Vital Signs

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

OIS Security Bytes

OIS Security Bytes

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. View this security byte on phishing.

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UNC investigators receive $3.7 million NIH grant

UNC investigators receive $3.7 million NIH grant

The grant will allow UNC researchers, led by Samuel McLean, MD, MPH, to perform the first-ever prospective longitudinal study of health outcomes after sexual assault. Graduate students, fellows, or faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in potentially developing an NIH Diversity Supplement application related to the study are invited to send a cover letter to the program manager.

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Call for Faculty Judges for Medical Student Research Day 2015

We invite School of Medicine faculty to volunteer as faculty judges for part of the afternoon on Jan. 12, 2015, for the 47th Annual Medical Student Research Day. Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre, Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute, will deliver the Landes-Merrimon Lecture following poster and oral presentations by medical students. For more information, please read this letter from Brooke Matson and Marni Siegel, co-presidents of the John B. Graham Medical Student Research Society.

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UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health creates advisory board

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health creates advisory board

Board members will serve as advocates for the Center to increase its visibility internally and externally and assist in fundraising efforts.

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Fischer on Ebola

Fischer on Ebola

West Africa continues to experience a deadly Ebola virus outbreak. In May/June, Dr. William Fischer II, a pulmonologist and critical care physician with the UNC School of Medicine, worked in an isolation area in Guinea as part of a team from Doctors without Borders after being recruited by the World Health Organization. To raise awareness about the crisis, we have gathered a list of his media appearances for your viewing.

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Message from Dr. Roper about Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture

The Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture and New Faculty Welcome will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Dr. Roper asks that you please save the date. Read this message from Dr. Roper.

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Tell your friends about UNC SOM Facebook Page

Tell your friends about UNC SOM Facebook Page

The UNC School of Medicine Facebook page highlights news involving our medical students and faculty. Get information about research, students, community outreach events, awards, and more by following our page. Don't forget to invite your friends to like us, too!

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YOUR HEALTH: Changing Your Relationship with Food with Dr. Alice Ammerman & Sasha Loring

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH Adam & Cristy will be joined by Dr. Alice Ammerman, professor of nutrition and director for the Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Sasha Loring, author, psychotherapist, and meditation teacher, about changing your relationship with food.

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New study explores physician attitudes about use of e-cigarettes

New study explores physician attitudes about use of e-cigarettes

This study is believed to be the first to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers.

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Interactive Workforce Model Will Bring Invaluable New Data and Insight to Physician Shortage Debate

Interactive Workforce Model Will Bring Invaluable New Data and Insight to Physician Shortage Debate

New Online Model Offers Timely, Customizable Projections of How Physician Supply Will Match Future Use of Healthcare Services at Local, State and National Levels

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Five-Year Review of Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD

An ad hoc committee has been appointed to undertake a routine administrative review of the leadership provided by Dr. Wendy Brewster in her position as Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research. The review will take place over the next four to five weeks. If you wish to submit a letter, please do so prior to Aug. 24, 2014.

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UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development

UNC researchers pinpoint protein hub necessary for proper brain development

The finding, detailed in the new journal eLife, shows how the protein GSK-3 is essential for neuronal migration and could be a key player in neurodevelopmental disorders.

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MED: Unforgettable Journey, Remarkable Opportunity

MED: Unforgettable Journey, Remarkable Opportunity

This summer, the Medical Education Development (MED) program celebrates 40 years of teaching. Sponsored by the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Health Careers Opportunities Program, and the State of North Carolina, MED is designed to increase opportunities in the health professions for individuals who demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but who have lacked opportunity to reach their educational goals.

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UNC researchers discover how Hepatitis C virus persists for years

UNC researchers discover how Hepatitis C virus persists for years

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) lingers in the human body for years, slowly damaging the liver and leading to liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer, which is often fatal. Research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has discovered a mechanism that facilitates the virus achieving this life-long persistence. Chronic HCV infection is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States.

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Edward R. Perl, MD, 1926-2014

Edward R. Perl, MD, 1926-2014

Edward R. Perl, MD, a preeminent neuroscientist, passed away on July 15 after a long life dedicated to science, education, and service at the University of North Carolina.

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YOUR HEALTH: Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases with Dr. Joanne Jordan

YOUR HEALTH: Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases with Dr. Joanne Jordan

This weekend on YOUR HEALTH Adam & Cristy will be joined by Joanne Jordan, MD, MPH, Joseph P. Archie, Jr., Professor of Medicine and Director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center at UNC.

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Several UNC faculty published in JAMA theme issue on HIV/AIDS

Several members of the UNC School of Medicine faculty had articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's (JAMA) July 23/30, 2014, HIV/AIDS theme issue.

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UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health's Carr Mill Clinic adds primary care physician to its staff

Rupal Yu, MD, MPH, a family physician at Piedmont Health Services, and adjunct instructor at UNC Family Medicine, now provides primary care services for center patients.

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