May

UNC medical geneticist cautions against rushing into genetic testing

May 31, 2008 — Just because scientific advances now allow individuals to learn their genetic make-up doesn’t mean they should rush into genetic testing in hopes of making revolutionary improvements to their health, cautions a geneticist and practicing physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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New federally funded health initiative to speed benefits of science to North Carolinians

New federally funded health initiative to speed benefits of science to North Carolinians

May 29, 2008 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $61 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that will help speed up how scientific discoveries directly benefit patients in communities across North Carolina.

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$19.9 million federal grant to UNC for stroke prevention study

May 21, 2008 — The UNC School of Medicine has been awarded a $19.9 million five-year federal grant for a national clinical trial to determine if brain bypass surgery can prevent stroke.

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Mauricio Cohen named associate editor of Cardiosource en Español

Mauricio Cohen named associate editor of Cardiosource en Español

May 20, 2008 — Dr. Mauricio G. Cohen, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine and director of the UNC Healthy Heart Latino Initiative, has been appointed associate editor of a newly launched Spanish-language Web site called Cardiosource en Español.

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UNC poverty center awards grants to two faculty members

UNC poverty center awards grants to two faculty members

May 20, 2008 — The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, based in the School of Law, has awarded seed funding for projects proposed by UNC faculty members Maureen Berner of the School of Government, and Alice Ammerman, director of Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

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Baylor College scientist wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

Baylor College scientist wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

May 20, 2008 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi as the recipient of the 8th annual Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize.

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UNC School of Medicine establishes Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

May 20, 2008 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has established a new institute to advance research, training and treatment efforts aimed at aiding children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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Radiofrequency ablation is effective treatment for dysplasia in Barrett’s esophagus

Radiofrequency ablation is effective treatment for dysplasia in Barrett’s esophagus

May 19, 2008 — Interim results from a nationwide clinical trial led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher suggest that radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment for dysplasia in people with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.

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Robert Sandler becomes president of American Gastroenterological Association Institute

Robert Sandler becomes president of American Gastroenterological Association Institute

May 17, 2008 — Dr. Robert S. Sandler, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in UNC’s School of Medicine, begins a one-year term on May 19 as president of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Physician Receives UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor

UNC-Chapel Hill Physician Receives UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor

May 9, 2008 — Dr. Myron S. Cohen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Director of the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the O. Max Gardner Award today (Friday, May 9) from the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. Recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, Cohen was honored for his international leadership in advancing HIV research, treatment, and prevention in countries around the globe.

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Charles B. Cairns appointed UNC School of Medicine chair of emergency medicine

Charles B. Cairns appointed UNC School of Medicine chair of emergency medicine

May 6, 2008 — Dr. Charles B. Cairns has been appointed professor and chair of the department of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He replaces Dr. Judith Tintinalli, who is stepping down after 17 years as chair.

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Drug appears to offer speedier relief from depression

Drug appears to offer speedier relief from depression

May 5, 2008 — Who: Dr. Richard Weisler, adjunct professor of psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

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Jonathan Oberlander on healthcare and the economy

May 2, 2008 — As the presidential election nears, and the democratic primary hits full speed, health care – it’s growing costs and looming problems – weighs on the minds of voters. Jonathan Oberlander, Ph.D., associate professor of Social Medicine in UNC’s School of Medicine and associate professor of health policy and administration in the School of Public Health, breaks down the candidates’ health care plans and explains how health care effects our economy.

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