UNC Health Talk

Tag: Infectious Diseases

April 8, 2014

UNC researchers find genetic trigger for RSV-induced infant hospita...

The discovery could lead to new therapies and better diagnostics, resulting in fewer hospitalizations of children with respiratory syncytial virus, the leading cause of severe lung infection in babies.

Genetics, Pulmonology, Research

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February 26, 2014

UNC researchers discover new target for dengue virus vaccine

By re-engineering a tiny chain of amino acids in one type of dengue virus, Ralph Baric and Aravinda de Silva discover a new path toward solving the dengue vaccine dilemma. The research has the potential to transform vaccine development for other diseases, including SARS and HIV.

Research, Vaccines

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February 14, 2014

Corbett continues quest for dengue fever vaccine

In this new series, we profile graduate students who conduct research in labs across the UNC School of Medicine. First up is Kizzmekia Corbett, who received an off-campus dissertation fellowship from the UNC Graduate School to travel to Sri Lanka. Corbett will collect blood samples to search for a specific antibody response to the dengue virus, a key step in creating a vaccine for the world's most widespread mosquito-borne disease.

Physician Stories, Research, Vaccines

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J. Victor Garcia

January 9, 2014

UNC research demonstrates “guided missile” strategy to kill hidden HIV

The finding provides a new route to killing persistent HIV-infected cells– a major roadblock to a cure.

HIV/AIDS, Innovation, Research

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A pathogenic picornavirus acquires an envelope by hijacking cellular membranes. Nature (2013)

April 4, 2013

Hepatitis A virus discovered to cloak itself in membranes hijacked ...

A team led by Dr. Stanley Lemon discovered that hepatitis A virus does not have an envelope when found in the environment, but acquires one from the cells that it grows in within the liver. It circulates in the blood completely cloaked in these membranes.

Hepatitis A, Research

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Electron micrograph of HIV virions. Credit: CDC Public Health Image Library

March 28, 2013

Innate immune system can kill HIV when a viral gene is deactivated

Study published in PLoS Pathogens suggests new target for treatment and the eventual cure of HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS, Immunity, Studies

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