Prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in U.S. men, is also one of the most treatable: 90 percent of patients who undergo intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in the early stages are disease free after five years, according to the journal Seminars in Radiation Oncology. Read more

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RENCI-Duke project aims to use data to improve medical treatment decisions

CHAPEL HILL, NC, July 22, 2011–A R21 NIH exploratory/developmental research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will enable RENCI and Duke University to develop a system that aggregates and visualizes historical medical data so doctors can use it to help them make the best possible treatment decisions for their patients. Read more

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UNC startup tests e-gaming prototype aimed at promoting youth fitness


Carolina Saunders, 7th grade head of Student U, enjoys a healthy cup of frozen yogurt with one of her students. 

DURHAM, NC—Three teams of middle school students are helping a new company out of UNC Chapel Hill called Sqord test a device that will become part of the company’s e-gaming system designed to encourage kids to be more physically active. Read more

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Geoananalytics tool helps UNC public health school map impact


Research at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health doesn’t stop in Chapel Hill. Our maps of North Carolina and the world show where School faculty, staff and students make a difference.

CHAPEL HILL—The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has impact far beyond the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. From Dare to Swain counties in North Carolina, from Malawi to Malaysia, the school’s reach is worldwide.

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Carolina Launch Pad adds four new ventures to its 2011 class

CHAPEL HILL, NC, May 24, 2011—New companies developing technologies to improve patient care in hospitals, combat childhood obesity and create a personalized, data rich version of the Internet will join the Carolina Launch Pad, UNC Chapel Hill’s pre-commercial technology startup incubator, beginning July 1. Read more

MCNC plans video upgrade on statewide education network

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — MCNC announced today that the video services infrastructure on the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) is scheduled to be upgraded on July 1.

MCNC has entered the final testing phases of Cisco TelePresence interoperability with H.323 point-to-point (standard on most desktops) and multipoint video services, and TelePresence Management System (TMS) scheduling. Also, a select pilot group is testing centrally-managed soft client licenses for additional devices including laptop and desktop computers and tablets. New services are scheduled to be widely available to NCREN users during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year. Read more

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No Exit

RENCI team tackles the challenge of securing sensitive medical research data

For medical researchers, clinical data means opportunities and risks: Opportunities for experiments and analyses that will lead to new knowledge about human diseases; and risks because the burden of keeping personal medical data secure usually falls on the shoulders of the researchers. Read more

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NSF campus bridging workshop report now available online

A new report includes recommendations to help campuses create cyberinfrastructure that allows seamless collaboration and data sharing.

The organizers of a campus bridging workshop held last October in Anaheim, CA, have released a final workshop report that includes recommendations to help campuses create cyberinfrastructure that allows seamless collaboration and data sharing across a campus, across multiple campuses and on the national and international levels. Read more

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Catch a wave

Where can North Carolina find alternative sources of energy to generate new economic opportunities as well as electrical power?

A research team led by the University of North Carolina’s Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is looking east to the waters off the North Carolina coast for answers. Read more

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Emerging company showcase presents 12 startups from UNC

Twelve startup companies based on innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present at the annual Emerging Company Showcase on May 3.

The new scientific and technology firms are poised to market discoveries such as devices for diagnosing and treating cancer, gaming that encourages more physical activity by children, and technologies for better managing academic research laboratories. Read more

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