Researchers Sheikh and Kwan awarded funding to conduct study evaluating means of increasing vaccination rates via physician education
Study will evaluate means of promoting greater awareness regarding importance of immunization in patients with autoimmune and allergic respiratory disease Feb 10, 2016
Dr. Allen study examining combined patient-provider interventions for osteoarthritis is published
Research Shows That Combined Patient-Provider Interventions Could Improve Function in Osteoarthritis Patients Dec 29, 2015
ACR Conference 2015
Looking back at ACR 2015 in photos Nov 02, 2015
Walk with a DOC kicks off first walk of the year
Turnout from our first Walk With a Doc event (walking the 3rd Saturday of every month @ 11AM). Nov 02, 2015
Walk With Ease Program adapted for SLE patients
Drs. Saira Sheikh, Katherine Kaufman and Leigh Callahan have been awarded a TraCS grant to adapt the popular Walk With Ease Program for patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - Walk SLE. Oct 07, 2015
Special acknowledgement of Dr. Jordan in the US Bone and Joint Initiative newsletter
David Pisetsky, MD, PhD, President of the US Bone and Joint Initiative took the opportunity to recognize and honor Dr. Jordan and her work as Chair of the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative in USBJI's latest newsletter. Oct 02, 2015
Dr. Beth Jonas will be awarded the 2015 Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award
Sep 04, 2015
Drs. Jordan, Callahan, and Loeser awarded 5 year, $6.7 million grant from NIAMS for a pragmatic clinical trial of Weight loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (“WE-CAN”)
Aug 27, 2015
Allergy/Immunology Clinic receives Exceptional Patient Service Award
Our UNC Allergy/Immunology Clinic received the Exceptional Patient Service Award, being one of only 14 clinics honored for exceptional service in all four quarters of fiscal year 2014 in Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Scores. Aug 21, 2015
Dr. Allen leads new study on Pain Coping Skills Training for African Americans with Osteoarthritis
Aug 04, 2015
UNC Rheumatology Clinic Nurse Receives Award
Jun 17, 2015
Dr. Richard Loeser receives award to study the microbiome and OA
Dr. Loeser receives the UNC School of Medicine Office of Research and TraCS Translational Team Science Award for “The Role of the Microbiome in Osteoarthritis” Jun 02, 2015
Medical and Graduate Student Preceptorships Awarded
Two students were awarded an eight week preceptorship by the Rheumatology Research Foundation and will complete their preceptorships at UNC TARC. Jun 02, 2015
2015 Osteoarthritis Research Society International Meeting (OARSI)
UNC TARC represented our community, state and nation at the OARSI World Congress annual meeting in Seattle, Washington. Jun 02, 2015
Julie Hans, UNC TARC supporter, interviewed by WNCN
Apr 29, 2015
Dr. Kelli Allen leads Stepped Exercise Program for Knee Osteoarthritis (STEP-KOA)
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic conditions and a leading cause of disability among veterans. Although exercise is known to improve pain, physical abilities, and other outcomes for patients who have knee OA, most individuals with this condition are physically inactive. Therefore there is a need to develop programs that will help veterans and others with knee OA to increase activity levels. Dr. Allen has been awarded a three-year grant to examine a stepped approach to helping veterans with knee OA to increase physical activity, with increasing levels of program intensity when needed for individual patients to meaningfully improve pain and physical function. Apr 20, 2015
Dr. Jordan named Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development
Dr. William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, as Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, effective April 15, 2015. Apr 10, 2015
Congratulations Dr. Maya Jerath and Dr. Bill Yount!
Apr 08, 2015
Dr. Yvonne Golightly receives RO1 grant from the NIH on first proposal
Apr 08, 2015
NCRA update
Mar 23, 2015
Dr. Loeser wins NIH award to build interdisciplinary team
Dr. Richard Loeser in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center has received a National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) research grant called a BIRT award for “Building Interdisciplinary Research Teams”. Mar 20, 2015
Aubrey Wilson, PA-C joins UNC TARC
Ms. Aubrey Wilson, PA-C, joined UNC TARC, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, Immunology and our Rheumatology and Therapeutic Infusion Center practices on March 16th. Mar 18, 2015
Jaime Brozowski, MS, of the Tarrant Lab receives a 'fundable score'
We’re pleased to announce that Jaime Brozowski, MS, of the UNC TARC Tarrant Lab, has received a fundable score for her first submission of her F31 grant on the “G protein-coupled receptor kinase 3 (GRK3) regulation of receptor signaling in stem cell function and transplantation" We are so proud of Jaime! Mar 05, 2015
UNC Hospitals Therapeutic Infusion Center Opens at Carolina Pointe II
UNC Hospitals and the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology are excited to announce the opening of the UNC Hospitals Therapeutic Infusion Center at Carolina Pointe II! Mar 05, 2015
UNC TARC featured in The Rheumatologist
Check out this great article about our center! Drs. Jordan, Tarrant, Callahan, Loeser and Sheikh were all contributors. The Rheumatologist has a US print circulation of 9,796 and an international print circulation of 1,707. In January 2015, The Rheumatologist page views were over 78,000. Feb 20, 2015
NIH researchers reveal link between powerful gene regulatory elements and autoimmune diseases
Feb 17, 2015
Dr. Beth Jonas receives Clinician Scholar Educator Award
UNC TARC's Beth Jonas, MD has been awarded the 2014 Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the American College of Rheumatology. The purpose of the Clinician Scholar Educator Award is to develop and support educators who are dedicated to providing a high-quality clinical educational experience to future rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Jan 30, 2015
Dr. Becki Cleveland joins UNC TARC faculty
Dr. Becki Cleveland was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at UNC TARC. Dr. Cleveland has held a position as a biostatistician and epidemiologist with Dr. Leigh Callahan’s team at UNC TARC for the past four years. Jan 30, 2015
UNC TARC's Dr. Golightly authors a new summary of biomarker role in ACL tear
Osteoarthritis-related biomarkers following anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction: a systematic review. Read the full paper by clicking on the link below. Jan 08, 2015
Dr. Matthew Billard joins UNC TARC faculty
Dr. Matthew Billard has been a postdoctoral fellow at UNC TARC and has now joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor. Jan 08, 2015
Dr. Joanne Jordan discusses Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases
Nov 23, 2014
"Camine Con Gusto" to be evaluated by Dr. Leigh Callahan
Dr. Leigh Callahan has received a one-year grant from the Arthritis Foundation to evaluate “Camine Con Gusto,” the Hispanic version of Walk With Ease program, among 200 Hispanic adults with self-reported arthritis or joint pain. Nov 21, 2014
Leigh Callahan serves on the Faculty for USBJI Young Investigators
Nov 14, 2014
Current Awards, Honors and Appointments of 2014
Nov 10, 2014
Dr. Jordan inducted into The American Clinical and Climatological Association
Joanne M. Jordan, MD MPH, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center was inducted into The American Clinical and Climatological Association in October. Marc Hochberg, MD MPH, Marschall Runge, MD PhD and John Winfield, MD sponsored Dr. Jordan’s membership into the oldest medical society in the country. Nov 04, 2014
M&I Tarrant lab win TIBBS pumpkin carving contest
Nov 03, 2014
NC Lupus Summit recap
Oct 25, 2014
Thurston Arthritis Research Center Participates in UNC Alumni’s Annual University Day of Service through donations to PORCH and PAWS4EVER October 2014
Oct 15, 2014
UNC TARC's Dr. Leigh Callahan receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Leigh F. Callahan, Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine at UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) / Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA on November 15, 2014. This award is the highest honor that the ACR/ARHP bestows. Oct 09, 2014
Dr. Joanne Jordan discusses Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases (Part Two)
Sep 19, 2014
Dr. Monica Jin awarded the ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
Welcome Dr. Krista Todoric
Dr. Krista Todoric joins the faculty in the allergy and immunology (A/I) clinical program Aug 25, 2014
Sheikh and Rogers named co-directors of new UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic
The Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology proudly announces the establishment of the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic, co-directed by Drs. Saira Sheikh and Jennifer Rogers. This clinic will provide state-of-the-art care to patients with all forms of Lupus. Aug 25, 2014
Burlington Resident Susan Corbett Selected to Serve as Department of Defense Patient Reviewer for Lupus
Aug 12, 2014
Koch wins ASA’s Peace Award for outstanding contributions
Gary G. Koch, PhD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named recipient of the American Statistical Society’s 2014 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society. Aug 05, 2014
Welcome Kirsten Ambrose, MS to the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Team
We are thrilled to welcome Kirsten Ambrose, MS to the Thurston Arthritis Research Center as the new Program Manager for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA). The OAAA consortium was recently awarded to TARC under the direction of Dr. Leigh Callahan. Jul 15, 2014
Dr. Rebekah Layton joins TARC and the PALS team
Dr. Layton recently joined the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and our Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) as a member of the Partners in Active Living Study (PALS) research team. Jul 15, 2014
Dr. Joanne Jordan discusses Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases
Jul 06, 2014
Nancy Wade and Linda Miles retire
Jun 13, 2014
UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center to lead Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
May 29, 2014
Dr. Dore selected to present his research at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology Research Workshop
Dr. Dore was selected to present his research study “The Relationship between Lower Limb Osteoarthritis Burden and Risk for Falls: The Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project” at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology Research Workshop in Seattle, Washington in June. This course is a two- day workshop designed to promote interactions between young and established investigators to foster collaboration and career mentoring. May 23, 2014
Matthew J. Billard, PhD receives public policy fellowship from AAI
On May 1, The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) launched the fourth year of its Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP), a program designed to engage postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists in public policy activities that impact biomedical research. Following careful review of the applications received, the AAI Committee on Public Affairs named the following ten individuals as the 2014-2015 AAI Public Policy Fellows. May 15, 2014
2014 OARSI World Congress - Paris, France
Numerous faculty and staff of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center attended the OARSI World Congress in Paris, France April 24 - 27. May 07, 2014
Welcome new faculty member Kelli Allen, PhD
May 06, 2014
Awareness Programs in May
May is a busy month for the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and many of of our partner organizations. May is Arthritis Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month and Food Allergy Action Month! May 01, 2014
Edwin Kim, MD MS accepted to the Academy of Educators
Dr. Edwin Kim, Clinical Assistant Professor, has recently been accepted into the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators. Apr 25, 2014
Richard Loeser, MD receives the OARSI Basic Science Research Award
Apr 24, 2014
Dr. Jordan quoted in glucosamine study published by MedPage Today
Glucosamine Study: No Help for Knee Pain Mar 14, 2014
Dr. Richard Loeser joins our team as the Director of Basic and Translational Research
We are extremely pleased to announce that Richard Loeser, MD, joined the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center on Monday, March 3, 2014. Mar 12, 2014
Welcome new faculty member Dr. Jennifer Rogers
Mar 03, 2014
The Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI)
Dr. Joanne Jordan, COAMI Chair, worked with colleagues to prepare the U.S.Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI)/COAMI annotated bibliography of guidelines and recommendations on the management of OA. An extensive literature review and rigorous screening process yielded several areas where current recommendations and guidelines offer general consensus: education and self-management, exercise and weight loss, use of assistive devices, alternative/complementary approaches, surgical interventions, and pharmacologic interventions. Feb 24, 2014
Hyaluronic acid injection for knee OA as effective as NSAIDs in short term
Feb 24, 2014
Dr. Mary Anne Dooley Retires
Feb 17, 2014
Dr. Nelson receives certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Jan 31, 2014
2013 American College of Rheumatology Conference - San Diego, CA
Numerous faculty and staff of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center attended the Annual American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Conference in San Diego, California October 25 - 30. Dec 19, 2013
Stuart Bondurant, MD, Honorary Board member for the center, receives Distinguished Alumni Award
Oct 15, 2013
Call to Action on Walking sent to the Surgeon General
The OA Action Alliance, with partner organization Thurston Arthritis Research Center, submits a Call to Action on Walking to the Surgeon General. Oct 04, 2013
A special Osteoarthritis and Cartilage issue on pain in osteoarthritis
The September 2013 special issue of OAC on Pain in Osteoarthritis has come out. This issue incorporates articles from basic science, pre-clinical animal models, to clinical OA, clinical trials, and policy. It was guest-edited by our own Dr. Joanne Jordan, and Richard Gracely, PhD in the UNC School of Dentistry. Sep 11, 2013
Additional media coverage of the MCRC grant
Aug 09, 2013
Welcome our new faculty member, Saira Sheikh, MD
We are pleased to have Saira Sheikh, M.D. on our team as a clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and as a member of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center. Aug 05, 2013
Breaking News!! Multidisciplinary Research Grant Received
The Thurston Arthritis Research Center has just received the Notice Of Award from NIAMS* for our P-60 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center, entitled Mitigating the Public Health Impact of Osteoarthritis. Jul 23, 2013
Dr. Edwin Kim serves as Medical Chair for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy
Jul 19, 2013
Dr. Leigh Callahan and team awarded an R21 grant by the NIH, National Cancer Institute
This new funding will enable the team to explore how an evidence-based physical activity (PA) program – the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program – can be adapted for breast cancer survivors on aromatase inhibitors therapy (AI) therapy to: (1) help them maintain or achieve recommended levels of physical activity, (2) reduce their joint pain/stiffness/achiness, and (3) thereby enable to them to remain on AI therapy as prescribed. Co-Investigators for this study are Christine Rini, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Behavior and a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) and Hyman B. Muss, MD, Director of Geriatric Oncology at the LCCC and breast cancer oncologist at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. This study represents an important inter-disciplinary research initiative between rheumatology and oncology. Jul 17, 2013
"Rock The Joint" raises a record-breaking $54,500 to support our Fellowship Program!
Jun 21, 2013
Nelson Discusses Prolotherapy
May 20, 2013
Duncan and Golightly attend Translational Science Meeting
May 19, 2013
Aging Forum Presentations
May 18, 2013
Arthritis Foundation Triangle Walk
May 05, 2013
Art and Medicine
May 04, 2013
Treating Peanut Allergy
May 02, 2013
Nelson instructs at CME MSK
Apr 28, 2013
NC TraCS Grant Awarded
Apr 10, 2013
Learn about Seasonal Allergy
Mar 25, 2013
The Big Purple Bus
Feb 28, 2013
Putting a Stop to OA
Feb 21, 2013
Racial Differences in OA
Jan 22, 2013