The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers recently featured UNC in its monthly Women in Science Newsletter for working towards equality through the BIRCWH program, UNC AMPWIS, and UNC WISE!
The UNC School of Medicine is honored to welcome 2013 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Randy Schekman, PhD, professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, as the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Symposium.
The UNC Health Care Comprehensive Stroke Center has developed resources designed to educate both health care providers and parents about pediatric stroke. The information is available for free download on the Stroke Center’s website and 2,000 printed copies of the booklets and brochures will be delivered to hospitals across the state.
The UNC student chapter of Autism Speaks is hosting a silent auction to raise funds for research and service through Autism Speaks Foundation. There will be live music and refreshments. The entry fee is only $5. Tickets available at the door. Donations of items or funds can be made by contacting Betsy Crais at firstname.lastname@example.org (faculty advisor).
Learn more about the Healer's Art Course content from Course Co-Directors Sue Slatkoff, MD and Amy Weil, MD, and hear from past students. Sign up to take the course in advance or at the lunch. Space is limited to 50 students. Faculty are also encouraged to attend if they are interested in being a part of a faculty group that would prepare them to teach in the course in a subsequent year.
Gary Johnson, PhD, will be stepping down from his administrative role as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology when the search is completed. Dr. Johnson has provided invaluable leadership of the Department in his 12 years as Chair. Under his guidance, the Department was rated as the #3 Pharmacology and Toxicology program in the world in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities. It also rates as #4 in the country in NIH funding. Johnson will remain on faculty and continue with his internationally-recognized research work in signaling networks control of cell function and disease. It was recently announced that Johnson, along with others from UNC Lineberger and counterparts from eight other leading cancer research institutions, won a five-year, $12 million grant to find treatments for a group of cancers linked to mutations in the NF1 gene.
David Huang, MD, PhD, director of the UNC Health Care Comprehensive Stroke Center, was honored for his commitment to stroke care and prevention with the 2015 SHAPE (Stroke Heroes Advocating Prevention and Education) award from the North Carolina Stroke Association (NCSA). Huang received his award during a special event on Oct. 1 at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.
On September 24, individuals and leaders gathered to celebrate the new UNC Physician Assistant Program, which is set to launch on January 4, 2016, with its first class of 20 students. The program will provide educational and career development opportunities for nontraditional students, including veterans with medical experience, while reducing North Carolina's health-care workforce shortage in underserved areas.
An analysis of psychological symptoms aims to refine diagnostic criteria for teens at high risk of developing the brain disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.
Take a look at some department highlights and honors for July - Sept. 2015.
A trio of adolescent audiology patients helped herald UNC Pediatric Audiology’s receipt of the Hear the World Foundation’s Richard Seewald Award on Sept. 17. Their unique successes — one a member of his school marching band, another an accomplished dancer, and the third a standout soccer player — illustrate the critical importance of early identification followed by early intervention for children born with hearing loss.
The new drug-creation method could allow cancer drugs to last longer in the body to attack tumors, as well as cancer cells floating in the blood stream.
The STEM Series, sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Series, has two upcoming focus group discussions during which attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their career development experiences at UNC. Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation in the 90-minute sessions.
The Graduate Medical Education Office is proud to announce the return of The Autopsy of Dr. Melinda J. Smith. This is interactive, multimedia theater presentation developed by George Washington University that focuses on the changing nature of graduate medical education, in particular how issues of professional identity and mistreatment interact with pedagogical development and the institutional learning environment.
The UNC Office of Distinguished Scholarships is currently seeking nominations for the Goldwater Scholarship. UNC School of Medicine faculty members who work with outstanding undergraduates in labs or otherwise are encouraged to submit a nomination.
A study is currently being conducted to investigate the barriers and stressors that affect academic productivity and personal well-being at UNC. Employees from all departments with faculty, lecturer, adjunct or postdoctoral appointments are invited to participate in an online survey.
UNC Family Medicine Part of Collaborative Receiving Large Award to Reduce Health Disparities in Rural South
Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, in partnership with researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and East Carolina University, were awarded more than $9 million to study ways to improve blood pressure in the rural South.
The BrightFocus Foundation is accepting applications for the National Glaucoma Research Grants program. The Foundation is interested in supporting high-risk studies that illuminate areas for which there currently is little understanding. The awards are open to basic science, translational and/or clinical research collaborations. Awards are made to universities, not to individuals. Award amount is up to $100,000 over two years.
The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research is accepting proposals from promising laboratory and clinical scientists interested in pursuing a career as an independent investigator in ovarian cancer research. Award is up to $60,000 for one year. Application deadline is December 1, 2015.