UNC OB/GYN Highlights & Honors: June 2009

Honors & Awards

The UNC Division of Advanced Laparoscopy & Pelvic Pain was the recipient of a foundation grant to develop and implement the first-ever Vulvodynia Treatment Registry, a multi-site registry.  The Division is also the recipient of  a National Vulvodynia Association seed grant award to investigate the nature of bio-molecular abnormality in Vulvodynia and Temporomandibular disorders.  This study is in collaboration with Center for Neurosensory Disorders at UNC.

The UNC Horizons Program received an annual grant of $441,352 from the NC Division of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Disabilities to add 6 additional apartments to their residential program.  These apartments are for pregnant substance abusing women and their children. Horizons now has a total of 22 residential apartments.

2009 Bowes Cefalo Young Researcher Awardees.  On behalf of the Watson Bowes and Robert Cefalo families, the Center for Maternal and Infant Health announced this year's recepients:

Dr. Arthur Baker was awarded $5,000 to support his work on the Association of Paraoxonase 1 Activity in Preeclampsia.
Dr. Sina Haeri
was awarded $5,000 to support his work, which seeks to demonstrate that Epstein-Barr Virus reactivation is associated with maternal psychosocial stress in pregnancy.
Dr. William Goodnight
was awarded $7,500 to support his proposal to establish a centralized maternal specimen/serum bank for research.

Dr. Lisa Barroilhet was a recipient of the 2009 Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award.

Dr. Leigh Cantrell, et al won 3rd place in Translational Science Division at the Annual Scientific Retreat of Lineberger Cancer Center for the poster entitled: Metformin is a Potent Inhibitor of Endometrial Cancer Cell Proliferation - Implications for a Novel Treatment Strategy.

Dr. Thomas Ivester traveled to Ghana in June as part of a multi-year interdisciplinary project as a member of Kybele Worldwide.  This organization's goal is to establish a model for optimizing perinatal care in low resource settings, reducing maternal and perinatal mortality.  He was also named to the Board of Directors for Kyble Worldwide.  Dr. Ivester was named to Steering Committee for the new UNC Office of International Activities.

Dr. Herbert Peterson has beens named a Kenan Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Steven Young received a promotion to Tenured Associate Professor.  He also received NC TraC$10K Pilot Grant: Progesterone Resistance in Endometriosis: A Pilot Study.

Dr. Denniz Zolnoun was one of two presenters at the 2009 NIH PAIN Consortium to receive a $700 award for presentation merits for her poster and presentation.  Dr. Zolnoun is the first gynecologist to receive this award.

In the News

Patients from UNC's Fertility Preservation Program are featured in the April/May 2009 edition of UNC's Health Scene.

Dr. Alison Stuebe discussed her recently published article in the following venues:

Dr. Jennifer Mersereau was featured on Carrboro's WCOM-FM 103.5 radio station's "Radio In Vivo" on May 27, 2009.  A podcast of her interview can be found here "Radio In Vivo".


Armstrong, DM
Graduation Speaker at Williford Elementary
Rocky Mount, NC, June 9, 2009

Cantrell LA, Havrilesky L, O'Malley D, Liotta M, Alvarez SA, Nagel C, Fader AN, Wallace A, Rose P, Gehrig PA
Patients with early stage uterine carcinosarcoma benefit from treatment.
Poster presentation at American Society of Clinical Oncologist in Orlando, Fla, June 1, 2009

Cantrell LA, Mendivil A, Zhou C., Gehrig PA, Bae-Jump VA
Metformin is a Potent Inhibitor of Endometrial Cancer Cell Proliferation - Implications for a Novel Treatment Strategy.
Annual Scientific Retreat of Lineberger Cancer Center  in Chapel Hill, NC, May 20, 2009

Chuang, Alice
Media Images of Ob/Gyns:  Where are Medical Students Getting Their Cues for Professional Behavior?

UNC OB/GYN Grand Rounds, May 27, 2009

Ramos, Silvia; Lingwen, Yuan; Seol, Hyun Ju; Young, Steven.
TLR3-Induced Genes in an in vitro Implantation Model.
American Association of Bioanalysts, in Orlando, Fla, June 5, 2009

Stuebe AM, Ecker J, Bates D, Zera C, Bentley-Lewis R, Seely E.
Barriers to follow-up for women with a history of gestational diabetes.
Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting in Washington DC, June 10-11, 2009

Thorp, JM
The Importance of Observational Data in Clinical Medicine.
John Nokes Lecturer and Visiting Professor, University of Virginia, June 3, 2009

Young SL, Usadi RS, Groll JM, Lininger RA, Zaino RJ, Fritz MA, Lessey BA
Human Endometrial Development and Function in Experimentally Induced Luteal Phase Deficiency.
NIH Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPIR) Meeting in Chicago, IL, May 10-12,

Zolnoun D, Essick G, Maixner W
Performance Characteristics of Novel Instruments for Mucosal and Pelvic Muscle Pain Sensitivity Assessment.
poster and presentation at 2009 NIH PAIN Consortium in Bethesda MD, May 26, 2009


Bae-Jump VL, Zhou C, Boggess JF, Gehrig PA.
Synergistic effect of rapamycin and cisplatin in endometrial cancer cells.
. 2009 May 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Dunivan GC, Connolly A, Jannelli ML, Wells EC, Geller EJ.
Body mass index as a risk factor for cystotomy during suprapubic placement of mid-urethral slings.
Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct
. 2009 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Fader AN, Drake RD, O'Malley DM, Gibbons HE, Huh WK, Havrilesky LJ, Gehrig PA, Tuller E, Axtell AE, Zanotti KM; Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma (UPSC) Consortium.
Platinum/taxane-based chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy favorably impacts survival outcomes in stage I uterine papillary serous carcinoma.
Cancer. 2009 May 15;115(10):2119-27.

Havrilesky LJ, Secord AA, O'Malley DM, Broadwater G, Bae-Jump V, Cohn DE, Gehrig PA.
Multicenter analysis of recurrence and survival in stage IIIA endometrial cancer.
Gynecol Oncol. 2009 May 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Jeong JW, Lee HS, Lee KY, White LD, Broaddus RR, Zhang YW, Vande Woude GF, Giudice LC, Young SL, Lessey BA, Tsai SY, Lydon JP, DeMayo FJ.
Mig-6 modulates uterine steroid hormone responsiveness and exhibits altered expression in endometrial disease.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 May 26;106(21):8677-82. Epub 2009 May 13.

Landis SH, Ananth CV, Lokomba V, Hartmann KE, Thorp JM Jr, Horton A, Atibu J, Ryder RW, Tshefu A, Meshnick SR.
Ultrasound-derived fetal size nomogram for a sub-Saharan African population: a longitudinal study.
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol
. 2009 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Scotchie JG, Fritz MA, Mocanu M, Lessey BA, Young SL.
Proteomic Analysis of the Luteal Endometrial Secretome.
Reprod Sci
. 2009 Jun 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Stuebe AM, Oken E, Gillman MW.
Associations of diet and physical activity during pregnancy with risk for excessive gestational weight gain.
Am J Obstet Gynecol 2009; Epub May 19.

Young SL, Hines MW, Dicheva N, Mocanu M, Fritz M, Scotchie J, Parker CE.
Comparison of First-dimension Separations for “MudPIT” Proteomic Studies on Endometrial Tissue.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 2009:20(1 Supl): S-S. 57th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry