Vital Signs - August 21, 2009

Breakthrough uses light to manipulate cell movement
New technique expected to enhance understanding of how cancer spreads.
Research points to new target for stopping colon cancer
New research led by scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill have found a drug target that suggests a potent way to kill colon cancers that resist current drugs aimed at blocking a molecule found on the surface of cells.
Toews and others honored at 2009 Whitehead lecture
Dr. Arrel Toews, selected by medical students, delivered the annual lecture to the School of Medicine.
2009 Whitehead Student Award Winners
Medical students vote for their classmates for a variety of awards honoring academic excellence, compassion, and commitment to ideals.
2009 Whitehead Faculty Award Winners
Each year medical students honor faculty members for excellence in teaching.
Mission Hospital, UNC Health Care forge agreement for cancer care, research
Mission Hospital and UNC Health Care announced Aug. 19 that they have signed an affiliation agreement for cancer care and research, with the overall goal of enhancing the quality of care for cancer patients in western North Carolina, including providing access to new therapies and innovative research programs under development at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
VIDEO: The move to the N.C. Cancer Hospital
Our first patients arrived at the N.C. Cancer Hospital Monday, Aug. 17. This short video chronicles a few different perspectives on the move into the new space.
VIDEO: N.C. Cancer Hospital - Then and Now with Dr. Benjamin Calvo
This video provides a look at cancer care at UNC then, now and into the future from Dr. Benjamin Calvo, chief of the division of Surgical Oncology.
N.C. Cancer Hospital facts and floor plans
The N.C. Cancer Hospital opened earlier this week. In addition to the outpatient services now under way, inpatient services are set to begin in the Cancer Hospital this September. Read on for full details on our new hospital.
Center for Excellence in Children's Nutrition Funding Opportunity
$20K is available to fund a study in pediatric nutrition. Letters of Intent are due Sept. 1.
Request for Applications for 2009 Community-Academic Partnership Grant
Sponsored by the TraCS Institute.
Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology celebrates 13th Annual Research Day Sept. 18
Drs. Ellie Tzima, Mark Zylka, and Eve Marder will present lectures.
Tuition Waiver Program Update
The governor has recently signed into law Senate Bill 202, The Appropriations Act of 2009 (Session Law 2009-451). Section 9.21 of the Bill reduces, from three to two, the number of Tuition Waiver free courses a full-time staff member may enroll in per academic year.
Dr. Tom Bacon joins Here's to Your Health
This weekend, Dr. Tom Bacon joins the Here's to Your Health radio show to discuss the N.C. Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, health care reform and North Carolina’s future health care needs.
UNC Institute on Aging hosts the Sixth Annual Aging Exchange on Sept. 15
Share your research with colleagues. Poster abstracts due Sept. 4.
Register for Mind-Body Skills sessions
Vera Moura, M.D., will teach three-month courses of Mind-Body Skills tailored specifically to health-care professionals and for the general public. Attendance requires an interview with Dr. Moura; each group is limited to eight participants.
NC Cardiovascular Update 2009
The Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiology present the NC Cardiovascular Update 2009, on Sept. 25-26 at the Friday Center.
2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk
The 2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the RBC Center.
Fifth Annual UNC Conference on Eating Disorders: Tools for the Management of Eating Disorders and Obesity in Your Practice and the Schools
The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct.17, at the Friday Center.
AWARE for All The Triangle
UNC-Chapel Hill helps sponsor Aware for All on Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at North Carolina Central University's School of Education. AWARE for All is an educational program that is free and open to the public for the purpose of providing education to help people make informed decisions about clinical research participation.