with Dr. Joanne Jordan

YOUR HEALTH: Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases with Dr. Joanne Jordan

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH Adam & Cristy will be joined by Joanne Jordan, MD, MPH, Joseph P. Archie, Jr., Professor of Medicine and Director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center at UNC.

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Several UNC faculty published in JAMA theme issue on HIV/AIDS

Several members of the UNC School of Medicine faculty had articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's (JAMA) July 23/30, 2014, HIV/AIDS theme issue.

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ASPIRE Research: Autism and Irritability Study

ASPIRE is conducting a research study for 6 to 17 year olds who experience irritability related to autism. The study is looking at an investigational medication called lurasidone to find out whether it is safe and effective in managing irritability in children and teenagers with autism.

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UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health's Carr Mill Clinic adds primary care physician to its staff

Rupal Yu, MD, MPH, a family physician at Piedmont Health Services, and adjunct instructor at UNC Family Medicine, now provides primary care services for center patients.

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Kena Sawyers: New Lungs, New Life, Part II

Kena Sawyers: New Lungs, New Life, Part II

A Rockingham County woman gets a second double-lung transplant on her 51st birthday, allowing her to breathe without the use of an oxygen tank for the first time in 20 years.

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UNC investigators receive $3.7 million grant for study of health outcomes after sexual assault

UNC investigators receive $3.7 million grant for study of health outcomes after sexual assault

This study is the first ever prospective longitudinal study of health outcomes after sexual assault. It will evaluate genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing adverse outcomes after sexual assault including chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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Deadline: Cancer Health Disparities Pilot Grants

The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) welcomes NIH-defined new or early-stage researchers to apply for small-scale, time-limited pilot research grants that address cancer health disparities.

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UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies

UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies

The study, led by Martina Gentzsch, PhD, provides evidence that could help drug developers improve compounds aimed at correcting CFTR proteins in cystic fibrosis patients.

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Sunshine Act Updates—Physician Registration Information

Registration on CMS’s website is voluntary; however, physicians must complete Phase 2 of the CMS registration process if they wish to review their personal financial information before it is made publicly available on Sept. 30, 2014.

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In the Gazette: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

In the Gazette: Inspiring heart health in the ‘stroke belt’

Alice Ammerman, PhD, a professor of nutrition in public health and director of Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, reached out to county health officials along with her colleagues and built a project that helps encourage healthy living in Lenoir County.

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OIS Security Bytes

OIS Security Bytes

UNC’s Office of Information Systems will be posting bite-size IT Security tips for our users (formerly Tip of the Month). As IT security concerns become more a part of our everyday life, awareness is one of our best allies. This month's security byte is about public computers.

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Sensitive Information Remediation (SIR) Project Coming Soon

Sensitive Information Remediation (SIR) Project Coming Soon

The intention of this project is to identify and remediate University-owned sensitive information (personal health information, personal identification information, etc.) wherever it lives. This campus-wide mandate will require the cooperation and coordination of all School of Medicine faculty, staff, and leadership.

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MSEC at-large election results

MSEC at-large election results

Elections were held in June 2014 for three at-large positions on the Medical Staff Executive Committee. Maria Patricia Rivera, MD, Michael Meyers, MD, and Eldad Hadar, MD, were elected to two-year terms by the clinical faculty members.

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