Vital Signs

This week's collection of news and events from the School of Medicine

A Special Bond

A Special Bond

Two days after Lennox Pierce was born, he was flown to N.C. Children's Hospital’s Level IV NICU for lifesaving treatment. Two years later, the Pierces reunited with their providers and other NICU families at Sunday’s Newborn Critical Care Center's graduate reunion.

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Annual Faculty Meeting

Please send questions or topics for discussion to carol_edenton@med.unc.edu by Oct. 3. Dr. Roper will give a “State of the School” address following a few brief presentations.

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Celebrating Survival

Celebrating Survival

On Sept. 12, the UNC Hospitals Infectious Diseases Clinic hosted a first-of-its-kind celebration gala to pay tribute to those who have been living with HIV infection for more than 20 years.

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Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood worsens musculoskeletal pain outcomes after trauma exposure

Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood worsens musculoskeletal pain outcomes after trauma exposure

People living in lower-income neighborhoods have worse musculoskeletal pain outcomes over time after stressful events than people from higher-income neighborhoods, a new study finds.

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UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpost of autism

By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds: Discovery of Autism

This October Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds will be presented by Jeffrey P. Baker, MD, PhD, of Duke University.

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NC TraCS Open House - Oct. 1

We would like to invite you to an Open House for the NC TraCS Institute, home of the NIH UNC Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program.

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Givens to become Director of Physical Therapy in January

Givens to become Director of Physical Therapy in January

Stephen Hooper, PhD, chair of the department of allied health sciences and associate dean for the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, as the next director of the division of physical therapy. Givens will assume her new role in January 2015, taking over the leadership reigns from Lisa Johnston, PT, MS, DPT, who has been serving as interim director since August 2013.

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2015 UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center is currently accepting pre-proposals for 1-2 year grants of approximately $20,000 per year for pilot & feasibility research projects in nutrition or obesity. Applications are due Oct. 15.

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UNC receives $1.5 million grant to strengthen HIV/AIDS research training in South Africa

UNC receives $1.5 million grant to strengthen HIV/AIDS research training in South Africa

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1.5 million grant aimed at strengthening HIV/AIDS research training in collaboration with the Wits School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Distinguished Medical Awards - Call for Nominations

The Distinguished Medical Awards Selection Committee is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards, Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Faculty Award. Specific information on criteria, eligibility, and nomination process for the awards is included in this mailing, as well as on the Medical Alumni Affairs’ Awards website.

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OIS Security Bytes: USB Drives

OIS Security Bytes: USB Drives

UNC’s Office of Information Systems will be posting bite-size IT Security tips for our users (formerly Tip of the Month). As IT security concerns become more a part of our everyday life, awareness is one of our best allies. For more information, contact your local IT Support or chat with us at help.med.unc.edu.

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Carolina Global Photography Competition

Carolina Global Photography Competition

The submission period is now open for the 15th annual amateur Carolina Global Photography Competition hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), the Study Abroad Office, International Student and Scholar Services and Global Relations. The competition is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Testing University Paychecks in ConnectCarolina

Testing University Paychecks in ConnectCarolina

For employees who receive University paychecks, the ConnectCarolina payroll team is conducting exhaustive tests to make certain the first payday in ConnectCarolina comes and goes as normal.

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NC TraCS Events and Announcements

Join us at our Open House on October 1! Upcoming events include Principal Investigator (PI) Development Series, Orientation for New Clinical Research Personnel, Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Seminar Series, and Biostatistics Seminar Series.

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How to increase health care enrollment for N.C.’s immigrants

UNC study underscores the potential of the Affordable Care Act to reach many N.C. immigrants

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UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC’s Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD, discovered the mechanisms responsible for keeping the clock in sync.

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Workshop: Building More Effective eInterventions Through Functional Design

Are you interested in designing more effective eHealth interventions for behavior change? If your answer is yes, please attend CHAI Core's spooktacular free workshop on Halloween at the North Carolina Botanical Garden!

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Participate in Student Stores Discussion and Get Free Lunch & $25 Gift Card

UNC Student Stores is conducting market research in order to better serve the UNC community. To help inform these efforts, we are seeking input from various UNC-affiliated groups, including current UNC faculty, regarding their thoughts and perspectives about Student Stores products and services.

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Overview of Adult HIV Care for New Clinicians

The North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center (NCATEC) will be hosting a comprehensive 2-day training event on October 30-31 in Charlotte, NC. The event is designed for clinicians including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists and PAs who seek to improve their HIV treatment skills. Topics include current HIV treatment regimens and initiation guidelines, new hepatitis C treatments, PrEP, opportunistic infections, contraception, preconception, pregnancy, and more. CMEs offered.

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