Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program

November 21, 2019

The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program will be hosting a 4-day training session March 16-19, 2020 at the Emerge Center in Durham, NC. The aim of the program is to provide evidence-based treatment for tobacco use and dependence for health professionals. The TTS Program consists of on-site training and combines findings from the most … Continued

NIH Awards $7.5 million to ramp up clinical trials for rare, genetic airway diseases

October 14, 2019

To continue the push toward clinical trial readiness for individuals with rare diseases, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, in partnership with other NIH institutes and centers, announced its continued support of the Rare Disease Clinical Research Network, including $7.5 million over the next five years for the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium (GDMCC), led … Continued

Genomic Medicine for Ill Neonates and Infants (GEMINI Study)

September 20, 2019

Andrea Trembath, MD, MPH of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is leading UNC-Chapel Hill’s involvement in the GEMINI Study. This multi-center, prospective clinical trial is designed to evaluate the clinical and economic utility of performing rapid whole genomic sequencing (vs. targeted genomic sequencing panels) in neonates and infants with suspected genetic disorders. As costs and … Continued

NIAID Calls for Commitment to STI Research to Surmount Growing Health Crisis

September 20, 2019

In 2017, the CDC reported 2.3 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. A. Fauci, MD, Director of the NIAID, addressed this growing health crisis in a perspective piece in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, highlighting the need for innovative research for diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines to address the rising … Continued

Jaspers Comments on Vaping Injuries and Safety Concerns in The Conversation

September 17, 2019

In a new piece written for the website The Conversation, Ilona Jaspers, PhD, speaks to the recent rise in cases of vaping-associated lung injury–and why vaping should not be considered a safe alternative to cigarettes. Dr. Jaspers, an inhalation toxicologist, studies how pollutants, inhaled chemicals and other particles affect human health. “When e-cigarettes first came to … Continued

Hernandez and Carpenter Awarded Grant by the National Science Foundation

September 13, 2019

Young adults often monitor their health with wearable devices, which could also be used to improve their ability to detect worsening asthma symptoms. UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU researchers, including Michelle Hernandez, MD, and Delesha Carpenter, PhD, MSPH, have been awarded an NSF grant to study early asthma exacerbation detection through wearables developed by NCSU. Hernandez … Continued

New Peanut Allergy Treatment Passes Phase 2 Trial, Shows Effectiveness and Safety

September 9, 2019

People allergic to peanuts may have a new way to protect themselves from severe allergic reactions to accidental peanut exposure. It’s called sublingual immunotherapy – or SLIT – and it involves putting a minuscule amount of liquefied peanut protein under the tongue, where it is absorbed immediately into the blood stream to desensitize the immune … Continued

Save the Date: CEHS Pilot Project Symposium

July 31, 2019

The Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility is hosting a symposium to highlight current research on emerging issues that advance understanding about how pollutants and other environmental exposures affect public health and health inequities. The symposium will feature the work of several UNC researchers recently funded through CEHS pilot project awards. The event will also … Continued

July 2019 Update

July 9, 2019

Activities Update: Happy summer! We will be taking the month of July off from our seminar series, but will resume our regular schedule in August. Our speakers for the rest of 2019 have been lined up and are listed below, but you can also check out more information about our upcoming seminars here. August 13: … Continued

June 2019 Update

June 3, 2019

In addition to our regular CRI Activities Update, this month’s Research Focus highlights the research and work of Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, and Co-Director of the Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics and Pharmacology Program Activities Update: Congratulations to Toni Darville, MD, for her recent award from the National Institute of Allergy … Continued