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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

Sheikh Offers Tips For People With Allergies During Pollen Season

April 16, 2021

A Charlotte Observer report on the spring pollen haze over North Carolina recognizes that  many people suffer from itchy eyes and a runny nose when going outside.  Saira Sheikh, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology offered tips for avoiding the worst impacts of the annual event. “Pick a … Continued

Volertas Offers Allergy Treatment Tips As Pollen Count Soars

April 9, 2021

An ABC-11 news report with data from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, shows pine and oak trees are a few of the culprits making people uncomfortable. Pollen season is also getting longer and worse, one study found. Sofija Volertas, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, explained … Continued

Penicillin Allergy Assessment Tool Kit Released to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

April 4, 2021

A tool kit developed by Mildred Kwan, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and Renae Boerneke, PharmD, will educate patients and train healthcare providers to proactively assess penicillin allergies. Delabeling patients who are not truly allergic to penicillins is an important stewardship tool that decreases unnecessary use … Continued

COVID or Allergies?

April 1, 2021

As the pollen count rises in North Carolina, some allergy symptoms have people questioning if they are experiencing COVID-19.  Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, explained how people can decipher beween the two, in an ABC-11 news report. “There is some confusion now that environmental allergy season … Continued

Nelson Discusses the Use of Tanezumab For Osteoarthritis Pain in USA Today Article

March 27, 2021

Amanda Nelson, MD, associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was featured in a USA Today article discussing the use of tanezumab as a treatment for osteoarthritis pain. Pfizer has tested the drug in more than 40 clinical trials and a long list of patients have reportedly gotten substantial relief. … Continued

Peanut Sublingual Immunotherapy Provides Desensitization to Peanut in Toddlers

February 25, 2021

Edwin Kim, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, led a study presented at the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting, showing that this therapy could be an option for early peanut allergy intervention. Accompanying this article is a video featuring Dr. Kim, whose children suffer from nut and legume … Continued

UNC’s New Immuno-Oncology Prospective Database and Registry is Now Open for Patient Enrollment

February 11, 2021

Rumey Ishizawar, MD, medical director of the UNC Rheumatology Clinic, founded the multi-disciplinary UNC Immuno-Oncology Group (IOG) in 2017 to optimize clinical management of cancer patients who develop immune related adverse events (irAEs). The goal of the IOG is to develop a research infrastructure to facilitate the study of mechanisms of autoimmunity versus tolerance in … Continued

CRISPR Could Make Wheat Safe for Celiac Disease. What About Peanut Allergies?

February 7, 2021

Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, was featured in a FreeThink article about biotech startup Ukko, which is looking to use CRISPR gene editing — along with computational biology, protein engineering, and immunology techniques — to design foods that are both safe and delicious for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. The article recognizes Ukko’s … Continued

Callahan Offers Perspectives On Health Disparities in Podcast

January 10, 2021

Leigh F. Callahan, PhD, was a recent guest on the “Movement for Life” Podcast. She discussed perspectives on health disparities through an epidemiology lens and shared important findings on how a range of disparate outcomes and health disparities could be addressed. Listen to the podcast here. Callahan is the Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of … Continued

Fellows Match to the Department of Medicine

December 16, 2020

While the pandemic made this year particularly challenging for fellowship recruitment efforts and interviews, a series of videos showing each program’s strengths was a creative solution, introducing viewers to faculty and current fellows, with a brief glimpse into what it might be like to join the program. And although it was impossible to replicate the … Continued