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UNC Health and the US Army Partner to Provide Trauma Training

December 3, 2020

Providers at UNC Medical Center and the UNC SOM will train the U.S. Army’s Forward Resuscitation Surgical Teams and other medical personnel from Fort Bragg, NC. Military personnel will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in UNC Medical Center’s emergency department, ICU and operating rooms.

Two UNC Neurologists are Awarded the UNC Broyhill Research Award in Child Neurology

December 3, 2020

Drs. Senyene Hunter and Diana Dejas are this year’s recipients of the UNC Broyhill Research Award in Child Neurology. Dr. Hunter was awarded $25,000 to study novel genetic defects in participants with infantile spasms, and Dr. Cejas was awarded $12,500 to improve the transition of patients with neurodevelopment spasms from child-centered to adult-oriented care.

UNC Researchers Developed New Tool to Enhance Value of Lab Mice in Biomedical Research

November 16, 2020

Researchers from UNC’s Departments of Genetics and Computer Science led the international consortium to develop the Mini Mouse Universal Genotyping Array (MiniMUGA). This tool intends to improve researchers’ understanding of the genetics of mouse models. The team included 69 researchers spanning UNC, in addition to partners from six other institutions.

Zhang Lab Researchers Discover Mechanism to Regulate Essential Cancer MicroRNA

November 16, 2020

UNC School of Medicine lab of Dr. Qi Zhang utilized MRI technology to discover a mechanism to regulate microRNA. MicroRNA are essential to gene regulation, and abnormal microRNA can be linked to cancer and other diseases. Understanding the role of microRNA is important to developing better RNA-targeted therapeutics.

UNC Trial Shows Promise for Treating Eosinophilic Gastritis and Duodenitis

November 16, 2020

Dr. Evan S. Dellon, winner of a 2018 Innovation Pilot Award from the Center for Health Innovation, is the co-leader of the Anti-Siglec-8 Antibody Trial. This phase-2 trial is the first randomized trial for eosinophilic gastritis and duodenitis, and shows promise for treating these underdiagnosed diseases.

UNC Researchers Lead Groundbreaking Eating Disorder Genetics Study

November 16, 2020

The Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative will further explore the linkage between genetics and eating disorders. This study is led by Dr. Cynthia Bulik with the aim of identifying additional genes that increase a person’s risk of developing eating disorders and other commonly co-occuring mental health conditions. Over 6,000 participants will be recruited for this study.

McElligott Lab Studies Neural Circuitry of Alcohol Consumption

October 13, 2020

Dr. Zoe McElligott is awarded $1.98M by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The McElligott lab is studying the neural circuit that promotes alcohol consumption, and hopes to find new interventions to prevent alcohol abuse.