Vital Signs - Feb. 18, 2010

Larry Keith, champion for minority medical students, dies at 58
Larry Keith, a pioneer in recruiting minority students into the health professions, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 from cancer. He was 58.
UNC leads initiative to eradicate cervical cancer; N.C. Governor applauds plan
Asserting that no one should die from cervical cancer, public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are leading a multi-state initiative to prevent – or even eradicate – the disease.
Drug for Advanced Kidney Cancer Shrinks Tumors Prior to Surgery
More than 57,000 Americans face a diagnosis of kidney cancer each year. Now patients with advanced disease may soon have another treatment option. Physicians who conducted a pilot study at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that therapy before surgery with the drug sorafenib can reduce the size of large tumors and could be safely administered without adding significantly to the risks of surgery.
Five given University Cancer Research Fund Clinical Innovation Awards
The University Cancer Research Fund Clinical Innovation Awards are designed to foster new research, with a preference given to innovation in patient care and services that should elevate current care models or break new ground at UNC-Chapel Hill in strategic areas within the UCRF’s mission of discovery, innovation, and delivery.
Wang awarded 2010 Pier M. Mannucci Young Investigator Prize
Jianguo Wang, a member of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, was one of the winners for his article entitled, "Levels of microparticle tissue factor activity correlate with coagulation activation in endotoxemic mice."
Bob Blackwell assumes duties of Chatham Hospital CFO
Bob Blackwell, who has served as UNC Health Care’s vice president for hospital managed care and payor contracting since December 2008, has agreed to serve as chief financial officer for Chatham Hospital in Siler City.
VIDEO: Family House Diaries - Living life to the fullest despite complications from diabetes
For 54 of his 58 years, Jack Newmann has lived with Type I diabetes and its consequences, but he hasn’t stopped living.
VIDEO: Feb. 12 Haiti patient press conference
Three patients burned during the earthquake in Haiti were brought to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center. For the first time, they each share their stories of survival.
New Biography on Hugh Williamson, Physician and Patriot
Dr. George Sheldon, Professor of Surgery and Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has just completed the first full-length biography of Hugh Williamson [1735-1819], an illustrious figure in both American and North Carolina history.
NC TraCS Lecture: Integrative Biomedical Informatics at the Beginning of the 21st Century Feb 22, 2010 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM NC TraCS Institute, 2nd Floor, Brinkhous-Bullitt Building,
Brian D. Athey, Ph.D., from the University of Michigan Medical School will present his lecture at the NC TraCS Institute on Monday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.
NC BioStart Commercialization Webinar Series: Introduction to Intellectual Property Feb 19, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Online,
Henry Nowak, JD, from UNC's Office of Technology Development, will present this Webinar on Friday, Feb. 19 at noon.
Fifth Symposium on Hemostasis with Special Focus on Factor VIIa and Tissue Factor: from Cell Biology to Animal Models
The symposium will present the newest findings related to tissue factor and factor VIIa presented by faculty which includes the world's foremost investigators in these areas.
Heart Failure and Arrhythmia: Practical Approaches to Patient Management Mar 20, 2010 from 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM The Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC,
This is an advanced practice symposium for cardiologists, general internists and family physicians presented by the Division of Cardiology on March 20 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
UNC Challenges 1000 to Be the Match
Join the National Marrow Donor Program’s registry and you could save a life!
Register for Mind-Body Skills sessions
Vera Moura, M.D., will teach two ten-week courses of Mind-Body Skills tailored specifically to health-care professionals and the general public. A personal interview is required before admission to the program. Each group is limited to eight participants.
Ollila joins "Here's to Your Health"
This weekend, Dr. David Ollila of the UNC Division of Surgical Oncology joins the "Here's to Your Health" radio show to discuss melanoma. We hope you can tune in to WCHL 1360 AM either Saturday at 9 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Monday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Upcoming Events at UNC Wellness Center
Upcoming events include: Energy Medicine for Athletes, Cholesterol: The Real Discussion, How to Prevent a Heart Attack and Supper in Snap Chef Series with Penny Rich.
Weight Watchers at Work at N.C. Women's Hospital
"Weight Watchers at Work" at N.C. Women's Hospital is offering a new meeting time: Thursdays from 8:15 - 9 a.m. beginning Feb. 25.
Save the Date: Commencement in Honor of the Class of 2010
The commencement ceremony for the School of Medicine Class of 2010 will take place Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. A reception at the Friday Center will immediately follow.
Volunteering to Support Haiti
A one-time exception is being made to the Employee Ambassador Recognition Program to help support relief efforts in Haiti. Traditionally, volunteering must be done with a charity that is a 501c(3) and has a valid NC Solicitation License. However, we know that in light of the Haiti disaster, many employees are volunteering their time to charities that may not fill these requirements, and those efforts should be recognized.
Construction on Fordham Boulevard
On Wednesday, Feb. 17 (weather permitting), the Town of Chapel Hill began a construction project to install a sidewalk on the southern shoulder of Fordham Boulevard between Manning Drive and Old Mason Farm Road.
Register for Carolina Kids Camp
Carolina Kids Camp is an eight week summer day camp for children of UNC Health Care employees, UNC employees, UNC students and UNC General Alumni Association employees. Registration begins Feb. 22 and can be done on-line or via paper application.