News from UNC Children's

Four pairs of UNC biomedical graduate students, mentors earn HHMI Gilliam Fellowships
This prestigious honor from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports exceptional graduate students committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders across the country. Read about their past experiences and research in their own words.
Food allergens may also trigger the development of autoimmune diseases in addition to food allergic diseases
Food allergens have been known to cause food allergy to allergic individuals. However, no medical research has before reported that food allergens may also trigger the development of autoimmune diseases.
Beck Dallaghan named 2019 president-elect and 2020 president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education
Gary L. Beck Dallaghan, PhD, Director of Educational Scholarship for the UNC School of Medicine and Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics, has been elected 2019 president-elect and 2020 president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education. Beck Dallaghan has served as the treasurer for the organization over the past four years.
UNC Health Care Announces Initiatives to Restore Confidence in Pediatric Heart Surgery Program
Steps include releasing data on patient outcomes, forming an external advisory board, pausing some complex surgeries temporarily, investing in program enhancements and more
UNC-Chapel Hill to Co-lead $9.5 million Effort to Detect Autism Earlier
The NIH grant will help researchers led by Joe Piven, MD, determine if earlier detection can lead to earlier behavioral interventions to improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Fiscus Co-Authors Article on Physician Burnout
Lynne Fiscus, MD, MPH, Chief Value Officer (CVO) and Executive Medical Director of UNC Physicians Network, is a co-author of an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine that estimates physician burnout costs the U.S. health care system $4.6 billion a year.
UNC Researchers Receive NIH Grants to Develop STD vaccines
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has funded four multi-university cooperative research centers to develop vaccines for chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. Toni Darville, MD, is the principal investigator on one of them through a grant for up to $10.7 million.
Children's Research Institute Seminar Series: "Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment and Health of Children Born Extremely Preterm" The Children's Research Institute presents its May 2019 speakers, Michael O'Shea, MD, MPH, and Rebecca Fry, PhD, for their talk, "Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment and Health of Children Born Extremely Preterm."
Discovery Shows How Mucus Build-up, Not Infections, Triggers Cystic Fibrosis Lung Damage
Giving mucus-thinning therapies in early childhood might delay the worst symptoms and infections associated with CF, according to a study led by Charles Esther, MD, PhD, and Marianne Muhlebach, MD. Their paper is the cover story of Science Translational Medicine.
Powell Joins Board of American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Dr. Powell’s clinical and research interests include dysmorphology, genetic syndromes, and ethical issues of genetic testing and newborn screening.