Vital Signs - April 15, 2010

School of Medicine recognized as one of nation's best by U.S. News & World Report
The school ranked 2nd in primary care and 20th in research among medical schools in the United States. For the first time, UNC ranked in the top 10 for Women's Health. UNC ranked highly again in Family Medicine, Rural Medicine, and AIDS.
Oliver honored for service with Massey Award
Patricia Oliver, assistant dean for finance in the UNC School of Medicine, has been honored by UNC-Chapel Hill with a 2010 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award, one of the most coveted distinctions Carolina bestows to faculty and staff.
Key protein aids in DNA repair
UNC scientists and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have shown in multiple contexts that DNA damage over our lifetimes is a key mechanism behind the development of cancer and other age-related diseases.
UNC PMR ranks 7th nationally in NIH funding
The UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is now ranked number 7 in the country for NIH funding.
Pawlinski wins 2010 Kenneth M. Brinkhous Young Investigator Prize in Thrombosis
Dr. Rafal Pawlinski is an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.
VIDEO: UNC Director of Public Safety discusses April 21 Emergency Drill
The University's YouTube Channel now features a two-minute video with Director of Public Safety Jeff McCracken discussing the upcoming emergency drill on Wednesday, April 21.
UNC graduate students winners at 2010 Global Venture Challenge
Andy Hemmert, Jon Edwards, and Ben Hill comprised the team of UNC graduate students who competed and won third place and a $5,000 cash prize to be split amongst them at the 4th Annual Global Venture Challenge. Hemmert and Edwards are graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics.
Medical Students elect 2010-2011 Whitehead Medical Society Officers
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Whitehead Medical Society (WMS).
Academy of Educators Career Development Grand Rounds: "Giving Effective Feedback to Students" - April 20 Apr 20, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Bondurant G30,
Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education, will present this topic on both Tuesday, April 20 and Friday, April 23.
Point of Care Number Memo: Falsely decreased point of care glucose values SureStep Pro Test Strips
Lifescan has notified us of a potential bias with the new lot of glucose test strips to be used with our current hospital-based Point of Care Glucose instruments. Please read the following memo.
Academy of Educators Career Development Grand Rounds: "Giving Effective Feedback to Students" - April 23 Apr 23, 2010 from 07:30 AM to 08:30 AM 4th Floor Clinic Auditorium ,
Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education, will present this topic on both Tuesday, April 20 and Friday, April 23.
Reminder - Touch a Truck Event on April 25
Name a child who wouldn’t love to climb aboard a fire truck, big rig or bulldozer! Touch a Truck provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types – public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place!
IHI Webinar Series: Managing Advanced Disease and Palliative Care
To teach providers how to improve communication skills concerning decisions to start or withdraw specific life-sustaining treatments, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is offering this Webinar series: "Managing Advanced Disease and Palliative Care."
Congressman John Spratt (D-SC) to Speak about new Health Care Bill and its Relationship to the South
The Center for the Study of the American South is honored to have Congressman John M. Spratt Jr. (D-SC) presenting this year's 5th Annual Charleston Area Alumni Lecture on Southern Affairs on Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. Congressman Spratt will be speaking about the new health care bill and its relationship to the South.
Call for Presentations: 2010 N.C. Governor's Conference on Aging
The Executive Committee of the North Carolina Conference on Aging (NCCOA) announces and seeks presentations for the annual North Carolina Conference on Aging to be held Oct. 13 - 15 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, N.C. The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2010.
Workshop: The do's and don'ts of research subject recruitment and retention Apr 29, 2010 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM 219 Brinkhous-Bullit Building,
The NC TraCS Research Recruitment Office (RRO) will host the workshop. You will learn how to be proactive when planning for subject recruitment by learning how to develop a recruitment action plan early in the study start-up process as well as how to handle ongoing studies that are not recruiting well.
NC TraCS Biostatistics Grand Rounds Apr 16, 2010 from 02:15 PM to 04:15 PM NC TraCS, Brinkhous Bullitt Room 219,
Two sessions will take place on April 16. "TraCS Data Management Initiative" will be presented by Hope Bryan, Brent Lamm, and Lisa LaVange. "Mixed-treatment meta analysis to compare second-generation antidepressants" will be presented by Shrikant Bangdiwala, Vishali Jeyaseelan and Gerald Gartlehner.
April 14 Connections
The April 14 issue of Connections, the UNC Health Care employee newsletter, is now available.
Smart Commute Event
UNC Health Care's Parking and Transportation Department and UNC Parking will be hosting a “Smart Commute” event on April 22 in the Children’s Hospital Lobby.
Center for Women's Health Research at UNC - Spring Newsletter
In this issue: Dr. Wanda Nicholson welcomed to the Center for Women's Health Research (CWHR), AT&T supports CWHR with donation, Spotlight on Research: PPIUD Study, New research submissions at CWHR and Upcoming annual campaign for Mother's Day.
Bids for Kids Art Auction
The Pediatric Interest Group of UNC School of Medicine and Kids Cards invite you to the 5th annual Bids For Kids benefit art auction on May 7. All the work is done by the children of N.C. Children’s Hospital and the proceeds raised benefit patients and families of N.C. Children’s Hospital.
Pediatric Grand Rounds May 20, 2010 from 08:00 AM to 09:00 AM 4th Floor Clinic Auditorium,
William Schwab, M.D., of the Institute for Family Centered Care, will present "What is Important to Families? How Have Family Voices Changed Care?" on Thursday, May 20.
National Alliance on Mental Health Walk
The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health (CECMH) is proud to be a part of this year's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in Raleigh on Saturday, May 1.
Captains and walkers needed for the Komen Race for the Cure
UNC Health Care is looking for walkers and captains to participate in The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 2010 Race for the Cure. This year’s event will be held Saturday, June 12 at Meredith College, Raleigh.
Honors and Awards
Take a moment to check out UNC Health Care's Honors and Awards page. The page recognizes our colleagues for their accomplishments.
Steppin' Out National Walking Challenge
Attempt to walk 70,000 steps in seven days for a chance to win great prizes! The challenge will run April 19 - 25.
Seminar: “How understanding population subculture can allow us to better address health disparities” Apr 16, 2010 from 02:30 PM to 03:45 PM Room 3100, Michael Hooker Research Center UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health,
The presenter is Dr. Fatimah Jackson, director of UNC Institute for African American Research. This seminar is part of the Health Disparities Seminar Series, but will be held at a special time and location.