June 1

Dean's Advisory Council Meeting

The most recent meeting of the Dean's Advisory Council was held on May 23.

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Garcia to Present Inaugural Diversity Lecture at International Microbiology Meeting

Garcia to Present Inaugural Diversity Lecture at International Microbiology Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Microbe 2017, will feature a special presentation highlighting the contributions to the field of an under-represented minority microbiologist. The inaugural lecture will be presented by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, a professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology at UNC.

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Academy of Educators honors outstanding faculty

The Academy of Educators presented several awards to outstanding faculty.

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Surgery Grand Rounds, Tim Sadiq, "Ulcerative Colitis: Should We Be Operating Earlier?"

Traditionally, surgery has been used as a "last resort" in the management of Ulcerative Colitis after failure of medical therapy. Despite a multitude of new expensive medications coming to market over the years the colectomy rate remains essentially unchanged. It is time to re-evaluate the role of surgery in the management of Ulcerative Colitis particularly because the disease predominately affects young people and surgery is curative.

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Cardiovascular Grand Rounds

Kamal Henderson, MD, UNC Cardiology Fellow, will present "Advancing Cardiovascular Health Outcomes with Social Determinants of Health.” Dr. Henderson will discuss how the application of social determinants of health can improve cardiovascular care delivery and briefly discuss some of his research around this subject area.

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UNC VIR currently recruiting for clinical trial investigating safety and efficacy of Geniculate Artery Embolization

UNC Vascular & Interventional Radiology is conducting a clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of geniculate artery embolization for the purpose of relieving knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.

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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is accepting applications to support early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field. Eligible applicants must have an MD, PhD or MD/PhD. Basic and translational/clinical projects will be considered. Applications will be accepted from all scientific disciplines provided that the proposed research meets the selection criteria. Award amount is up to $150,000 per year for up to two (2) years. The application deadline is July 6, 2017.

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National Ataxia Foundation: NAF Research Grants

The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) to support early or pilot phases of studies and ongoing investigations. NAF research grants are for new and innovative studies that are relevant to the cause, pathogenesis or treatment of the hereditary or sporadic ataxias. Due to the larger availability of funding for Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), those research proposals will receive a lower priority. Award amount up to $15,000 for one year. The LOI deadline is July 17, 2017 by 5:00pm CDT.

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Communications and News Team recognized for outstanding design

The UNC Health Care Communications and News team was recently honored with several American Inhouse Design Awards. The team's creative design work is led by Max Englund.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is accepting preproposal applications to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The goal of the program is to support research that shed light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones. Award amount is up to $500,000 over five (5) years. The preproposal deadline is July 14, 2017 by 4:00pm EDT.

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NASPGHAN Foundation, NASPGHAN Foundation Young Investigator Development Award

The NASPGHAN Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, is accepting applications to support junior faculty who are NASPHGHAM members to support research activities that have the potential for evolution to an independent research career in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition. There are two award programs offered: NASPGHAN Foundation/NASPGHAN George Ferry Young Investigator Development Award and the NASPGHAN Foundation/Nestlé Nutrition Research Young Investigator Development Award. Award amount up to $75,000 per year for two years. The application deadline is July 7, 2017.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Pilot Research Grants

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is accepting applications to support high-risk pilot grants to quickly test novel ideas. The Society welcomes applications for studies related to multiple sclerosis that may serve to advance their mission of stopping MS regression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS. Award amount is up to $44,000. The application deadline is July 12, 2017; however, interested applicants must register and complete a pre-application at three (3) days prior to the application deadline.

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Gilead Sciences Inc.: Research Scholars Program in Cardiovascular Disease

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is accepting applications to support basic and clinical research in the field of cardiovascular disease from junior faculty who are in the early stages of their career. The applicant may be the recipient of a career development (K) award or other mentored research award, but not a funded RO1 grant or equivalent at time of application. Award amount is up to $65,000 per year for up to two (2) years. The application deadline is July 7, 2017 by 11:59pm EDT.

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Rheumatology Research Foundation: Scientist Development Award

The Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF) is accepting applications to support individuals in the early stages of their career (typically Fellows-in-Training) or those without significant prior research experience who plan to embark on careers in biomedical and/or clinical research in arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The award is intended to provide support for a structured research training program for rheumatologists or health professionals in the field of rheumatology. Award amount is up to $225,000 for up to three (3) years. The application deadline is July 3, 2017.

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Rheumatology Research Foundation: Investigator Award

The Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF) is accepting applications to support junior investigators (with a faculty appointment) during the period they are developing a project that will be competitive for NIH funding. The award is intended to support basic science, translational and clinical investigators engaged in research relevant to the rheumatic diseases for the period between the completion of post-doctorate fellowship training and establishment as an independent investigator. Award amount is up to $375,000 for up to three (3) years. The application deadline is July 3, 2017.

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Faculty use Ackland to teach medicine, literature, history and more

This article, which originally appeared in the University Gazette, describes ways faculty from across campus, including the UNC School of Medicine, use art at the Ackland Museum of Art to complement their classroom teaching.

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Division of Physical Therapy celebrates 60 years of teaching, research, and clinical care

Division of Physical Therapy celebrates 60 years of teaching, research, and clinical care

The Division of Physical Therapy celebrated its 60th year of the program with a celebration at The Farm, a faculty and staff recreation center in Chapel Hill, on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

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