Systemic pre-exposure administration of antiretroviral drugs provides protection against intravenous and rectal transmission of HIV in mice with human immune systems, according to a new study published January 21, 2010 in the online journal PLoS ONE.
New findings by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center suggest that the most common form of malignant brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is probably not a single disease but a set of diseases, each with a distinct underlying molecular disease process.
Thomas M. Egan, M.D., of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is featured as the "Tar Heel of the Week" in a News & Observer story about Dr. Egan and his pioneering lung transplant research, which would make more donor lungs usable for transplant by treating the lungs ex-vivo (outside the body) to improve their health before transplant.
Nearly 500,000 women in the U.S. die from heart disease each year. It is the number one killer of all women. However, women who have heart attacks tend not to seek help from doctors as quickly as men do. Women often wait an hour longer than men to seek help, and that hour can sometimes be too late.
Dr. David Weber, UNC Hospitals' Medical Director of Epidemiology, gives the latest CDC and UNC Hospitals' numbers of flu and H1N1 deaths. Drs. Weber and Jeffrey Engel, N.C. State Health Director, urge those that haven't been vaccinated for flu or H1N1 to get vaccinated.
The Office of Translational Technologies within the NC TraCS Institute is facilitating a Core Lab Facilities Poster Session on Jan. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in the lobbies of Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB).
The NC TraCS Community Engagement Core, the Carolina Community Network, Wake AHEC, Greensboro AHEC, and NC TraCS Clinical and Community Translation Core proudly co-sponsor a series of free workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is "Program Evaluation."
The lecture will be held Jan. 27. Edward J. Benz, president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Professor at Harvard Medical School, will be this year's presenter. His talk is entitled, "Mentors, Messages, and the Future of Physician Scientists." Poster and slide presentations by John B. Graham Student Research Society Inductees will follow the lecture.
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Hospital and Medical Office survey on Patient Safety Culture was administered to all faculty and staff in December 2009. This was the third time UNC Health Care used the Hospital survey and the first time using the Medical Office survey.
The Excellence Fund provides Seed Grant Awards to UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals to support innovative research projects which may lead to new treatments and cures for today's diseases. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2010.
Preparations are now under way to begin the demolition of the Gravely Building. On Monday, Jan. 25, contractors will install construction fencing along the west (Gravely) side of Hospital Drive, which is the main access road to UNC Hospitals’ main entrances.
The right-hand lane of traffic on Pittsboro Street (between the Carolina Inn and Miller Hall) will be closed beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, and remain closed for approximately 18 months due to the CoGeneration Steam Tunnel construction project.