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    Welcome New Administrative Leadership

    As the calendar year comes to a close, the Department of Medicine has much to celebrate. Congrats to the following individuals who are beginning new administrative positions with the Department. Their expertise and enthusiasm will help us excel in 2023. While others are moving along in their career journey, we are thankful for their contributions and wish them the best in their f … Continued

  • 2023 Fellows Match to the Department of Medicine

    The Department of Medicine is honored to welcome new Tar Heel trainees! The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) released results for the 2022 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match on November 30. This is the first year the organization’s largest Fellowship Match included subspecialties in internal medicine, pediatrics, addiction and multidisciplinary specialties. More th … Continued

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    Dr. Saira Sheikh is Elected to American College of Rheumatology (ACR’s) Board of Directors

    In addition to joining the ACR’s governing body, Dr. Sheikh has been appointed to serve as the ACR Board of Directors liaison to the Collaborative Initiatives Department (COIN). The COIN department highlights rheumatology’s relevance to the healthcare community and public by using rheumatic diseases as case studies for treating complex disease, advancing health equity, eliminatin … Continued

  • Lone star tick research

    Using Collaboration to Fight a Tricky Tick-Borne Disease

    Alpha-Gal Syndrome, or AGS, is a recently identified tick-borne disease that triggers an allergy to red meat and other products made from mammals, including cheese, gelatin, and medications like heparin. Since its discovery in 2009, cases in the United States alone have risen from 24 to >40,000 people, owing to the geographic spread of the tick populations and the fact that th … Continued

  • Dr. Mildred Kwan and Dr. Andrew Winslow Receive $100K Pfizer Grant to Address Health Disparities in Antimicrobial Stewardship

    The 2-year grant will help build capacity to address health disparities through antimicrobial stewardship telehealth and telemonitoring. The name of the grant is: “A novel patient-led penicillin allergy de-labeling program targeting underserved children through a mobile-enabled virtual platform.” Dr. Kwan is an Allergy & Immunology faculty member in the UNC Thurston Arthritis … Continued

  • TARC Holds Fifth Annual “Research Day”

    Approximately 100 leading researchers and clinicians, research staff and trainees gathered recently to discuss innovative ways to advance research in arthritis, allergy, and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, attendees who couldn’t participate in person attended remotely. Of particular interest this year was keynote speaker and John B. Winfield, MD Visiting Scholar, Ali Ellebedy, … Continued

  • A Better Way to Evaluate Penicillin Allergies

    On September 28, 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. To commemorate this momentous discovery, every year on September 28th, we celebrate National Penicillin Allergy Day to raise awareness that carrying a penicillin allergy label may negatively affect a patient’s health when it is not accurate. Even though 10% of the U.S. population believes they have a penicillin aller … Continued

  • Featured Physician: Amika Sood, MD

    Amika Sood, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Sood evaluates patients in the UNC Allergy clinic with a broad range of allergic disorders. If she wasn’t a physician, she may have been an interior designer, event planner or professional baker… “The possibilities are endless!” 

  • Drs. Booth and Loeser Receive NIH/NIAMS Grant to Study Effects of Vitamin K on Osteoarthritis

    This novel, randomized clinical trial will evaluate if vitamin K supplementation impacts pain and function in patients with knee OA who are vitamin K insufficient. There is a growing body of epidemiological, genetic and biochemical evidence that vitamin K plays a role in maintaining joint health. The study will provide initial data in support of a larger confirmatory trial to det … Continued

  • Drs. Phanstiel and Loeser Receive $2.5M NIH NIAMS Grant to ID Osteoarthritis Risk Genes

    Dr. Richard F. Loeser is the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Doug Phanstiel – who is in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology – is the principal investigator, and Dr. Loeser is a co-principal investigator for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases grant, “Id … Continued

  • Dr. Longobardi’s Research Demonstrates Deletion of Ccr2 in Cartilaginous Tissues Reduces Impact of Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis & Pain

    Lara Longobardi, PhD, is an associate professor in the the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. The research showed early deletion of Ccr2 in aggrecan-expressing cells reduces the initiation, but not the progression, of post traumatic osteoarthritis and its associated pain. View the article published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

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    Dr. Saira Sheikh and Team Receive $500K NIH U01 Innovation Award to Advance Diversity in Lupus Clinical Trials

    Saira Sheikh, MD, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and director of the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic.   The aim of this 1-year award is to advance equity in lupus clinical trials by identifying, synthesizing, and disseminating innovative approaches and best practices to advance participant diversity in lupus clinical tr … Continued