Vital Signs - Feb. 4, 2010

Scientists map out regulatory regions of genome, hot spots for diabetes genes
The research, published online Jan. 31, 2010, in the journal Nature Genetics, presents the first high-resolution atlas of these regulatory elements in the most studied cell type for treatment and prevention of type II diabetes.
Kernick Receives 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award
Edward Kernick, D.P.M., Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the UNC School of Medicine, received a 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Post-Baccalaureate Instruction in January. The awards are presented annually at UNC-Chapel Hill to recognize inspirational teaching at all levels.
NC TraCS Institute at UNC joins first national research study recruitment registry
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has joined more than 51 research institutions around the United States in making information about its clinical research trials available on ResearchMatch, the country’s first registry for recruiting research participants.
UNC’s Collaborative Cross mouse colony featured in Scientific American
In the February issue of Scientific American an article, “Mouse Mash-Up,” refers to UNC’s highly genetically diverse mouse colony and quotes UNC adjunct professor of genetics David Threadgill, PhD, who also chairs genetics at NCSU.
Surgery Grand Rounds - Trauma Management 2010: Ongoing Controversies
The speaker is L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is the president elect of the American College of Surgeons. Grand Rounds will be held Feb. 10 at 7:15 a.m. in the Clinic Auditorium.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Grand Rounds - The Role of Fitness in Health and Disease: Status of Adults with Cerebral Palsy
Dr. Deborah Thorpe will present the lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 8 - 9 a.m. in Bondurant G100.
UNC CTSA Pilot Grant Program due dates
NC TraCS Institute is the academic home of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) here at UNC. NC TraCS offers a Pilot Grant Program with $4.3 million available this year to support basic, clinical, and social scientists for bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-practice translational research.The goal is to promote development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes for the citizens of North Carolina.
Nominations Wanted: Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award
The Dean's Office is seeking nominations for the award, which was established in 2007 by the Battle Foundation of Rocky Mount, to recognize exceptional cancer research at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
Cross joins "Here's to Your Health"
This week, Dr. Alan Cross of the UNC Department of Social Medicine joins the Department of Family Medicine's "Here's to Your Health" radio show to discuss sexual health. We hope you can tune in to WCHL 1360 AM either Saturday at 9 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Monday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
VIDEO: Martin Luther King, Jr., Remembrance Ceremony
For those of you who could not attend the Jan. 15 Remembrance Ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the event is now available online via UNC Health Care's YouTube page.
WNC Colorectal Cancer Evidence Academy: From Prevention to Treatment
This event, on March 12 at Lake Junaluska, is co-sponsored by the NC Comprehensive Cancer Program and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Comprehensive Cancer Support Program: Straight to the Heart
Are you looking to find meaning in your life? Do you wish to regain a sense of empowerment following a diagnosis of cancer? Do you feel out of control? Join us for a new, 5-week class intended to help you get in touch with who you are, find your passion, and manifest what you want.
Nominations Wanted: Carolina Center for Public Service Awards
The Carolina Center for Public Service invites you to honor campus units as well as individual students, faculty and staff for outstanding efforts in engaged scholarship and service by nominating them for a public service award. The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, Feb. 12.
Silent (No More) Auction
The silent auction, which will be held Feb. 4, benefits victims of family violence. Proceeds pay for victim services at the UNC Hospitals Beacon Program and The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County.
Parking & Transportation update
Despite this past weekend’s winter weather, the Department of Public Safety wants to remind everyone that parking regulations are in effect—even in lots where gates are raised. This includes Dogwood Deck, which is reserved for patients and visitors only.
Kids Cards for Valentine's Day
Kid's Cards for Valentine's Day and other occasions are now available at the Kid's Cards cart along the walkway between the Women's and Children's Hospital lobbies.
Be a "Donuter Supporter" this weekend for the Children's Hospital
N.C. State University's newest (and perhaps most infamous) tradition, the Krispy Kreme Challenge, returns for a sixth year on Saturday, Feb. 6, to raise money for N.C. Children's Hospital. Although runner registration is full, you can still support the cause by signing up to be a "Donuter supporter" for $10 and get a commemorative event T-shirt.
Upcoming Events at UNC Wellness Center
Upcoming events include: A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Support Group, Cholesterol Screening, UNC Cardiac Survivors' Support Group, Hypertension & Heart Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Cholesterol: The Real Discussion, and How to Prevent a Heart Attack.