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Good Awarded $1 Million by CZI to Combat NEC

December 1, 2022

Principal investigators Misty Good, MD, MS, and Scott Magness, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine, and Jennifer Canvasser, MSW, NEC Society will lead a $1-million project funded through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to map cellular roles in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Welcome New Researcher: Natalia S. Akopyants, PhD

October 29, 2022

Natalia Akopyants, joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on October 31, 2022. Dr. Akopyants, earned her PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Research Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia in 1988. In 1998, Dr. Akopyants completed post doctoral training in Microbiology with the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Since 1999, Dr. Akopyants has continued her research career as faculty in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Welcome Natalia!

Jackson and Tolleson-Rinehart Elected to SPR

October 28, 2022

Congratulations to Wesley Jackson, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, on their election to membership in the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR).

The Society for Pediatric Research encourages and supports pediatric research endeavors by creating a multi-disciplinary network of diverse researchers to improve child health. Collaboration among SPR members creates meaningful progress for the future of children’s health. Active Members are independent researchers conducting hypothesis-driven research in a field related to pediatrics that have been nominated and seconded by SPR members and approved by SPR Council.

Congratulations Sue and Wes!

Jackson Promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics

October 1, 2022

Wesley Jackson, MD, MPH was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics effective October 1, 2022. Since becoming a faculty member in 2018, Dr. Jackson has had a strong commitment to the Department of Pediatrics’ Research mission. Dr. Jackson has expanded his research interests to include clinical trials operations, pharmacokinetic modeling, and epigenetic analyses. Dr. Jackson’s goal is to combine these interests to improve the outcomes of infants through drug development for diseases with limited available therapies, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia and hypoxic–ischemic encephalopathy.

Lewis to Lead UNC site for AAP VIP Network Project: LIGHT

September 27, 2022

Dr. Emiliee Lewis, Assistant Professor in the division of Hospital Pediatrics, has been asked to serve as UNC site lead for the American Academy of Pediatrics VIP Network Project: Learning and Implementing Guidelines for Hyperbilirubinemia Treatment (LIGHT). The project seeks to implement the AAP Clinical Practice Guideline

Rebuli and Frazer Join APS SPR Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research Program

September 26, 2022

Congratulations to Megan Rebuli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy-Immunology, and Lauren Frazer, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, on their nomination and acceptance to participate in the American Pediatric Society (APS) – Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research program for 2022-2023.

Bauserman Joins 2022-23 Women ADVANCE Leadership Program

August 30, 2022

Dr. Melissa Bauserman, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine has been invited to join the 2022-23 Women ADVANCE Leadership program. She will be one of a diverse and brilliant group of researchers, clinicians, teachers, and leaders from across the University.

Laughon Named Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

August 1, 2022

We are pleased to announce that, Dr. Matt Laughon began his tenure as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs on July 1, 2022, serving as the Chair’s designate for one of the most important parts of the academic pediatric enterprise.   For 11 years, Terry Noah has been the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. We thank Terry for his years of fiercely dedicated advocacy for pediatrics faculty

Academy of Educators – Recent Pediatric Inductees and Accomplishments

June 1, 2022

We are excited to recognize our faculty and trainees for their recent Academy of Educator (AOE) accomplishments.  We are so grateful for their enthusiasm, dedication, and talents as UNC AOE educators. Founded in 2006, the Academy of Educators is designed to emphasize teaching and support faculty development both in Chapel Hill and across the state.