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.
As Director for our Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, she has been intimately involved in the education of our fellows and medical residents and is now playing a vital role in our Division’s involvement in UNC’s current revamping of our medical student curriculum. The implementation of this award will coincide perfectly with the rollout of the new medical school curriculum, Translational Education at Carolina (TEC). As an active member of the Foundation Phase group, she has been a key contributor in helping develop the basic framework for the Multi-Organ Synthesis Course and will be using the CSE award to develop a spaced learning component in an integrated rheumatology curriculum.
There is a paucity of rheumatology content in our current curriculum at UNC, as in many medical schools. The rollout of our new curriculum provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance rheumatology education for our medical students, with the goal of ultimately directing more students early in their development into rheumatology as a possible career choice.
We could not be more pleased with the College’s selection of Dr. Jonas for this award. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jonas on receiving this most prestigious recognition.
Dr. Cleveland received her PhD at UNC and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. She is a member of the Methodology Core in TARC’s Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center, TARC’s Epidemiology Strategic Planning Committee and has been a key contributor to study design for grant submissions as well as guiding, performing and interpreting statistical analyses for several ongoing projects. She has given numerous presentations at the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Scientfic Meeting and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International meeting. She has also been an active mentor for graduate and medical students at TARC. Her research interests span multiple areas including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, physical activity, mortality, biomarkers, diabetes, genetics and social determinants.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Cleveland to the faculty!
Dr. Matthew Billard has been a postdoctoral fellow at UNC TARC and has now joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Billard's new faculty appointment is in the Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. During the past few years as a postdoctoral fellow in our department, he has shown exceptional promise and we are thrilled to welcome him to the faculty.
Dr. Billard completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Masters degree in Biology from Illinois State University, and his PhD in Immunology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Following that, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University, combining aspects of statistics, mathematics, computer modeling, and experimental immunology. He was recruited to the UNC TARC laboratory of Dr. Teresa Tarrant as a senior postdoctoral fellow since his research experiences and career interests were germane to Dr. Tarrant’s in chemokine receptor signaling, cell migration, and immunology. Dr. Billard was awarded a K01 career development grant on systems biology of the GPCR ligand-receptor interaction in immune cell migration.
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This study is examining the near-term effects of the self-directed format of the program on improvements in primary outcomes of pain, stiffness, fatigue; secondary outcomes of self-reported physical and psychosocial functioning, and program satisfaction. Dr. Alfredo Rivadeneira is a Co-Investigator on the project.
To date, Dr. Callahan and her team have recruited 80 participants in CELAH (Center for Latino Health) Clinics at UNC (Rheumatology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedics, Gastrointestinal) and at a Health Fair for Latino Women at the St. Thomas More Church. The team plans to include recruitment outreach at Triangle area churches, the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh and Bethesda Health Center in Charlotte. Dr. Callahan was the Principal Investigator for the Arthritis Foundation’s “Evaluation of Walk with Ease in Arthritis” which established the evidence base for the program among people with arthritis.
Leigh Callahan served on the Faculty for USBJI Young Investigators Fall Meeting 11/7-9 in Toronto (Leigh is pictured below in the second row and fourth from the left). More information on the Young Investigators Initiative Grant Mentoring Program can be found here.
Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH
Leigh F. Callahan, PhD
Kelli Allen, PhD
Yvonne Golightly, PT, MS, PhD
Maya R. Jerath, MD, PhD
Beth L. Jonas, MD
Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS
Richard F. Loeser, Jr., MD
Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS
Jennifer L. Rogers, MD
Robert Roubey, MD
Saira Z. Sheikh, MD
Maureen Su, MD, AM
Teresa Tarrant, MD
William Yount, MD
Mary Altpeter - Co-investigator, Callahan and Rini Teams
Diane Bresch, BSN, RN - Coordinator, Clinical Trials Team
Monica Jin, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, Liu Lab
Denise Allard Trout - Su Lab
Lee Kyung Hong - Su Lab
Matthew Billard, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher, Tarrant Lab
Jaime Brozowski, MS - Graduate Research Assistant, Tarrant Lab
Aaron Kobernick, MD – 1st year Allergy/Immunology Fellow
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.
The American Clinical and Climatological Association was organized in 1884 by a group of physicians and scientists who set about to improve medical education, research and practice in this country. Its initial concern was with tuberculosis and its treatment by residence in a suitable climate. Throughout its long history, the Association has expanded its interests to all scientific and clinical aspects of medicine and its specialties as well as epidemiology, preventive and environmental medicine, while retaining a continuing interest in the influence of global climate changes on health and disease. Its membership comprises outstanding physicians selected on the basis of their leadership, their excellence in their chosen field, their demonstrated high level of integrity and professionalism, and their yearning to nurture a spirit of warmth, diversity and friendship. The annual meeting of the Association provides an opportunity for presentation and critical discussion of the most recent progress in research, practice and teaching. It is devoted to the scientific understanding and to the compassionate care of human disease. The meeting also serves to reaffirm the values and the principles of the Association. Active membership is limited to 250 physicians.
Dr. Hochberg is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Head of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Runge is the Executive Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Principal Investigator and Director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-CH.
Dr. Winfield is a retired rheumatologist, former Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology and Founding Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center.
The TARC M&I Tarrant lab crushed the Training Initiative in Biomedical Biological Sciences (TIBBS) pumpkin carving contest this year.