Research Highlights: Gastroenterology and Hepatology

July 8, 2019

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and its affiliated Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, is a national leader in gastrointestinal and liver disease research. In 2018, the Division received more than $23 million in research awards, one of the largest funding bases in UNC’s School of Medicine, including both basic and clinical departments. Remarkably, … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds, Arlene Chung “Harnessing the Potential for Patient-Generated Health Data”

June 6, 2019

Patient-generated health data—such as data from wearables and patient-reported outcomes and other emerging technologies—have much potential for improving efficiency, quality, and outcomes. Dr. Chung will review the state of the art in PGHD, discuss challenges in implementation into clinical care, highlight informatics methods development for PGHD from her NIH-funded research, and discuss opportunities for PGHD … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds, Herman Pontzer “Healthy As a Hunter-Gatherer: Sorting Paleofact from Paleofiction in Modern Metabolic Medicine”

May 30, 2019

Hunter-gatherer populations are remarkably healthy, with men and women living into their 60’s, 70’s and beyond without hypertension, diabetes, or other cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Pontzer will review his recent work on the diet, activity, and health of these remarkable populations. These societies are incredibly active, but burn fewer calories and eat more carbohydrate-rich diets than … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds Point-Counterpoint, Raven Voora and Alan Hinderliter “Hypertension Guidelines: Are They Realistic?”

May 23, 2019

The 2017 ACC-AHA Hypertension Guideline proposes a new definition of hypertension, and advocates lower blood pressure treatment thresholds and goals for many individuals with high blood pressure. As a result, more elderly patients are diagnosed with hypertension and are treated more aggressively with medications. Drs. Voora and Hinderliter will discuss the pros and cons of … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds, Chief Residents’ Year in Review

May 16, 2019

In the department’s annual Chief Residents’ Lecture, Hannah Coletti, Grace Prince, Alison Raybould, Benjamin Robey and Benjamin Sines will present innovative projects and ideas: Grace Prince Evaluation of a Humanities Curriculum to Promote Higher Level Clinical Reasoning at Internal Medicine Morning Report: Results of a Qualitative Analysis  Within medical education, the humanities are frequently used to … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds, Sarah McGill “C. Diff. Now: Diagnosing, Treating, and Repopulating the Gut with Fecal Transplant”

May 9, 2019

C. difficile Infection is the most common cause of infectious, antibiotic-associated diarrheal illness in the United States and a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in cases of recurrent or severe infection.  The standard of care in management of C. difficile infection has shifted dramatically in the last year.  I will discuss current diagnosis … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds, Kathleen Caron “Lymphatic System in Health and Disease”

May 2, 2019

Recent studies have brought the lymphatic system to the forefront as an important route of tumor metastasis, the major cause for treatment failure and decreased survival in cancer patients. The spread of cancer cells to the lymph nodes serves as an early indicator of metastatic disease and contributes to the staging of cancer. Furthermore, expression … Continued

Research Highlights: General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

April 30, 2019

Seth A. Berkowitz investigates ways to address food insecurity in vulnerable patients. Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, is investigating programs that address food insecurity, for patients with limited or uncertain access to nutritious food because of cost, to consider how they might improve health and healthcare utilization. In one project, Berkowitz is working with Community … Continued

Dr. Keisha Gibson is Featured ‘Woman of the Triangle’ on WRAL.com

April 29, 2019

Dr. Keisha Gibson, chief of pediatric nephrology, has been featured in WRAL.com’s Women of the Triangle series, recognized for how she promotes diversity and inclusivity in medicine and life. Gibson, who is associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and director of the pediatric nephrology fellowship program, explains in the article that she is “the product … Continued

Medicine Grand Rounds Physician Scientist Lecture: Patrick Hu “Type 2 Diabetes: From C. elegans Genetics to Human Pathophysiology”

April 25, 2019

Patrick J. Hu, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He is a Physician-scientist, C. elegans geneticist, and oncologist. He also directs the Vanderbilt Physician-Scientist Training Program in Internal Medicine. The UNC Department of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Training Program integrates post-graduate clinical and research training and provides developmental support to transition trainees into independent … Continued