Vital Signs

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

UNC Earns First-in-State Accreditation for Geriatrics Emergency Department

UNC Earns First-in-State Accreditation for Geriatrics Emergency Department

Advanced Age Brings Unique Needs, Particularly in the ED. Led by Christina Shenvi, MD, PhD, the Geriatric-Emergency Department Accreditidation at UNC’s Hillsborough ED is one of about 20 to receive this designation nationwide.

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New NC-Based Study to Advance Research Through Free and Expanded Newborn Screening

New NC-Based Study to Advance Research Through Free and Expanded Newborn Screening

Cynthia M. Powell, MD, professor of pediatrics and genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is Early Check Lead Investigator for the team from UNC.

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Giselle Corbie-Smith Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Giselle Corbie-Smith Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Corbie-Smith was elected for her scholarly work on the practical and ethical issues of engaging communities in research to achieve health and equity.

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New School of Medicine Program Highlights Precision Medicine at UNC

New School of Medicine Program Highlights Precision Medicine at UNC

The Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care will be led by the UNC School of Medicine’s Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD. The program, funded by a $10-million grant from UNC Health Care, will be a collaboration among multiple departments within the school to bring together existing precision medicine treatments and support future endeavors in this field.

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Long-acting injectable implant shows promise for HIV treatment and prevention

Long-acting injectable implant shows promise for HIV treatment and prevention

The long-acting antiretroviral drug formulation, developed by UNC School of Medicine researchers Rahima Benhabbour, PhD and Martina Kovarova, PhD, is injected under the skin and forms into a solid implant that dissolves slowly to release anti-HIV medication over time.

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Scientists Reveal New Cystic Fibrosis Treatments Work Best in Inflamed Airways

Scientists Reveal New Cystic Fibrosis Treatments Work Best in Inflamed Airways

New UNC School of Medicine research led by Martina Gentzsch, PhD, and Carla Ribeiro, PhD, suggests that cystic fibrosis drugs used to correct the faulty CFTR protein would work better when the patients’ airways are inflamed.

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Visiting Malawian Medical Student Makes the Most of Summer Experience

Visiting Malawian Medical Student Makes the Most of Summer Experience

Mirriam Munthali, who is in her fourth year at the Malawi College of Medicine, spent the summer in Chapel Hill as a part of the UNC Partner Site Student Scholarship, sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine’s Office of International Activities.

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The New UNC Medical Education Building: Building on a tradition of excellence

The New UNC Medical Education Building: Building on a tradition of excellence

Set to open in 2022, UNC School of Medicine’s new medical education building will grow the school’s statewide impact on the physician workforce and enhance the delivery of its cutting-edge curriculum to help Carolina reach its goal of being the nation’s leading public medical school.

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UNC to Create the Next Generation, Ultra-Long-Acting Antiretroviral Formulations for HIV Treatment and Prevention

UNC to Create the Next Generation, Ultra-Long-Acting Antiretroviral Formulations for HIV Treatment and Prevention

New project aims to provide long-lasting HIV treatment and/or protection from a single injection. Angela Wahl, PhD, Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, and Martina Kovarova, PhD, are collaborating to lead the work, which is funded by a $3.8-million NIH grant.

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Brain circuits for successful emotional development established during infancy

Brain circuits for successful emotional development established during infancy

Results from the UNC Early Brain Development Study, led at UNC by John Gilmore, MD, suggest that early detection and intervention could help children at risk for emotional problems.

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Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Experts Release New Guidelines on Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes

New recommendations, co-written by UNC School of Medicine’s John Buse, MD, PhD, cover the type of drugs patients should be prescribed and how providers can better help patients manage their health.

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Dengue Fever Vaccine Delivered With Nanotechnology Targets All Four Virus Serotypes

Dengue Fever Vaccine Delivered With Nanotechnology Targets All Four Virus Serotypes

A newly published study led by Stefan Metz, PhD, a research associate at the UNC School of Medicine, details how researchers used a nanoparticle vaccine platform to develop a tetravalent dengue virus vaccine capable of inducing balanced, type-specific neutralizing antibodies to each dengue virus serotype.

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Fast Break raises funds, awareness for cancer research

Fast Break raises funds, awareness for cancer research

The 14th annual Roy Williams’ Fast Break Against Cancer on Tuesday has raised $209,462 to date, and the total will increase after an online auction concludes on Oct. 12. The event has brought in more than $2.7 million since 2005.

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Roper to receive 2018 North Carolina Award, State’s Highest Honor

Roper to receive 2018 North Carolina Award, State’s Highest Honor

The state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award, will be presented to six distinguished North Carolinians Friday, Nov. 16, at the Raleigh Convention Center. Governor Roy Cooper will present the award at a 7 p.m. banquet and ceremony. The award was created by the General Assembly in 1961 to recognize significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service and science. William L. Roper, MD, MPH, CEO of UNC Health Care and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine is one of this year's honorees.

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Melina Kibbe  Featured on WUNC's The State of Things

Melina Kibbe Featured on WUNC's The State of Things

Melina Kibbe, MD, chair of the department of surgery, spoke to Frank Stacio Monday for an extended interview.

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Ernest Grant featured on FOX 8 High Point

Ernest Grant featured on FOX 8 High Point

Ernest Grant, PhD, will become the first man to be president of the American Nurses Association.

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Susan G. Komen awards UNC Lineberger $1.1M for breast cancer research

Susan G. Komen awards UNC Lineberger $1.1M for breast cancer research

Included in the new investments by Susan G. Komen was $400,000 for UNC Lineberger’s Lisa Carey, MD, the physician-in-chief of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, chief of the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, and a member of the Komen Scientific Advisory Board, for a study of HER2-positive breast cancer.

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Study focused on improving radiation treatment for cancers in pet dogs

Study focused on improving radiation treatment for cancers in pet dogs

UNC Lineberger's Paul A. Dayton, PhD, and his colleagues have been awarded a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate how to improve radiation treatment for pet dogs undergoing treatment for sarcoma.

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