November

CTICU receives prestigious Beacon Award
The Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) recently received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Apply for the NC TraCS Pilot Grant Program
Dr. Etta Pisano announced this week that the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute is now accepting applications for the NC TraCS Pilot Grant Program.
Dr. Zvara named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology
Effective Nov. 17, 2008 David Zvara, MD will become the new Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. Please welcome Dr. Zvara to his new role.
UNC Lineberger launches 44 county study of breast cancer in black women
A new study seeking to improve scientists’ understanding of breast cancer, including why the disease’s fatality rate is higher in African-American women, is getting underway in 44 counties in North Carolina.
At the end of Week 5, the School has raised $102,713 for SECC charities!
Led by the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, who have contributed more than $10,000 each, we are off to a great start.
UNC home football continues Saturday at noon - GO HEELS
UNC's home football schedule continues Nov. 8 against Georgia Tech. Please plan appropriately as you travel to/from UNC Hospitals and the School of Medicine, as traffic will be heavy several hours before game time.
Rex-UNC Health Care Blood Drive Nov. 11
Rex Blood Services will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Bloodmobile parked in the Kiss and Go lane of UNC Hospitals.
Call for Abstracts - 10th Annual Women's Health Research Conference
Submission deadline extended until 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1.
Text messaging may help children fight off obesity
A new study from UNC-Chapel Hill suggests that cell phone text messaging could be used to reduce children’s chances of becoming overweight or obese later in life, by helping them monitor and modify their own behaviors now.
Largest studies of robotic-assisted surgery for gynecologic procedures find fewer complications
Since 2000, hundreds of hospitals worldwide have used robotic surgical systems to equip surgeons with enhanced vision and dexterity when performing minimally invasive procedures.
North Carolina Children's Specialty Clinic opens in Raleigh
The new outpatient clinic is an extension of N.C. Children's Hospital's outpatient pediatric clinic located at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
Without enzyme, biological reaction essential to life takes 2.3 billion years
All biological reactions within human cells depend on enzymes. Their power as catalysts enables biological reactions to occur usually in milliseconds. But how slowly would these reactions proceed spontaneously, in the absence of enzymes – minutes, hours, days? And why even pose the question?
Oncology Service Line Leadership Appointments
Dr. Ian Buchanan is the new Associate Vice President for the Oncology Service Line. John Rockwell is now Administrative Director of Business and Financial Operations for the Clinical Cancer Center.
SECC Campaign Extended
The SECC fundraiser has been extended to Dec. 18th.
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Launches ShopforCancerCures.org to Raise Money for Cancer Research
Cancer Research Alliance center to offer online shopping site featuring great deals and discounts from more than 600 top retailers
Apply for Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grants
The Medical Alumni Office will be offering grants to current full-time faculty of the School of Medicine and current residents/fellows of UNC Hospitals.
Mentoring program with the Office of Medical Student Research
We would like to ask current mentors if they wish to continue serving as mentors for this program, and those who do not mentor if you would like to begin doing so.
State Health Plan member updates
A message from Jack Walker, Executive Administrator
Community Award Nominations Now Open
The Employee Forum is accepting nominations for its Community Award from now through Dec. 9.
2009 Faculty Mentoring Award
Nominations due Jan. 28, 2009. Each winner will receive $5,000.
Motivating Carolina students and employees to Get Fit from Head to Heel!
If you need to lose weight, and want to learn how to do it the healthy way, while meeting new people and having fun, Get Fit from Head to Heel! is for you...
Holiday eating tips from the UNC Eating Disorders Program
Dr. Cynthia Bulik and her staff at the UNC Eating Disorders Program provide goods tips for healthful eating over the holidays.
UNC researchers find clue to stopping breast cancer metastasis
If scientists knew exactly what a breast cancer cell needs to spread, then they could stop the most deadly part of the disease: metastasis. New research from the UNC School of Medicine takes a step in that direction.
UNC, Yale partner to study effects of cocaine use on mother-infant relationships
Researchers from UNC and Yale University have been awarded almost $10 million to study the many ways cocaine use during pregnancy can negatively affect interactions between mothers and their infants.
UNC Hospitals wins Men in Nursing Best Workplace Award
UNC Hospitals was one of two hospitals in the U.S. to recently be awarded the American Assembly for Men in Nursing Best Workplace award.
Apply for Excellence Fund Seed Grants
Awards are granted in varying amounts up to $7,000 on a one-time basis; applicants must apply annually.
UNC System Voluntary 403(b) Retirement Program
A message from Brian Usischon, Senior Director, Benefits & Employee Services Office of Human Resources
UNC home football finale Nov. 22 - GO HEELS
UNC's home football schedule concludes at noon Nov. 22 against N.C. State.
Nov. 18 Connections now available
Connections is the biweekly newsletter for UNC Health Care employees.
SECC Campaign Extended
The SECC fundraiser has been extended to Dec. 18th.
Apply for Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grants
The Medical Alumni Office will be offering grants to current full-time faculty of the School of Medicine and current residents/fellows of UNC Hospitals.
Mentoring program with the Office of Medical Student Research
We would like to ask current mentors if they wish to continue serving as mentors for this program, and those who do not mentor if you would like to begin doing so.
Community Award Nominations Now Open
The Employee Forum is accepting nominations for its Community Award from now through Dec. 9.
Motivating Carolina students and employees to Get Fit from Head to Heel!
If you need to lose weight, and want to learn how to do it the healthy way, while meeting new people and having fun, Get Fit from Head to Heel! is for you...
Apply for Excellence Fund Seed Grants
Awards are granted in varying amounts up to $7,000 on a one-time basis; applicants must apply annually.
November alternative transportation news
Route changes on Triangle Transit, Ridesharing information
2009 Faculty Mentoring Award
Nominations due Jan. 28, 2009. Each winner will receive $5,000.
UNC expands brain imaging study of infants at risk for autism
A study led by UNC researchers using brain imaging of infants to examine changes in their brains and behavior that may mark the onset of autistic symptoms is being substantially expanded after receiving an additional $3.25 million in funding.
UNC researchers to host international disease surveillance conference in Raleigh
Researchers from the department of emergency medicine are hosting the 2008 International Society for Disease Surveillance annual conference at the Raleigh Convention Center Dec. 3 to Dec. 5.
Seventh annual N.C. Children’s Promise radiothon/telethon raised more than $1 million
It is a new fundraising benchmark for the event, UNC Health Care's largest single fundraising event each year.
Norma Berryhill Lecture now online
Ric Boucher, MD, delivered the Norma Berryhill Lecture on Oct. 28, 2008.
Five tips for surviving the holidays
Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz, an expert in anxiety disorders and professor of psychiatry and psychology in the School of Medicine and College of Arts & Sciences, offers five tips for coping with holiday-related stress.
Patient Support Tower roofing project
As part of the 6 Patient Support Tower renovation project, the general contractor began preparations for the replacement of the Patient Support Tower roof on Monday, Nov. 24.
Men’s basketball Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
On home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals. Also, be careful as you walk around campus, as traffic will be heavy prior to game times.
The next installation of the Pain Newsletter!
The Housewide Pain Committee is proud to present the next installation of "The Comfort Zone!"
Updates to the Emergency Preparedness Web page
A number of innovative features are now integrated into UNC Health Care's Emergency Preparedness Web page, and more updates are coming soon.
Apply for Excellence Fund Seed Grants
Awards are granted in varying amounts up to $7,000 on a one-time basis; applicants must apply annually.
Kids Cards on Sale This Holiday Season with Proceeds Benefiting North Carolina Children’s Hospital
UNC Tar Heels head football coach Butch Davis unveiled the new 2008 Kids Cards designs at the N.C. Children's Promise radiothon/telethon on November 20.
November alternative transportation news
Route changes on Triangle Transit, Ridesharing information
Thanksgiving transit service
Chapel Hill Transit will not operate on Thursday, Nov. 27. It will operate on a reduced schedule Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29. Triangle Transit will not operate Thanksgiving day or Friday, Nov. 28.
Thanksgiving safety tips
According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, nearly 4,300 fires in the United States occur on Thanksgiving Day
SECC Campaign Extended
The SECC fundraiser has been extended to Dec. 18th.
Apply for Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grants
The Medical Alumni Office will be offering grants to current full-time faculty of the School of Medicine and current residents/fellows of UNC Hospitals.
Mentoring program with the Office of Medical Student Research
We would like to ask current mentors if they wish to continue serving as mentors for this program, and those who do not mentor if you would like to begin doing so.
Community Award Nominations Now Open
The Employee Forum is accepting nominations for its Community Award from now through Dec. 9.
Motivating Carolina students and employees to Get Fit from Head to Heel!
If you need to lose weight, and want to learn how to do it the healthy way, while meeting new people and having fun, Get Fit from Head to Heel! is for you...