Vital Signs - Oct. 22, 2009

UNC scientists win $1.6 million stimulus award to accelerate decoding of human genome
Their effort will be part of a consortium of investigators studying the human genome blueprint, titled the “ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements” (ENCODE). The consortium’s overall goal is to assemble a comprehensive catalog of functional elements in the human genome.
VIDEO: Dr. Jeffrey Houpt's Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture
The lecture, "What we're like when we're at our best and today's realities," was given on Sept. 30, 2009.
VIDEO: Scientists demonstrate link between genetic defect and brain changes in schizophrenia
Scientists at UNC have found that a deletion in a gene known as 22qq11 affects the developing brain in specific ways that may lead to schizophrenia.
Coach Williams Raises $1 Million For Cancer Research
In just five years, Coach Roy Williams has raised more than $1 million for cancer research, treatment and prevention programs in our community. These funds have been raised through Coach Williams’ highly successful Fast Break Against Cancer event, which was launched in 2004. Coach Williams also directed half of the proceeds from the sold-out UNC Alumni Basketball game to support cancer research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Nationwide shortage of the PG Amniostat test kit
We have been made aware of a nationwide shortage of the PG (phosphatidylglycerol) Amniostat Test kit (Irving Scientific) used for the assessment of fetal lung maturity. It is anticipated that the shortage may last for several months.
Palliative Care Consult Service - November Case Conference
The conference is entitled “Pediatric Palliative Care – Does the Adult Model Translate?” and will take place Thursday, Nov. 12 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. in the first floor Women’s Hospital Conference Room 3.
55th Annual Dental Seminar Day: Top 50 Most Prescribed Medications and More
The continuing dental education course will be held Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Friday Center. The speaker, Dr. Harold Crossley, is co-author of "Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry," "2000-2001: Oral Medicine for Medically Compromised Patients & Specific Oral Conditions" and "Oral Soft Tissue Diseases: A Reference Manual for Diagnosis and Management."
Peden joins 'Here's to Your Health' to discuss fall allergies
We hope you can tune in either Saturday at 9 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Monday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on WCHL 1360 AM.
Sikh worship service
Would you like to learn more about the Sikh faith? Are you a Sikh looking for an opportunity to attend a Sikh service? A brief morning Sikh worship service will take place on Monday, Nov. 2 from 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. in the Cancer Hospital Chapel on the ground floor.
Attention S11 Permit Holders
For your safety, the S11 shuttle will only stop at the designated bus stops in the S11 lots. You must be at the stop to board the bus.
Semi Annual Medical Staff Meeting
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming staff meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the MBRB.
Carolina Carnival Annual University Employee Appreciation Day
This year, it will be Friday, Oct. 23 in the Great Hall and the Pit. The theme is, "You Make the Difference."
Open Access Week, October 19-23
Researchers are now required to submit all NIH-funded research to the online, open-access section of PubMed called PubMed Central. The Health Sciences Library offers information about Open Access.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week Nov. 16-19, register by Nov. 7
The UNC Rehabilitation Center will host the first Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week Nov. 16-19. The goal of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is to help educate faculty, staff, case management, therapists and nurses regarding the resources available in UNC Health Care System, so that we better serve our spinal cord injured patients.
Save the Date: 7th Annual "One Medicine" Symposium
The symposium, which will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham on Dec. 9, is entitled, "Humans & Birds & Pigs - Oh My!: A One Medicine Approach to Emerging Influenzae."
Save the Date for the NC TraCS Institute Symposium: Translational Research to Address Health Disparities Across the Lifespan
The Symposium will be held on March 19, 2010. Register for free by Jan. 22. Space is limited!