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Dr. Beth Jonas will be awarded the 2015 Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award

September 4, 2015

Dr. Beth Jonas, our Program Director for the Rheumatology Fellowship, founding member of the Carolina Fellows Collaborative, and 2014 awardee of the ACR’s Clinician Scholar Educator Award, will be awarded the 2015 Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award. This Award of Distinction will be presented during the Opening Ceremonies.

Drs. Jordan, Callahan, and Loeser awarded 5 year, $6.7 million grant from NIAMS for a pragmatic clinical trial of Weight loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (“WE-CAN”)

August 27, 2015

Drs. Jordan, Callahan, and Loeser awarded 5 year, $6.7 million grant from NIAMS for a pragmatic clinical trial of Weight loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (“WE-CAN”). NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases announced that UNC will be part of a multi-center U01 study including Wake Forest … Read more

Dr. Allen leads new study on Pain Coping Skills Training for African Americans with Osteoarthritis

August 4, 2015

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of pain and disability among adults in general, but African Americans experience a disproportionate burden, including greater prevalence and more severe symptoms and functional limitations. Emerging data suggest that pain Coping Skills Training (CST) programs may help to reduce racial disparities in OA symptom severity. A new study, led … Read more

UNC Rheumatology Clinic Nurse Receives Award

June 17, 2015

Portsia Latta, NA, with the UNC Rheumatology Clinic, received a Plus People Award from UNC Healthcare. This honor is presented to UNC Healthcare employees for their outstanding performance and service. The Plus People Awards were established to recognize those who exemplify the characteristics of one or more of the pillars of Commitment to Caring. The … Read more

Dr. Kelli Allen leads Stepped Exercise Program for Knee Osteoarthritis (STEP-KOA)

April 20, 2015

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic conditions and a leading cause of disability among veterans. Although exercise is known to improve pain, physical abilities, and other outcomes for patients who have knee OA, most individuals with this condition are physically inactive. Therefore there is a need to develop programs that will help veterans and others with knee OA to increase activity levels. Dr. Allen has been awarded a three-year grant to examine a stepped approach to helping veterans with knee OA to increase physical activity, with increasing levels of program intensity when needed for individual patients to meaningfully improve pain and physical function.