Vital Signs - May 1, 2009

UNC receives $2.7 million NIH grant to continue AIDS research training program
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received $2.7 million from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to train HIV/AIDS researchers in China, Malawi and Cameroon.
Harvard scientist wins Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Michael E. Greenberg, Ph.D. as the recipient of the 9th annual Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize.
VIDEO - Blacks just as likely as whites to have hip osteoarthritis
A new study by UNC researchers found that blacks are just as likely as whites to suffer from hip osteoarthritis, challenging accepted medical belief that blacks were somehow protected from this condition.
NIH renews award to UNC-based infectious disease and biodefense group
The Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense (SERCEB), headquartered at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been awarded another five years of funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Nanocapsules overcome chemotherapy resistance
One of the most challenging situations that oncologists face is when chemotherapy fails to slow down or stop the growth of cancer. This phenomenon, called multidrug resistance, is the result of several simultaneous biochemical processes that scientists do not fully understand. New research from UNC-Chapel Hill offers hope to cancer doctors and patients facing this heartbreaking situation.
UNC Lineberger scientists awarded grant to apply nanotechnology to prostate cancer therapy
A team of scientists from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has received one of 10 creativity awards from the Prostate Cancer Foundation for advanced prostate cancer research.
VIDEO - Part 2 of N.C. Cancer Hospital tour
In late March, Will Arey of the UNC Medical Center News Office took a tour of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, which opens this summer. Watch part 2 of the tour.
UNC Lineberger program leader to chair national bone marrow group advisory committee
Thomas Shea, M.D., has been voted chair-elect of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR).
N.C. Children’s Hospital patient featured on Discovery Health’s “Mystery Diagnosis”
Twice, Allison Isaacson, 17, was stopped in her tracks by severe leg cramps and dehydration. Twice, doctors were left scratching their heads, as a diagnosis evaded multiple tests and examinations. It was a medical mystery.
VIDEO - Selected pieces from "A Conversation with Oliver Smithies" are now online
On March 30, 2009, the UNC Health Sciences Library hosted "A Conversation with Dr. Oliver Smithies."
Touch a Truck to benefit N.C. Children's Promise
Touch a Truck is a hands-on family event for kids of all ages. Name a child who wouldn’t love to climb aboard a fire truck, big rig or bulldozer!
Phlebotomy to expand services
Hourly inpatient blood draws available on May 3
From the Health Sciences Library: Change in access to electronic journals
The process for accessing electronic journals and books from off-campus will change May 13.
UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases has new website
Visit to see how UNC faculty, staff, and students are making an impact globally.
NC TraCS Institute Walk-In and By Appointment clinics
New Regulatory Consultations and Protocol Guidance Consultations are now available
Terrace Cafe daily menu online
A daily link to the Terrace Cafe's menu is now online. The menu is updated by 10 a.m. each morning.
Exiting the Dogwood Deck
There are now three OneCard swipe stations at the main exit of the Dogwood Deck. They are installed at the three outside lanes and fully operational.
SOM Faculty: Fascinating Survey on Politics and the U.S. Health Care System
Please take a few minutes to complete a survey for a SOM student's master's paper project.
Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award
Nominations for the Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award due May 8. Any attending physician or UNC Health Care employee may nominate any full-time house officer.
9th Annual Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize Award and Lecture – May 6
This years' prize will be awarded to Michael Greenberg, PhD from Harvard Medical School for his “discovery of signaling pathways underlying activity-dependent gene transcription in neurons.”
"Heart Failure Management: Established Therapy and New Frontiers"
The Division of Cardiology Heart Failure Program will present this course from July 16-19 at the Amelia Conference Center in Amelia Island, Florida.
N.C. Children's Promise Gala
Join us and honorary hosts Butch and Tammy Davis at the N.C. Children's Promise's third annual gala, "Run for the Promise," on Saturday, May 2
Bids for Kids charity art auction
Lounge, marvel and bid on artistic masterpieces from the creativity of children.
Captains and walkers needed for Komen Race for the Cure
UNC Health Care is looking for walkers and captains to participate in The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 2009 Race for the Cure.
Registration now open for UNC HIV Care 2009: Antiretroviral Therapy, Hepatitis B/C, Addiction, and Adherence
The purpose of this conference is to provide an update on treatment of Hepatitis B and C, drug addiction and adherence.