UNC Health Talk

Category: Technology

Members of the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Program at work

April 14, 2016

Advanced Technology, World Class Care

At UNC Medical Center, two world-class treatment programs are operating out of one procedure room, outfitted with the latest devices and interventional technology.

Technology, Treatment

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Spencer Smith

April 6, 2016

Neuroscientist Spencer Smith building new kind of brain-imaging system

With funds from an international grant, Smith and colleagues are creating an instrument to visualize neuronal activity throughout the entire brain of a moving vertebrate organism.

Research, Technology

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Young girl with headscarf laying in mother's lap.

March 1, 2016

Using new drug screening tool, UNC researchers identify potential t...

In a first-of-its-kind-study, researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center discovered and applied a new screening technique capable of testing thousands of potential drug compounds to see if those compounds can reverse abnormal DNA unwinding in Ewing sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that’s most common in teens and young adults.

Cancer, Research, Technology, Treatment

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UNC's TAVR Team (L to R): John Vavalle

October 1, 2015

New Device will make TAVR procedure available to more patients

UNC’s Center for Heart & Vascular Care has been offering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for less than a year. In that time, the team has built a national reputation for excellence, allowing UNC to be among the first phase of the rollout of a next generation TAVR device, Evolut-R, developed by Medtronic. This valve is the first repositionable transcatheter valve ever available.

Cardiology, Technology, Vascular Health

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David Berkoff

July 30, 2015

New Tool Gives Berkoff a Clearer Image

A new tool will allow David Berkoff, MD, associate professor of orthopaedics, the ability to provide his patients with more accurate diagnoses, closely monitor their recovery and, he says, aid in research.

Orthopedics, Research, Technology

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The rail door that leads to the cyclotron

June 30, 2015

Imaging Beyond Anatomy

A UNC core facility churns out radioactive agents to investigate the subcellular activity that drives disease.

Research, Technology

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Sarah Shelton/Photo by Max Englund

June 9, 2015

Imagining a New Kind of Image

Graduate student Sarah Shelton reinvented herself from a dancer to a scientist. Now, she’s creating a new ultrasound technique to improve cancer diagnostics.

Research, Technology

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April 30, 2015

A BRAIN Initiative first: new tool can switch behavior ‘on’ and ‘off’

Using a new ‘chemogenetic’ technique invented at UNC, scientists turn neurons ‘on’ and ‘off’ to demonstrate how brain circuits control behavior in mice. This unique tool – the first to result from the NIH BRAIN Initiative – will help scientists understand how to modulate neurons to more effectively treat diseases.

Genetics, Neurology, Research, Technology, Treatment

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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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Robert Duronio

February 9, 2015

Epigenetic Breakthrough: A first of its kind tool to study the hist...

Scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill have created a new way to investigate epigenetic mechanisms important in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancers.

Genetics, Research, Technology

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Margaret T. Dillon

January 22, 2015

Patient older age not an issue in revision cochlear implantation

Sometimes patients with coclear implants need to have a second or "revision" implantation surgery because of device failure. A new UNC study finds that adults age 65 and older do just as well in speech perception after revision cochlear implantation as those younger than 65.

Hearing, Studies, Technology, Treatment

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