Monthly Archives: October 2010

Visiting Professor Dr. Joanne Chung speaks on IT in healthcare

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Visiting Professor lecture Thursday on primary medical care and the use of IT

Reminder: Dr. Joanne Chung of the Hong Kong Institute of Education will speak on Thursday.  Her talk is titled, “Renewal of Primary Health Care and the Use of Information Technologies.” Dr. Chung is a specialist in digital health, the study of pain, and the integration of Western and Chinese medical practices.  She will speak at noon in the Fort IRC, Room 410.  Lunch will be provided.  Please confirm your attendance with Bernetta Hill,

Social & behavioral scientists: Register now for Tuesday research workshop

Reminder: The workshop on research in the social and behavioral sciences is tomorrow (10/26).  Speakers from A&T, Wake Forest and UNC-CH are on the agenda. Details: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.  Please register in advance at  Questions: Nora Shively, 334-7995, x2316.

Hot issue on the Internet this weekend: “Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science”

Whether your research is in medical science or another area, you might want to read the piece in The Atlantic on Dr. John Ioannidis.

“He’s what’s known as a meta-researcher, and he’s become one of the world’s foremost experts on the credibility of medical research. He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed. His work has been widely accepted by the medical community; it has been published in the field’s top journals, where it is heavily cited; and he is a big draw at conferences. Given this exposure, and the fact that his work broadly targets everyone else’s work in medicine, as well as everything that physicians do and all the health advice we get, Ioannidis may be one of the most influential scientists alive. Yet for all his influence, he worries that the field of medical research is so pervasively flawed, and so riddled with conflicts of interest, that it might be chronically resistant to change—or even to publicly admitting that there’s a problem.”

To read the full article, click here.  It’s getting wide attention.  For some links to what others have to say about it, see this local science/medical blogger’s post.

What do you think — is Ioannidis right?  If he is, or if he isn’t, what are the implications of his work and the attention it’s generating?

Visiting professor lecture: Dr. Joanne Chung, RN, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Dr. Joanne Chung

A pioneer in the integration of modern Western medicine and traditional Chinese practice will speak on campus next Thursday, October 28.

Visiting Professor Joanne Chung is also a specialist in digital health and the study of pain.  She will speak at noon in the Fort IRC, Room 410.  Lunch will be provided.  Please confirm your attendance with Bernetta Hill,

Chung currently serves as Associate Vice President (Programme Development), Chair Professor of Health Studies, and the Head of Department of Health and Physical Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator of the Centre for Integrative Digital Health at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. For more on her background, click here.

Care for a little literature with that lunch?

Bluford Library hosts Lunch & Literature conversations monthly, typically in the library’s second-floor seminar room (although the next one actually will be in the Faculty Dining Room).  From the library’s Lunch & Literature blog:

“Our next Lunch and Literature meeting will be on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm. For our last meeting of 2010, we’re shaking things up a bit. Rather than all reading the same book, we’ll each come prepared to talk about a book that we have recently read. Hopefully this session will give us some ideas for holiday reading! We’re also planning a change of venue: the faculty dining room.”

A nice opportunity to grab your lunch and engage in a stimulating conversation.  You can get more information at the Reference Desk.  Of course, you can get more information on just about anything at the Reference Desk, but the reference librarians actually organize the Lunch and Literature program, so they’ll be especially happy to tell you about it.  Or you can click on this link for the Lunch and Literature blog.

Social and Behavioral Scientists: Register now for Tuesday research workshop

There’s still time to sign up for the half-day workshop on research in the social and behavioral sciences.  The session will be held next Tuesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.  Researchers should register at

Space is limited — registration will be cut off at 40, so please register right away.

Topics will include:  Why research in this area is important — especially now. What currently is happening in the field.  How to combine and integrate social and behavioral science research across disciplines and within community engagement.  Research methods, proposal development, and managing research projects in the social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Sharon Cook of Social Work will be among the presenters.  Other presenters are from UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.

For more information, contact Nora Shively, Office of Research Services, 334-7995, x2316,