Vital Signs

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

By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread

By forming clots in tumors, immune cells aid lung cancer's spread

Researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Chad Pecot, MD, report in the journal Nature Communications that for a particular subset of lung cancer tumors, there is a high prevalence of immune cells called inflammatory monocytes. These cells, which normally help to build clotting scaffolds to promote wound healing, also make it possible for tumor cells to migrate and spread to other parts of the body.

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Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure

A new case report led by UNC's Maya Styner, MD, describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.

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Former Navy Seal Robert Adams, MD, featured on podcast

Former Navy Seal Robert Adams, MD, featured on podcast

Former Navy SEAL Robert Adams, MD, of the UNC Physicians Network, was featured on the Peer Spectrum Podcast to discuss his book "Six Days of the Impossible," a medical look at Navy SEAL hell week.

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New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

The work was led by researchers in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Ernest Grant named one of '50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know'

Ernest Grant named one of '50 great African American leaders in healthcare to know'

Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nurse leadership experience and currently serves as the vice president of the American Nurses Association. He is also the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals.

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Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants

Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants

Of the three principal investigators awarded these prestigious NIH grants, two are researchers in the UNC Department of Pharmacology at the UNC School of Medicine – Byran L. Roth and Gary Johnson.

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Newton Transitioning to ABFM, FitzGerald Named Interim NC AHEC Program Director

Newton Transitioning to ABFM, FitzGerald Named Interim NC AHEC Program Director

Kevin FitzGerald, who has served in several senior leadership roles at UNC Health Care and the University of North Carolina, has been named Interim Program Director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

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The Heart of a Researcher

The Heart of a Researcher

At the UNC School of Medicine, researchers come to their work through various paths. For Wanda O'Neal, PhD, her tireless dedication to researching cystic fibrosis and lung conditions was born from a very personal place -- a family with six kids with CF.

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UNC School of Medicine celebrates the Class of 2018

UNC School of Medicine celebrates the Class of 2018

On Saturday, May 12, the UNC School of Medicine held its commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2018. Students gathered with faculty, friends, and family in Memorial Hall to celebrate their accomplishments. The class selected Alice Ma, MD, as its commencement speaker.

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Damania earns Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

Damania earns Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

Blossom Damania, PhD, vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine, was honored with the award at the UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral hooding ceremony May 12.

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