Campus Updates

Project to improve services for young children with autism

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $900,000 grant to improve services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The State Implementation Grant comes from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary goal of the…

UNC researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine and The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease and depression. The finding, published online Jan. 12 in the journal Nature, has cleared the way for more precisely…

Washington appointed vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement

Felicia A. Washington has been appointed the University’s new vice chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, effective Feb. 1. An experienced attorney in issues involving employment, compliance and discrimination, Washington will replace former Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Brenda Malone. As approved by the Board of Trustees, the new name for the position reflects…

Researchers harness energy during day for use at night

Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays were strongest. Researchers led by Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill have built a system that converts the sun’s…

Harper keynote speaker for MLK Jr. celebration

Actor and author Hill Harper will be the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hill is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny.” His latest book is “Letters to an…

Heart attack survivors paint a complex picture of adhering to medicine

Heart attack survivors of different races and genders are about equally likely to be on medications that reduce the risk of another heart attack and other potentially life-threatening cardiovascular problems. But, according to a new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that’s not the case a year later. The odds that…

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

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have deployed a potential new weapon against HIV – a combination therapy that targets HIV-infected cells that standard therapies cannot kill. Using mouse models that have immune systems composed of human cells, researchers led by J. Victor Garcia, found that an antibody combined with a bacterial toxin can…