December 19

Kevin M. Guskiewicz begins term as 12th chancellor with investment in community

Kevin M. Guskiewicz begins term as 12th chancellor with investment in community

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz held more than 25 listening and learning sessions with constituents across campus as interim chancellor. He was instrumental in shaping Carolina’s new strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, which outlines a roadmap for the university’s priorities. And now, in his first week as chancellor, he shared details about a long-term investment that will “help us to study our past, learn from that past, build from that past, and move forward together as a community.”

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Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships Conference

The Carolina Center for Public Service and the Provost Initiative on Rural Engagement and Partnerships are hosting the Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships conference to bring together stakeholders from North Carolina’s rural communities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to highlight and encourage authentic, effective and sustainable collaborations for the public good.

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Save the Date: Inaugural Paul Godley Health Equity Symposium

The inaugural Paul A. Godley Health Equity Symposium will be held March 5, 2020. Save the date and stay tuned for further details in the weeks ahead.

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Dean's Advisory Committee Minutes

Minutes from the September meeting of the Dean's Advisory Committee are now available.

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Physician Assistant Studies Celebrates Fourth Class of Graduates, Honors Faculty

Physician Assistant Studies Celebrates Fourth Class of Graduates, Honors Faculty

The Physician Assistant Studies program, housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, held its fourth commencement ceremony on December 14, 2019.

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Rebuli wins 2020 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award

Rebuli wins 2020 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award

Meghan E. Rebuli, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the Curriculum in Toxicology & Environmental Medicine and the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology, has been awarded the 2020 Best Postdoctoral Publication Award by the Society of Toxicology for outstanding work in the field of toxicology.

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SOM Well-Being Pilot Awards - Request for Proposals due January 14th

The UNC School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development and the Center for Health Innovation are accepting proposals for the 2020 UNC School of Medicine Well-Being Pilot Awards. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2020, and as many as three awards of up to $10,000 each will be announced in March 2020.

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Adult Rapid Response Calls Go Silent Jan. 6, 2020

​Starting Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 a.m., Adult Rapid Response code calls at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will no longer be announced overhead. Hospital operators will be notifying Adult Rapid Response team members of emergent situations by both Vocera and pager. This change in practice will result in a quieter environment and will decrease the anxiety that patients and families experience when hearing overhead emergency calls.

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Introducing new System Leaders for Transformation & Experience, Business Integration teams

In October, we announced our new UNC Health Care system leadership team, a key step in developing a unified operating model and moving us closer to ONE UNC Health. In the past few weeks, these leaders have worked to organize and appoint leaders to best support our new structure. Read more on the UNC SOM Intranet.

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Registration Open - Daily Career & Life Transitions Panel for Women Faculty

Registration Open - Daily Career & Life Transitions Panel for Women Faculty

The Association of Professional Women in Medical Sciences (APWIMS) is hosting a panel on daily career and life transitions – from giving care at work to care at home. Click to learn more and to register.

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Davis Discusses the Heart Program at UNC Children's

Davis Discusses the Heart Program at UNC Children's

UNC Pediatrics Chair Dr. Stephanie Duggins Davis discusses the life-saving work being done within the Heart Program at UNC Children's through cardiology care and congenital heart surgery.

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The Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients – UNC Cancer Network Patient Centered Care Lecture

Please join the UNC Cancer Network for an online telehealth lecture with Gabrielle Brennan, MS, ACSM EP-C, CET. Cardio-oncology is a newly expanding area of cancer rehabilitation in the exercise world. As a Clinical Exercise Physiologist part of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team, Gabrielle Brennan, MS, ACSM EP-C, CET, has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology with a specialization in Cancer Care. Previously, she worked as an Exercise Specialist as the program director for the LiveFit Cancer Exercise Program. She will explore the program and numerous benefits patients gained from this program. The American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for cancer patients will also be discussed.

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Children's Research Institute Seminar Series: "Insight into tumor-stroma interactions in medulloblastoma from scRNA-seq analysis”

The Children's Research Institute presents its January 2020 speaker, Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD, for his talk, "Insight into tumor-stroma interactions in medulloblastoma from scRNA-seq analysis."

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ReGARDD - Need regulatory guidance for FDA submissions?

ReGARDD - Need regulatory guidance for FDA submissions?

ReGARDD provides academic researchers with the regulatory tools and resources necessary to successfully navigate the pathway from discovery to clinical implementation of new drugs, biologics, and medical devices.

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Vital Signs Holiday Schedule

This will be the final issue of Vital Signs for 2019. Vital Signs will not publish on Dec. 26 and will resume normal publication on Jan. 2, 2020. Thank you for reading and have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

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Apply for 2021 McKnight Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award

The application process is now open for the 2021 Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award, given by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

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UNC Santa Sack seeking donations for holiday gifts

Each year, the UNC Santa Sack program provides gifts for pediatric patients and their siblings throughout the hospital. The program is seeking donations for this year, especially gifts for teenagers.

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New inter-disciplinary course launched at the UNC School of Medicine in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State

Drs. Peadar Noone and Kurt Gilliland, both professors at UNC School of Medicine, are excited to announce a new course that will allow medical students to do a two-week elective course in animal medicine during their medical school curriculum.

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McLendon Laboratories Numbered Memo - Core #159 – Critical Calcium Threshold Lowered

Effective December 17th 2019, the McLendon Clinical Laboratories and Hillsborough Hospital Laboratory will lower the critical calcium threshold to 6.0 mg/dL.

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McLendon Laboratories Numbered Memo - Core #158 – Discontinuation of Alkali Denaturation Test (APT) in UNC Special Hematology Laboratory

Effective December 10, 2019, the alkali denaturation test (APT) used to determine the presence of fetal hemoglobin in the stool or emesis of a newborn will be discontinued in the UNC Special Hematology Laboratory.

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New to the IRB application: Research for Me @UNC

New to the IRB application: Research for Me @UNC

Research for Me @UNC is a new public engagement initiative comprised of a comprehensive study listing, educational and engagement material, and stories highlighting the impact of UNC research across North Carolina.

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Byerley named Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Byerley named Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, has been named UNC School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Academic Affairs. In this expanded role, Byerley will oversee the UNC School of Medicine’s educational enterprise as well as faculty affairs and leadership development. Byerley will continue to report to the Executive Dean, Cristy Page, MD, MPH.

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