March 30

Gibson appointed Chief, Pediatric Nephrology

Gibson appointed Chief, Pediatric Nephrology

Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, has been named chief of the division of pediatric nephrology.

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iPads enhance student experience

iPads enhance student experience

Students beginning the application phase of the TEC curriculum were given iPads loaded with patient care and educational resources. Richard Hobbs, MD, is leading this new program.

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Analyzing AAMC Faculty Forward Survey: Part I

Throughout the month of February, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development hosted a series of town halls to share results from the 2016 AAMC Faculty Engagement Survey. Over the next three weeks, Vital Signs will feature a series of articles presenting institutional-level findings for those unable to participate in the town halls.

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Corbie-Smith elected President of the Society of General Internal Medicine

Corbie-Smith elected President of the Society of General Internal Medicine

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, Kenan Distinguished Professor, departments of Social Medicine and Medicine, has been elected President of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She will serve a three-year term as president of the organization beginning this year.

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Tsai elected President of American Medical Student Association

Tsai elected President of American Medical Student Association

UNC medical student Perry Tsai, PhD, has been elected President of the American Medical Student Association.

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A Celebration of the Life of Oliver Smithies

A Celebration of the Life of Oliver Smithies

Please make plans to attend a public memorial service celebrating the life of Oliver Smithies. The event will be held the evening of April 4 at the Genome Sciences Building.

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Ikonomidis named Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ikonomidis named Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

John Ikonomidis, MD, PhD, joined the UNC School of Medicine faculty in early March, and serves as the new Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He most recently served as Horace G. Smithy professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.

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Being Mortal: Film and Discussion on End-of-Life Care

The UNC IPE Steering Committee and Transitions LifeCare are hosting a free screening and discussion of the film Being Mortal.

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UNC to Create and Test Injectable Long-Acting Implant to Prevent HIV/AIDS

UNC to Create and Test Injectable Long-Acting Implant to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Implant could offer long-acting, removable form of prevention not currently available. Martina Kovarova, PhD, of the UNC School of Medicine Division of Global Health and Infectious Disease, and Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, are collaborating on the project.

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Memorial Service for Dr. James "Jim" Scatliff

Memorial Service for Dr. James "Jim" Scatliff

The Department of Radiology will host a memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Scatliff on Saturday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m. The service will be held in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB) Auditorium. Parking is available at the Ambulatory Care Center or in the "S6" parking spaces located along Mason Farm Road.

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Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

In Episode Six of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," Jama Darling, MD, talks about autoimmune hepatitis, how it is different from other types of hepatitis, the importance of liver biopsy, and treatments of the disease. Darling is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Nancy Bagatell Named Director of Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Nancy Bagatell Named Director of Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has selected Nancy Bagatell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, as its new director effective July 1, 2017.

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Join the Conquest, a UNC research studies listing, has a new look

Join the Conquest, a UNC research studies listing, has a new look

Join the Conquest has an updated look and enhanced features. The changes come following a survey of more than 7,000 members and more than 135 researchers who reported a desire for improved access to educational materials and easier navigation to studies.

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Partners Seeking a Cure (PSC): Research Grant

PSC is accepting applications to fund research projects that have the potential to discover a cure for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), and/or identify novel therapies that may significantly delay time to liver transplantation, prevent disease recurrence following liver transplantation, and/or improve the quality of life for those with PSC. Award amount is up to $30,000 per year for up to two (2) years. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

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The Marfan Foundation: 2017 Faculty Grant Program

The Marfan Foundation is accepting applications to support two-year grants for basic, translation or clinical research. The grant program is designed to support senior faculty members studying any or all disciplines involved in Marfan syndrome and related disorders. Proposals are evaluated by The Marfan Foundation Scientific Advisory Board with the approval of the Board of Director. The Foundation will make up to three awards. Award amount is up to $100,000 over two years. The application deadline April 21, 2017.

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March of Dimes: 2018 Research Program

The March of Dimes (MOD) is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) to support research projects relevant to the organization’s mission: to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. This encompasses basic biological processes governing differentiation and development involving both human and animal model systems, genetics and genomics of these processes, clinical studies, reproductive health and environmental toxicology. Award amount varies. The LOI deadline is April 28, 2017.

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International Anesthesia Research Society: 2017 IARS Mentored Research Awards

The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is accepting applications to support investigations that will further the understanding of clinical practice in anesthesiology and related sciences. The grants are intended to help create future leaders and prepare applicants to apply for independent research funding. Applications for the IMRA may be in any area of investigation (clinical, translational, basic science), but must have ultimate relevance to the broad practice of anesthesiology and its subspecialties. Award amount up to $175,000 over two years. The application deadline is April 30, 2017 by 11:59pm EST.

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National Doctors' Day Wellness Activities

In support of National Doctors Day, a Wellness Table will be set-up in the Neurosciences Hospital Lobby March 28 - 30. On March 31, the table will be set up the Children’s Hospital Lobby from 11 a.m. - 1.pm. This table will offer information about new Wellness Initiatives offered at the SOM and UNC Health Care.

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Your Health: Fighting epidemics before they occur

Your Health: Fighting epidemics before they occur

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH® Adam & guest co-host Michael Baca-Atlas, MD, will talk with John-Arne Røttingen, PhD, interim CEO for the newly launched Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations who was also closely involved with trials of the Ebola vaccine, about starting the fight against epidemics before they break out.

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