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Steelman Symposium Honoring Gary Johnson Held

Steelman Symposium in Honor of Gary L. Johnson, Kenan Distinguished Professor, who was Chair of Pharmacology from 2003-2016 was held May 15, 2018.

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New PHCO Grad Students Welcomed!

Pharmacology welcomes our new graduate student class for 2018!

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Dr. Daniel Dominguez Joins Pharmacology as New Faculty Member

Dr. Daniel Dominguez Joins Pharmacology as New Faculty Member

Dr. Dominguez. who is an alumni of the Pharmacology Graduate program has joined the department as our newest Assistant Professor faculty member.

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New genomic research on cardiovascular health in rural North Carolina

New genomic research on cardiovascular health in rural North Carolina

Two genomic-based studies from Heart Healthy Lenoir were published in the last month. Heart Healthy Lenoir was a multidisciplinary research project that aimed to reduce cardiovascular disease in Lenoir County, North Carolina by developing new approaches to care, from prevention to treatment. The lead investigator of the Heart Healthy Lenoir genomics study is Jonathan Schisler, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and McAllister Heart Institute.

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2018 Carolina Summer Fellowship Program Students Arrive!

Nine new Carolina Summer Fellowship (CSF) students arrive at Pharmacology for the 2018 summer program.

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How did Gonorrhea Become a Drug-resistant Superbug?

How did Gonorrhea Become a Drug-resistant Superbug?

Scientists led by Rob Nicholas, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine show how the gonorrhea bacterium resists last-resort antibiotic ceftriaxone while maintaining a robust growth rate.

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Alfred Dolge Receives ePRO Vendor Award

Alfred Dolge Receives ePRO Vendor Award

Alfred Dolge receives the UNC ConnectCarolina Award for "The Most ePro Vendor Catalog Transactions!"

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Jen Jen Yeh named Smithies Investigator

Jen Jen Yeh named Smithies Investigator

The UNC School of Medicine has selected Jen Jen Yeh, MD, professor and vice chair of research for the department of surgery, and joint professor of pharmacology, for one of two annual awards in honor of Oliver Smithies, UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner.

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Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Better Antipsychotic Drugs

Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Better Antipsychotic Drugs

Published in Nature, research from the lab of Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, revealed the first-ever crystal structure of the dopamine 2 receptor bound to an antipsychotic drug – a much-needed discovery in the quest to create effective drugs with fewer side effects to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other conditions.

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UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

The lab of Jean Cook, PhD, joint professor in the department of pharmacology, found how a chain of proteins called an MCM complex could enable the fast cell-division that makes some forms of cancer so dangerous.

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Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

In a paper published in Cell, research led by Bryan Roth, MD, PhD, and Roth lab members, Tao Ch, PhD and Daniel Wacker, PhD, show how to activate only one kind of brain receptor vital for pain relief. This receptor is not involved in addiction or respiratory depression that leads to death – the most severe side effects of opioid use.

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UNC School of Medicine to Launch Computational Medicine Program

UNC School of Medicine to Launch Computational Medicine Program

Led by Timothy Elston, PhD, and Chuck Perou, PhD, the university-wide program aims to advance personalized medicine for patients.

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A microscope maker

A microscope maker

Wesley Legant, PhD, Assistant Professor in Pharmacology, is highlighted in a Nature article on a do-it-yourself approach to microscopy that lead to the development of light sheet microscopy.

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NIH renews grant funding the Bowles Alcohol Research Center

NIH renews grant funding the Bowles Alcohol Research Center

The center, established 20 years ago and led by Fulton Crews, PhD, Distinguished Professor in Pharmacology, will receive more than $8.7 million over five years to continue research on the effects of alcohol on the brain. Other pharmacology faculty who are PIs on the the grant are Clyde Hodge, PhD, Zoe McElligott, PhD, Tom Kash, PhD, Melissa Herman, PhD and Leslie Morrow, PhD.

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Could this Protein Protect People against Coronary Artery Disease?

Could this Protein Protect People against Coronary Artery Disease?

Research led by UNC’s Jonathan Schisler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, showed much lower levels of the protein CXCL5 in older people with clogged arteries.

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How do adult brain circuits regulate new neuron production?

How do adult brain circuits regulate new neuron production?

In a new study published in Cell Stem Cell, UNC School of Medicine neuroscientist Juan Song and colleagues discovered a long-distance brain circuit that controls the production of new neurons in the hippocampus.

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Brian Jensen Receives The Hyman Battle Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award and Delivers Whitehead Lecture

Brian Jensen Receives The Hyman Battle Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award and Delivers Whitehead Lecture

Brian Jensen, MD, assistant professor of medicine and pharmacology, delivered the 2017 Whitehead Lecture. The event, which serves as an unofficial convocation of the UNC School of Medicine, has been held annually since 1947.

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