Health

Health: Conquering Physical, Mental, and Public Challenges

Augmented Health Care

Henry Fuchs is always looking 20 years ahead, and two decades from now the computer scientist thinks augmented-reality eyeglasses will be the norm. Fuchs and his team of students and colleagues are developing an augmented-reality program to aid in laparoscopic surgery training and, maybe one day, revolutionize minimally invasive surgery.

Tainayah Thomas

Tainayah Thomas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research focuses on improving health care delivery and disease prevention for African Americans, Latinos, and other ethnically diverse populations.

Sprains and the Brain

Most people don’t think a sprained ankle is serious, but Erik Wikstrom disagrees. The UNC exercise and sports scientist studies the mechanisms and long-term impacts of lateral ankle sprains — exploring not only how they affect local tissues, but how they change the way the brain programs movement.

Emily Walsh

Emily Walsh is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She researches developmental trajectories, illness stages, and treatment of eating disorders in adolescents and young adults.

A Tooth for a Tooth

When an adult loses a front tooth, dentists can replace it with an implant. What about children, who have years of development ahead of them? The answer: relocate an existing tooth to the site of the missing tooth. UNC dentists are the first in the U.S. to try this innovative procedure, called autotransplantation.

Cardiac Computation

In his youth, Boyce Griffith was writing computer programs before he could drive a car. Now a UNC mathematician, he creates computational models of the human heart to improve the prediction and treatment of cardiac diseases.

Nilay Tanık Argon

Nilay Tanık Argon is a professor in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She researches stochastic systems — random mathematical processes — to better understand operational problems in the health care industry such as the allocation of scarce resources like ambulances.

Seema Garg

Seema Garg is an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology within the UNC School of Medicine and a practicing ophthalmologist at the UNC Kittner Eye Center. Her research focuses on preventing blindness in people with diabetes — a condition called diabetic retinopathy — through early detection using telemedicine.

Got It Covered

Throughout Endeavors’ 35 years, some of Carolina’s brightest and most innovative researchers have graced the magazine’s cover. A look back at some of our favorite not only reveals the evolution of a magazine but all research at UNC.

Gut Instinct

Just 10 years ago, no one knew how to grow intestinal stem cells outside of the body, preventing scientists from uncovering the mysteries of the gut and the problems surrounding it. But in 2010, that all changed — when Scott Magness’s lab became the first in the United States to grow “mini-guts” inside a petri dish, using them to develop better treatments for human gastrointestinal diseases.