July

UNC Medical Center Receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.
From H1N1 to COVID-19, ICU Physician-Researcher’s Career Focused on Helping the Sickest
Christine Vigeland, MD, found her calling during residency as the H1N1 pandemic was ending in 2010. She dedicated her career to researching acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and treating ICU patients. Ten years later, the knowledge she’s gained and her continued commitment to the most critical patients are guiding her through another pandemic.
Health, Bioethics Experts and Advocates Publish Guidance for Research on HIV, Co-infections in Pregnancy
The PHASES Working Group, co-led by Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, and Kristen Sullivan, PhD, at UNC-Chapel Hill, with researchers at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins, launched ethics guidance at hivpregnancyethics.org -- a project dedicated to ending the evidence gap for pregnant women around HIV and co-infections.
UNC Medical Center's ECMO Program Wins Gold ELSO Award
The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care. UNC's ECMO Director is Anthony Charles, MD, MPH.
“Heroes Health” Mental Wellness App Launched by UNC School of Medicine & UNC Health
The app is available through the App Store/Google Play Store in the United States, free of charge to first responders, healthcare workers and their organizations.
COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big
Published in NEJM, this perspective article co-authored by UNC School of Medicine’s Seth Berkowitz, MD, MPH, and Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, and Boston University’s Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH, recognizes that social policy solutions are needed to advance health equity, along with health policy and individual-level efforts.
North Carolina Policy Collaboratory distributes $29 million for COVID-19 research
The Collaboratory funded 85 projects across 14 UNC System schools, including six at the UNC School of Medicine.
Excellent Research Results for CAR-T Cell Therapy Against Hodgkin Lymphoma
UNC Lineberger researchers demonstrated that patients with advanced, relapsed/refractory forms of the common blood cancer showed a high rate of durable responses to CAR-T cell immunotherapy.
School of Medicine, Gillings Researchers Co-author Viewpoint on COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Bonnie Shook-Sa, DrPH, and Alison Aiello, PhD, at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Ross Boyce, MD, at the UNC School of Medicine, published a viewpoint piece on the pitfalls of certain types of early SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence studies.
Dr. Crystal Cené named UNC Health System Executive Director for Health Equity
UNC Health has promoted Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, into a new role as the organization’s first System Executive Director for Health Equity. In the role of System Executive Director for Health Equity, Dr. Cené will lead a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort to plan, implement, and evaluate science-based strategies and interventions to help address the structures, policies, and practices that perpetuate health disparities and impede health equity in our state.
UNC Health hospitals Ranked by US News & World Report
UNC Medical Center and UNC REX ranked as top hospitals in the state and Triangle.
UNC Researchers Find Increase in Comorbidities among Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure
Melissa Caughey, PhD, instructor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, is the senior author of a recently published study that shows an increase in comorbidities and mortality risk among hospitalized patients with acute decompensated HFpEF and HFrEF.
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