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Research Honor. Study of Immunotoxicity Leads to National Award Doug Boyd
An assistant professor at the Brody School of Medicine has received the 2013 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. The award is given to investigators who are 10 or fewer years out from obtaining their doctorates who have contributed substantially, through scholarly research, to the field of immunotoxicology.
Stroke of Goodwill. Student-led Clinic Offers Health Screening in High-risk Community Doug Boyd
Students from the Brody School of Medicine, specifically the school's Brody Scholars, organized a stroke risk screening in February for residents of Tarboro, Rocky Mount, and surrounding towns.


Best Doctors. Fifty ECU Physicians Selected for Annual List Doug Boyd
Fifty physicians from the Brody School of Medicine at ECU have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 "Best Doctors in America" list.
Caring for Women. Federal Grant for Nursing Expands Online Education, Collaboration Crystal Baity
Students in nurse-midwifery, medicine and other health-related disciplines at ECU will team up in a virtual clinic to improve women's health through a $1.098 million federal grant awarded to the College of Nursing.
ECU Part of National Project to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD in Troops, Veterans
The BSOM at ECU is one of more than 100 medical schools nationwide working with First Lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces project to better diagnose and treat post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in service members and veterans.
Game-Changing Technology. Aortic Valve Procedure Proves Successful for High-Risk Patients Doug Boyd
A team of ECU physicians performed the first TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure at the heart institute in January. Patients who have the TAVR procedure benefit from less invasive aortic valve replacements with faster recovery, less pain and fewer complications than are associated with traditional aortic valve replacement.
Service First. ECU Opens First Dental Community Service Learning Center Doug Boyd
University and local officials cut the ribbon on a new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Ahoskie on June 28. ECU dental faculty, residents, and students will provide care for area citizens. Meanwhile, students and residents will learn what practicing in a community setting is like.
Students Teach Second-Graders about Good Nutrition Crystal Baity
Second-grade students learned about healthy foods from ECU students as part of a community service project designed and led by freshman in ECU's Wellness Living Learning Community. In its second year, WLLC is a residential learning opportunity open to all incoming freshman who have an interest in health and wellness, and in helping to improve the health of others.


Brody Tops Nation in Family Doctors Doug Boyd
According to the American Academy for Family Physicians, ECU has sent more medical graduates into training as family medicine physicians during a recent 10-year period than any other school in the country.
College of Nursing Among Tops in Nation for Way It Teaches Students
ECU's College of Nursing is among eight schools in the nation to receive top recognition for the way it teaches students.The college has been recognized for offering a wide variety of programs and technology to help students learn including distance education, simulation labs, clinical placements and study abroad.
Dental School Receives Federal Grant for Telemedicine
The ECU School of Dental Medicine will use a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its rural residency program by implementing a telemedicine system.
ECU Opens PASS Clinic: Providing Low Cost Behavioral, Health Services to Community
ECU faculty, staff, students and the Greenville community now have more options for seeking low-cost specialty health services with the opening of the ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic, also known as the PASS Clinic.
ECU Researcher Focuses on Reducing Risk of Prenatal Depression Crystal Baity
An associate professor in the College of Nursing has been awarded a $640,742 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to provide support for pregnant women at risk of depression.
Fit For Life: ECU Keeps Required Exercise Course Rachel Castro
While many universities around the country are tossing requirements for a general exercise course, ECU continues to require the course in order to graduate. The dean of the College of Health and Human Performance explains that requiring college students to participate in an exercise science class taught by proficient instructors has been proven to provide the skills necessary to help them develop healthy lifelong habits.
More than $3 Million Fuels Study of Nanomaterials Karen Shugart
Drs. Jared Brown and Christopher Wingard will share in a $3.75 million, five-year, multi-project grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. Brown's project involves carbon nanotubes and the study of nanomaterials' effects on the human body.
Seventh Annual Jean Mills Health Symposium to be held Feb. 4 Crystal Baity
This year's Jean Mills Health Symposium will feature more than 20 recognized experts on the principles of community engagement: mutual benefits, collaborative relationships and empowerment. The Symposium is an effort to bring the university and community together to reduce disparities and improve minorty health.
Take Off 4- Health Camp Provides Tools for Healthy Living Crystal Baity
ECU, in collaboration with NC State University and 4-H, run a healthy lifestyle camp for overweight youth called Take Off 4-Health. The goals for camp participants are to lose weight, build self-esteem, and learn tools for a healthy lifestyle while reducing their risks of developing chronic disease.
What's New on Campus? The North Recreational Complex Meagan Williford
Construction workers have been hard at work with Phase II additions to the North Recreational Complex, a facility operated by Campus Recreation and Wellness. The complex is a recreational paradise where students can kayak, walk, play sports and participate in team building exercises on a ropes course.
Wii are Fit: Study Helps Seniors Stay on Their Feet Kathy Muse
A study conducted by a College of Health Human Performance graduate student looks at how interactive video-gaming exercise can improve balance, prevent falls and maintain planned activity involvement in older adults.


Agromedicine Institute to Educate Farmers on Risk Mitigation
The NC Agromedicine Institute at ECU was chosen as a recipient of an $184,542 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to implement a Risk Mitigation Measures project that aims to educate farmers about new measures and requirements for use of soil fumigants.
Beyond the Fields
The NC Agromedicine Institute at East Carolina is keeping not only farmers safe and healthy, but our state's fishers and foresters as well.
ECU Alumnus Gives $4 Million to University for School of Dentistry Jeannine Manning Hutson
Dr. Ledyard E. Ross, a retired Greenville orthodontist, has pledged $4 million to ECU for academic purposes at the School of Dentistry. The funds will be used for student scholarships, faculty research and other academic enterprises.
ECU Physicians Services Now Available on Main Campus Doug Boyd
ECU main campus faculty and staff as well as their families can now receive fast medical care within walking distance. A new practice site for ECU Physicians' Rapid Access service has opened at the Student Health Services center.
ECU Professor Receives Grant to Study Online Treatment for Rape Victims
An ECU Department of Psychology assistant professor has been awarded $624,000 from the National Institutes of Mental Health to develop online cognitive-behavioral treatment for rape victims.
ECU Receives Grant for Dental Centers in Ahoskie, Elizabeth City
A grant of $1.76 million from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration will help the ECU School of Dental Medicine build its first two community service learning centers in northeastern North Carolina.
Grant to Aid Cancer Research at ECU Doug Boyd
Dr. Li Yang from the Department of Internal Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU has been awarded a grant to further his research into the interaction between tumors and their microenvironments, identify therapeutic targets and develop small molecules to modulate tumor microenvironment interaction for combination cancer therapy.
Grant to Boost Primary Care Education Doug Boyd
ECU medical students who have an interest in family medicine will be among those who may benefit from a new program funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to mentor aspiring family doctors. The program will incease medical students' exposure to innovative practice in family medicine and encourage more of the state's medical students to pursue a career in family medicine.
Professor Receives National Research Award
Dr. William Meggs, a professor of emergency medicine and chief of toxicology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has received the Research Award from the American College of Medical Toxicology for contributions to toxicology research.
Programs Receive $100,000 Each from BCBS Foundation Doug Boyd
MATCH, a student wellness program involving the Brody School of Medicine, and Access East, which serves people without health insurance in 27 counties, each received $100,000 from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
Study Shows Sensor Helps Achieve Better Glucose Control than Daily Insulin Injections Doug Boyd
ECU diabetic patients participated in a study that demonstrated significant decreases in A1C levels when using a sensor-augmented pump compared to the traditional method of multiple daily insulin injections. Dr. Robert Tanenberg, a professor and diabetes specialist at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, was the principal investigator of the trial.