The Department of Social Medicine is committed to teaching, research, and service that addresses the social dimensions of health, illness, and doctoring. Our department, housed within the UNC School of Medicine, is unique in its disciplinary diversity. Social Medicine faculty encompass an extraordinary range of fields in the humanities, social sciences, and clinical medicine.
Message From The Chair
6 days ago
Rebecca Walker interview with Discover Magazine: Scientists Put a Human Intelligence Gene Into a Monkey. Other Scientists are Concerned.
Discover magazine top science stories of 2019: Scientists Put a Human Intelligence Gene Into a Monkey. Other Scientists are Concerned. Rebecca Walker speaks with Discover magazine on scientists’ putting an “intelligence” gene in nonhuman primates. https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/scientists-put-a-human-intelligence-gene-into-a-monkey-other-scientists-are
1 month ago
Oberlander Coauthors NEJM Commentary on Prescription Drug Spending
Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, chair of the Department of Social Medicine, coauthored a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine on efforts in Congress to pass legislation that would regulate prescription drug prices. http://news.unchealthcare.org/som-vital-signs/2019/dec-12/oberlander-coauthors-nejm-commentary-on-prescription-drug-spending?utm_source=vs-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=50
2 months ago
Invited Commentary by Lyerly Published in The Lancet
The commentary, by Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, professor of social medicine and associate director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, argues that the WHO’s recommendation of dolutegravir as an HIV treatment for all populations was a significant advancement in the ethical inclusion of pregnant women in biomedical research. An invited commentary written by Anne Drapkin … Continued
2 months ago
Tonia Poteat launches new study LITE Plus, that examines the relationship between intersectional stigma, stress, and HIV comorbidities among Black and Latina transgender women living with HIV.
Multiple forms of stigma may increase risk for mental illness and cardiovascular disease among Black and Latina Transgender Women Living with HIV. The research, led by Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C, in the Department of Social Medicine is highlighting the ways that stigma and stress affect health outcomes for Black and Latina Transgender women. According … Continued