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Allen Receives 2-Year NIAMS Grant

January 21, 2022

Kelli Allen, PhD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy, and immunology, received a grant for a project titled “Optimizing Osteoarthritis Care Through Clinical & Community Partnerships.” The project addresses a critical need to improve care for patients with OA through an evidence-based, comprehensive and sustainable care model. Learn more.

Increasing Participation of Underrepresented in Lupus Clinical Trials

January 9, 2022

Saira Sheikh, MD, the Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the division of rheumatology, and research associate Tessa Englund, PhD, MPH, described the barriers in lupus clinical trial enrollment and how they can be addressed to ensure equitable representation. Read the article published in Rheumatology Advisor.  

Newsworthy from the Department of Medicine, Week of October 29 – November 4

November 16, 2021

The below clickable headlines link directly to outside media outlets and feature UNC Department of Medicine faculty, starting Friday, November 4, 2021. What every parent should know about Halloween safety | Four 2 Five – Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett (MSN.com) Food Allergy Families Seek Out Hard-to-Find Immunotherapy – Dr. Edwin Kim (WebMD) Pandemic-related drinking causing spike in … Continued

Penicillin Allergy Assessments Expand to Inpatient Areas

October 1, 2021

Imagine: You have a patient with a penicillin allergy documented in their chart. Typically, you would prescribe amoxicillin for their infection, but that is not an option because it is a penicillin-class antibiotic. Instead, you prescribe a broader-spectrum antibiotic–not your first choice except for the allergy. But, what if you learned that it is not … Continued

The OA Action Alliance, Arthritis Foundation, and CDC Release ‘Action Briefs’ Focused on Osteoarthritis

September 14, 2021

Newly released Action Briefs now make it easier for employers, insurers, healthcare systems, policy makers, and leaders in other organizations to take specific, practical actions to support their constituents with osteoarthritis. The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation, issued A National Public Health … Continued

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Receives 5 Years of CDC Funding to Advance National Osteoarthritis Public Health Initiatives

August 19, 2021

Thanks to additional support from the CDC, the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance is actively addressing the devastating impact of osteoarthritis on adults and communities through strategic leveraging of partnerships, collaborations, and the resources of its 140+ member organizations. “This is a crucial time, because osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability and work limitations among … Continued

Arthritis, Allergy and Lupus Awareness in May

May 26, 2021

Arthritis Awareness Month – Osteoarthritis Studies May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and researchers at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in basic, translational, and clinical OA research. The UNC Core Center for Clinical Research, or CCCR, provides a … Continued

Being a Food Allergy Dad Makes Him a Better Allergy Doctor

May 26, 2021

Edwin Kim, MD, shares his experience and expertise on food allergies in the podcast “Being a Food Allergy Dad Makes Him a Better Food Allergy Doctor.” Kim is the associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and division chief of pediatric allergy. The podcast offers a wealth of information about food allergy testing and diagnostics. Kim’s … Continued

Medscape Survey Suggests 50% of Rheumatologists Experience Burnout

May 16, 2021

The Rheumatologist reports on a new Medscape survey that found rheumatology has the second-highest burnout level among the 29 specialties included, with 50% of the rheuma­tology respondents saying they’re experiencing “burnout.” “I was quite surprised by this,” said Beth Jonas, MD, the Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professor of Medicine and chief of the division of rheumatology, … Continued

Callahan Appointed to NIAMS Advisory Council for Three-Year Term

May 15, 2021

Leigh Callahan, PhD, has a long history of serving in multiple leadership and advisory positions with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases (NIAMS) for the past 30 years. Some of these roles have included serving on the National Research Plan development, the National Arthritis Data Workgroup, and numerous Special Emphasis Grant Review … Continued