Category: Innovation

Illustration of RNS Device courtesy of NeuroPace

April 15, 2015

UNC Hospitals team first in North Carolina to perform new procedure...

In February, UNC neurologist Hae Won Shin, MD, and neurosurgeon Eldad Hadar, MD, were the first in the state to implant the NeuroPace RNS System following the medical device’s recent FDA approval. In clinical trials, the NeuroPace system greatly reduced the number of seizures experienced by patients with severe epilepsy.

Innovation, Neurology, Technology, Treatment

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The surgery was performed by Dr. Harold Pillsbury

March 25, 2015

Patient at UNC Hospitals is first in U.S. to receive newly approved...

Dr. Harold Pillsbury performed the surgery to implant a newly FDA-approved device that enables wearers to have MRI scans when needed. This was not possible with earlier cochlear implant models.

Hearing, Innovation, Technology

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Erin Fraher

July 30, 2014

Interactive Workforce Model Will Bring Invaluable New Data and Insi...

New Online Model Offers Timely, Customizable Projections of How Physician Supply Will Match Future Use of Healthcare Services at Local, State and National Levels

Innovation, Technology

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March 11, 2014

New Technique Uses ATP as Trigger for Targeted Anti-Cancer Drug Del...

Researchers from the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering developed nanoparticles that could deliver cancer therapies in a safer and more effective way.

Cancer, Innovation, Treatment

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The chemical probe UNC1215 will be used to investigate the function of malignant brain tumor (MBT) domain protein

March 1, 2013

New chemical probe provides tool to investigate role of malignant b...

The probe, named UNC1215, will provide researchers with a powerful tool to investigate the function of malignant brain tumor (MBT) domain proteins in biology and disease.

Cancer, Devices, Innovation, Neurology

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Patrick F. Sullivan

July 2, 2012

Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common underly...

New research led by Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, a psychiatric geneticist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Genetics, Innovation, Mental Health, Research

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PAP (red) is found in neurons that sense pain-producing stimuli. Credit: Zylka lab

April 23, 2012

Pain relief with PAP injections may last 100 times longer than a tr...

UNC researchers describe how exploiting the molecular mechanism behind acupuncture resulted in six-day pain relief in animal models. They call this new therapeutic approach PAPupuncture.

Clinical Trials, Innovation, Pain, Research, Treatment

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Illustration of a pair of hands holding a clipboard with a question mark on it.

April 26, 2010

UNC-led team develops ‘toolkit’ to address health literacy barriers

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the “Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit,” which was prepared for AHRQ by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The toolkit, which can be downloaded as a PDF from the AHRQ website, is designed to help primary care doctors and their staffs learn how to communicate more effectively with their patients.

Innovation, Studies, Technology

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October 29, 2009

No longer lost in translation: Interpreters replace pagers with iPo...

At UNC Hospitals, the Interpreter Services department has dumped both pagers and cell phones in favor of a device they find to be much more effective in meeting their needs: the Apple iPod touch.

Innovation, Technology

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UNC Chapel

February 14, 2008

UNC Hospitals is first in North Carolina to offer ‘blood washing’ t...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Gary Simpson tried just about everything to lower his extremely high cholesterol levels, but nothing seemed to work.

Hematology, Innovation

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UNC Chapel

February 14, 2008

UNC scientists discover molecular pathway leading to nerve growth, ...

CHAPEL HILL -- Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered key steps involved in regulating nerve growth and regeneration that may have implications for spinal cord research.

Innovation, Neurology

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