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Rheumatologist Christopher Sims, M.D., Honored by Induction Into Prestigious AIMBE “College of Fellows,” Comprised of the Top 2 percent of Medical and Biological Engineers

April 9, 2018

Being inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) “College of Fellows,” is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to medical and biological engineers, and serves as a distinction that honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education.”

Review Paper by UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center Rheumatologist Amanda Nelson, MD, Published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

March 5, 2018

Dr. Amanda Nelson’s invited Year in Review paper explores the osteoarthritis literature from 2017, including prevalence as well as epidemiologic data related to a number of comorbidities such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. Her paper also focuses on the critical need to identify novel strategies to reduce the impact of this highly prevalent and debilitating condition. Dr. Nelson’s review paper followed her presentation at the 2017 Osteoarthritis Society International Meeting.

Leigh Callahan, PhD, Quoted by AARP and Arthritis Today In News Stories Regarding Benefits of Exercise

March 2, 2018

AARP Magazine recently published an article detailing the many ways in which walking can improve health, specifically related physical and psychological conditions ranging from osteoporosis to depression and insomnia. For the “Arthritis” section of the article, nationally recognized expert Leigh Callahan, PhD — with the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center — provided insights related to the benefits of walking. Dr. Callahan was also quoted in a separate story published in Arthritis Today regarding the benefits of outdoor exercise.

Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project Profiled in Arthritis Today

February 22, 2018

For over 25 years, the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project in NC has been one of the premier longitudinal research studies world-wide regarding the causes and implications of osteoarthritis. Long term research studies can be challenging to maintain, as it takes considerable dedication from participants to remain involved over a period of years. That’s one reason why this study — which has yielded over 200 publications — is so unique, and was recently profiled by Arthritis Today. Read on to learn about the research team that continues to achieve important insights from this study, as they work closely with participants from the local community.

Leigh Callahan, PhD, Interviewed by Arthritis Today Regarding CDC Study Evaluating Why Too Few People with Arthritis Are Engaging in Physical Exercise

February 1, 2018

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center epidemiologist Leigh Callahan, PhD, recently provided Arthritis Today with expert insights regarding an important new CDC study that explored the reasons why too few people with arthritis are engaging in physical exercise – even though physical activity is considered an important and first approach for people with arthritis symptoms.

Researcher Lara Longobardi, PhD, Awarded $1.7 Million Grant to Investigate Biological Factors That Contribute To Development of Osteoarthritis Following Joint Injury

January 22, 2018

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center scientist Lara Longobardi, PhD, is conducting research designed to yield important new insights into the causes of osteoarthritis, with the goal of helping identify better ways to diagnose and treat the disease. Her work is largely focused on the role played by chemokines (pro-inflammatory molecules) in cartilage and bone degeneration after an injury, and how they affect the pain response.

Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, is Conducting Innovative Research Into the Effectiveness of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Knee Osteoarthritis

January 16, 2018

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center investigator Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, and her colleague Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, (UNC Department of Exercise and Sport Science), are researching High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) as a new, promising approach to add to rehabilitation programs for people with knee osteoarthritis. HIIT includes very short periods of vigorous exercise, as opposed to longer periods of moderately paced exercise. The research is made possible thanks to funding from the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHID).

Rheumatologist Beth L. Jonas, M.D., Receives Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professorship

January 12, 2018

Beth L. Jonas, M.D., a leading rheumatology thought leader, has been awarded the endowed Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Arthritis Research. Endowed professorships are one of the highest honors bestowed by UNC upon faculty, in order to recognize the University’s most accomplished scientists and educators. In addition to honoring exceptional achievement, these professorships help the University recruit, retain, and support the highest quality faculty for its Department of Medicine. Dr. Jonas, who is Interim Chief for the UNC Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, is a nationally recognized clinician educator who has served in numerous leadership roles within the rheumatology community. (More…)

TARC and Affiliated Researchers Publish Paper Regarding Fear of Movement Associated with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

December 18, 2017

Findings from Thurston Arthritis Research Center scientists and Thurston-affiliated researchers have been published in Arthritis Care and Research. The study focused on “Fear of Movement and Associated Factors Among Adults with Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis.” It concluded that fear of movement (FOM) was common for these patients, and suggested that behavioral and psychological interventions may decrease FOM as well as improve outcomes. (More…)