Exercise Discovery Could Save Lives of Sickest, Most Gravely Injured

Zhen Yan, PhDCardiology

From UVA Today

By Josh Barney (10/24/17)

A new discovery about how exercise helps protect us from disease could one day dramatically reduce the death rate among the sickest and most gravely injured. Read more...

Discovery May Help Patients Beat Deadly Pneumonia

By Josh Barney

Researchers have found that a hormone responsible for controlling iron metabolism helps fight off a severe form of bacterial pneumonia, and that discovery may offer a simple way to help vulnerable patients. Read more...

Mapping the Heart

UVA Atrial Fibrillation Center director Mike Mangrum, MD

Unique “Vests” Offer New Promise for Treating A-Fib

The routine beat of the human heart is easy to take for granted—unless you are one of the seven million patients in the U.S. Read more...

Celebrating Life: Grateful Patient Leaves a Legacy for Cancer and Cardiovascular Research

Brian Annex and Tom Loughran

Bob Tanner kept a handwritten note in his wallet that read, “I would like my legacy to be a celebration of life by helping to alleviate the pain and suffering of people in general!”

Tanner, who survived several heart issues before succumbing to pancreatic cancer in May, made his life’s goal a reality through his estate, leaving more than $6 million in his portfolio to establish the Robert Edison and Hermie Tillman Tanner Medical Research Fund to support general cancer and cardiovascular research at the UVA School of Medicine. Read more...

‘Bad Guy’ Cells Prove Vital for Stopping Deadly Bug

By Josh Barney* //

Dr. Bill Petri, left, credits postdoc Erica L. Buonomo with bringing a new mindset to the lab, which led to the discovery.

Researchers in ID chief Bill Petri’s lab have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. Read more...

Pneumonia Discovery May Offer Way to Boost Body’s Defenses

By Josh Barney //

Research by doctoral student Alexandra Bettina, right, caused Borna Mehrad, faculty member in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, to rethink his hypothesis on the role of an important molecule in inhibiting pneumonia infections. Read more...

Endocrinology’s Shetal Padia Awarded NIH R01 Grant to Study Hunger Hormone

Shetal H. Padia, MD

Shetal Padia, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the UVA Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, was awarded a five-year NIH R01 grant for her research on “Intrarenal Mechanisms of Ghrelin in Obesity-Hypertension.” The award, according to Endocrinology division chief Zhenqi Liu, reflects “the outstanding research Dr. Read more...

On the Frontiers of Kidney Disease Research

A “silent killer”: that’s what kidney disease is called. It strikes one in ten people in the U.S., but often with few symptoms until later stages in the disease — so those who have it may not know they are ill. Read more...

DOM at Medical Education Week Poster Session

The Department of Medicine was well-represented at the poster session on Thursday, March 3rd, that culminated the School of Medicine’s celebration of Medical Education Week. The posters were displayed in the Link outside the Health Sciences Library. Read more...

Pediatric Nephrology Fellow Erika Rhone Receives ASPN Award

Congratulation to Erika Rhone, MD, Pediatric Nephrology Fellow and postdoctoral fellow on the UVA Nephrology T32 Training Grant, who was awarded a 2016 Trainee Research Award in Basic Science from the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, for her project entitled “Genomic-Derived Markers to Identify Calcineurin Inhibitor Nephrotoxicity in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients. Read more...