Vital Signs - Jan. 8, 2010

VIDEO: A1C test now recommended for diabetes screening/diagnosis
New official guidelines for diabetes screening and diagnosis now include a blood test that gives a person’s average blood glucose level over the previous 2-3 months.
A single atom controls motility required for bacterial infection
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have discovered that a single atom – a calcium, in fact – can control how bacteria walk. The finding identifies a key step in the process by which bacteria infect their hosts, and could one day lead to new drug targets to prevent infection.
Study identifies a protein complex possibly crucial for triggering embryo development
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have discovered a protein complex that appears to play a significant role in erasing epigenetic instructions on sperm DNA, essentially creating a blank slate for the different cell types of a new embryo to develop.
National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored study: Using brain imaging to understand the effects of psychotherapy
Gabriel Dichter, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, discusses his latest NIMH-sponsored brain imaging research exploring the effects of psychotherapy on brain function.
Department of Neurosurgery endorsed by School of Medicine faculty
Please read the following letter from Drs. William Roper and Etta Pisano.
UNC Immunology Core Facility Services and Funding Opportunities
The UNC Immunology Core Facility began in 2003 in order to meet the needs of UNC investigators. We specialize in anything related to the development, production and purification of either monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies, and funding opportunities are available for researchers.
Call for Nominations: 2010 Medical Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award
The Medical Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award, presented to a full-time faculty member who gives of themselves to alumni and to the state.
Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grant application available
The Alumni Endowment Fund offers grant support to investigators that will promote excellence in education, research or service. The deadline is Feb. 19.
UNC Featured on NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Web site
Each month, the NIH CTSA Web site, highlights the activities of a CTSA at a local level. UNC is the featured institution for the month of January, 2010.
Conference: 21st Annual Challenges in Geriatrics Practice
The conference will be held on Feb. 18-19 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education and is offering continuing education to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and nursing home administrators.
Norma Berryhill Lectures now available online
The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lectureship was established at the UNC School of Medicine in 1985 by its Dean, Stuart Bondurant, MD, to honor some of the School's most accomplished scientists and scholars.
MHI Seminar Series: Andrew C. Dudley, PhD, Harvard Medical School Jan 12, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM G202 MBRB,
Dr. Dudley will present "Unique Properties of Tumor Endothelial Cells" as a part of the McAllister Heart Institute seminar series.
Silberman joins 'Here's to Your Health'
Please tune in to the Here’s to Your Health radio show on WCHL 1360 AM this weekend for our conversation with Dr. Pam Silberman, President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and the Publisher of the North Carolina Medical Journal.
"Lost in Translation – Are we taking full advantage of interpreter services?”
The Palliative Care Consult Service hosts an every-other-month series of Palliative Care interdisciplinary case conferences devoted to the discussion of clinical and psychosocial needs of hospitalized, seriously ill patients and their families. The next conference will take place Thursday, Jan. 21, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. in the first floor Women’s Hospital Conference Room 3.
UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program adds Mindfulness Program
The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP), part of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital is launching a new program, Mindfulness for Persons with Cancer or Chronic Illness. The UNC Mindfulness-Based Program for Stress and Pain Management offers a series of 8 classes, training in meditation and mind-body awareness. The program is open to patients and caregivers facing the challenge of cancer or chronic illness.
NC TraCS offers Pilot Grant Program - next due date Jan. 19
NC TraCS offers a Pilot Grant Program with $4.3 million available this year to support basic, clinical, and social scientists for bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-practice translational research. The goal is to promote development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes for the citizens of North Carolina.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation lecture
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation would like to invite you to a lecture on Jan. 15 discussing "The Physiatric Approach to Low Back Pain."
Save the Date: Society of Acupuncture Research International Conference
The Society of Acupuncture Research (SAR) will hold its 2010 International conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill from March 19 to March 21. The conference is hosted by the UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Help needed to build a Habitat for Humanity home
As part of its Commitment to Communities program, UNC Health Care has agreed to sponsor the construction of a Habitat for Humanity House that will be owned by a UNC Health Care employee.
Healthy Heels Employee Lunch & Learn: Weight Loss
On Jan. 14, Susannah Southern, RD, LDN, will discuss losing weight the healthy way by focusing on the habits of people who have lost weight and kept it off.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation E-newsletter
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is now offering an e-newsletter which you may subscribe to receive directly. The newsletter will feature different themes in rehabilitation medicine, as well as a "year in review" issue.
Chapel Hill Transit schedule changes
To improve performance throughout the transit system, Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will implement schedule changes on Monday, Jan. 11.
Weight Watchers at N.C. Women's Hospital
Weight Watchers at Work at N.C. Women's Hospital is starting up again! This series will be 17 weeks long with free e-tools for $186*.
From UNC Health Care's blog - Volunteer gets in SHAPE
One of our volunteer Spanish interpreters in Patient Relations, 24-year-old Callie Joy Palma, is featured in the January 2010 issue of SHAPE magazine. The story is not available online, but you can find it on the last page of SHAPE's January issue, in a feature called “YOU … in Shape.”
Location Change: "Toward Health Care Reform Through Electronic Medical Records" Forum
Due to the huge interest in the forum, the event will be held in a larger auditorium – Room 133 in Rosenau Hall. The forum will last from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 12.
Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony Jan. 15
The annual UNC Health Care Martin Luther King, Jr., program is scheduled to take place Friday, Jan. 15, from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the 4th Floor clinic auditorium.
Upcoming Events at UNC Wellness Center
Upcoming events include: The Weigh to Wellness; Mental Visualization for Peak Performance; UNC Health Care Brain Injury Support Group; UNC Health Care Stroke Support Group; UNC Cardiac Survivor's Support Group; Your Optimal Workout and Recovery Tips; and Managing Time, Managing You.