Vital Signs - Oct. 15, 2009

UNC awarded $6.2 million renewal grant by NIH Rare Diseases Research Network
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a five-year, $6.2 million renewal grant to continue its work as part of the National Institutes of Health’s Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN).
UNC study: Children can greatly reduce abdominal pain by using their imagination
This study found that children with functional abdominal pain who used audio recordings of guided imagery at home in addition to standard medical treatment were almost three times as likely to improve their pain problem, compared to children who received standard treatment alone.
Dr. Egan receives $1.47 million grant for lung transplant research
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has awarded Dr. Thomas M. Egan, a professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina, a $1.47 million, two-year grant for research on perfusion and ventilation of lungs outside the body before transplant. The research could lead to a significant increase in the number of lungs available for transplant.
Save the Date - 5th Symposium on Hemostasis
Special Focus on Factor VIIa and Tissue Factor -from Cell Biology to Animal Models. The symposium will be held at the Carolina Inn, April 29 - May 1, 2010.
VIDEO: A doctor or a writer? Both.
Terrence Holt, PhD, spent a number of years teaching students about the great American writers of our time. These days, Terrence "Terry" Holt, MD, teaches families how to care for ailing parents at UNC. He recently published a collection of short stories called, "In the Valley of the Kings." He's being compared to the great writers, including Poe and Hawthorne. Dr. Holt sat down with the News Office to give insight on the crossover from literary professor to clinical professor.
UNC researcher awarded grant for anti-diarrhea vaccine study in Nicaragua
The grant was awarded to Sylvia Becker-Dreps, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of family medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, who recently completed a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Primary Care Research Fellowship at UNC.
Dr. Stephan Moll joins 'Here's to Your Health'
This weekend, Dr. Stephan Moll joins "Here's to Your Health" to discuss blood clots and blood clotting disorders. We hope you can tune in either Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Monday at 6 and 10 p.m. on WCHL 1360AM.
Re-opening of the Animal Models Core Facility
The newly reorganized Animal Models Core Facility, under the direction of Dale Cowley, Ph.D., is now officially open for business.
2009 Commitment to Caring Quality Expo
The 2009 Commitment to Caring Quality Expo will be held on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the N.C. Children’s Hospital Lobby.
Life Science Reagents provided at reduced cost for researchers
Purchasing Services is pleased to announce that Sigma Aldrich, one our e-commerce vendors, has a one-time promotional offering for our research and scientific community.
Nursing Award nomination deadline extended
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2009 Nursing Awards has been extended to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19.
ICMJE Adopts Uniform Format for Financial Disclosures
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has adopted a uniform format for the disclosure of financial associations of authors. To date, different journals have had different reporting requirements, which has led to inconsistencies and confusion regarding potential conflicts of interest.
PubMed Redesign Next Week
The drastic overhaul will change the way people search the database. The Health Sciences Library is offering a special set of classes to teach people how to use it.
Health Affairs Bookstore Closed Permanently
The Health Affairs Bookstore, formerly on Medical Drive, is closed and will not reopen.
UNC Hospice Annual Memorial Gathering
UNC Hospice warmly invites you to our Annual Memorial Gathering - a service of remembrance for hospice families and for all in our community who have experienced the death of loved ones.
Fall 2009 Brown Bag Lunch Series for Employees
UNC Health Care Employee Recreation & Wellness has teamed up with EarthShare North Carolina to offer a fun and informative Brown Bag Lunch Series this fall on a variety of topics to enhance employee health and well-being by promoting healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment.
'Late Night with Roy' likely to affect Friday traffic
"Late Night with Roy" is scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 16 in the Dean Dome. Traffic on Friday will likely be heavy beginning around 4 p.m.
New Hours for Women’s Hospital Admissions and Registration
Effective Monday, Oct. 19, Women’s Hospital Admissions and Registration hours of operation will be 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Attention Permit Holders
The Town of Chapel Hill Police reported that numerous vehicles located in off-campus parking areas near R7 and R10-zoned lots have been victimized by break-ins recently.
Upcoming Events at the UNC Wellness Center
Upcoming events include a better hearing workshop and the first lecture of the "Supper in a Snap" chef series.
Wellness Lunch & Learn: Stress Management
This Lunch & Learn session will take participants through what stress is and what it does to a body, discuss the symptoms of stress, teach strategies to deal with stress and allow participants to experience some relaxation techniques.
Grief in the workplace: helping employees cope with end-of-life issues
A seminar will be held on Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Bondurant G-100. All staff are welcome to attend.
Researchers Should Apply Online Now for Possible Awards of Up to $35,000 Annually
The application cycle for the NIH extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) is underway and ends on December 1, 2009
Save the date - Oct. 30, 1 - 6 p.m., for the NC TraCS Institute Open House
Visit the new space on the second floor of the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building.
State Employees Combined Campaign
The 2009 State Employees Combined Campaign is under way. Dr. Roper is leading the campus-wide campaign this year.