Vital Signs

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

From Chapel Hill to the World Games

From Chapel Hill to the World Games

On July 25, Tim Taft, MD, will be on the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games. It’s a big stage. An iconic venue. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to be in attendance. Stevie Wonder will perform. But, in a career that spans four decades, Taft, Max N. Novich Professor of Orthopaedics, is used to big stages and iconic venues.

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SharePoint 2013 Upgrade

SharePoint 2013 Upgrade

As part of a larger move to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud-based suite of tools, the School of Medicine will move from the current campus-hosted version of SharePoint 2010 to the cloud-based SharePoint 2013 on Monday, August 10. If you currently manage a SharePoint site and have not been contacted about upgrading your site, please contact webhelp@med.unc.edu as soon as possible.

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Whitehead Lecture and Awards Ceremony

This year's Whitehead Lecture will be delivered by Alice D. Ma, MD, associate professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology. Her lecture is titled "Endurance, Obstacles, Perseverance and Joy: My Transformation from the World's Crummiest Medical Student to Faculty Member at the World's Best Medical School."

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Reminder: Balloting has begun for committee representatives

In March 2012, SOM faculty members endorsed changes to the SOM bylaws that provided for additional opportunities for peer selection of faculty to standing committees of the medical school. Voting for representatives on six committees is open until July 31st.

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Changes to Outlook Web App

Changes to Outlook Web App

Next Wednesday, July 29 2015 ITS will point outlook.unc.edu to the new Exchange 2013 Hybrid servers. The only change users should notice is a new Outlook Web Application (OWA) login page. After entering their username and password, users will be redirected to the familiar 2010 OWA interface.

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40th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day

The 40th Annual Postdoc-Faculty Research Day will be held on Wednesday, September 30th at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

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2015 School of Medicine Nursing Recognition Awards – Call for Nominations

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine and its physicians established a program in 1990 to recognize outstanding achievement by nursing professionals. These awards serve as tangible recognition of the countless vital contributions nurses make in support of patient care, teaching, research, and public service missions of the School of Medicine. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has released an RFP for the Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship. The program provides up to 3 years of formal training in key elements associated with conducting clinical trials in MS. Applicants must be licensed to practice medicine in the US at the time of application. The award is for up to $195,000 over three years. Pre-application deadline is August 12, 2015.

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American Kidney Fund: Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship Program

The American Kidney Fund has released an RFP for its Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship program. The fellowship aims to improve the quality of care to kidney patients and to promote clinical research in nephrology. Maximum fellowship duration is two years. Funding is for up to $80,000 per year and used to support the candidate and his/her career development. Application Deadline is December 1, 2015.

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Medical Students in the 21st Century with Dr. Richard Schwartzstein

Medical Students in the 21st Century with Dr. Richard Schwartzstein

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH®, Adam & guest co-host Catherine Coe, MD, will be talking with Richard Schwartzstein, MD, professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. The theme of the conversation will be "Medical Students in the 21st Century: Nature vs. Nurture."

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Epilepsy Foundation: New Therapy Commercialization Grants Program

The Epilepsy Foundation has released an RFP for its New Therapy Commercialization Grants program. Awards will support the development of more effective therapies. Investigators must hold a relevant advanced degree (MD and/or PhD) and have completed all research training. Letter of Intent deadline is August 14, 2015 by 11:59pm EST.

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Carolina First Look: Registration Deadline July 31

Carolina First Look is an opportunity for medical students who are preparing for the residency application process to visit the UNC School of Medicine and Health Care System to learn more about available specialty medical programs for residents.

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New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability

UNC’s Brian Strahl, PhD, and Van Andel Research Institute’s Scott Rothbart, PhD, create a robust online interactive database to address science’s ‘antibody crisis’.

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UNC first in the state to achieve accreditation by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

UNC first in the state to achieve accreditation by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

The UNC Pulmonary Hypertension Program has been awarded accreditation as a Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, the nation’s leading pulmonary hypertension organization. UNC is the only facility in North Carolina to achieve this designation, and one of only two in the Southeast.

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UNC Hospitals, Rex, Pardee recognized by U.S. News & World Report in annual ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

UNC Hospitals, Rex, Pardee recognized by U.S. News & World Report in annual ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

Overall, 10 specialties at UNC Hospitals were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue. Rex Hospital and Pardee Hospital were also included in the 2015-16 rankings.

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Transport Therapists Create Calm in the Skies

Transport Therapists Create Calm in the Skies

For nearly 30 years, UNC Carolina Air Care has swooped in to provide life-saving support for thousands of adult and pediatric patients. Here we go behind the scenes with Heidi Allen, pediatric respiratory therapist, and follow her and her teammate, Jonathan Lewis, RN, on a high-energy story of pediatric air care.

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 Early Antiretroviral Therapy Protects Sero-Discordant Couples from Transmission of HIV to Their Uninfected Partner

Early Antiretroviral Therapy Protects Sero-Discordant Couples from Transmission of HIV to Their Uninfected Partner

These findings demonstrate that antiretroviral therapy, when taken until viral suppression is achieved and sustained, is a highly effective, durable intervention for HIV prevention.

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The Science of Senescence

The Science of Senescence

MD-PhD student Ayumi Nakamura takes on the curious connection of microRNAs and premature aging.

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'You couldn’t ask for better treatment'

'You couldn’t ask for better treatment'

Last week, Kevin Price, of Hillsborough, was the first patient admitted to the Observation Unit at UNC Health Care’s new Hillsborough Hospital. After his experience, if he has to undergo inpatient care in the future, he said he doesn’t want to go anywhere else.

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Prostatic Artery Embolization: Advancing Clinical Research, Improving Quality of Life

Prostatic Artery Embolization: Advancing Clinical Research, Improving Quality of Life

Since early 2015, Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology Ari Isaacson, MD, has led a UNC-sponsored clinical research trial to evaluate efficacy for decreasing prostate gland volume in those with BPH. Enrollment is ongoing, and the outpatient procedure has already helped multiple UNC Hospitals patients like Ed Dickens obtain a better quality of life.

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