• Scott Commins, MD, PhD

    Taking a Bite Out of Meat Allergies

    Much still needs to be learned about how food allergies develop and why certain people are more susceptible than others. UNC School of medicine researchers led by Scott Commins, MD, PhD, may be able to answer some of these questions by studying an unusual food allergy to mammalian meat called alpha-gal syndrome. Thirteen years ago, Commins and colleagues at the University of Virg … Continued

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    Callahan Voted President-Elect of US Bone and Joint Initiative

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, has been voted president-elect of the US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).  As associate director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and national director of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, Callahan has been a vital part of USBJI f … Continued

  • onyi-iweala

    Iweala Receives $1-Million NIH Grant to Study Alpha-gal Syndrome

    Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, has received a $1-Million NIH Grant to study alpha-gal syndrome. Alpha-gal syndrome is an allergic condition with global reach. Global reports describe patients with delayed allergic reactions to mammalian meat and there is limited understanding of the mechanisms underlying this condition. Iweala’s research explores the role of glycolipids and unconventio … Continued

  • Dr. Richard Loeser

    Loeser Receives Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professorship in Medicine

    Richard Loeser, Jr., MD, has been named the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology. An appointment to a named professorship is one of the highest honors  bestowed on faculty, recognizing scholarly achievement and distinction. Learn more about Dr. Loeser here.  

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    Callahan Quantifies Impacts of Exercise on Anxiety and Depression in People With Arthritis

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, is a co-author on the first research paper to quantify — on a state-by-state basis — the number of physically inactive people with arthritis who could reduce their anxiety and depression through exercise. The study showed that more than 3 million people could benefit from exercise, and provides particularly useful insights when the data are broken down to a … Continued

  • edwin-kim

    Allergy and Immunology Clinic Becomes FCN Discovery Center of Distinction, Kim Is Lead Investigator

    The UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic has been selected to become an FCN Discovery Center of Distinction. With this new designation, lead principal investigator, Edwin Kim, MD, MS, will receive a $100,000 stipend to help develop critical infrastructure necessary to deliver optimal clinical care and leadership in the community to patients with food allergy. This week, the FARE Cli … Continued

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    Iweala, Burks Publish Review of Study About IgE-Producing B Cells in Gut Tissues

    Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and Wesley Burks, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health, published a review in Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology looking at how IgE-producing B cells in the gut expand the gut’s role in food allergy. “Before this study, it was believed that long- … Continued

  • Saira Sheikh, MD

    Is It Coronavirus Or Allergies? Sheikh Emphasizes Value Of Telemedicine During the Pandemic

    Saira Sheikh, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was interviewed for a Self Magazine article recognizing that the spring allergy season is more complicated than ever with coronavirus in the mix. In the article, Sheikh recognizes the value of telemedicine visits, especially during a time when people are trying to social dis … Continued

  • leigh-callahan

    Callahan Explains How To Create A Successful Walking Program in Podcast

    Leigh Callahan, PhD, discusses the secrets to creating a walking program you will “stick to,” in a new podcast interview with the Arthritis Foundation. The podcast provides specific, practical methods for beginning and maintaining an exercise routine that is designed for each person’s specific physical needs and personal goals. Callahan is the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Profe … Continued

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    Loeser Answers Questions About Osteoarthritis in New Podcast

    Is osteoarthritis an inevitable part of aging? This is the question Richard Loeser, MD, answers in a new rheumatology podcast interview with, “Joint Action,” sharing insights from the latest research to address common misconceptions regarding osteoarthritis. “The term ‘wear and tear’ was used a lot in the past and it had a negative consequence on the understanding of osteoarthrit … Continued