Vital Signs - April 1, 2010

Dr. Pisano accepts appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announced Wednesday the appointment of Etta D. Pisano, MD, as the new Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs. Dr. Pisano currently serves as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the UNC School of Medicine, Director of the NC TraCS Institute, Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Pisano will assume her new positions at MUSC on July 1, 2010.
Daniel L. Clarke-Pearson elected president of Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Dr. Clarke-Pearson is chair of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine.
Goldberg Named Associate Group Chair of CALGB
Richard M. Goldberg, MD has been appointed to a newly-created position with the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), a national clinical research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Depression affects how women with PMDD respond to stress, pain
These findings give physicians more reason to search for a more specific diagnosis and could possibly lead to more precise treatments, said UNC's Susan Girdler, Ph.D.
UNC infectious disease fellow awarded minority scholarship to join domestic battle against the spread of HIV
Yvonne Carter, MD, is one of six scholars from under-represented minority communities to be awarded funding for HIV prevention research from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).
Fellow leads the way to new VTE protocol
On April 6, a new protocol will take effect for every adult in-patient admission. The protocol, a simple process for providers, could make a world of difference to patients who are at risk for developing venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment & Prophylaxis Protocol to be released in CPOE on April 6
On April 6, a VTE risk assessment and prophylaxis protocol will be released that instructs providers to perform a standardized VTE risk assessment on each adult patient admitted to UNC Hospitals. This risk assessment will link to a menu of appropriate prophylaxis options within our CPOE system.
Visitor restrictions lifted April 1
As UNC Hospitals is now seeing only small numbers of persons with novel H1N1 influenza, we will remove our automatic visitor restrictions for persons under 13 years of age effective April 1.
FDA issues black box warning on clopidogrel (Plavix)
There was a recent update to the package insert for clopidogrel (Plavix) that includes a black box warning for use in patients who are poor metabolizers.
UNC honored by Triangle Business Journal 2010 Health Care Heroes Awards
Anthony Viera, M.D., M.P.H., Otto Zhou, Ph.D., and the UNC Family Medicine Center, under the direction of Sam Weir, M.D., were among 28 winners of the 2010 Health Care Hero Awards sponsored by Triangle Business Journal in March.
In good hands: Hyperbaric technician receives high-level certification
When patients are sad to hear they won’t be coming to your clinic anymore, you know you must be doing something right. And, apparently, that’s how patients feel about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in the Wound Healing and Podiatry Clinic.
From the blog - Patients, staff open up to N&O on health care reform
Sarah Avery, the medical reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, visited UNC hospitals last Wednesday to walk around and talk with our patients and staff about the health care reform bill the day after it was signed into law.
Upcoming talks by Biomedical Research Imaging Center director candidates
The Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) Director search committee is pleased to announce two upcoming talks by BRIC director candidates.
NC BioStart Commercialization Webinar Series: Licensing University Technology Apr 07, 2010 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM N/A,
When technology is developed and patented at an academic institution, a license is a vehicle for transferring that technology to the private sector for commercial development. Participants will learn about the context in which university license agreements are undertaken and the typical terms of a license for a traditional early stage spinout company. Jason Wood, JD, and Dan Porper, JD, from Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP will present.
Meet UNC Family Medicine Physicians & Providers Apr 27, 2010 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM Family Medicine Clinic at 590 Manning Drive,
Do you wish you could interview a physician or nurse to see if they are right for you? Are you looking for a primary care physician or nurse practitioner? Do you need help navigating the health system because of a health condition? Are you expecting a baby or need advice on parenting skills?
Workshop: The Twelve Keys to Successful Grant Writing
Dr. Robert Lowman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, will be conducting a workshop that presents twelve key concepts related to success in grant writing. Designed for the grant writer with limited experience, this workshop starts from the premise that nothing succeeds like a good idea.
Workshop: Communicating Health Information to Community Members
The NC TraCS Community Engagement Core, the Carolina Community Network, Wake AHEC, Greensboro AHEC, and NC TraCS Dissemination Core proudly co-sponsor a series of free workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is "Communicating Health Information to Community Members."
Funding Available: Community-Campus Partnership Offers Small Grants for Work in Economically Distressed Communities
The Community-Campus Partnership (CCP) seeks proposals for projects that align with local priorities in Caswell and/or Lenoir counties. Projects must build local capacity, skills, or knowledge to address current and future challenges in the areas of community and economic development, education, infrastructure, or public health; and/or improve the livability and viability of local communities.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation now accepting grant proposals
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 5 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to encourage unconventional global health solutions. Anyone can apply, regardless of education or experience level.
Touch a Truck: A Hands-On Family Event for Kids of All Ages
Name a child who wouldn’t love to climb aboard a fire truck, big rig or bulldozer! Touch a Truck provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types – public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place!
Register for Mind-Body Skills sessions
Vera Moura, M.D., will teach two ten-week courses of Mind-Body Skills; one tailored specifically to health-care professionals and another for the general public. A personal interview is required before admission to the program. Each group is limited to eight participants.
Donate Life Month events scheduled throughout April
To help recognize April as national Donate Life month, a number of events are scheduled in April at UNC Hospitals and across the University. Stop by these events to sign up as an organ donor and learn more about organ donation and our transplant services at UNC Health Care.
March edition of "The Comfort Zone"
Please take a look at the newest edition of "The Comfort Zone," a newsletter dedicated to pain management. The newsletter is full of great information for all disciplines including: safe ordering of fentanyl patches, fibromyalgia, and the new Pain Resource Nurses Program started in pediatrics.
CHT Service Alert: Pittsboro Express (PX) Route Change
Beginning Monday, April 12, Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will no longer serve Fearrington Village. Chatham Transit Network will continue to serve Fearrington Village.
‘Yield to Heels’ Day April 7
The University will work to educate pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers around campus on Wednesday, April 7, on the importance of visibility and attentiveness as a part of “Yield to Heels,” an on-campus pedestrian safety education campaign.
Linens & candle sale
Ultimate Linens and the Candle Shop will be returning for a fantastic fundraiser April 13 and 14 in the Children's Hospital Lobby.