Vital Signs

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

By sending tests in the mail, researchers boost colorectal cancer screening

By sending tests in the mail, researchers boost colorectal cancer screening

Researchers with UNC Lineberger’s Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative, in collaboration with the Mecklenburg County Health Department in Charlotte, examined the impact of targeted outreach to more than 2,100 people insured by Medicaid who were not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.

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 Researchers clarify role of mutations in glioblastoma

Researchers clarify role of mutations in glioblastoma

In a preclinical study, researchers led by UNC Lineberger's Ryan Miller, MD, PhD, investigated whether the location of where the mutation occurred within the sequence of the PIK3CA gene affected the mutation’s ability to help drive cancerous growth. They also evaluated whether the location of the mutation would affect the cancer's response to certain treatments.

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Four UNC SOM Students named NC Schweitzer Fellows

Four UNC SOM Students named NC Schweitzer Fellows

Susan Zhao, Jamie Prince, Nicole Damari, and Yousef Abu-Salha were selected as North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows in the 2018 class of 28 graduate students who will spend next year improving community health and developing lifelong leadership skills.

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The Love of Caring

The Love of Caring

Jean Cates, RN, has been a nurse for more years than N.C. Memorial Hospital has been standing and has been providing care at UNC Hospitals for more than five decades of that time. She has devoted her life to caring for people. For those of us who work at the hospital, Jean was a familiar face in Occupational Health Services (OHS) where she has worked for the past few decades as a temporary RN. Jean retired (for the second time) at the end of June 2018.

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SOM Office of Research appoints Christopher Gregory director of Office of Research Technologies

SOM Office of Research appoints Christopher Gregory director of Office of Research Technologies

Christopher Gregory, PhD, has been appointed director of the Office of Research Technologies to increase interdisciplinary science and maximize resources available to UNC School of Medicine researchers.

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UNC research, diabetes expertise featured in video at international conference

UNC research, diabetes expertise featured in video at international conference

The American Diabetes Association featured UNC-Chapel Hill diabetes experts and leaders in a video presented at the ADA's 78th Scientific Sessions this summer.

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Can CRISPR/Cas9 help cure Angelman Syndrome?

Can CRISPR/Cas9 help cure Angelman Syndrome?

In this UNC Science Short video, we feature the work of Mark Zylka's lab, which the Angelman Syndrome Foundation has awarded $200,000 to investigate CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology as the basis for a cure to Angelman Syndrome, a rare but devastating neuro-genetic condition.

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 UNC Lineberger, King's College London scientists collaborate to accelerate cancer research

UNC Lineberger, King's College London scientists collaborate to accelerate cancer research

Across two days in June, scientists held sessions on breast cancer and immunotherapy research, with a focus on identifying cooperative initiatives and funding opportunities.

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Dr. Bryan Roth featured as science expert on opioid and addiction podcast

Dr. Bryan Roth featured as science expert on opioid and addiction podcast

Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, the Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, was featured on the Naked Scientists Podcast for his work on developing pain medications without the most severe side effects.

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