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

International Group of Scientists Create ‘Imaging Africa’ Initiative

International Group of Scientists Create ‘Imaging Africa’ Initiative

UNC School of Medicine’s Klaus Hahn, PhD, and colleagues from around the world will lead an intensive workshop and symposium to increase student knowledge of microscope technologies, including cellphone-based technology and super-resolution modalities. The workshop and symposium are free to all student scientists in Africa.

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Ashkin, Rosen serve as co-guest editors for November issue of NCMJ

Ashkin, Rosen serve as co-guest editors for November issue of NCMJ

Evan Ashkin, MD, and David Rosen MD, PhD are guest editors in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, which centers on health and the criminal justice system.

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Study finds treatment inequities for pain following cesarean deliveries

Study finds treatment inequities for pain following cesarean deliveries

Jasmine Johnson, MD, and Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, conducted research highlighting the need for continued efforts to undo biases in medical care. Many such efforts have been put in place at the UNC Medical Center, the UNC School of Medicine, and across the UNC Health Care system.

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Apple Professional Learning Clinic

Apple Professional Learning Clinic

School of Medicine IT and the Offices of Medical Education (OME) are hosting an Apple Professional Learning (APL) Day Clinic on Tuesday, December 3 to highlight how iPads can be integrated into a curriculum to “create innovative instruction that engages students more deeply."

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Researchers Link Specific Protein Mutations to Ataxia Disease Symptoms

Researchers Link Specific Protein Mutations to Ataxia Disease Symptoms

Jonathan Schisler, MS, PhD, led research showing that limiting the activity of a mutant CHIP protein could decrease symptom severity for people with cerebral ataxia, a debilitating disease of the nervous system.

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UNC awarded $2.91 million to create new ultra-long-acting HIV drug delivery implant

UNC awarded $2.91 million to create new ultra-long-acting HIV drug delivery implant

Led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, biomedical researchers have begun a three-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and implement an effective ultra-long-acting antiviral delivery system to combat the spread of HIV.

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Three ‘Art in Science’ Competition Winners Demonstrate Beauty of Science

In honor of University Research Week at UNC-Chapel Hill, the UNC School of Medicine is featuring three winning images from its “Art in Science” competition, images that embody the spirit of discovery, the importance of innovation and collaboration, and the visual beauty of biomedical research.

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Feast or Famine: Scientists Find Key Bio ‘Switch’ that Helps Cells Adapt

Feast or Famine: Scientists Find Key Bio ‘Switch’ that Helps Cells Adapt

From the UNC School of Medicine lab of Brian Strahl, PhD, and Stanford University lab of Ashby Morrison, PhD, comes a solution to the mystery of “crotonyl” marks in the genome that may have relevance for the treatment of various forms of cancer.

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CBD, THC Use During Early Pregnancy Can Disrupt Fetal Development

CBD, THC Use During Early Pregnancy Can Disrupt Fetal Development

UNC School of Medicine researchers are the first to show in animal models that components of marijuana, including its cannabinoids THC and CBD, can cause brain and facial birth defects if used during the first trimester of pregnancy.

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UNC Hosts International Perinatal Mental Health Conference

UNC Hosts International Perinatal Mental Health Conference

Improving the lives of mothers, babies, and families was the focus at the Marcé of North America (MONA) 4th Biennial Conference on Perinatal Mental Health. MONA is the regional group of the international Marcé Society— a perinatal mental health research organization.

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PPD ACT Research App Gets Makeover, Social Media Boost

PPD ACT Research App Gets Makeover, Social Media Boost

Mom Genes Fight PPD made its debut last week at the Marcé of North America (MONA) perinatal mental health conference hosted by UNC. The research app, formerly called PPD ACT, along with its website and social media pages, were transformed in an effort to renew interest and participation in the postpartum depression (PPD) genetics study.

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