Recognizing Mental Health Month for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), An Interview with Amy Weil, MD, on Trauma Informed Care

July 31, 2020

Since 2008, July has been recognized as Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe Moore Campbell, who was a renowned American author who dedicated her life to advocacy for mental health in the black and other minority communities, is credited for this recognition. Traumatic events in a person’s life can … Continued

Faculty Who Received Grants in July

July 28, 2020

Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, July 1 – July 27, 2020. Division of Hematology Stephan Moll, MD, received an award from the Anticoagulation Forum for “2020 Clinical Fellowship Award in General Vascular Medicine Focusing on VTE, PAD, and Anticoagulation.” Rafal Pawlinski, MD, received an award from the … Continued

Rivera Receives $1.5 Million Grant For Lung Cancer Screening Study

July 27, 2020

M. Patricia Rivera, MD, ATSF, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has received a four year, $1.5 million NIH R01 grant to study “Comorbidity and Functional Status in a Population Undergoing Lung Cancer Screening” with Louise Henderson, PhD, in the department of radiology. The investigators will evaluate the extent to … Continued

Sellers Receives Pilot Funding To Study Upper Respiratory Immune Response in COVID-19

July 27, 2020

Subhashini Sellers, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has received pilot funding from the UNC Center for Environmental Health Sciences to study the upper respiratory immune response in COVID-19. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and resulting Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represents a viral pandemic presently threatening … Continued

NIH Awards Cohen, FHI $9.2 Million for Development of COVID Prevention Studies

July 27, 2020

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Myron Cohen, MD, and Family Health International $9.2 million to support research through the new COVID Prevention Network (CoVPN). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health formed the COVID Prevention Network (CoVPN) to better coordinate the national research response to the … Continued

Scholars Named to Physician Scientist Training Program

July 27, 2020

As part of the Forward Together Strategic Plan, the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) supports a small number of clinicians committed to translating research findings to advance the practice of medicine in addition to providing clinical care and teaching. PSTP is a pipeline to recruit, train, and retain promising individuals and provide them … Continued

Brenner Says Guidance Is Needed To Allocate Resources For Virtual Or Mailed Outreach Care Delivery

July 26, 2020

Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH, was interviewed for an article recognizing that new research shows mailing colorectal cancer screening kits to Medicaid enrollees is a cost-effective way to boost screening rates. Brenner acknowledges that the findings are especially timely considering the recent need for alternatives to face-to-face visits with physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many aspects … Continued

Sickbert-Bennett Offers Suggestions For Sending Children Back to School Safely

July 26, 2020

Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, MS, associate professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, offered tips on WRAL News for parents as they make plans to send kids back to school. Sickbert-Bennet suggested that parents should start looking for the best mask now, and that kids should … Continued