Vital Signs

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

The Family Disease

The Family Disease

Cystic fibrosis took five of her siblings at a young age. Now, Wanda O’Neal, PhD, is part of a team of UNC researchers searching for reasons why. Their latest work has provided new insights that will help unravel why a sixth sibling with CF is living a productive life as he turns 50.

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UNC Physician Assistant Program Now Accepting Student Applications

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Physician Assistant (PA) program began accepting student applications on April 22, for the first class of students to enroll in January 2016. The UNC PA Program represents UNC’s commitment to help address the current and projected health-care needs of the citizens of North Carolina, especially in underserved communities.

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Quick thinking, communication and intervention lead to improved outcome for stroke patient

Quick thinking, communication and intervention lead to improved outcome for stroke patient

On a late January morning this year, Patrick Pope was in his Clinton home, juggling a grandchild on each knee. His wife, Sylvia, was in the kitchen keeping an eye on the chicken she’d just placed in the oven. She heard a loud sound from the living room and rushed in to find her husband had collapsed, still tightly gripping the hand of one grandchild.

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Three UNC School of Medicine faculty awarded PCORI contracts

Three UNC School of Medicine faculty awarded PCORI contracts

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded contracts totaling more than $12 million to Michael Kappelman, Kelli Allen and Donna Evon. The largest of the three awards, to Dr. Kappelman, is a 5-year, $8 million contract to compare the effectiveness of two drug therapies in the treatment of Crohn’s disease in children.

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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day

UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders is excited to announce its first Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day observance, which will take place on Friday, May 1, at the Women’s Hospital and Neurosciences Hospital atrium.

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A Legacy of Care

A Legacy of Care

In the late 1960s, when Frederick Burroughs, MD, opened his practice in Southeast Raleigh, he was the first Board Eligible African-American pediatrician in Wake County. It’s a distinction he’s proud of, but it doesn’t come close to defining his career in medicine.

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Drop-In Portrait Session for Schol of Medicine Staff

A free photo session is being offered for School of Medicine staff members including post-docs, residents, fellows, research coordinators, administrative professionals, etc.

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Student-run symposium focuses on translational medicine

Student-run symposium focuses on translational medicine

The sixth annual Translational Medicine Symposium was held this week at the Koury Oral Health Sciences Building at UNC. The event features students trained to engage in the clinical side of research

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UNC Eye Holly Springs to open on May 18

UNC Eye Holly Springs to open on May 18

On May 18, 2015, UNC Eye will open a new location in Holly Springs. Holly Springs is in southern Wake County, NC, just a short distance southwest of Raleigh and roughly 45 miles north of Fayetteville. This new location, to be known as UNC Eye Holly Springs, will provide patients in Wake County with convenient access to UNC Eye’s world-class eye care with a hometown touch in four clinical ophthalmic specialties.

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UNC Heart & Vascular Cardiovascular Symposium 2015

North Carolina Heart & Vascular and the UNC Heart & Vascular Network have seen dramatic growth over the past years expanding cardiovascular care in local communities and establishing state of the art treatments. This year's symposium builds on the collective knowledge throughout the Network to serve as a learning opportunity for physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, technologists and anyone involved in caring for patients with cardiovascular disease.

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 SOM Receives Grant to Develop Service Learning Course

SOM Receives Grant to Develop Service Learning Course

Amy Denham, MD, MPH, associate professor, department of Family Medicine, and Amy Weil, MD, clinical associate professor of Medicine and Social Medicine, co-director, Beacon Child and Family Program, have received funding from UNC’s Apples Service Learning program to develop service learning and interprofessional education components of the curriculum in Intensive Integration, part of the UNC School of Medicine’s new Translational Education at Carolina (TEC) curriculum.

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UNC students win national competition in health care collaboration

UNC students win national competition in health care collaboration

A team of four UNC students from different health care-related fields has won the 2015 CLARION National Case Competition, a student competition focused on improving health care through interprofessional collaboration. The victory is especially significant given that this is only the second year that UNC has been represented at the national competition, which has been held annually since 2005.

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Sloane, Byerley recognized with University Teaching Awards

Sloane, Byerley recognized with University Teaching Awards

Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, Elizabeth and Oscar Goodwin Distinguished Professor and associate chair, Department of Family Medicine, and Julie Byerley, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and vice dean for Education and were recently recognized with Distinguished Teaching Awards from the University.

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amfAR: Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

amfAR has released a call for proposals for the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research. amfAR Fellowships aims to facilitate the exceptional postdoctoral researcher's transition to a productive and independent long-term career in HIV/AIDS research. Awards are up to $150,000. Letters of intent are due May 14, 2015 by 3 p.m.

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HIV Training Symposium at UNC

UNC is hosting the largest training in the state for clinicians, dentists, pharmacists and allied health professionals who may have a patient or patients in their practice living with HIV and/or hepatitis C virus on May 4 and 5 at the Friday Center.

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Rutstein Receives PEO Scholar Award

Rutstein Receives PEO Scholar Award

Sarah Rutstein, a doctoral and medical student in the department of health policy and management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the UNC School of Medicine, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) Sisterhood.

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Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds: The Pros and Cons of Employing Ethical Decision Making Models in the Real World

This May, Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds will be presented by Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D. LISW; Smith P. Theimann, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice at UNC School of Social Work

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Supported employment program achieves early successes

Supported employment program achieves early successes

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health launched a new evidence-based supported employment program for individuals with mental illness in June of 2014. The program recently received an exemplary rating by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

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UNC Celebrates World Voice Day

UNC Celebrates World Voice Day

On Thursday, April 16 around 100 people gathered in the lobby of the UNC Neurosciences Hospital for an event in celebration of World Voice Day. It began in a celebratory fashion, with the UNC Environmental Services Gospel Choir using their voices to get the crowd moving. Event attendees, patients and passers-by all stopped to listen, clap and sing along.

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North Carolina AHEC Program | Spring 2015 newsletter

Read the latest North Carolina AHEC Program newsletter, featuring a message from Director Warren Newton, MD, and other important updates and information.

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