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UNC TARC featured in The Rheumatologist

Check out this great article about our center! Drs. Jordan, Tarrant, Callahan, Loeser and Sheikh were all contributors. The Rheumatologist has a US print circulation of 9,796 and an international print circulation of 1,707. In January 2015, The Rheumatologist page views were over 78,000.

Check out this great article about our center!  Drs. Jordan, Tarrant, Callahan, Loeser and Sheikh were all contributors.

Dr. Beth Jonas receives Clinician Scholar Educator Award

UNC TARC's Beth Jonas, MD has been awarded the 2014 Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the American College of Rheumatology. The purpose of the Clinician Scholar Educator Award is to develop and support educators who are dedicated to providing a high-quality clinical educational experience to future rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.

UNC TARC's Beth Jonas, MD has been awarded the 2014 Clinician Scholar Educator Award from the American College of Rheumatology.  The purpose of the Clinician Scholar Educator Award is to develop and support educators who are dedicated to providing a high-quality clinical educational experience to future rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.

As Director for our Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, she has been intimately involved in the education of our fellows and medical residents and is now playing a vital role in our Division’s involvement in UNC’s current revamping of our medical student curriculum. The implementation of this award will coincide perfectly with the rollout of the new medical school curriculum, Translational Education at Carolina (TEC). As an active member of the Foundation Phase group, she has been a key contributor in helping develop the basic framework for the Multi-Organ Synthesis Course and will be using the CSE award to develop a spaced learning component in an integrated rheumatology curriculum.  

There is a paucity of rheumatology content in our current curriculum at UNC, as in many medical schools. The rollout of our new curriculum provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance rheumatology education for our medical students, with the goal of ultimately directing more students early in their development into rheumatology as a possible career choice.   

We could not be more pleased with the College’s selection of Dr. Jonas for this award.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jonas on receiving this most prestigious recognition. 

Dr. Becki Cleveland joins UNC TARC faculty

Dr. Becki Cleveland was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor at UNC TARC. Dr. Cleveland has held a position as a biostatistician and epidemiologist with Dr. Leigh Callahan’s team at UNC TARC for the past four years.

Dr. Cleveland received her PhD at UNC and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. She is a member of the Methodology Core in TARC’s Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center, TARC’s Epidemiology Strategic Planning Committee and has been a key contributor to study design for grant submissions as well as guiding, performing and interpreting statistical analyses for several ongoing projects. She has given numerous presentations at the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Scientfic Meeting and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International meeting.  She has also been an active mentor for graduate and medical students at TARC.  Her research interests span multiple areas including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, physical activity, mortality, biomarkers, diabetes, genetics and social determinants.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Cleveland to the faculty! 

UNC TARC's Dr. Golightly authors a new summary of biomarker role in ACL tear

Osteoarthritis-related biomarkers following anterior cruciate ligament injury and reconstruction: a systematic review. Read the full paper by clicking on the link below.

Dr. Matthew Billard joins UNC TARC faculty

Dr. Matthew Billard has been a postdoctoral fellow at UNC TARC and has now joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Matthew Billard has been a postdoctoral fellow at UNC TARC and has now joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Billard's new faculty appointment is in the Department of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.  During the past few years as a postdoctoral fellow in our department, he has shown exceptional promise and we are thrilled to welcome him to the faculty.  

Dr. Billard completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Masters degree in Biology from Illinois State University, and his PhD in Immunology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Following that, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University, combining aspects of statistics, mathematics, computer modeling, and experimental immunology.  He was recruited to the UNC TARC laboratory of Dr. Teresa Tarrant as a senior postdoctoral fellow since his research experiences and career interests were germane to Dr. Tarrant’s in chemokine receptor signaling, cell migration, and immunology.  Dr. Billard was awarded a K01 career development grant on systems biology of the GPCR ligand-receptor interaction in immune cell migration.  

Dr. Billard's skills in computational biology and experimental immunology give him a unique role in the basic and translational science portfolio of UNC TARC, and we look forward to great things from him now and in the future.  Please help us welcome him to our faculty.   

Dr. Joanne Jordan discusses Muscles, Joints, Aches and Related Diseases

Dr. Cristy Page and Dr. Adam Goldstein with the UNC Family Medicine’s Weekly Health Radio Show YOUR HEALTH®, have a conversation with Dr. Joanne Jordan.

Tune in via podcast at:

Listen live on:
WCHL 97.9 FM, Saturday at 9 AM, Sunday at 9 AM & 5 PM and Monday at 6 & 10 PM

WBNE 103.7 FM Saturday at 3PM

KKAG 88.7 FM Sunday at 7 AM

"Camine Con Gusto" to be evaluated by Dr. Leigh Callahan

Dr. Leigh Callahan has received a one-year grant from the Arthritis Foundation to evaluate “Camine Con Gusto,” the Hispanic version of Walk With Ease program, among 200 Hispanic adults with self-reported arthritis or joint pain.

This study is examining the near-term effects of the self-directed format of the program on improvements in primary outcomes of pain, stiffness, fatigue; secondary outcomes of self-reported physical and psychosocial functioning, and program satisfaction. Dr. Alfredo Rivadeneira is a Co-Investigator on the project. 

To date, Dr. Callahan and her team have recruited 80 participants in CELAH (Center for Latino Health) Clinics at UNC (Rheumatology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedics, Gastrointestinal) and at a Health Fair for Latino Women at the St. Thomas More Church. The team plans to include recruitment outreach at Triangle area churches, the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh and Bethesda Health Center in Charlotte. Dr. Callahan was the Principal Investigator for the Arthritis Foundation’s “Evaluation of Walk with Ease in Arthritis” which established the evidence base for the program among people with arthritis.

Leigh Callahan serves on the Faculty for USBJI Young Investigators

Leigh Callahan served on the Faculty for USBJI Young Investigators Fall Meeting 11/7-9 in Toronto (Leigh is pictured below in the second row and fourth from the left). More information on the Young Investigators Initiative Grant Mentoring Program can be found here.

Current Awards, Honors and Appointments of 2014


Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH

  • Inductee, American Clinical and Climatological Association, the oldest medical society in America founded in 1884
  • ACR Board of Directors

Leigh F. Callahan, PhD

  • ACR/ARHP Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Appointed Director of OAAA
  • COAMI Steering Committee
  • ACR Finance Committee
  • Faculty Member, US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Program

Kelli Allen, PhD

  • Member, Addressing Disparities Review Panel for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Member, Career Development Award Review Panel for Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Developments Service
  • COAMI Steering Committee

Yvonne Golightly, PT, MS, PhD

  • Affiliate faculty member, UNC Human Movement Science Curriculum ACR Quality of Care committee
  • ACR Abstract Oversight Selection Subcommittee
  • 2014 UNC Junior Faculty Development Award

Maya R. Jerath, MD, PhD

  • ACCLAIM Scholar

Beth L. Jonas, MD

  • ACR Committee on Training and Workforce
  • FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee

Edwin H. Kim, MD, MS

  • Appointed Associate Program Director for the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship
  • Accepted into Academy of Educators
  • Accepted into the UNC Teaching Scholars program
  • Selected as an instructor in the Patient Centered Care course, part of the new UNC medical school curriculum Translational Education at Carolina


Richard F. Loeser, Jr., MD

  • Appointed Herman and Louise Smith Distinguished Professor
  • OARSI Basic Science Research Award
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine Team Science Award
  • Elected Chair ACR Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS

  • Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • 2014 UNC Junior Faculty Development Award

Jennifer L. Rogers, MD

  • Appointed Co-Director of UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic

Robert Roubey, MD

  • Member, APS ACTION Executive Committee and Steering Committee
  • Speaker, ACR Annual Meeting Curbside Consults - Ask The Experts

Saira Z. Sheikh, MD

  • Appointed Co-Director of UNC Rheumatology Lupus Clinic

Maureen Su, MD, AM

  • Jefferson Pilot Award

Teresa Tarrant, MD

  • Accepted into ACCLAIM program
  • Rheumatology Research Foundation Targeted Research Task Force
  • Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Council

William Yount, MD

  • University of Wisconsin Medical Alumni Citation Award

Research Teams:

Mary Altpeter - Co-investigator, Callahan and Rini Teams

  • NC Division of Aging and Adult Services Ewald W. Busse Award for impact on enhancing the health status of older North Carolinians

Diane Bresch, BSN, RN - Coordinator, Clinical Trials Team

  • Clinical Research Professional Certification

Liu Lab:

Monica Jin, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, Liu Lab

  • ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators

Su Lab:

Denise Allard Trout - Su Lab

  • Peter J. Dyck Award for autoimmune peripheral neuropathy presentation
  • Department of Pediatrics' Evening of Scholarship Basic Science Research Award

Lee Kyung Hong - Su Lab

  • Lineberger Scientific Retreat Basic Science poster award 


Tarrant Lab:

Matthew Billard, PhD - Postdoctoral Researcher, Tarrant Lab

  • Received Public Policy Fellowship from American Association of Immunologists

Jaime Brozowski, MS - Graduate Research Assistant, Tarrant Lab

  • Accepted into the HHMI Med-into-Grad Translational Science program



Aaron Kobernick, MD – 1st year Allergy/Immunology Fellow

  • Navajo Area Director's Award for Outstanding Group Performance
  • Presentation Selection, The Southeastern Allergy Society


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