Vital Signs

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

UNC/NC State spinout company raises $5.8M for ‘smart’ insulin devices

UNC/NC State spinout company raises $5.8M for ‘smart’ insulin devices

A Research Triangle Park startup founded by Zhen Gu, PhD, a biomedical engineer with joint faculty appointments at UNC and NC State University received a $5.8 million cash infusion to continue translation efforts of ‘smart’ insulin devices.

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UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

A phase 2, double-blind study of the investigational medication, brexanolone, in the treatment of women with severe PPD published in The Lancet. Clinical trials are currently underway at UNC.

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Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

Newly designed viral vectors could lead to improved gene therapies

UNC and University of Florida researchers created viruses to deliver gene therapies while evading pre-existing immune system responses. Aravind Asokan, PhD, led the research team at UNC.

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Ernest Grant re-elected as vice president of American Nurses Association

Ernest Grant re-elected as vice president of American Nurses Association

Grant has more than 30 years of nursing and leadership experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He serves as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center

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Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

Researchers show how a cancer gene protects genome organization

UNC study uncovers crucial function of a yeast enzyme Set2 whose well-conserved human counterpart is often mutated in cancers, especially kidney cancer.

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Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

Researchers strive to improve cancer care for older patients

At the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, UNC Lineberger researchers led by Hyman B. Muss, MD, presented preliminary findings from several studies focused on older adults with cancer.

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Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

A new technique from UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar reveals the genome-wide DNA damage that a major carcinogen causes.

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Biomedical engineer named a finalist in U.S. State Department research, education award

Biomedical engineer named a finalist in U.S. State Department research, education award

Zhen Gu, PhD, a researcher and professor in the UNC-NC State Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, received an international award for young investigators, and he was a finalist in a national research and education award.

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UNC co-leads large clinical trial on new combo therapy for type 2 diabetes

UNC co-leads large clinical trial on new combo therapy for type 2 diabetes

New insulin degludec has comparable cardiovascular safety rates to insulin glargine U100 but with less risk of triggering low blood sugar.

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UNC Lineberger research featured at ASCO Annual Meeting

UNC Lineberger research featured at ASCO Annual Meeting

Research presented by UNC Lineberger members was featured in plenary and other major sessions of the meeting this year, and was picked up by multiple media outlets.

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