• Research Highlights: Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Examining the role of dietary fatty acids – Eric Klett, MD Dr. Eric Klett is a physician-scientist whose research interest is in the role of dietary fatty acids, specifically polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), and their effects on the development of diabetes mellitus. The Klett lab, using pancreatic beta-cell and animal models, examines the role of one of the rate-limiting enzy … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Geriatric Medicine

    Handing Off the Older Patients: Improved Documentation of Geriatrics Assessment in Transitions of Care – Maureen C. Dale, MD Older adults, particularly frail elders, are at an increased risk for poor health outcomes and avoidable re-hospitalization during transitions of care. Nearly one of five older adults are re-hospitalized within 30 days of hospital discharge, and studies hav … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Hospital Medicine

    Complex Care Committee Develops Individualized Care Plans – Beth Ann Brubaker, MD   Individualized care plans (ICPs) have been created for patients who are high utilizers of inpatient resources. In some cases this high utilization has been due to fractioned/inefficient medical care and in other cases due to social/addiction issues. Most of these patients have chronic medical … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Cardiology

    Anil Gehi, MD, Streamlining Triage for AFib Patients to Increase Care Coordination and Prevent Hospitalizations Dr. Anil Gehi’s research focus is on innovative approaches to atrial fibrillation (AFib), from detailed understanding of patient symptomatology, techniques of ablation, processes of care in AFib management, and outcomes research through complex analyses of big data. In … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Infectious Diseases

    Mina Hosseinipour Women compromised 59 percent of adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 according to the World Health Organization. Creating HIV prevention efforts that target women is critical to stopping new infections. Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, is scientific director of UNC Project-Malawi in Lilongwe, Malawi, and a professor of medicine at UNC. She is co-chair … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Hematology & Oncology

    Breast Cancer Research: From Base Pairs to Populations The UNC Breast Cancer Research Program, co-led by Division member Carey Anders, MD, and renowned scientist Chuck Perou PhD, has enjoyed exceptional growth with a broad range of studies starting with population-based studies into etiology and breast cancer behavior, molecular biology and genetics, biologically-driven clinical … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Nephrology & Hypertension

    The major areas of research are organized thematically around the following topics; each tab when clicked will reveal more details on each related project. ANCA Vasculitis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Glomerular Diseases Diabetic Kidney Disease Epidemiology and Outcomes Research in Kidney Disease Kidney Development and Function Novel Imaging Techniques in Nephrology ANCA Vasc … Continued

  • Research Highlights: Gastroenterology & Hepatology

    Nicholas Shaheen investigates early detection and treatment of esophageal cancer Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, is the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His group is currently involved in more than 50 research studies. Dr. Shaheen’s research focuses on the prevention, detection, and treatment of precancerous and cancerous conditions of the esophagus. He is … Continued

  • Research Highlights: General Medicine & Clinical Epidemiology

      Darren DeWalt Investigates Aspirin Dosing for People with Coronary Heart Disease Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH, is the site PI for Aspirin Dosing: A Patient-centric Trial Assessing Benefits and Long-Term Effectiveness (ADAPTABLE). In addition to Dr. DeWalt, others in the Department of Medicine that are participating include Joe Rossi in Cardiology and Tim Carey in General Medicin … Continued

  • Alterations in the composition of gut bacteria can have a significant impact on a person’s health.

    Research Highlights: Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology

      Dr. Richard Loeser Conducting First Study To Examine How Diet Alters Gut Bacteria, Potentially Leading to Osteoarthritis The old adage, “you are what you eat,” is proving truer than we ever imagined. New research findings illustrate the negative impact Western diets can have upon the naturally occurring bacteria living in the “gut,” (known as the microbiota). Foods that ar … Continued