New NC-Based Study to Advance Research Through Free and Expanded Newborn Screening

October 20, 2018

Cynthia M. Powell, MD, professor of pediatrics and genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is Early Check Lead Investigator for the team from UNC. Early Check, a new research study, led by RTI International and a group of distinguished partners, is now available for newborn babies in North Carolina. Early Check is a free screening study … Continued

FPG Child Development Institute 2018-2019 Lecture Series

October 19, 2018

UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to announce their 2018-2019 lecture series, “Child Development in a Global Context: Integrating Developmental Science and Implementation Science to Enhance Child Wellbeing.” Read more >>

UNC School of Medicine Study Shows Surprise Low-level Ozone Impact on Asthma Patients

September 19, 2018

Michelle Hernandez, MD, associate medical director of the N.C. Children’s Allergy & Asthma Center, led a study that followed 23 asthma patients in North Carolina to show that even with optimized treatment for persistent asthma, patients experienced respiratory and systemic effects from exposure to low levels of ozone. Read more >>

Preliminary Data From Groundbreaking Genome Editing Clinical Trial Encouraging

September 19, 2018

Preliminary safety and efficacy data from the first-ever trial studying an in vivo genome editing therapy have been presented by Joseph Muenzer, MD, PhD, at the 2019 Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism this week in Athens, Greece. Muenzer, a Professor of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism and a principal investigator … Continued

Jaspers Featured on NIEHS Podcast About E-Cigarettes and Teen Health

September 14, 2018

Ilona Jaspers, PhD, was recently interviewed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for their podcast, “Environmental Health Chat” about e-cigarettes, their popularity among teenagers and why researchers and health professionals are concerned. This podcast is part of an ongoing series by the NIEHS, “Partnerships for Environmental Public Health,” that explores how environmental exposures … Continued

Research Symposium in Child Environmental Health

September 4, 2018

Save the date! The Center for Environmental Health and Sustainability and the Children’s Research Institute will be co-hosting a symposium, “Kids Matter! Research to Action in Children’s Environmental Health” on October 12, 2018. Read more >>

September 2018 Update

September 1, 2018

In addition to our regular CRI Activities Update, this month’s Research Focus highlights the research and work of Haiyan FU, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Genetics and Metabolism. Activities Update: We are excited to welcome James Hagood, MD to UNC! Dr. Hagood comes from Rady Children’s in University of California … Continued

Early research indicates vaping impairs lung immune function

August 31, 2018

Lung cell impairment can occur with exposure to e-cigarettes, but other short and long-term effects of vaping remain unknown. The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, especially amongst teenagers. An e-cigarette is a device that produces an aerosol by heating a liquid, allowing users to inhale the … Continued

New trans-NIH consortium aims to advance pediatric research on a global level

August 15, 2018

The National Institutes of Health has formed the Trans-NIH Pediatric Research Consortium to coordinate pediatric research programs across its institutes and centers. Nearly all of the 27 NIH institutes and centers fund some aspects of child health research. In fiscal year 2017, this support totaled more than $4 billion. The new consortium aims to harmonize … Continued

August 2018 Update

August 1, 2018

In addition to our regular CRI Activities Update, this month’s Research Focus highlights the research and work of Kimon Divaris, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry. Activities Update: July 23rd marked the arrival of our new Department of Pediatrics Chair, Stephanie D. Davis, MD. Dr. Davis’ research interests focus on improving the understanding of the … Continued