Vital Signs - Sept. 18, 2009

VIDEO: Blood vessels contribute to their own growth and oxygen delivery to tissues and tumors
The findings by Victoria Bautch, Ph.D., published in the Sept. 15, 2009 issue of the journal Developmental Cell, could give important insights into the formation of the vasculature needed to feed new tumors.
UNC study: Color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)
In the study, published in the September/October 2009 issue of journal Academic Pediatrics, a sample of 163 parents of children seen at pediatric clinics at UNC and Vanderbilt University were tested to assess their understanding of BMI, their health literacy and their math abilities.
Announcing UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care
Please read this letter from Cam Patterson about the new UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care.
UNC begins new six-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency program
In 2010, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin a new six-year integrated residency program, which residents will enter directly from medical school.
Dedication of N.C. Cancer Hospital highlights new face of cancer care
More than triple the previous cancer clinic space, which was located in a 1950s-era building, the new hospital was funded by the state of North Carolina and designed with patients and families in mind.
Seasonal Flu Vaccines available for UNC School of Medicine Faculty and Staff Members
All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to obtain the seasonal flu vaccine.
UNC joins leading research universities to launch research news Web site
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of 35 research universities involved in a new Web project called Futurity (, which was officially launched Tuesday (Sept. 15).
Carolina Launch Pad Seeks New Crop of University Entrepreneurs
Carolina Launch Pad, the pre-commercial technology business accelerator located at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will soon begin its second year and is seeking a new class of aspiring IT entrepreneurs from the UNC-Chapel Hill community.
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
NIH funding opportunities and update for the week of Sept. 18.
Brief proposals for Community-Academic Partnership Grant due Sept. 30
This grant seeks to build the capacity of new community-academic partnerships to work together to solve problems in translating health knowledge into meaningful community health improvements.
New issue of Endeavors now online
The fall issue of Endeavors, a publication about research done at UNC-Chapel Hill, is now available online.
Beach Cafe Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, Sept. 17 marked the grand opening of The Beach Cafe on the first floor of the Brinkhous-Bullitt Building.
Light Microscopy for Biomedical Research Workshop
The Michael Hooker Microscopy Facility is offering a one week workshop, Sept. 21-25, on the use of light microscopy in biomedical research.
University to test Emergency Sirens Sept. 22
UNC will test its emergency sirens on Tuesday, Sept. 22, between noon and 1 p.m. as part of Alert Carolina, a safety awareness campaign.
NC Cardiovascular Update 2009
The Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiology present the NC Cardiovascular Update 2009, on Sept. 25-26 at the Friday Center.
Free prostate cancer screenings offered Sept. 23-24
The Urology Clinic will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 1 - 7 p.m. Sept. 23-24 for all men over 40 years old or with a family history of prostate cancer.
The New Face of Cancer Care: Share your story
We invite you to join us in celebrating the strength and courage of those who fight cancer everyday. See their faces, read their stories and share your own.
Do you have trouble finding images for posters, presentations, and teaching?
The Health Sciences Library is running a trial of SpringerImages, a giant collection of scientific images spanning the scientific, technical, and medical fields.
CISMM holding Fifth Annual Carolina Workshop
CISMM is holding the Fifth Annual Carolina Workshop on Force Measurement and Manipulation in Biological Microscopy Sept. 22-25.
VIDEO: New N.C. Cancer Hospital commercials
Two new commercials premiered in the past few weeks to help promote the opening of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
VIDEO: N.C. Cancer Hospital dedication
Watch the dedication of the N.C. Cancer Hospital on your computer.
Bullitt Club & Trent Society Speakers for 2009-2010
The Bullitt History of Medicine Club sponsors a collaborative series of monthly evening meetings with the Trent History of Medicine Society, alternating between UNC and Duke campuses, as well as a series of noon meetings at UNC. Both evening and noon schedules are provided below. All meetings are free and open to the public.
UNC home football affects parking, transportation
A reminder that certain parking lots are reserved for seven UNC home football games. UNC’s next home game is noon Sept. 19 against ECU in Kenan Stadium.
Thursday night football update
On Thursday, Oct. 22, UNC will host FSU in Kenan Stadium in a nationally televised football game. More than 60,000 fans are expected to attend this game. Traffic around UNC Hospitals will be significantly impacted Oct. 22 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. and 11:15 - midnight.
Translational Research to Address Health Disparities Across the Lifespan Symposium - March 19, 2010
Participants at this day-long symposium will discover the important role that translational research plays in reducing health disparities affecting all ages.
Free Vision Screenings at UNC Wellness Center
Free vision screenings are planned for Thursday, Sept. 24 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont.
UNC Adventures in IDEAS - Vanderwoude Family Seminar Oct. 23
Dr. Nortin Hadler will participate in the seminar, "On Illness: Medicine, Media, Society, and the Experience of Health" along with Drs. Kaja Finkler and Tom Linden.
Photoshop for Medicine seminar
The Digital Imaging Institute for Medicine and Science presents a seminar, Photoshop for Medicine, on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Call for Nursing Award Nominations
Nominations may be submitted by members of the medical staff and Housestaff.
Call for Fuller Award Nominations
Any member of UNC Hospitals attending medical staff is eligible for nomination. Nomination may be made by UNC Health Care employees and by members of the medical staff and housestaff.
2009 Commitment to Caring Quality Expo
Calling all Quality Heroes! Register your quality improvement poster by Oct. 2 to be a participant in the 2009 Commitment to Caring Quality Expo.
Fifth Annual UNC Conference on Eating Disorders: Tools for the Management of Eating Disorders and Obesity in Your Practice and the Schools
The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct.17, at the Friday Center.
2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk
The 2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the RBC Center.