National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, wrote in his blog this week about stunning SARS-CoV-2 images taken by the lab of Camille Ehre, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Marsico Lung Institute. Read the article here, and read the blog post from Dr. Collins here.
Ilona Jaspers, PhD, and other UNC researchers have been featured in a short documentary by Retro Report Scientific American about the marketing of electronic cigarettes to teens and young adults. Watch video here.
Michelle Hernandez, MD, associate professor in the UNC Department of Pediatrics, has been elected Secretary of the Environmental & Occupational Respiratory Diseases (EORD) Interest Section of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Read the full story here.
Led by Meghan Rebuli, PhD, and Ilona Jaspers, PhD, UNC School of Medicine, researchers found that vaping electronic cigarettes could impair the body’s normal immune response to viral infections. Read the full story here, and read the paper in American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology here.
Research led by the lab of Ralph Baric, PhD, in collaboration with Marsico Lung Institute and University of Wisconsin scientists, shows that a common mutation to the virus that causes COVID-19 is not expected to interfere with effectiveness of vaccines under development. Read the full story here, and read the paper in Science here.
Marianne Muhlebach, MD ( UNC School of Medicine’s department of pediatrics ), is working with Gauri Rao, PharmD, MS (UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy), to find better ways to treat cystic fibrosis. Read the full story here.
NC State and UNC School of Medicine researchers, co-led by Tom Egan, MD, developed a technique to provide non-invasive assessments of lung conditions. Read the full story here.
David Peden, MD, was consulted for a 17 News story that posed the question of whether firefighters may be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 due to smoke exposure. The story and video can be found here.
SARS-CoV-2 images produced by Camille Ehre, PhD, and recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine have been featured in an article in LiveScience. The article, “Creepy Images Show Airway Cells Teeming with SARS-CoV-2,” can be read here.
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine led by Blossom Damania, PhD, Dirk Dittmer, PhD, and David Peden, MD, collaborated with UNC Health and found that 0.8 percent of patients who came to a UNC Health facility for non-COVID-19 related reasons during the NC stay-at-home mandate tested positive for this coronavirus. Read the full story … Continued