Feb. 3

Facts about NC TraCS Pilot Grant Program

NC TraCS Institute offers monthly educational sessions to provide general information about the NC TraCS Institute, and more specifically about the NC TraCS Pilot Grant Program. The next session will take place on Feb. 10 and will include brief presentations by NC TraCS Research Navigators and Regulatory and Biostatistics Core personnel.

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NC TraCS Comparative Effectiveness Research Interest Group

You are invited to join this new group for our initial meeting. NC TraCS is facilitating several themed research interest groups to serve as forums to bring investigators together, throughout UNC and beyond, to identify and address challenges in translational research.

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NC TraCS Research Ethics Grand Rounds

Join Rebecca Walker, PhD, for her presentation on "Moral Frameworks for Animal Research." The Research Ethics Grand Rounds are sponsored by Office of Human Research Ethics and NC TraCS Institute.

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NC TraCS Biostatistics Core Grand Rounds

Join presenters Butch Tsiatis for "More robust doubly-robust estimators" and Jason Fine for "Screening for Osteoarthritis in Aging Women: Endpoints and Analyses" at the next session.

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Save the date - Sixth Annual Chapel Hill Drug Conference

The conference’s theme will be "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Methods and Applications." It is hosted by The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and co-sponsored by NC TraCS Institute, the UNC-GSK Center of Excellence in Pharmacoepidemiology and Public Health, and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

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NC TraCS Workshop Series - What is translational research (and how can I get involved)?

The NC TraCS Institute, Wake AHEC, and Greensboro AHEC proudly co-sponsor a series of free workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is "What is Translational Research (and How Can I Get Involved)?"

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UNC-led program helps doctors, health-care centers adopt electronic health records

UNC-led program helps doctors, health-care centers adopt electronic health records

More than 1,500 primary health-care providers around the state are adopting electronic health records and other technology with the help of the N.C. Area Health Education Centers Program.

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Funding renewed for youth diabetes research study

Funding renewed for youth diabetes research study

The nation’s largest study of childhood diabetes, led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received an additional five years of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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Opening Doors 2011

Please read this memo from Dr. Harvey Lineberry, Assistant Dean for Human Resources. Opening Doors is a thought-provoking program focused on improving diversity and inclusion in the school and university.

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Save the date - 2011 Commencement Ceremony

Please join in congratulating the Medical School class of 2011 by attending their graduation on Saturday, May 7.

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Save the date - 2011 Merrimon Lecture

The April 4 lecture will be given by Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Save the date - 2011 Aging Exchange

Please join us for the 7th Annual Aging Exchange, an event dedicated to recognizing and promoting research in the field of aging at UNC. The Aging Exchange will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Friday Center.

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Inaugural Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium

Nobel Laureate Thomas A. Steitz, PhD, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, will present the Oliver Smithies Nobel Lecture. Dr. Joan Steitz, HHMI Investigator and Sterling professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale School of Medicine, will present the Mary Ellen Jones Distinguished Women in Science Lecture.

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SOM researchers win NARSAD Young Investigator grants

Three SOM researchers have won Young Investigator Grants from NARSAD: The Brain and Behavior Research Fund. Grant winners are John A. Allen, PhD, postdoctoral trainee, pharmacology; Sarah J. Hart, PhD, research associate, psychiatry; and Thomas L. Kash, PhD, assistant professor, pharmacology.

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Family Medicine to offer extended clinic hours starting Feb. 1

As of Tuesday, Feb. 1, UNC Family Medicine began offering extended morning hours to accommodate patient schedules. Additional hours include 7 – 8 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Reminder: Men's home basketball schedule and parking information

The next home basketball game will take place Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. against Florida State. Take a look at the remaining games and the following reminder about parking during basketball season.

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New Cultural Competency Standards

The Joint Commission has released new cultural competency standards which will be in effect next year, January 2012. There are also existing cultural competency standards which UNC Hospitals will be scored on during our upcoming Joint Commission survey, so now is the time to brush up on these standards.

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Upcoming events at the UNC Wellness Center

The Wellness Center has a lot going on in the month of February, including lots of heart healthy programs in honor of heart month. Please join us for one of our many great programs!

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NC Children's Promise TV - Jordyn Hester

NC Children's Promise TV - Jordyn Hester

Jordyn was hospitalized as a baby eight years ago. Today she is doing well and makes a wonderful reporter.

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HIV-1/2 Antibody/Antigen (combo) test

Beginning Feb. 7, the Clinical Immunology Laboratory will modify its HIV testing algorithm with the implementation of the Abbott HIV-1/2 Antibody/Antigen combo test.

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Scheduled Oracle database maintenance Friday, Feb. 4

OIS is planning to apply the quarterly patch set to our Oracle database systems on Friday evening, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.

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VAP-Free Days in the PICU

VAP-Free Days in the PICU

On Jan. 26, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) reached 320 days since the last ventilator-associated pneumonia – far surpassing our previous record of 187 days. Please stop by the PICU and congratulate our patients, families, and staff for partnering to fight infections!

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