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

Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity

Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity

UNC Health has promoted Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, into a new role as the organization’s first System Executive Director for Health Equity. In the role of System Executive Director for Health Equity, Dr. Cené will lead a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort to plan, implement, and evaluate science-based strategies and interventions to help address the structures, policies, and practices that perpetuate health disparities and impede health equity in our state.

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UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure

UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure

Melissa Caughey, PhD, instructor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is the senior author of a recently published study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF.

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Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

Some ‘Inert’ Drug Ingredients May Be Biologically Active

A comprehensive UC San Francisco-led study flagged drug components in need of more rigorous review to be sure they are safe. The UNC School of Medicine lab of Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, conducted important screening studies to confirm the findings.

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Excellent Research Results for CAR-T Cell Therapy Against Hodgkin Lymphoma

Excellent Research Results for CAR-T Cell Therapy Against Hodgkin Lymphoma

UNC Lineberger researchers demonstrated that patients with advanced, relapsed/refractory forms of the common blood cancer showed a high rate of durable responses to CAR-T cell immunotherapy.

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School of Medicine, Gillings Researchers Co-author Viewpoint on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

School of Medicine, Gillings Researchers Co-author Viewpoint on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Bonnie Shook-Sa, DrPH, and Alison Aiello, PhD, at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Ross Boyce, MD, at the UNC School of Medicine, published a viewpoint piece on the pitfalls of certain types of early SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence studies.

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COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big

COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big

Published in NEJM, this perspective article co-authored by UNC School of Medicine’s Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, and Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, and Boston University’s Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH, recognizes that social policy solutions are needed to advance health equity, along with health policy and individual-level efforts.

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