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UME Faculty Spotlight: Katie Gill, MD

January 28, 2024

We are so excited to showcase some of our brilliant UME educators in the department of medicine and across our AHEC sites. For many of us there are certain teachers in our past who left a mark on our lives and are highly valued. For some they may be the reason you went into medicine … Read more

Featured Advanced Practice Provider: Candace Kastner

January 27, 2024

Candace Kastner, PA-C, is a physical assistant working with the palliative care program. Before arriving in North Carolina Candace worked in New York City. She enjoys spending time with family, including her two year old daughter and new born son, checking out new restaurants, and working out. What is your role in the Department and … Read more

The Chronic Disease of Obesity

January 26, 2024

In the December 2023 issue of Insights & Implications in Gerontology, Dr. John Batsis and colleagues dive into ‘The Chronic Disease of Obesity.’ In this publication, the team discusses: Current concepts are presented about the complex interplay among the stomach, liver, pancreas, brain, and metabolic processes of the body Recognition of obesity as a chronic … Read more

Duke/UNC ADRC Announces Research Curriculum

January 23, 2024

The Duke/UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) Research Education Component (REC) Core announces a new Research Curriculum. This curated collection includes video presentations on basic science and statistics. However it also includes more in-depth talks like keynote addresses and clinical presentations from past ADRC events like the SLAM-DUNC conference. This curriculum is available for anyone … Read more

Featured Resident: Nonye Onokalah

January 22, 2024

Nonye Onokalah, MD, is originally from Raleigh and attended the University of Virginia for college where she majored in Psychology. In her free time she is an amateur barista, part time botanist, digital artist, and baker.

University of North Carolina Designated as Scleroderma Research and Treatment Center

January 18, 2024

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named a Designated Scleroderma Research and Treatment Center by the National Scleroderma Foundation. This accolade positions UNC among the two centers in the state to receive such an esteemed recognition. The acknowledgment highlights UNC’s proficiency in providing care for individuals affected by scleroderma, an autoimmune condition … Read more

Does a Red Meat Allergy Cause Knee Pain?

January 17, 2024

A collaboration between researchers at the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center’s Core Center for Clinical Research, investigated the relationship between a red meat allergy, caused from a tick bite known as alpha-gal syndrome, and knee pain. The paper, titled “Tick-borne disease infections and chronic musculoskeletal pain,” … Read more

Metformin Use Shows No Increase in Gastrointestinal Adverse Events During GLP-1RA Initiation

January 16, 2024

A recent study analyzing data from four pivotal clinical trials—LEADER, STEP 2, SUSTAIN 6, and PIONEER 6—evaluated the impact of concomitant metformin use on gastrointestinal adverse events during the initiation and titration of glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RA). Klara Klein, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the UNC Division of Endocrinology led the … Read more

JN.1 COVID variant spreading in NC, highest infection rate in 18 months

January 12, 2024

North Carolina is experience the highest peak of COVID-19 infectious it has seen in 18 months. According to CDC data, around 16% of emergency department visits in the state are due to a respiratory virus. David Weber, MD, MPH, spoke with The News & Observer about the surge in respiratory illnesses, the new coronavirus strain … Read more

Faculty and Staff in the News Throughout December

January 4, 2024

The clickable links below navigate directly to outside media articles which featured Department of Medicine faculty throughout the month of December. John Batsis, MD, attended the National Council on Aging’s Obesity Roundtable and was featured in a JAMA article detailing the annual ObesityWeek conference. Andrea Coviello, MD, was quoted in an article regarding people seeking … Read more

How Risky Are Weight Loss Drugs for Older Adults?

January 4, 2024

New anti-obesity medications like Ozempic and Wegovy are very popular these days. Although many people benefit from these new drugs, they can be risky for older people. In fact, the downsides of these medications for older patients can be very serious. Some of the potential risks for people over 60 who take these medications include … Read more

In Memory of Dr. Ada Adimora – A Trailblazing Physician Scientist and Mentor

January 3, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our esteemed colleague, Ada Adimora, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology. Dr. Adimora, a brilliant and compassionate physician scientist, left an indelible mark on our department and the broader medical community. A true pioneer, Dr. Adimora made history as … Read more