Vital Signs

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

Family Medicine Researchers Funded to Study Shift to Value-based Care

Family Medicine Researchers Funded to Study Shift to Value-based Care

Led by Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, associate professor of family medicine, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have been awarded a $255,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to study UNC Family Medicine’s shift to a value-based health care model.

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Scientists Identify Underlying Molecular Mechanisms of Alexander Disease

Scientists Identify Underlying Molecular Mechanisms of Alexander Disease

Researchers led by UNC School of Medicine’s Natasha Snider, PhD, used human induced pluripotent stem cells and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to make important basic science discoveries about the molecular underpinnings of Alexander disease, a rare neurodegenerative condition that is often fatal to young children.

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Pancreatic cancer tumor classification could optimize treatment choices

Pancreatic cancer tumor classification could optimize treatment choices

UNC Lineberger’s Jen Jen Yeh, MD, and Naim Rashid, PhD, reported findings on how two subtypes of pancreatic cancer respond to treatments differently. Importantly, they found that one subtype of the disease showed poor responses to common therapies, and also had worse survival rates.

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International Group of Scientists Create ‘Imaging Africa’ Initiative

International Group of Scientists Create ‘Imaging Africa’ Initiative

UNC School of Medicine’s Klaus Hahn, PhD, and colleagues from around the world will lead an intensive workshop and symposium to increase student knowledge of microscope technologies, including cellphone-based technology and super-resolution modalities. The workshop and symposium are free to all student scientists in Africa.

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