February 28 is Rare Disease Day

February 20, 2019

Rare Disease Day is an international movement that started over 10 years ago as a way to increase awareness of the 7,000 rare diseases (those affecting ≤ 1 in 1,000 people) amongst the general public as well as policy-makers. Taken together, it is estimated that 25-30 million (or about 1 in 10) Americans have a … Continued

February 2019 Update

February 4, 2019

In addition to our regular CRI Activities Update, this month’s Research Focus highlights the research and work of Stephen Hooper, PhD, the Associate Dean of Allied Health Sciences, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hooper … Continued

New Study Examines Relationship Between Length of Stay in Hospital and the Time of Discharge in Pediatric Patients

January 8, 2019

Does a Discharge Before Noon affect length of hospital stay? Perhaps. A common strategy used by hospitals to reduce overcrowding of inpatient units may not produce consistent results, a new study suggests. Discharges Before Noon, or DCBNs, are thought to mitigate overcrowding and improve patient outcomes by allowing for earlier emergency department admissions; however, studies … Continued

January 2019 Update

January 2, 2019

In addition to our regular CRI Activities Update, this month’s Research Focus highlights the research and work of James S. Hagood, MD, Director of the newly developing Program for Rare and Interstitial Lung Disease and Professor of Pediatrics. Activities Update: We are thrilled to announce our seminar schedule for Spring 2019. You can browse upcoming … Continued

December 2018 Update

December 3, 2018

Reminder: Michael O’Shea, MD, MPH and Rebecca Fry, PhD, will be presenting “Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment and Health of Children Born Extremely Preterm” at our next CRI luncheon seminar series. This event will be held on Tuesday, December 11, from 12:15-1:30pm in MacNider 321 (**Room Change**). Please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you there. … Continued

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 >>

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

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 >>

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