October

Wesley Legant, Hyejung Won Earn NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards
The National Institutes of Health announced 93 awards to fund highly innovative, high-impact biomedical research as part of its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.
Gillings, SOM Researchers Awarded $51 Million NIH Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher Lisa LaVange, PhD, is the PI of an NIH HEAL Initiative project to help people with chronic back pain and to curb opioid misuse. It includes Tim Carey, MD, MPH; Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc; and Sam McLean, MD, from the UNC School of Medicine.
Philpot Lab Receives NIH Grant to Create Therapy for Rare Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome
The UNC School of Medicine lab of Ben Philpot, PhD, will build upon research previously funded by the Pitt-Hopkins Research Foundation to develop a therapy to treat children with this neurodevelopmental disorder.
Findings help explain how breast cancer can spread in the body
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers led by Chad Pecot, MD, published new findings that help explain one path that breast cancers can take as they leave tumors and spread throughout the body.
Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison
A new study, led by Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, in the UNC department of social medicine, finds that people who were held in restrictive housing while serving time in prison face a substantial increased risk of death after their release.
Clinical Trial Makes Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Available in Primary Care Setting
Seema Garg, MD, PhD, is leading a study that uses telemedicine and new imaging technology to offer a convenient retinal screening method for patients with diabetes at risk for vision loss. Tom Miller, MD, is integrating the innovative technology into UNC’s clinical setting.
Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos
The National Cancer Institute has awarded University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a five-year, $2.7 million grant to develop more effective health warnings for little cigars and cigarillos.
Surprise Finding About HIV Reservoir Could Lead to Better Therapies
Researchers led by Ron Swanstrom, PhD, and colleagues in South Africa, discovered that the latent HIV reservoir that persists during antiretroviral treatment mostly reflects viruses present in the blood at the start of antiretroviral treatment.
NIH Awards $7.5 million to ramp up clinical trials for rare, genetic airway diseases
Formed 15 years ago, the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium is now co-led by UNC’s Stephanie Davis, MD, to continue advancing knowledge and treatments for genetic chronic pulmonary conditions.
Young adults with PTSD may have a higher risk of stroke in middle age
Lindsey Rosman, PhD, assistant professor in the division of cardiology, is lead author of the study.
Kash Receives Jacob P. Waletzky Award
Thomas Kash, PhD, was recognized by the Society for Neuroscience for his "creative research on the neural basis of addiction-related behaviors and its illumination of potential paths forward for understanding and treating the pathological behaviors associated with addiction."
New Heart Attack Registry to Provide Unprecedented Insight into STEMI Occurrence, Treatment in North India
Sameer Arora, MD, a UNC School of Medicine cardiology fellow, is leading a study reviewing hospitalizations for a certain type of heart attack in two hospitals in northern India. This is the first prospective cohort study of this magnitude in the region and is already providing unique data about opportunities to improve STEMI management in India.
UNC Awarded $19.4 million to Continue National Effort to Combat HIV Comorbidities
The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study / Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study is a collaborative research effort to understand and reduce the impact of chronic health conditions that affect people living with HIV. Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, leads the UNC-Chapel Hill site, one of 13 across the country.
Legant Named 2019 Packard Fellow
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced the 2019 class of Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, including Wesley Legant, PhD, in the biomedical engineering and pharmacology departments.
Physicians: Please Claim Your Doximity Profile
By claiming your profile on Doximity by Oct. 31, you’ll be eligible to vote in the 2020 survey that factors into the hospital and specialty rankings in the annual US News and World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings.
New Procedure Being Offered for COPD Patients with Emphysema Variant
Adam Belanger, MD, and fellow interventional pulmonologists, are now offering bronchoscopic long-term reduction for qualifying patients as an alternative to traditional lung volume reduction surgery.
N.C. Cancer Hospital: A decade of hope and healing
This fall marks 10 years since the opening of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, a state-of-the-art cancer center built by the people of North Carolina for the people.
NCI grant to help patients navigate costs of cancer care
UNC Lineberger’s Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, and Donald Rosenstein, MD, will use the grant to connect cancer patients with potential financial support resources in Carteret, Dare, Jackson, Lenoir, and Nash counties.
2019 Oncology Excellence Awards celebrate compassionate nurses and staff
The awards honor oncology nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff for exceptional care of and devotion to individuals with cancer and their families and to the oncology profession.
UNC Awarded $2.2M Grant to Help Primary Care Practices Address Patients’ Unhealthy Alcohol Use
Dan Jonas, MD, MPH, in the division of general medicine and clinical epidemiology, is the project’s principal investigator.
UNC Medical Students Lead Week of “Stop The Bleed” Workshops
“Stop The Bleed” (STB) is a nationwide initiative focused on teaching the basic techniques of bleeding control. Student Interdepartmental “Stop The Bleed” Interest Group Co-founder and instructor Elexis Hollingsworth led the week-long workshop for School of Medicine students.
E-cigarette Flavors Decrease Perception of Harm Among Youth
Led by UNC Family Medicine and UNC Lineberger researchers, a systematic review of scientific literature revealed the role flavored e-cigarettes have on product preference, appeal, harm perceptions, willingness to use, and initiation among youth. Flavors similarly affect adult e-cigarette use, though the relationship between e-cigarette flavors and cessation of cigarette smoking among adults remains unclear.
Researchers identify possible approach to block medulloblastoma growth
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified a potential approach to stop the growth of the most common type of brain tumor in children.
Researchers identify possible approach to block medulloblastoma growth
UNC Lineberger’s Timothy Gershon, MD, PhD, and colleagues have identified a potential approach to stop the growth of the most common type of brain tumor in children. Their research was published in the journal Development.
Researchers develop method for separating tissue types in tumor samples
UNC Lineberger researchers led by Jen Jen Yeh, MD, vice chair for research in the Department of Surgery, designed a computational method to distinguish cancerous tissue from the surrounding connective tissue and cells known as stroma, as well as from immune cells in the tumor’s environment, to drive personalized treatment strategies for cancer patients.
Interim CEO Named to Lead UNC Rockingham Health Care
Health Care Leader Steve Eblin to Lead Hospital During National CEO Search
Adimora Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, in the department of medicine, was selected for this honor for her integral work in the field of HIV prevention.
Mental health disturbance, substance use are not associated with medication nonadherence to chronic hepatitis C treatment
The study, led by Donna M. Evon, PhD, from UNC’s division of gastroenterology and hepatology, finds no justification for disqualifying patients with chronic hepatitis C from receiving Hep C treatment based on mental health and substance use status.
UNC Hosts International Perinatal Mental Health Conference
Improving the lives of mothers, babies, and families was the focus at the Marcé of North America (MONA) 4th Biennial Conference on Perinatal Mental Health. MONA is the regional group of the international Marcé Society— a perinatal mental health research organization.
PPD ACT Research App Gets Makeover, Social Media Boost
Mom Genes Fight PPD made its debut last week at the Marcé of North America (MONA) perinatal mental health conference hosted by UNC. The research app, formerly called PPD ACT, along with its website and social media pages, were transformed in an effort to renew interest and participation in the postpartum depression (PPD) genetics study.
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