Vital Signs - Jan. 21, 2010

PrEP treatment prevented HIV transmission in humanized mice
Systemic pre-exposure administration of antiretroviral drugs provides protection against intravenous and rectal transmission of HIV in mice with human immune systems, according to a new study published January 21, 2010 in the online journal PLoS ONE.
UNC Lineberger Research Provides New Insights Into Deadly Brain Cancer
New findings by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center suggest that the most common form of malignant brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is probably not a single disease but a set of diseases, each with a distinct underlying molecular disease process.
Egan named "Tar Heel of the Week"
Thomas M. Egan, M.D., of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is featured as the "Tar Heel of the Week" in a News & Observer story about Dr. Egan and his pioneering lung transplant research, which would make more donor lungs usable for transplant by treating the lungs ex-vivo (outside the body) to improve their health before transplant.
VIDEO: 5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Heart Health
Nearly 500,000 women in the U.S. die from heart disease each year. It is the number one killer of all women. However, women who have heart attacks tend not to seek help from doctors as quickly as men do. Women often wait an hour longer than men to seek help, and that hour can sometimes be too late.
This February, make creativity the heart of your fitness routine
Judy Hinderliter encourages people to think of creative ways to get exercise, like catching up with friends by taking a brisk walk instead of talking on the phone.
VIDEO: A Push for Flu Shots
Dr. David Weber, UNC Hospitals' Medical Director of Epidemiology, gives the latest CDC and UNC Hospitals' numbers of flu and H1N1 deaths. Drs. Weber and Jeffrey Engel, N.C. State Health Director, urge those that haven't been vaccinated for flu or H1N1 to get vaccinated.
NC TraCS & Core Lab Facilities Poster Session
The Office of Translational Technologies within the NC TraCS Institute is facilitating a Core Lab Facilities Poster Session on Jan. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in the lobbies of Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB).
NC TraCS Institute Community Engagement Core offers Program Evaluation Workshop
The NC TraCS Community Engagement Core, the Carolina Community Network, Wake AHEC, Greensboro AHEC, and NC TraCS Clinical and Community Translation Core proudly co-sponsor a series of free workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is "Program Evaluation."
Center for Women's Health Research at UNC - Winter Newsletter
In this issue: Profile of Dr. Carol Lorenz, Spotlight on Research: Time to Conceive, Submission process for clinical trial research study and New research at Center for Women's Health Research.
Landes-Merrimon Lecture and the John B. Graham Student Research Day Jan 27, 2010 from 12:30 PM to 08:00 PM 2204 MBRB,
The lecture will be held Jan. 27. Edward J. Benz, president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Professor at Harvard Medical School, will be this year's presenter. His talk is entitled, "Mentors, Messages, and the Future of Physician Scientists." Poster and slide presentations by John B. Graham Student Research Society Inductees will follow the lecture.
2009 Survey on Patient Safety Culture summary
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Hospital and Medical Office survey on Patient Safety Culture was administered to all faculty and staff in December 2009. This was the third time UNC Health Care used the Hospital survey and the first time using the Medical Office survey.
Upcoming Events at UNC Wellness Center
Events include a free hearing screening and Supper in a Snap series.
Newton joins "Here's to Your Health"
Please tune in this weekend when our very own Dr. Warren Newton joins the "Here’s to Your Health" radio show to discuss the patient centered medical home.
Excellence Fund Seed Grant application available
The Excellence Fund provides Seed Grant Awards to UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals to support innovative research projects which may lead to new treatments and cures for today's diseases. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2010.
Gravely demolition to block pedestrian access on Hospital Drive
Preparations are now under way to begin the demolition of the Gravely Building. On Monday, Jan. 25, contractors will install construction fencing along the west (Gravely) side of Hospital Drive, which is the main access road to UNC Hospitals’ main entrances.
One lane of Pittsboro St. closed near Carolina Inn
The right-hand lane of traffic on Pittsboro Street (between the Carolina Inn and Miller Hall) will be closed beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, and remain closed for approximately 18 months due to the CoGeneration Steam Tunnel construction project.
University to test emergency sirens Jan. 26
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will test its emergency sirens on Tuesday, Jan. 26, between noon and 1 p.m. as part of Alert Carolina, a safety awareness campaign. Anyone outside on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill, is likely to hear the sirens during the test, which tests equipment and reminds students, faculty and staff what to do in an emergency. No action is needed.
Chapel Hill Transit Reroutes Services Due to Construction on West Drive
Starting Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will be rerouting several routes due to a major construction project along West Drive.