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                         Diabetes Lecture Presented by Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

​Dr. Leonard E. Egede, Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Health Disparities Research, Medical University of South Carolina, gave a lecture on April 4, 2014 entitled, "Technology-Assisted Case Management: An Innovative Approach to Diabetes Management".  This lecture was a part of the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series.

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Dr. Ronny Bell Delivers Zollicoffer Lecture at UNC Chapel Hill 

Dr. Ronny Bell delivered the 34th Zollicoffer lecture at UNC Chapel Hill on February 21st, 2014.  Dr. Bell's lecture was entitled, "Health Disparities Among American Indians in North Carolina."  The Zollicoffer Lecture is held in recognition of the legacy of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer, the fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garwyn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and is held in conjunction with a community service day and a banquet.  The event is sponsored by the UNC Student National Medical Association and the UNC School of Medicine.

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Pictured from Left to Right:  Dr. Michael Zollicoffer, son of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer and chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, Dr. Bell, and Dr. Cedric Bright, Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions in the Department of Medical Education at the UNC School of Medicine.



Dr. Kathryn Weaver Wins Award

Weaver Kathryn EDr. Kathryn Weaver was selected as the Early Career Investigator in Clinical Sciences in the 2014 Faculty Research Awards.   This is well-deserved recognition of Kate's accomplishments and her critical contributions to the success of other scientists.

Awards will be presented (and awardees will briefly present their work) on May 13 from 11:30-2:00 in the Commons Conference Room in the Nutrition Building

Dr. Weaver is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.



Latham-Sadler To Be Honored at Black History Month Event

Latham-Sadler Brenda ABrenda A. Latham-Sadler, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine and associate dean of student inclusion and diversity, will be honored at the Salem Lodge No. 139 Black History Month Community Awards Banquet & Robert A. Miller Scholarship Gala in Winston-Salem on February 22. Latham-Sadler is among several female community leaders that have been selected.

The theme for this year's event focuses on women's contributions that help empower, uplift and improve the lives of those within the local community. In choosing to honor leading women and women's organizations, the Gala Planning Committee recognizes the change agents that women like Latham-Sadler have become in the community.



Connect, Discover, Advance - Translational Science 2014
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
April 9-11, 2014

Call for Abstracts

ACTS and AFMR invite you to submit your research to be presented at the meeting! In order to be considered for these presentations, please submit your abstract here:  Translational Science 2014 Abstract Submission .  Click here for more information.



The Twenty-second NIMH Conference on 
Mental Health Services Research (MHSR)   

New Investigators' Pre-Conference Workshop
April 23, 2014
Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus
Bethesda, MD 
Applications due March 1, 2014

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is offering a select group of investigators new to the field of mental health services research the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in a pre-conference career development workshop on April 23, 2014 at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD.  The workshop will be led by experts from NIMH and academia, and
  1. Present their work at a poster session at the 22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR 2014): Research in Pursuit of a Learning Mental Health Care System. The conference will be held  April 24-25 at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD.  The conference website is currently under construction. When it is completed, the link will be posted on this page :   Please note that conference attendance requires separate registration. (more)



New Funding Opportunity Announcement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for its "Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce" program (

This Common Fund program will establish a national Diversity Program Consortium comprised of three integrated initiatives: The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC). The long-term objective of the program is to enhance the diversity of biomedical research scientists who contribute to the NIH-funded workforce.

To achieve this goal, the Consortium, in partnership with NIH, will develop, implement, and evaluate novel and transformative approaches for biomedical research training and mentoring. Training models developed through the Consortium will engage individuals in biomedical research career paths, enhance their persistence at all career stages, and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded research workforce. Successful approaches are ultimately expected to supplant less effective practices nationwide, leading to a broad and sustained impact on the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce.

Highlights of the Diversity Program Consortium initiatives include:

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

NRMN will address the critical need for increased access to high quality research mentorship and networking opportunities for individuals from the undergraduate to early-career faculty levels. The network will develop an interconnected set of skilled mentors linked to mentees across the country both from BUILD institutions and elsewhere. NRMN will also develop best practices for mentoring, provide training opportunities for mentors, and provide professional opportunities for mentees. Read the NRMN Funding Opportunity Announcement here:



 Wake Forest University & TSI Joint Pilot: Letter of Intent Deadline 02/02/2014

The primary focus of this award is interdisciplinary research to develop novel and creative approaches to research ideas from both Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center faculty.  This award is intended to stimulate the formation of new teams.  Priority will be given to newly formed collaborations between investigators from each campus.  Preliminary/pilot data are not required to be competitive for this funding mechanism.  The Letter of Intent deadline is February 2, 2014; full details can be found at  Joint Pilot Opportunity.

Director of National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Christopher Austin, MD, to visit Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on 02/20/2014  

Christopher Austin, MD will visit WFBMC on February 20, 2014 to discuss the future of Clinical and Translational Science and NCATS role in increasing the efficiency of translation.  Dr. Austin's keynote presentation will be from 11:30AM to 12:30PM in Comprehensive Cancer Center Conference Rooms 10B & 10C.  A lunch with post-presentation Q&A will be available from 12:30PM to 1:00PM in the same space.  Registration is required: Register here.  


Center for Public Health Genomics

Spring 2014 Request for Applications 
Public Health Genomics Pilot Projects 

The Center for Public Health Genomics at Wake Forest School of Medicine is soliciting research pilot project applications for investigators of any rank. To be responsive, the pilot project should be at the intersection of genomics, public health and a specific content area (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cancer, aging, autoimmune disease, statistical methods, bioinformatic methods). Quantitative methods development is welcome. The goal of these pilot projects is to allow investigators to pursue novel and innovative ideas that will improve the likelihood of obtaining extramural funding or significantly raise the impact of the research. It may also allow investigators to perform experiments or analyses that address specific critiques raised by reviewers for extramural funding.


  • Applications are limited to 3 pages and should include Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach and Plans for securing extramural funding.
  • A detailed budget justification is required (not part of three page limit)
  • The funding period is for a maximum of one year.
  • Appendix information is limited to:
    • A Summary Statement from the previous grant submission justifying the  need for additional experiments and/or one page introduction and response to previous critiques for a previous Center for Public Health Genomics review.
    • Reviewer Comments from the previous manuscripts on justifying the need for additional experiments to secure a highly visibility publication


  • A total of $20,000 is available for this Request for Applications (RFA).
  • One to two applications will be funded, with the sum of that funding not to exceed $20,000.
  • A detailed budget justification is required.

Review Process

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Center's Pilot Grant committee in a process similar to an NIH study section.
  • Additional ad hoc reviewers will be recruited to cover relevant subject areas as needed.
  • Explicit criteria for reviewers include the plausibility that the work will help secure NIH, foundation, industry or other external sources of funding.


  • Applications that partner with or leverage funding from another Center.
  • Applications from junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Applications with multi-PI, cross departmental and new collaborations.
  • The application's PI does not have to be a member of the Center, but if the application is funded the PI is expected to become a member of the Center and contribute to its mission.

Key Dates

  • Pilot application deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014 by 5:00pm
  • Anticipated Award Notification/Start date: April 10, 2014
  • Progress Report: Tuesday, August 1, 2015

Additional Information:
For additional information or questions regarding the pilot application, please contact Laurie Russell ( and Carl Langefeld (



Faculty Position in Cancer Prevention and Control and Health Disparities

The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University (CCCWFU) and the Division of Public Health Sciences invite applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level in Cancer Prevention and Control with a focus on health disparities.  We are particularly interested in applicants whose research focuses on health disparities related to cancer survivorship or smoking cessation/tobacco control.  The CCCWFU catchment area has large African-American, Hispanic, and rural populations.

The successful candidate will participate in an active program in Cancer Prevention and Control as part of an NCI-funded Comprehensive Cancer Center. The CCCWFU has a large and dynamic group of faculty in over eight departments collaborating in the areas of survivorship, health disparities, tobacco control, quality of life, complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle changes, aging, health services research, and genetic and molecular epidemiology.  The CCCWFU has an NCI R25 training grant in cancer survivorship, serves as a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) Research Base, and participates in Alliance Cooperative trials.  Opportunities for collaboration exist with the Maya Angelou Center on Health Equity (MACHE), a designated Center of Excellence with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  Other relevant Centers include a Genomics Center with a major focus on the genetic determinants of prostate cancer, a Translational Science Institute, Center for Worker Health, and a Center for Integrative Medicine. 

The faculty position is offered within the Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS) which has over 50 faculty and 250 staff in three departments: Social Sciences and Health Policy, Epidemiology and Prevention, and Biostatistical Sciences.  PHS is highly ranked nationally in NIH research funding among medical school departments of public health and preventive medicine.   Affiliate status will be offered with MACHE.

Applicants should have a Ph.D., ScD. or M.D. with additional training/experience in behavioral medicine, psychology, cancer epidemiology, cancer survivorship, health services research, or clinical trials.  Current extramural funding, experience in collaborative research in a multidisciplinary setting and excellent written and oral communication skills, and a strong publication record are required.  Opportunities for teaching exist within our Master's degree program.

Wake Forest Health Sciences is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home of a vibrant arts community and with population of over 500,000 in the Piedmont Triad area.  Visit for more information about Winston-Salem.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a summary of research interests to Dr. Nancy Avis c/o Monica Kiger,

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but those received before February 1, 2014 will be given fullest consideration.  For more information about the Division of Public Health Sciences or Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit: or



The Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Announce Funding Opportunity.  

The Kulynych Center for Memory and Cognition Research and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity are pleased to announce 2013 pilot research funding opportunities.  Please see the request below and distribute to any potential applicants.  A detailed RFA is attached.



Health Care Division Funding Announcement: February 2014 Cycle

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

We are pleased to announce our grants process for the February 11, 2014, grants application deadline. The February 2014 cycle will be consistent with the programmatic interests and eligibility criteria we outlined in the May 2013 cycle announcement. Overall, the majority of our financial and human resources are committed to improving the health of the financially disadvantaged in North Carolina's rural counties. 


The Trust will accept applications in all four of the Health Care Division's Issue Areas. As indicated below, proposals in these Issue Areas will be limited by the Tier Designation of the county served; the Trust will accept applications based on the county's Tier designation in both 2013 and 2014 (should they change).  (more)


American Indian Heritage Month


AI Photo for web

In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, One Spirit Dance Group out of Greensboro came and not only performed but educated all on November 12th in the Ardmore Cafeteria.  The dancers Derwin Locklear (Lumbee), Michael Richardson and daughter Maya Richardson (Haliwa-Saponi) shared the meanings of the regalia worn along with the tradition and history of each dance.

 This performance was planned by Charlene Hunt (Lumbee), Program Coordinator for the NC American Indian Health Board. She served on the Council for Inclusion and  Diversity here at the Medical Center because she thought it is vital that American Indians are at the table. Charlene also had a educational health awareness table that related to the specific health disparities among NC American Indians, along with information about all 8 state-recognized tribes. (click here for more photos)

This event was sponsored by the Arts and Health program and the Council for Inclusion and Diversity.



Wharton Gladden Announces Major Gift to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 

 (Greensboro, NC) November 5, 2013 - Boutique real estate investment banking firm Wharton Gladden & Company will partner with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to present an annual lecture series on diabetes research and prevention. The announcement came at the company's 10th anniversary party, held Friday, Nov. 1, at the Piedmont Club in downtown Winston-Salem.

The $10,000 grant to fund the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series comes from the Power of One Fund, the charitable fund that Wharton Gladden established in 2009. The fund is administered by the National Christian Foundation in Raleigh.

More than 75 clients and friends of the company attended the event, which was part of the club's monthly "First Friday with Friends" series.

In his remarks to guests, Managing Director Algenon Cash looked back on the company's founding in 2003 and his decision to name the firm after Irene Wharton and Franklin Gladden, who largely inspired and mentored him.

"Quite frankly, I never would've made it out of that little shotgun house in East Winston if it hadn't been for these extraordinary people," Cash said. "By naming the company Wharton Gladden, we honor not just their names, but the principles they lived by. Namely, that it's not enough that you just live; you have to live and serve. That's the kind of company we've built over the last 10 years."  (more)

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Pictured above:

Algernon Cash, Managing Director, Wharton Gladden
Alanna Linden, President, National Christian Foundation (Raleigh Branch)
Andrea Jenkins, Major Gifts Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Ronny Bell, Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Don Bowden, Director, Center for Diabetes Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine


The Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM), Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) and the Division of Faith and Health Ministries (DFHM), Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) 

Pilot Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Pilot Project RFA Description

Racial and ethnic health disparities are pervasive and complex in origin.  The role of spirituality and faith, and the importance of faith-based organizations in health promotion are well established. To that end, the CIM, MACHE and DFHM are collaborating to provide funds to support one pilot research project focused on innovative faith-based approaches to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.  This award is open to WFBMC faculty who are current members of the CIM and/or the MACHE. However, external collaborations are encouraged.  Applicants may request up to $45,000 to complete a one-year project.  Funds may be used to support project management staff, equipment and supplies, travel, and other resources to ensure successful engagement within the faith organization.  Funds may be used to support the study PI at a maximum of 10% effort, but cannot be applied to the faculty compensation 3:1 match.  In-kind contributions and/or supplements funding sources are strongly encouraged. (click here for more information).


Dr. Ronny Bell discusses National Health Disparities Month on WXII 12 news

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