Vital Signs

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

New details revealed to explain how tumors recruit blood vessels

New details revealed to explain how tumors recruit blood vessels

A study by UNC Lineberger researchers Chad Pecot, MD, and Salma Azam helps explain how tumors recruit blood vessels that provide fuel for their growth as well as an avenue for the tumors to spread.

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NCI awards $2.2M to Pylayeva-Gupta to investigate immune responses in pancreatic cancer

NCI awards $2.2M to Pylayeva-Gupta to investigate immune responses in pancreatic cancer

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year grant of more than $2.2 million to UNC Lineberger’s Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, to support her research into the immune response in pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers.

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Roth elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Roth elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, in the UNC School of Medicine’s pharmacology department, was among 200 new members elected today to the country’s oldest academy.

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Researchers study strategies for using nanotechnology to boost cancer therapeutics

Researchers study strategies for using nanotechnology to boost cancer therapeutics

Four UNC Lineberger researchers – Leaf Huang, Alexander Kabanov, Andrew Wang, and Jenny Ting – presented strategies for using tiny particles to boost cancer treatment as part of a National Cancer Institute site visit.

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UNC School of Medicine’s Wesley Legant named Searle Scholar

UNC School of Medicine’s Wesley Legant named Searle Scholar

Wesley Legant, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of pharmacology and biomedical engineering, earned a $300,000 Searle Scholars award for his work creating new fluorescence microscopes for rapid three-dimensional imaging.

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2019 Marks UNC’s Third Year Participating in Largest Genetic Autism Research Study

2019 Marks UNC’s Third Year Participating in Largest Genetic Autism Research Study

Gabriel Dichter, PhD, director of research at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, said one of the main goals of the SPARK project is to help determine the genes that cause autism.

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Fischer and Wohl Author NEJM Perspective About Ebola Care

Fischer and Wohl Author NEJM Perspective About Ebola Care

UNC's William A. Fischer II, MD, and David A. Wohl, MD, are part of an international group of authors that contributed to a Perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The piece argues that patients with Ebola virus disease in countries with limited resources should be treated according to the same standard of care used in countries where resources are more readily available.

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UNC SOM Professor, Student Selected as Diversity Award Recipients

UNC SOM Professor, Student Selected as Diversity Award Recipients

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill selected Evan Ashkin, MD, professor of family medicine, and allied health graduate student Mariel Marshall as recipients of 2019 Diversity Awards.

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UNC’s Eron Featured in HIV Screening, Prevention, and Treatment Advance Video Series

UNC’s Eron Featured in HIV Screening, Prevention, and Treatment Advance Video Series

Joseph Eron, MD, division chief of infectious diseases, was part of an expert panel focused on specific information and educational needs of health care professionals involved in diagnosis and treatment of HIV.

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Pinnacle Hill Appoints Jon Collins as Chief Scientific Officer

Pinnacle Hill Appoints Jon Collins as Chief Scientific Officer

Pinnacle Hill, LLC, was developed through a partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and Deerfield Management to help UNC scientists discover new medicines to address the significant unmet needs of our times.

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