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New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

New study aims to address the opioid crisis in western North Carolina

Three UNC researchers are joining forces with investigators at RTI International to devise solutions to address the opioid epidemic and related public health problems in eight counties in North Carolina's western tip.

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UNC Study of Elimination Diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Among Top 10 Downloaded in APT Journal

UNC Study of Elimination Diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis Among Top 10 Downloaded in APT Journal

An elimination diet resulted in 40% of eosinophilic esophagitis patients achieving a histologic response, which was maintained in 20% after two years of treatment.

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NOTES from Japan

NOTES from Japan

After a sabbatical in Japan, Ian Grimm, MD, has brought two forms of Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) back to UNC.

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UNC Gastroenterology at Digestive Disease Week 2017

UNC Gastroenterology at Digestive Disease Week 2017

UNC Gastroenterology traveled to Chicago, IL on May 6th-9th to give over one hundred presentations at this year’s Digestive Disease Week (DDW). DDW is the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery, and showcases the best and most innovative research in the field of gastroenterology.

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Balfour Sartor, MD, Describes the Microbiome and its Connection to Disease in New Podcast

Balfour Sartor, MD, Describes the Microbiome and its Connection to Disease in New Podcast

In Episode Nine of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," R. Balfour Sartor, MD, explains how the state of our microbiome affects disease.

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Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

In Episode Six of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," Jama Darling, MD, talks about autoimmune hepatitis, how it is different from other types of hepatitis, the importance of liver biopsy, and treatments of the disease. Darling is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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New partnership launches Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program

New partnership launches Carolina Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program

The state-wide program to help patients across North Carolina grew out of the successful doctor mentorship initiative led by Michael Fried, MD, Director of the UNC Liver Center.

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Long featured in third episode of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture"

Long featured in third episode of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture"

In the third episode of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," Millie Long, MD, MPH, and Ron Falk, MD, talk about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)--what it is, how it's different from IBS, and the long journey patients often have on the road to diagnosis. She also discusses what can help patients feel better.

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Dr. Millie Long to Assume Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Millie Long to Assume Fellowship Program Director

Starting July 1, 2017, Dr. Millie Long assumes directorship of the GI Fellowship Program from Dr. Ryan Madanick, who served as Director from 2009-2017. Dr. Madanick's tenure saw the graduation of 30 core fellows and 11 advanced fellows, as well as bringing our program into the 21st century to be more flexible and responsive.

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Research Spotlight - Dr. Shehzad Sheikh

In each e-newsletter we profile research being done by one of our 40+ faculty members. This winter/spring we are highlighting Dr. Shehzad Sheikh from our IBD program.

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Clinical Spotlight - C. Difficile Program

Clinical Spotlight - C. Difficile Program

In each e-newsletter we highlight one of our outstanding clinical programs. Today, we interview Dr. Sarah McGill who leads our fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) program to cure Clostridium difficile infection.

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Esophagus 2017 - A CEDAS co-hosted CME Event

On Saturday, February 4th, the UNC Center of Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing, along with the UNC Department of Medicine and UNC Department of Surgery will host Esophagus 2017 at the UNC Friday Center. This course will cover evidence-based, multidisciplinary updates on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to esophageal diseases including topics such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal motility disorders, and emerging clinical problems.

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Researchers find two distinct genetic subtypes in Crohn’s disease patients

Researchers find two distinct genetic subtypes in Crohn’s disease patients

The UNC School of Medicine discovery could lead to more effective, personalized treatments for the debilitating gastrointestinal condition.

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Clinical Spotlight - Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing

Clinical Spotlight - Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing

In each e-newsletter we plan to highlight one of our outstanding clinical programs. This summer we are highlighting the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing (CEDAS).

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Research Spotlight:  Dr. Millie Long

Research Spotlight: Dr. Millie Long

In each e-newsletter we plan to profile research being done by one of our 40+ faculty members. This summer we are highlighting Dr. Millie Long from our IBD program.

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UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointestinal disorders

UNC researchers help create key diagnostic measures for gastrointestinal disorders

UNC School of Medicine faculty members took on critical roles in amending diagnostic criteria questionnaires for functional GI disorders, which affect millions of people worldwide.

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UNC a lead site in clinical trial of three hepatitis C medications

UNC a lead site in clinical trial of three hepatitis C medications

Dr. Michael Fried, director of the UNC Liver Center, is a co-principal investigator of the PRIORITIZE Study.

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Isaacs honored by American Gastroenterological Association

Isaacs honored by American Gastroenterological Association

At the group’s annual Digestive Disease Week conference in San Diego, Kim Isaacs, MD, PhD, was recognized with the American Gastroenterological Association’s Distinguished Clinician Award.

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UNC to play instrumental role in first-ever national study of dietary interventions to treat Crohn’s Disease

UNC to play instrumental role in first-ever national study of dietary interventions to treat Crohn’s Disease

A research question posed through the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Partners Patient-Powered Research Network CCFA Partners – a collaboration between UNC and the CCFA – served as motivation for this study concept. Media Contact: Jamie Williams, jamie.williams@unchealth.unc.edu

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Four UNC Gastroenterology Faculty receive Award for Carolina Care Excellence

Four UNC Gastroenterology Faculty receive Award for Carolina Care Excellence

Each year, UNC Health Care administers the CMS-approved Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey to solicit feedback from patients. One question on that survey asks patients if they would recommend their provider's office to friends and family. One hundred and thirty three of our providers had more than 94 percent of their patients respond “Yes, definitely!” to that question, which places them in the top quartile nationally.

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Laurie Yopp, RN, IBD Nurse wins 2015 SOM Nursing Recognition Awards

Eight outstanding nurses were recently recognized as winners of the 2015 School of Medicine Nursing Recognition Awards. These awards were established as a way to express the faculty's respect and appreciation for nurses whose personal contributions have made a significant contribution to patient care. Each award includes a $1,000 scholarship to be used over a three year period for professional development.

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UNC Fecal Transplant Program Helping Patients Overcome C. Difficile Infections

Ben Smart of UNC's Carolina Week broadcast speaks with Dr. Sarah McGill about fecal transplants and their benefit to patients with c. difficile

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UNC Gastroenterology-led study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk

UNC Gastroenterology-led study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk

A UNC Lineberger-led study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that vitamin D and calcium supplements do not reduce the risk of colorectal adenomas, which are benign tumors that can evolve into colorectal cancer.

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UNC researchers awarded $5.3 million to develop novel gut-on-a-chip technology

UNC researchers awarded $5.3 million to develop novel gut-on-a-chip technology

Scientists from the UNC / NC State joint biomedical engineering department are creating a new kind of research tool that will be nearly indistinguishable from the human gastrointestinal tract.

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Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Studying the ‘gut-brain axis,’ UNC researchers find evidence of an association between the gut microbiota and the eating disorder.

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UNC doctors analyze treatment options for gallbladder disease

UNC doctors analyze treatment options for gallbladder disease

Their article, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, explores the pros and cons of five different interventional approaches to treating gallbladder disease – a condition that affects more than 25 million Americans.

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Dr. Susan Henning receives AGA's Distinguished Mentor Award

Dr. Susan Henning receives AGA's Distinguished Mentor Award

Established by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in 2004, the Distinguished Mentor Award recognizes two individuals each year for achievements as outstanding mentors over a lifelong career.

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Dr. Robert Sandler receives the Julius Friedenwald Medal

Dr. Robert Sandler receives the Julius Friedenwald Medal

This award was established in 1941 to recognize an individual who has contributed significantly to the American Gastronterological Association and has made lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology. This is the highest honor bestowed upon an AGA member.

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UNC faculty author four key publications in gastroenterology and hepatology

UNC faculty author four key publications in gastroenterology and hepatology

According to a list recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, UNC Gastroenterology and Hepatology faculty authored four of the 12 key publications in gastroenterology and hepatology published in 2014.

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Three UNC School of Medicine faculty awarded PCORI contracts

Three UNC School of Medicine faculty awarded PCORI contracts

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded contracts totaling more than $12 million to Michael Kappelman, Kelli Allen and Donna Evon. The largest of the three awards, to Dr. Kappelman, is a 5-year, $8 million contract to compare the effectiveness of two drug therapies in the treatment of Crohn’s disease in children.

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UNC Hepatology documents dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis.

UNC Hepatology documents dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis.

A new study by UNC researchers has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

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UNC-Duke collaboration probes the depths of gut health

UNC-Duke collaboration probes the depths of gut health

UNC stem cell expert Scott Magness, PhD, and Duke microbiome researcher John Rawls, PhD, are using a $50,000 grant to develop a new technology to study the co-dependent relationship between the human gut and its resident bacteria.

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N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

N.C. Cancer Hospital To Host ‘Strollin’ Colon’ To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

While studies have shown that the colonoscopy can reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer, researchers have also shown that not all people recommended for the test actually get it.

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Baron named director of advanced therapeutic endoscopy

Baron named director of advanced therapeutic endoscopy

The UNC Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology welcomes Todd Baron, MD, a nationally known advanced endoscopist. Dr. Baron comes to UNC from the Mayo Clinic.

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Sandler receives Distinguished Mentor Award from AGA

Sandler receives Distinguished Mentor Award from AGA

The Distinguished Mentor Awards, given by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), recognizes individuals for achievements as outstanding mentors over a lifelong career.

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Shaheen appointed Chief of Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Shaheen appointed Chief of Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Nicholas Shaheen had served as interim division chief since July 1, 2013, after Robert Sandler, MD, MPH, stepped down to focus his efforts on the research activities of the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease.

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Genetic, non-invasive test could improve colon cancer screening

Genetic, non-invasive test could improve colon cancer screening

The large-scale, cross-sectional study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. David Ransohoff of UNC is one of the study's co-authors.

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Fearing pain and avoiding activities contribute to disability and chronic pain in kids with gut malady

Fearing pain and avoiding activities contribute to disability and chronic pain in kids with gut malady

New research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests that fear avoidance contributes to disability and pain in children with Functional Abdominal Pain (FAP) but not Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

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Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders to hold 2013 Research Day and CME Event

Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders to hold 2013 Research Day and CME Event

The UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders will be hosting two events in November. Center Research Day 2013 on Friday, November 1, 2013 IBS Sympsoium: How to treat IBS Effectively: Expert Update for Health Professionals on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Both events will be held at the Rizzo Conference Center located at 150 Dubose House Lane in Chapel Hill, NC.

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