Vital Signs

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

Helping caregivers find their way back to normal

When a critical incident takes its toll on staff, the volunteers on the Critical Incident Stress Management team helps them figure what normal looks like after an emotional trauma.

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Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

With seed money from the Kenan Charitable Trust, the new center takes aim at the greatest challenges facing the field of autism spectrum disorder.

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Group led by UNC physician writes patient safety bundle for hypertension in pregnant women

Group led by UNC physician writes patient safety bundle for hypertension in pregnant women

Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH, director of maternal-fetal medicine at UNC, was lead author on the commentary, which makes 14 specific recommendations on how best to address the needs of pregnant and recently postpartum women who face a sudden spike in blood pressure.

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UNC School of Medicine welcomes new PhD students to BBSP

The Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program (BBSP) welcomed a new class of PhD students to Chapel Hill this week for orientation.

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Piven to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Piven to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Joe Piven, MD, will headline the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ weekly Science Café on Thursday, August 24.

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UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses

UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses

A $340,000 Duke Endowment grant helps UNC Family Medicine physician Evan Ashkin expand Formerly Incarcerated Transition program into Orange County.

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Mario Capecchi will give keynote talk at Smithies Nobel Symposium

Mario Capecchi will give keynote talk at Smithies Nobel Symposium

Mark your calendars for September 19 at 3 p.m. for a talk by Italian scientist Mario Capecchi, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Martin Evans and our own Oliver Smithies.

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UNC Health Care receives high marks in latest US News & World Report Ratings

UNC Health Care receives high marks in latest US News & World Report Ratings

U.S News & World Report has released its annual Best Hospitals ratings. Across the state, several UNC Health Care facilities were recognized for clinical excellence.

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Jensen delivers Whitehead Lecture

Jensen delivers Whitehead Lecture

Brian Jensen, MD, assistant professor of medicine and pharmacology, delivered the 2017 Whitehead Lecture. The event, which serves as an unofficial convocation of the UNC School of Medicine, has been held annually since 1947.

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Thanks to a UNC research project, she can walk again

Thanks to a UNC research project, she can walk again

As UNC geneticist Jonathan Berg gears up to lead a $9.7-million renewal of the NCGENES project, we look at a story from the original study and how it changed the fortunes of a woman from Goldsboro, NC.

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Researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia in patients treated for non-blood cancers

Researchers find genetic precursors of leukemia in patients treated for non-blood cancers

A study led by UNC Lineberger's Catherine Coombs, MD, revealed new risk factors for “clonal hematopoiesis,” a medical phenomenon in which genetic mutations are found in the blood cells of patients who do not have an existing blood cancer.

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How an unlikely cellular ‘antenna’ can impair brain development

How an unlikely cellular ‘antenna’ can impair brain development

Disruption of a neuron structure called the primary cilium leads to defects in brain development resembling those seen in neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Karl Holt selected as Tillman Scholar

Karl Holt selected as Tillman Scholar

In honor of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, the award supports active-duty military, veterans, and military spouses driven to make a positive impact in their communities or around the world.

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Researchers look to improve detection of skin cancer lacking pigment melanin

Researchers look to improve detection of skin cancer lacking pigment melanin

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, have identified key features linked to amelanotic melanoma, a form of skin cancer that lacks the brown or black color that stems from the pigment melanin.

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UNC residency programs ranked highly on Doximity reputation scores

UNC residency programs ranked highly on Doximity reputation scores

Three UNC Hospitals residency programs ranked either first or second for best reputation among the nation’s residency programs, and 21 ranked in the top 50.

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Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities

Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities

In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Melissa Troester, PhD, published results of an analysis of approximately 1,000 invasive breast tumors. The study confirmed that young black women are more likely to have “triple negative,” or “basal-like,” breast cancers, a subtype that does not express any of the receptors for targeted biologic therapies. The study also identified variation by race within a clinical breast cancer type that has the greatest mortality disparity.

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