Vital Signs - Sept. 11, 2009

Watch the N.C. Cancer Hospital dedication live Sept. 15
The N.C. Cancer Hospital dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 15. You can watch the dedication ceremony live from the following link:
VIDEO: N.C. Cancer Hospital - Then and Now with Pat Decator, RN, BSN
This video provides a look at cancer care at UNC then, now and into the future from Pat Decator, RN, BSN, of the Infusion Clinic.
VIDEO: Researchers identify critical gene for brain development, mental retardation
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have now discovered that establishing the neural wiring necessary to function normally depends on the ability of neurons to make finger-like projections of their membrane called filopodia.
Call for Nursing Award Nominations
Nominations may be submitted by members of the medical staff and Housestaff.
Call for Fuller Award Nominations
Any member of UNC Hospitals attending medical staff is eligible for nomination. Nomination may be made by UNC Health Care employees and by members of the medical staff and housestaff.
2009 Commitment to Caring Quality Expo
Calling all Quality Heroes! Register your quality improvement poster by Oct. 2 to be a participant in the 2009 Commitment to Caring Quality Expo.
Car and Vanpooling options
Interested in carpooling or vanpooling to work? Check out the following options.
Weight Watchers at the N.C. Women's Hospital
“Weight Watchers at Work” at the N.C. Women's Hospital is starting up again! It's 12 weeks for $156 plus eight weeks of free E-tools!
UNC to Host National Conference on Healthy Aging and the Environment
Environmental and policy changes to promote healthy aging and healthier communities are at the center of an upcoming conference being held at the Friday Center on Sept. 15-16, called Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging.
UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection—medicine’s holy grail
Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate HIV infection.
Patient art gallery at UNC unveils new exhibition
The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Schizophrenia Treatment & Evaluation Program will host the 2009 fall opening of “Brushes With Life: Art, Artists and Mental Illness,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, on the third floor of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital.
Gene variant heightens risk of severe liver disease in cystic fibrosis
A UNC study, which appears in the Sept. 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), could lead to earlier detection and diagnosis of cystic fibrosis liver disease and better treatment options for the patients affected by the disease.
Employee seasonal flu shot registration opens Sept. 14; clinics begin Sept. 22
Seasonal flu shot clinics for University employees begin Sept. 22 — nearly four weeks earlier than last year’s clinics — in order to provide the vaccine to employees as soon as possible.