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IHQI Improvement Scholars Announced, Five in Medicine

March 17, 2020

The Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) has announced projects that will be supported through IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Program. Half of these scholars are members of the UNC Department of Medicine, and they include the following.   Mildred Kwan, MD PhD, with lead Renae Boerneke, PharmD, BCPS, CPP — Reducing the Healthcare Utilization of Broad … Continued

IHQI Improvement Scholars Announced, Five in Medicine

March 17, 2020

The Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (IHQI) has announced projects that will be supported through IHQI’s Improvement Scholars Program. Half of these scholars are members of the UNC Department of Medicine, and they include the following.   Mildred Kwan, MD PhD, with lead Renae Boerneke, PharmD, BCPS, CPP — Reducing the Healthcare Utilization of Broad … Continued

Iweala Interviewed For Food Allergy Podcast

March 10, 2020

The “Finding Genius” health & medicine podcast provides insights into what scientists know about food allergies, as well as what aspects of the condition continue to remain a mystery. Onyinye Iweala, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, was recently interviewed.

Sheikh and Key, with Biotech Company EpiCypher, Receive NIH Research Grant Award

March 10, 2020

Saira Sheikh, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, and Nigel Key, MB ChB, the Harold R. Roberts Distinguished Professor and section chief of hematology, have received an NIH Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant, with local biotech company EpiCypher®, to develop novel biomarkers of autoimmune diseases.

Gilbert’s Gait Speed Research Featured in Healio Rheumatology

February 21, 2020

Abigail L. Gilbert, MD, MSCI, assistant professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, discusses her research on the differences in gait speeds, in people with osteoarthritis, with Healio Rheumatology. She says that her study, published in Arthritis Care and Research, is the first “to look at important differences in gait speed … Continued

Commins discusses alpha-gal allergy on the “Dr. Oz” Show

November 5, 2019

Scott Commins, MD, was recently featured on the “Dr. Oz” Show where he explained the alpha-gal allergy, which is connected to tick bites. He also answered questions about symptoms and management of the red meat allergy.

Allen receives pilot grant to generate evidence of precision medicine approach

November 5, 2019

The UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Health Care (PPMH), which aims to transform patient care through evidence-based precision medicine, and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) have awarded three pilot grants. The pilot grants have direct clinical or human translational impact and are … Continued

TARC receives $3.4 million NIH grant to study rheumatic diseases

October 1, 2019

The Thurston Arthritis Research Foundation (TARC) has received a five-year, $3.4 million NIH grant to implement high-quality, innovative studies of rheumatic diseases, led by Leigh Callahan, PhD, associate director of TARC. As principal investigator, Callahan will lead a team of scientists who are advancing understanding, prevention and treatment of diseases like osteoarthritis.

Loeser, Callahan participate in first annual osteoarthritis fellowship in training meeting

October 1, 2019

Richard Loeser, MD, and Leigh Callahan, PhD, led discussions at the recent “OA FIT Bootcamp” meeting for fellows. The event was the first annual Osteoarthritis FIT (Fellows In Training) meeting, hosted by the Arthritis Foundation and the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, giving young investigators and clinician scholars an opportunity to engage in interactive lectures, patient panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Eltaraboulsi advocates for patient access to care and solutions to workforce shortage

October 1, 2019

Rami Eltaraboulsi, MD, a fellow in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology, recently joined rheumatology leaders on Capitol Hill to advocate for patient access to care and solutions to workforce shortage while participating in the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) annual “Advocates for Arthritis” meeting, focused on patient needs and policy issues that affects patients and their providers.

Jonas featured in “Curbsiders” podcast discussing lupus

October 1, 2019

Beth Jonas, MD, was recently interviewed in a “Curbsiders” podcast discussing lupus. The podcast series focuses heavily on best practices in diagnosing patients with this often difficult-to-diagnose disease, as well as the basic of treatment for patients.