UNC Health Talk

Tag: Microbiology and Immunology

Aravinda de Silva

November 11, 2016

Can nanotechnology help develop a workable dengue virus vaccine?

UNC School of Medicine researchers Aravinda de Silva, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Stefan Metz, PhD, are creating a nanoparticle vaccine that in experiments showed increased antibody responses against one serotype of dengue virus. The de Silva group is collaborating with the UNC laboratories of Chris Luft, PhD, (pharmacy and chemistry), Jenny Ting, PhD, (genetics), and Mike Miley,PhD, (pharmacology), as well as Liquidia Pharmaceuticals to use the same nanoparticle platform to develop a vaccine for all four serotypes of the virus.

Contagions, Research, Technology

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Mosquito.

November 4, 2016

UNC scientists named to European Union-funded global Zika research ...

The UNC School of Medicine was one of two U.S. institutions named to an international research consortium funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, which invested $49 million in Zika research and vaccine development at more than 20 laboratories in Europe and Brazil.

Awards, Contagions

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David Weber

September 29, 2016

Weber delivers Zika, travel update to UNC School of Medicine faculty

David Weber, MD, MPH, Matt Collins, MD, PhD, and Helen Lazear, PhD, were the featured speakers addressing the Zika virus epidemic during lecture at the UNC School of Medicine.

Contagions, Research

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UNC Chapel

September 21, 2016

Tar Heels go viral: UNC researchers featured on “This Week in Virol...

Virologists with the UNC School of Medicine participated in last week's on-campus recording of a popular virology podcast.

Awards, Contagions

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Illustration of a mosquito.

July 27, 2016

Antibodies from dengue virus survivors can be used to prevent Zika ...

A new research study from University of North Carolina researchers shows that individuals who have been previously infected with a flavivirus – specifically dengue and Zika viruses – could have antibodies that protect against Zika.

Contagions, Research, Zika

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E-cigarettes

June 20, 2016

E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immu...

The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, but toxicologists at UNC are now uncovering how use of e-cigarettes affect genes involved in upper airway immune defense.

Genetics, Immunology, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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February 15, 2016

UNC School of Medicine scientists discover new ways bacterial infec...

The finding offers new leads for fighting infection without contributing to one of the world’s most pressing public health concerns – antibiotic resistance.

Awards, Hematology

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Ilona Jaspers

February 11, 2016

Put that in your e-cigarette and smoke it, or should you?

UNC researcher Ilona Jaspers, PhD, to present her findings on the potential effects of e-cigarettes

Research, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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(L to R) Maureen Su

November 19, 2015

Team Science for Turner Syndrome

With seed money from the NC TraCS Institute at UNC and a Translational Team Science Award from the UNC School of Medicine, UNC collaborators uncovered an epigenetic mechanism that could be the cause of painful chronic ear infections that plague people with chromosomal and genetic conditions.

Genetics, Research

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Ralph Baric

November 10, 2015

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treat...

Findings provide an opportunity to develop drugs and vaccines for coronaviruses before they emerge from animals to cause a human epidemic

Genetics, Research

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Ron Swanstrom

March 18, 2015

Researchers identify timeline for HIV replication in the brain

A new study in PLoS Pathogens shows that HIV can infect the brain early on and should be combated as soon as possible with antiretroviral therapy to limit risk of dementia

HIV/AIDS, Research

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A single bacterium of Yersinia pestis (red) -- the pathogen that causes the plague -- made its way from the site of a fleabite to the lymph node of a mouse without the help of a host cell. (Courtesy of the Miller lab.)

February 11, 2015

Bubonic Bottleneck: UNC scientists overturn dogma on the plague

The current outbreak of the plague in Madagascar shines a light on the need for new approaches to treat the ancient pathogen. A new UNC study unexpectedly unravels a long-held theory on how a fleabite leads to infection.

Epidemiology, Immunology, Research

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