• Hagan Receives ATS Junior Investigator Award

    Robert Hagan, MD, PhD, instructor in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, has received a Junior Investigator Award from the American Thoracic Society’s Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. The prestigious award recognizes Hagan’s research on innate immunity in respiratory infections and lung injury and his paper Myeloid TBK1 Signaling Contr … Continued

  • Carson Says NC Is in the Midst of a Slower But Steady Surge of COVID-19 Cases

    A News & Observer article recognizes that the statewide stay-at-home order and other steps that have been take to keep people physically apart has worked to prevent a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases. However, the virus hasn’t gone away.  Shannon Carson, MD, chief of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine says North Carolina is in the midst of a slower, but steady surge o … Continued

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    Boucher Study Featured in Stars and Stripes

    Richard Boucher, MD, and the landmark study he co-authored was featured in Stars and Stripes, demonstrating why it’s important to wear a mask that covers the nose. Read the article here. Boucher is the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine.  

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    Boucher Discusses Landmark Coronavirus Study With the News and Observer

    Richard Boucher, MD, the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, talked with the News & Observer about the landmark study he co-authored, finding that the coronavirus infects the cells of in the nose much more easily than those in the throat and lungs. Read the article here.

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    Wohl Says the Number of COVID Hospitalizations Provides Best Indication For How NC Is Flattening the Curve

    David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and director of UNC Health’s Respiratory Diagnostic Center, told NC Health News that it could be several weeks before hospitals know the impact of the late May reopening and mass gatherings that have occurred since. Wohl believes focusing on hospitalizations rather than testing can provide a better idea … Continued

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    Boucher Explains to US News & World Report How Coronavirus First Infects the Nose

    Richard Boucher, MD, discussed a major new scientific study that shows the coronavirus first infects the nasal passages, where cells have more of a protein that the virus needs to attach itself. “If the nose is the dominant initial site from which lung infections are seeded, then the widespread use of masks to protect the nasal passages, as well as any therapeutic strategies that … Continued

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    Boucher, Baric Map SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Cells of Nasal Cavity, Bronchia, Lungs 

    In a major scientific study published in the journal Cell, scientists have characterized the specific ways in which SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – infects the nasal cavity to a great degree – replicating specific cell types – and infects and replicates progressively less well in cells lower down the respiratory tract, including the lungs. The findings suggest … Continued

  • Austin Leads Compilation of Resources For Age-Friendly Best Practices in Pulmonary Care

    C. Adrian Austin, MD, MSCR, instructor in the division of geriatric medicine and division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, led the compilation of a tool-kit for age-friendly pulmonary and critical care best practices. The project was sponsored by the American Thoracic Society. Key points include: In older patients with a critical illness, pre-ICU functional disability and … Continued

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    Bice Talks About Life After a Ventilator

    Thomas Bice, MD, MSc, assistant professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, discusses the use of ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic and their lasting effects on patients which can lead to post-intensive care syndrome. “There are two groups of patients who end up with mechanical ventilation. The majority are on a ventilator for an … Continued

  • Fischer, Lazear Named Winners of Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship

    William Fischer, MD, assistant professor in division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine in the UNC Department of Medicine, and Helen Lazear, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC Department of Microbiology and Immunology, were named recipients of this year’s Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine for their research and clinical care related to infectious dise … Continued