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Dr. Jordan inducted into The American Clinical and Climatological Association

Joanne M. Jordan, MD MPH, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center was inducted into The American Clinical and Climatological Association in October. Marc Hochberg, MD MPH, Marschall Runge, MD PhD and John Winfield, MD sponsored Dr. Jordan’s membership into the oldest medical society in the country.
Joanne M. Jordan, MD MPH, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center was inducted into The American Clinical and Climatological Association in October.  Marc Hochberg, MD MPH, Marschall Runge, MD PhD and John Winfield, MD sponsored Dr. Jordan’s membership into the oldest medical society in the country.

The American Clinical and Climatological Association was organized in 1884 by a group of physicians and scientists who set about to improve medical education, research and practice in this country. Its initial concern was with tuberculosis and its treatment by residence in a suitable climate. Throughout its long history, the Association has expanded its interests to all scientific and clinical aspects of medicine and its specialties as well as epidemiology, preventive and environmental medicine, while retaining a continuing interest in the influence of global climate changes on health and disease. Its membership comprises outstanding physicians selected on the basis of their leadership, their excellence in their chosen field, their demonstrated high level of integrity and professionalism, and their yearning to nurture a spirit of warmth, diversity and friendship. The annual meeting of the Association provides an opportunity for presentation and critical discussion of the most recent progress in research, practice and teaching. It is devoted to the scientific understanding and to the compassionate care of human disease. The meeting also serves to reaffirm the values and the principles of the Association.  Active membership is limited to 250 physicians.

Dr. Hochberg is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Head of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Runge is the Executive Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Principal Investigator and Director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-CH.

Dr. Winfield is a retired rheumatologist, former Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology and Founding Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

M&I Tarrant lab win TIBBS pumpkin carving contest

The TARC M&I Tarrant lab crushed the Training Initiative in Biomedical Biological Sciences (TIBBS) pumpkin carving contest this year.


NC Lupus Summit recap

View photos from this eventThe 14th Annual NC Lupus Summit was held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
on Saturday, October 25, 2014.  Patients, caregivers, and the medical community were invited for a day devoted to those affected by lupus.  The Annual NC Lupus Summit is the largest educational conference on lupus in the state and provided a variety of discussions led by physicians and other experts dedicated to solving the cruel mystery of lupus. This year's event will highlighted the talent and creativity of those living beyond their diagnosis.


Dr. Jennifer Rogers, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center presented LUPUS 101, a session designed for both the newly diagnosed patient and anyone needing a refresher in the basics.  Participants learned about current, medically accurate information on lupus, its symptoms, treatments and coping techniques.

Deb MacDonald, Research Assistant at UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, volunteered at the Clinical Trials Information Table to provide information about participating in research studies. 

Thurston Arthritis Research Center Participates in UNC Alumni’s Annual University Day of Service through donations to PORCH and PAWS4EVER October 2014

UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center Participates in UNC’s Alumni Annual University Day of Service through donations to PORCH and PAWS4EVER October 2014

PAWS4EVER is a no-kill shelter in Mebane, NC.
PORCH is a hunger relief organization for families in Orange County, NC.


Dr. Joanne M. Jordan, Director, Thurston Arthritis Research Center and Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, looking very happy after completing the inaugural Rock ’n Roll Raleigh Half-Marathon in April 2014 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  She will be doing the 5k, Say Boo to Cancer, on November 1st and the City of Oaks Half-Marathon on November 2nd.  She participates in the Half-Marathon and next January 2015 will be in the Full-Marathon in honor of Dr. Andy Barada, Rheumatologist and the founder of Durham Rheumatology, who is battling multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.  



Telonya Tabler-Pinckney (center right), Administrative Assistant, UNC Hospitals Rheumatology Specialty Clinic, is the volunteer Outreach Coordinator for Sisters Network Triangle NC. She goes out in the community to health fairs and other events to speak about Breast Cancer Awareness.  Sisters Network, Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African-American community. She also volunteers the 3rd Sunday of every month cooking for and feeding hundreds in the community at Urban Ministries in Durham. Urban Ministries welcomes neighbors in need regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or disability. 



Jaime M. Brozowski, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate 3rd Year, Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Teresa Tarrant’s Lab HHMI Translational Medicine Trainee, wanted to pass along an exciting volunteering experience she had while monitoring the Vibha  5k run/walk on Sunday, Sept 14th. Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. This year Vibha raised over $12,000 at the Raleigh Dream Mile which was held on NC State’s Centennial campus, and 10% of the proceeds went to the local RTP Rho Tau Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) group (which includes representation from all over the RTP: Duke, NC State, NC Central and UNC students/post docs). She heard about the event through GWIS, and attended to represent the Women in Science (WinS) group from UNC. She says “I enjoyed seeing such a great turn-out, and especially the families running together and encouraging one another on such a beautiful NC morning. What a great event bringing people throughout the triangle together!”

Above is a group picture of GWIS members and WinS members who volunteered at the event—two GWIS/WinS UNC students are: (far left) Megan Meyer (Rho Tau GWIS treasurer) and husband; and (far right) Jaime Brozowski (WinS Chair) and her husband (other members in the middle are from GWIS/Duke). Both UNC students are from the Graduate Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

UNC TARC's Dr. Leigh Callahan receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Leigh F. Callahan, Mary Link Briggs Distinguished Professor of Medicine at UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) / Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA on November 15, 2014. This award is the highest honor that the ACR/ARHP bestows.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former member of ACR/ARHP whose career has demonstrated a sustained and lasting contribution to the field of rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals.  



Dr. Joanne Jordan nominated Dr. Callahan for the prestigious award and says, “Dr. Callahan’s entire professional career has focused on the advancement of arthritis research, advocacy for the importance of this chronic disease to the nation’s public health agenda, and devotion to recruiting and mentoring multidisciplinary researchers in the arthritis mission.  She sparkles with energy that is infectious to all around her and is tireless in championing the priorities of arthritis-related initiatives.”



Dr. Callahan is also a Professor of Social Medicine, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is Associate Director of Epidemiology and Outcomes Research and the Associate Director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.  She also directs the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), which was recently acquired by UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center from the Arthritis Foundation.  Dr. Callahan has an undergraduate degree from UNC and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.  She has over 30 years of experience in arthritis and health outcomes research, and experience in public health as a former arthritis epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Dr. Callahan has served on a number of editorial boards, is a former editor for the Arthritis Care and Research journal and has been a reviewer for numerous journals including the Journal of Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Medical Care.  She recently served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that produced the report, Living well with chronic illness: A call for public health action. She formerly served on the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Board of Directors and is on the Steering Committee of the USBJI’s Chronic Osteoarthritis and Management Initiative (COAMI).  She is a member of the Non-Pharmacologic Trials Working Group of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Guidelines for Conducting Clinical Trials in Osteoarthritis Committee.  Dr. Callahan is a long-time volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation (AF) on both the state and national level, and received the Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 for her work with the Foundation.  In 2006, she received the Addie Thomas Service Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.  She has authored more than 200 research articles, book chapters, commentaries and editorials.  She is a frequent presenter at conferences and meetings worldwide, and continues to spearhead a number of projects examining the factors surrounding arthritis, epidemiology, health outcomes, and health disparities.  She has received numerous grants from the NIH, CDC and Arthritis Foundation.

[This achievement is also featured in VitalSigns]

Dr. Joanne Jordan discusses Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases (Part Two)

Special guest host, Dr. Caroline Roberts, one of UNC Family Medicine’s Resident Physicians, will join Adam this weekend on YOUR HEALTH® to talk to Dr. Joanne Jordan, Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, aboutMuscles, Joints, Aches, and Related Diseases.

Tune in via podcast at:

Listen live on:
WCHL 97.9 FM, Saturday (9/20) at 9 AM, Sunday (9/21) at 9 AM & 5 PM and Monday (9/22) at 6 & 10 PM

WBNE 103.7 FM Saturday (9/20) at 3PM

KKAG 88.7 FM Sunday (9/21) at 7 AM

Dr. Monica Jin awarded the ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Monica Jin, postdoctoral fellow in the Liu lab, on being awarded the ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators by the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB). This award is given to the first author who has a high score of an abstract that was selected for presentation at the AHA annual meeting, Scientific Sessions 2014, Nov. 15-19, Chicago. Monica’s presentation is entitled “Dendritic Cells Play a Critical Role in the Initiation of Atherosclerosis”.


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When she was 5 or 6 years old, Joanne Jordan saw something on TV that she would never forget. The screen projected images of a child – about Jordan's age – with an enormous belly and her feet in a stream, surrounded by flies and filth. Jordan looked around at her own clothes and toys and wondered how there could be people in the world who didn't even have a roof over their heads. "It sounds crazy but that really hit me like wow, I am pretty lucky. Over the years, that feeling stuck with me, and I began to realize that the most important thing you can possibly have is your health. I saw medicine as my way of giving back for having the good luck of being born in the United States to a family who loved me and could care for me."


Jordan is the principal investigator of the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and is a leading cause of disability in this country. Researchers believe that the rural South may be especially hard-hit by arthritis. Jordan's Osteoarthritis Project is the first of its kind to look at the causes of this condition in both African-Americans and Caucasians in rural Johnston County. Over the last 25 years, the study has uncovered a number of interesting findings. For example, it showed that there are in fact more cases of arthritis in this rural area than elsewhere in the country. The study also discovered that osteoarthritis affects different joints in African Americans than in whites. And it found that people who are exposed to certain metals like lead tended to have more severe disease.


"Osteoarthritis is so common, yet we know so little about it. For many people, volunteering for this project is an opportunity for them to be part of something that is bigger than themselves. To really be part of searching for a cure."


Jordan participated in her first marathon in March, race walking the entire 26.2 miles of the Tobacco Road Marathon to protect her joints. Though she loved the experience, she plans to go back to doing half-marathons, at least for now, which are less taxing on her aging knees. "My husband jokes that I am a little late to this party. It is sort of funny to discover a love for running in your late fifties. I never thought I would like it, but now I just couldn't live without it. It is so much fun."

Welcome Dr. Krista Todoric

Dr. Krista Todoric joins the faculty in the allergy and immunology (A/I) clinical program

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Krista Todoric to our faculty in the allergy and immunology (A/I) clinical program.  She holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and will be splitting her time between our A/I Clinic at Carolina Pointe II and the Pediatric Food Allergy Research Group (headed by Dr. Wesley Burks).  

Krista received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Hershey Medical Center, after which she spent a year working as a hospitalist.  She joined the UNC Allergy and Immunology fellowship training program in 2012 and completed her training this summer. She is an exceptional clinician and we are delighted she joined us.

Sheikh and Rogers named co-directors of new UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic

The Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology proudly announces the establishment of the UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic, co-directed by Drs. Saira Sheikh and Jennifer Rogers. This clinic will provide state-of-the-art care to patients with all forms of Lupus.
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