Vital Signs - June 24, 2010

UNC study: Maternal, infant antiretrovirals both effective in preventing HIV transmission through breast milk
These findings are important because each year about 200,000 infants worldwide become infected with HIV through breastfeeding, and in the developing world infant formula is both prohibitively expensive and associated with increased infant deaths.
Brain signs of schizophrenia found in babies
UNC researchers are the first to identify brain abnormalities in children at high risk for schizophrenia shortly after birth. The finding could lead to earlier detection of schizophrenia and enable better prevention and treatment.
Gut bacteria could be key indicator of colon cancer risk
A new study by researchers in the UNC School of Medicine suggests that a shift in the balance between the “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria that populate our gut could be a harbinger of colon cancer.
UNC study: North Carolina leads nation in number of tobacco-free college campus policies
The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, found that in the first four years of the North Carolina Tobacco-Free Colleges Initiative, 33 college campuses in North Carolina adopted tobacco-free policies, which prevent tobacco use to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Drug mitigates toxic effects of radiation in mice
Discovery has potential for cancer patients and disaster victims
UNC awarded $1.7 million to curb the spread of HIV in North Carolina
A team of researchers from the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC has received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study novel HIV testing methods to detect acute HIV infection and target sexual networks to curb the spread of HIV in North Carolina.
Zhang receives third annual Battle Award
Yanping Zhang, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of radiation oncology at the UNC School of Medicine.
Lisa Carey and Ned Sharpless named associate directors for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Lisa Carey, MD, has been named associate director for clinical science, and Ned Sharpless, MD, has been named associate director for translational research for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
School of Medicine students named HHMI-NIH Research Training Fellows
Kerry Colby and Kathryn Kemere have been awarded a year-long research fellowship through a $4 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) initiative.
Working to serve all the people of N.C.
As a state-supported medical school, it has always been a part of the mission of the UNC School of Medicine to improve the health of all the people of North Carolina, particularly to people living in communities that are underserved or lack access to good healthcare.
UNC Health Care’s impact on North Carolina
Our mission is to serve and care for the people of North Carolina. We do that every day in our hospitals, clinics and exam rooms across North Carolina. A new interactive map at provides information about the number of patients we serve and the amount of uncompensated care we provide.
NC TraCS Pediatric Venipuncture Class Jun 24, 2010 from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM CTRC Conference Room - 3rd floor hospital, room 3023,
Come learn the basic and important principles of performing venipuncture on children participating in research.
Next round of NC TraCS Pilot Grant Program due dates
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. Please read on for the next round of due dates for the TraC$2K, TraC$4K and TraC$50K grants.
Workshop: Understanding IRB in Community Research Jun 28, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Moses Cone Hospital-Greensboro AHEC Rm. 29,
The Research Ethics in the Community: Understanding IRB in Community Research Workshop offers free interactive training on the need and rationale for protecting people who participate in scientific studies.
Department of OB/GYN June Highlights and Honors
Please take a look at the department's June updates. The page includes recent honors and awards, news clips, presentations and publications.
HSL Special Collections Awarded Digitization Grant
From the Carolina Curator blog: Special Collections at UNC Health Sciences Library has recently been awarded $42,675 for year two of a three-year NC ECHO digitization grant project for the creation of the North Carolina History of Health Digital Collection.
Transit Updates
Updates include: CHT closed Monday, July 5, Highway 54 Park & Ride to Become UNC CAP Park & Ride and Approved Changes to Triangle Transit Routes.
Statewide recognition for UNC's Nicotine Dependence Program
The UNC Nicotine Dependence Program was recently honored for having a higher percentage of patients and employees contact and join the "Quitline NC" tobacco and smoking cessation phone service than any other hospital in the state.
Bae-Jump receives James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award
Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has received the school’s prestigious James W. Woods Junior Faculty Award.
New England Journal of Medicine launches free iPhone app
The application, called "NEJM This week" is available through iTunes. It is free of charge for a limited time only.