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National Prison Project Tracks the Pandemic Behind Bars
Researchers at UNC and two other institutions launch the COVID Prison Project. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Social Medicine, is a co-founder of the project.
Located in News / 2020 / June
Berkowitz Proposes Innovative Methodological Approach to Studies that Address Health-Related Social Needs
Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, proposes the use of cash benchmarking to better study programs aimed at addressing health-related social needs in a new article published in Health Affairs.
Located in News / 2020 / April
Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD: Medication, or Psychotherapy?
A systematic review and meta-analysis led by Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, of UNC’s departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds there is insufficient evidence at present to answer that question. Clinicians should make shared decisions with patients about treatment, and they should not rely on current treatment guidelines.
Located in Vital Signs / 2020 / Feb. 27
Approval Processes for Clinical Practice Guidelines Introduce Potential Conflicts of Interest, Review Finds
The study led by UNC’s Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, in the departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds that most of the approval processes used by medical specialty societies in the U.S. have the potential to undermine editorial independence of the guideline development committee.
Located in News / 2020 / February
Oberlander Coauthors NEJM Commentary on Prescription Drug Spending
Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, chair of the Department of Social Medicine, coauthored a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine on efforts in Congress to pass legislation that would regulate prescription drug prices.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / Dec. 12
Invited Commentary by Lyerly Published in The Lancet
The commentary, by Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, professor of social medicine and associate director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, argues that the WHO's recommendation of dolutegravir as an HIV treatment for all populations was a significant advancement in the ethical inclusion of pregnant women in biomedical research.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / Dec. 5
Giselle Corbie-Smith to receive Edward Graham Kidder Award
The Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award recognizes distinguished service to the state, the nation, and the university by a faculty member.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / Oct. 10
Restrictive housing is associated with increased risk of death after release from prison
A new study, led by Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, in the UNC department of social medicine, finds that people who were held in restrictive housing while serving time in prison face a substantial increased risk of death after their release.
Located in News / 2019 / October
Gillings, SOM Researchers Awarded $51 Million NIH Grant to Combat Opioid Misuse
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher Lisa LaVange, PhD, is the PI of an NIH HEAL Initiative project to help people with chronic back pain and to curb opioid misuse. It includes Tim Carey, MD, MPH; Tim Platts-Mills, MD, MSc; and Sam McLean, MD, from the UNC School of Medicine.
Located in News / 2019 / October
UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment
Two new projects are part of a NIH-funded network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, is a co-principal investigator for one study and site-PI for the other.
Located in News / 2019 / August