February

Tinkering with the circadian clock can suppress cancer growth
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have shown that disruption of the circadian clock – the internal time-keeping mechanism that keeps the body running on a 24-hour cycle – can slow the progression of cancer.
Mental illness by itself does not predict future violent behavior
People with mental illness alone are no more likely than anyone else to commit acts of violence, a new study by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers concludes. But mental illness combined with substance abuse or dependence elevates the risk for future violence.
Busby-Whitehead elected as chair for American Geriatrics Society's Foundation for Health in Aging
Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, is professor and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and director of the Center for Aging and Health
Rockin in a cancer-free world
Drs. John Boggess and John Soper are raising awareness of gynecologic cancers with their band N.E.D.
UNC Sets SECC Record with 2008 Campaign
UNC employees contributed more than ever before to the SECC campaign with a final tally of $813,788
New issue of Endeavors magazine online
The winter 2009 issue of Endeavors magazine features new stories about research and creative activity at Carolina.
School of Medicine Commencement May 9
SOM Faculty: Plan to attend the commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center
February HSL E-News Now Available
News you can use from the UNC Health Sciences Library
2009 UNC Mini-Medical School
"Small wonders: nanotechnology in medicine"; "Bug wars: bacterial infections"; "Personalized medicine" – these are the topics of the 2009 Mini-Medical School.
The 33rd Annual Internal Medicine Conference
The conference will be held March 18-20, 2009 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.
Call for Nominations for the 2009 University Awards for the Advancement of Women
This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at UNC. Each year, three individuals--one faculty member, one staff member, and one undergraduate/graduate student/postdoctoral scholar--may be selected to receive the award.
Men’s basketball Feb. 7 at 4 p.m.
On UNC home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals.
Electrical outages Feb. 9, 10 in Old Clinic and Old Infirmary
UNC Electrical Distribution has scheduled an electrical outage Monday and Tuesday evenings, Feb. 9 and 10 from 6 - 10 p.m. each night
Curriculum Development Awards offered by the Center for Global Initiatives
These awards support faculty who are interested in adding international content to existing courses that have little or no such content; adding comparative cases to courses that are currently area specific; or developing new courses with significant international content.
Apply for Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grants
Awards up to $8,000 each will be available to members of the faculty and awards up to $5,000 each will be available to Residents/Fellows.
Carolina Women's Center Flyer
Events with Sue Rosser
University Budget Update
A letter from Chancellor Thorp
UNC study hints at new approaches to prevent transplant rejection
To prevent the rejection of newly transplanted organs and cells, patients must take medicines that weaken their entire immune systems. Such potentially life-saving treatments can, paradoxically, leave those receiving them susceptible to life-threatening infections.
Possible drug target for obesity treatment a no-brainer
Scientists at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine have discovered a gene that when mutated causes obesity by dampening the body’s ability to burn energy while leaving appetite unaffected.
Pillow Talk: When your valentine has had a heart attack
Drs. Cam Patterson and Paula Miller, both UNC Health Care cardiologists, tackle a taboo subject: Is it OK for a couple to resume their sex life after one of them has had a heart attack? And if so, what do they need to be aware of?
New genomic test may guide breast cancer treatment choices
Scientists at UNC have developed a new genomic test designed to help clinicians predict which breast cancer patients are most likely to survive the disease and which treatments may be most effective in increasing those chances of survival.
Matters of the Heart: Helping a family member with heart disease
Cam Patterson, M.D., chief of cardiology for UNC Health Care, explains five things you can do to help a friend or family member who has heart disease.
UNC Lineberger scientist's research funded by Joan's Legacy grant program
William Y. Kim, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has received a two-year, $100,00 grant from the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation through the Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer grant program.
Chronic low back pain on the rise: UNC study finds 'alarming increase' in prevalence
The proportion of people suffering from long term, impairing low back pain has more than doubled in North Carolina since the early 1990s, according to a new study.
Change in Campus Drinking Water for March
OWASA will temporarily change their disinfection process from March 1 to March 31, 2009. This may change the taste or smell of campus water. If you use water for a special purpose in which residuals or other water characteristics are important, please carefully read the following information to understand how this change may affect you.
Men’s basketball Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
On UNC home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals.
Parking in visitor/patient parking areas
This is a reminder from the UNC Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the Dogwood Deck on Manning Drive and Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Lot off Mason Farm Road are reserved for hospital and dental school patients and visitors only on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Apply for Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grants
Awards up to $8,000 each will be available to members of the faculty and awards up to $5,000 each will be available to Residents/Fellows.
Order of the Grail-Valkyries is accepting nominations
The Order of the Grail-Valkyries is UNC-Chapel Hill's intellectual honorary society.
UNC's new Chiron Teaching Award now accepting nominations
Inspired by Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, this award is named after the mythological Greek centaur-teacher who sought to inspire the pursuit of wisdom and enlightenment in those around him.
The 33rd Annual Internal Medicine Conference
The conference will be held March 18-20, 2009 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.
Call for Nominations for the 2009 University Awards for the Advancement of Women
This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at UNC. Each year, three individuals--one faculty member, one staff member, and one undergraduate/graduate student/postdoctoral scholar--may be selected to receive the award.
Coping with Cancer: Practical Strategies for Clinicians, Patients and their Families
This course is designed to provide data driven and practical recommendations for coping with the challenges of cancer.
Moving clinical trials overseas tests the system’s safety, efficacy
Major U.S. drug companies are increasingly performing clinical trials in developing countries, raising serious concerns about the efficacy, ethics and economics of drug development, according to a study by two UNC researchers in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
First UNC Yoder Distinguished Professorship awarded to Karen Erickson
Karen Erickson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has been selected as the first David E. and Dolores J. (Dee) Yoder Distinguished Professor in Literacy and Disability Studies in the school’s allied health sciences department.
Boucher to receive award from American Thoracic Society
Richard Boucher, M.D., from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the American Thoracic Society’s 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award.
New Blog "Hard Science" aims to connect UNC research faculty and others interested in biomedical science.
A new blog, Hard Science, shares highlights from basic biomedical research that either takes place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine or is somehow related to work performed here.
Nancy C. Chescheir named new Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for Special Projects
We are pleased to announce that Nancy C. Chescheir, MD has returned to UNC and will serve in the School of Medicine as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for Special Projects, effective March 1, 2009.
Applications for TraCS $10K grants now being accepted
The NC TraCS Institute is offering grants of up to $10,000 to support clinical and translational researchers in bench to bedside and bedside to practice research projects.
NC TraCS Institute announces new weekly walk in clinics
The NC TraCS Institute is pleased to announce weekly walk-in clinics where NC TraCS Institute core faculty are available to offer clinical and translational research expertise and consultation.
UNC seeking participants for anorexia nervosa couples therapy trial
Developed by the UNC School of Medicine Eating Disorders Program and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Uniting Couples (in the treatment of) Anorexia Nervosa, or UCAN, is the first and only NIH-funded trial of treatment for anorexia that emphasizes couple therapy.
State Health Plan update
From the UNC Office of Human Resources
Strong Bones: Osteoporosis education and training
Osteoporosis is a disease that can be prevented and treated. Join April Betty, certified personal trainer, for six sessions of Osteoporosis education and training!
UNC football schedule released
The 2009 UNC football schedule was officially released late last week. Of special interest for the UNC School of Medicine is a Thursday night game on Oct. 22. That night, UNC will host Florida State in either a 7:30 or 8 p.m. game at Kenan Stadium.
UNC students dance for 24 hours straight to raise money for N.C. Children's Hospital
The annual Dance Marathon is UNC's biggest student fundraising event. Students raised $394,278.94!
Sunday night online office hours for Health Sciences Library
March sessions include: Intro to Evidence-based Medicine resources, Keeping Current with RSS and MyNCBI, RefWorks Basics, and Using RefWorks with Word (Write-N-Cite)
Mindfulness-Based Program for Stress & Pain Management
This is an eight-week course in the Art of Consciousness Living.
Fourth Annual Kidney Kare 5k Run/Walk
All proceeds benefit the UNC Kidney Center’s Kidney Education Outreach Program
'University Budget 101' - Mar. 2
The UNC Employee Forum is sponsoring a community meeting to help employees develop a better understanding of the various revenue sources that support the University's budget.
Energy Savings Update in the Gazette
The University has been seeking suggestions for saving money at budgetideas@unc.edu
Men’s basketball Feb. 28 at noon
On UNC home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals.
National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition and Food Services would like everyone to help them celebrate.
The state of member health
N.C. HealthSmart programs and interventions are working! Members are better managing their chronic conditions. As a result, Plan savings totaled $18 million in 2007. This means that for every $1 spent on the Health Coaching program, $2 are saved.
Triangle Transit changes
Triangle Transit is now serving the new Durham Station and Routes 402, 403, 412, 413, 470; and 670 (night routes); 412 and 413 (Saturday routes); and 600 and 650 (express routes) have routing and bus stop changes.