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Researchers reveal safeguarding of a key DNA sensor in the innate immune system

October 21, 2020

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers have, for the first time, determined the high-resolution structure of a key DNA-sensing protein in the innate immune system called cGAS while it is bound to the nucleosome – the all-important unit of DNA packaging inside a cell’s nucleus. This research, published in Science, reveals in detail how the nucleosomes inside our cells block cGAS from unintentionally triggering the body’s innate immune response to our own DNA. The work was led by Qi Zhang, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the UNC School of Medicine, and Robert McGinty, MD, PhD, assistant professor of chemical biology … Continued


PhD candidate earns National Cancer Institute Award to further cancer research

October 14, 2020

Cathy Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, has been awarded the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award. The National Cancer Institute award will provide funding for the remainder of Anderson’s graduate studies and up to four years of post-doctoral training. Anderson works in the lab of Robert McGinty, MD, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy with a joint appointment in the UNC Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. “I feel very grateful to receive this fellowship, and to have been nominated by … Continued


Heinzen awarded two grants totaling $7 million to identify, study genetic variants that cause epilepsy

October 9, 2020

Erin Heinzen, Pharm.D., Ph.D. recently received two collaborative R01 grants totaling $7 million from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to identify and study epilepsy-causing genetic variants that arise during brain development. One grant focuses on identifying genetic variants that are responsible for seizures by studying the brain tissue of individuals with epilepsy who undergo surgery to treat persistent seizures. “As a first priority we seek to identify the causes of seizures in children and adults who suffer from seizures that do not stop with any available medication. Once we know the cause we can then study what the … Continued


PharmD student to serve as president-elect of Student National Pharmaceutical Association

October 7, 2020

Third year UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy student Aliyah Cruz said she aims to foster health equity and limit the gaps that promote health disparities. On the path to doing so, Cruz will serve as the 2021-22 president-elect of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), where she hopes to inspire other students to spark positive change in their local communities. “It is an amazing honor to be elected into the role of SNPhA national president-elect by my peers across the country,” Cruz said. Promoting positive change SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students focused on pharmacy, health care … Continued


Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop, Nanomedicine Drug Delivery Symposium tops 800 virtual participants, largest turnout in 18 years

September 28, 2020

The Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop and the Nanomedicine Drug Delivery Symposium (NanoDDS) combined to host the 2020 Virtual Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop & Nanomedicine Drug Delivery Symposium on September 14-16, 2020. BUILDING ON AN 18-YEAR LEGACY The one-day virtual NanoDDS symposium welcomed more than 800 registered participants, the largest turnout in the past 18 years, said Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, director of the UNC Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery, which supported the event. Nearly 400 people in various time zones across the world attended NanoDDS live. Other registrants who could not attend because of time differences of the live meeting will receive … Continued


Sanders selected as fellow for Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program

September 23, 2020

Kimberly Sanders, Pharm.D., BCPS of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has been selected as a fellow for the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, a 10-month experience, is a partnership between Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Nursing and Johnson & Johnson. The program provides leadership development for advanced practice nurses and their team partners to develop and launch transformational health improvement initiatives within their organizations and communities. Selected fellows start the program in August 2020 and will participate in virtual leadership retreats, web conferences, project mentoring circles, individual … Continued


2020 Celebration of Inventorship event features 11 School of Pharmacy members

September 18, 2020

The UNC Office of Technology Commercialization hosted the annual Celebration of Inventorship on Sept.10, which featured 11 UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy members who received 13 patents in 2019. The virtual event celebrated all faculty, staff and student inventors from UNC-Chapel Hill who received issued patents in 2019. “I am so proud of our faculty members for their dedication to pursuing innovative solutions in health care and I appreciate all they are doing to help people live longer, healthier lives,” said Angela Kashuba, dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “This group comprises about a quarter of all those who … Continued


Pinnacle Hill builds momentum with Angelman Syndrome, multiple myeloma projects

September 11, 2020

The first two UNC-Chapel Hill faculty research projects funded by Pinnacle Hill are underway. How is the company supporting the development of new medicines – and what’s next for this Carolina-Deerfield partnership? Story by Brock Pierce, Innovate Carolina Finding new therapies and medicines for some of the world’s most perplexing and deadly diseases won’t happen with a same-old, same-old mindset. And that’s why, in late 2018, UNC-Chapel Hill and Deerfield Management set out to build something new. By bringing together Carolina’s world-class life sciences research expertise with Deerfield’s funding resources and deep industry experience in drug development, the two organizations … Continued


Brouwer receives AACP 2020 Volwiler Research Achievement Award

September 4, 2020

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) selected UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Kim Brouwer, Pharm.D., Ph.D., as the recipient of the 2020 Volwiler Research Achievement Award. The award was established as the research prize in academic pharmacy to honor the late Ernest H. Volwiler, former president and research director of Abbott Laboratories. The intent of the annual award is to recognize an individual within the ranks of pharmacy education recognized by his or her peers as one of the leading research workers in a given area of the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, pharmacy practice and the social and … Continued


UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy implements new Pharm.D. curricular model

August 24, 2020

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was excited to welcome a class of approximately 130 talented PY1 students in early August. Beginning this year, the School is launching a new 1+3 curricular model where all PY1 students will begin their course of study in Chapel Hill.  After their first year in Chapel Hill, students interested in living and learning in Asheville, particularly if they have a strong interest in rural health or ambulatory care, will be offered the opportunity to transition to the School’s Asheville campus for the remainder of their education. “This 1+3 curricular model presents new opportunities for … Continued