A message from UNC Midwives on CenteringPregnancy and COVID-19

March 10, 2020

A message from UNC Midwives on CenteringPregnancy and COVID-19 Dear Centering Pregnancy Participants UNC Health is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Due to the group nature of the Centering Pregnancy program, we would ask that participants who are at risk for COVID-19 not attend the group as planned and instead call the office. If … Continued

Neeta Vora, MD, receives pilot grant to advance non-invasive prenatal genetic testing

March 1, 2020

UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care (PPMH), which aims to transform patient care through evidence-based precision medicine, and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) have awarded four pilot grants for project that have direct clinical or human translational impact … Continued

Manuck receives new grant to expand preterm birth studies

February 26, 2020

Tracy Manuck, MD, received a $817,905 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for her five-year project, “Patient-oriented research and mentoring in preterm birth toxicogenomics.” This new grant allows Manuck to leverage her ongoing prospective, longitudinal study of spontaneous preterm birth in a new way, studying how environmental exposures also impact preterm birth. … Continued

Young and Carey receive grant to explore non-invasive diagnosis of endometriosis

February 26, 2020

UNC OB-GYN faculty are part of a joint $50,000 NC TraCS grant with the UNC Department of Radiology to test a new, non-invasive approach for identifying endometriosis, an often-painful condition that impacts one-in-10 women. Investigators on the grant, “Evaluation of Endometriosis with 18F-fluoroestradiol PET / MRI,” from UNC OB-GYN are Erin Carey, MD, MSCR, assistant … Continued

In NIH funding, UNC OB-GYN stays in top 3

February 23, 2020

Once again, the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranked 3rd in the country in total National Institutes of Health funding for the federal fiscal year of 2019 and 2nd when it comes to departments within public schools of medicine. This is according to a new report published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical … Continued

UNC MFM highlights robust research activity at annual conference

February 12, 2020

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine returned from the 40th annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting with multiple awards, oral presentations and posters, and led many break-out sessions and courses for attendees. Tracy Manuck, MD, associate professor, won the best concurrent oral presentation for prematurity with “Placental CpG methylation varies by extremely preterm birth (PTB) phenotype,” … Continued

Geller promoted to full professor

February 12, 2020

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Geller, MD, of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, has been promoted to full professor in the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Geller is also the director of the division’s Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship, and she has extensive expertise in advanced pelvic support and prolapse surgery, urinary … Continued

Study shows promise for urine-based test for HPV-linked cervical cancer

February 9, 2020

Lisa Rahangdale, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, is an author on a paper from researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center that shows a non-invasive screening method for HPV-linked cervical cancer has potential to boost screening access, and warrants further research. Assistant Professor Andrea Knittel, MD, PhD, … Continued