Evolution may have moved at a furious pace on a much warmer Earth
University of North Carolina researchers show that rates of spontaneous DNA mutation could have been 4,000 times higher than they are now, thanks to a hotter planet billions of years ago.
Finding the Next Step
Blossom Damania, PhD, has built her research career tackling difficult questions in cancer and global health research. As she begins her new role as Vice Dean for Research, she’s considering one more: What’s next?
5 Reasons Why the New Hillsborough Hospital Has Already Been Great for the Hillsborough Community
Last year Mayor Tom Stevens shared his thoughts about the benefits UNC Health Care's new Hillsborough Hospital would bring to the greater Hillsborough community. One year later he shares how the hospital has already proven to be a great asset to the community.
Study shows meetings with palliative care clinicians offer no additional benefit to caretakers of chronically critically ill patients
The research published in JAMA also found that ICU clinicians provided adequate communication, information.
Mohlke, Garcia-Martinez named Smithies Investigators
The UNC School of Medicine selected professors from the departments of medicine and genetics for the annual award in honor of Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.
‘The Creative Mind’ on display at UNC School of Medicine and across UNC Health Care
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s traveling exhibit, which features African American pioneers in medicine, science, mathematics and engineering, is on display at Bondurant Hall.
Carnegie Corporation tabs Aziz Sancar as “Great Immigrant” honoree
Each year on Independence Day, the organization publishes its list entitled “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” to honor the accomplishments of notable immigrants.
Fischer to serve as co-PI of Ebola trial in Liberia
UNC's William A. Fischer II, MD, is one of three co-principal investigators for PREVAIL IV, a new treatment trial for men who have survived Ebola virus disease (EVD) but continue to have evidence of Ebola virus genetic material, RNA, in their semen.
Eculizumab shows promise in treating refractory generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG)
UNC's James Howard, MD, was the principal investigator of the study.
Medicine's Mentors: Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD
At UNC Health Care, we understand that our achievements -- as individuals and as a healthcare system -- would be impossible without the people who challenged, helped, and encouraged us along the way. In Medicine’s Mentors, our new video series, UNC Health Care professionals and medical students share stories of those who helped shape them and discuss what makes mentorship at UNC Health Care unique. Here, Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD, opens up about her mentors from Mississippi to Spelman College to Wayne State University to UNC.
UNC experts: Doctors shouldn’t routinely recommend e-cigarettes to smokers
The researchers point out in a commentary published in Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.
Blood clots and cancer: UNC professor identifies research priorities for National Institutes of Health
Nigel Key, director of the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, led a national initiative to prioritize research in studying the prevalence and mechanisms of venous thrombosis in cancer patients.
UNC awarded nearly $23 million to continue national effort to cure HIV
The Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE) at UNC is working on a “kick and kill” strategy to eradicate HIV from patients.
NC Hospital Association Honors Dale Jenkins with Trustee Merit Award
Mr. Jenkins is currently chair of the Board of Trustees for UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill and was previously chair of the Board of Directors for UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh.
HIV Treatment Keeps Uninfected Partner from Contracting the Virus
Anti-HIV medications suppress the viral load of people living with HIV and provide durable protection against heterosexual transmission according to the groundbreaking study led by Myron Cohen, MD.
Ready for the Challenge
After incredible success as a vascular surgeon, researcher, and educator at Northwestern University, Melina Kibbe, MD, takes over as chair of the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery.
TAVR program continues growth, fosters integration
UNC Medical Center’s Structural Heart Team offers patients a chance at a more active life, promotes collaboration across the UNC Health Care system.
Buchanan named UNC Health Care’s Chief Research Officer
William L. Roper, MD, MPH, CEO of UNC Health Care and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Ian B. Buchanan, MD, MPH, as UNC Health Care’s Chief Research Officer. Buchanan will assume the newly-created role effective Aug. 1.
Healing Broken Hearts
With support from the NC TraCS Institute and a caregiver’s mentality, a UNC surgeon created a research program to address the most common birth defect.
Researchers Discuss Challenges, Successes of HIV Cure Research in Science
A better understanding of HIV latency is the key to eradicating the virus researchers at the University of North Carolina and partner institutions write in a perspective in the journal Science.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Care4Moms project to research, make recommendations on needs of mothers with medically fragile infants
The study’s results will help improve health outcomes for mothers, their babies and future pregnancies.
UNC Hospitals to build Surgical Tower in front of N.C. Memorial Hospital
When the tower is complete it will provide patients and families with easier access to surgical services and create a more modern façade at the front of N.C. Memorial Hospital.
Caregivers at Carolina Program Announces Travel Awards
The Caregivers at Carolina program awards eight travel grants to physician scientists in recognition of their exemplary research while facing substantial caregiving demands at home.
Antibodies from dengue virus survivors can be used to prevent Zika infection
A joint study conducted by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC School of Medicine shows that individuals previously infected with dengue virus could have key antibodies that protect against the Zika virus.
No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory
By targeting one facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the groundwork for a new treatment paradigm for neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Insurance, distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction
Researchers say breast reconstruction can help with self-esteem, sexuality and body image after cancer treatment. But a UNC Lineberger study led by Michelle Roughton, MD, has found that the type of insurance a woman has as well as distance to a plastic surgeon's office can be barriers to the procedure.
Promising results with new gene therapy approach for treating inherited neurodegenerative diseases
Approach developed in part by UNC’s Dr. Steven Gray restored enzyme function and extended survival time in treated mice.
Zika vaccine development: UNC researchers seeking individuals exposed to arboviruses
Drs. Aravinda de Silva and Matt Collins hope to use blood samples from people who have been previously diagnosed with or potentially exposed to specific viruses as part of their vaccine development work.
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