UNC ECHO for MAT in rural North Carolina
UNC is creating a program to help provide Medication Assisted Treatment to rural communities in North Carolina. This initiative is part of a project to help rural physicians treat opioid use disorders, which is part of the larger opioid epidemic.
The UNC Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes for Rural Primary Care Medication Assisted Treatment is aiming to learn what is preventing rural health care providers from helping patients.
“There is both a shortage of MAT providers, especially in rural counties, and a need to support MAT providers through case-based learning, practice supports, and a collaborative community response with treatment and other social and medical supports for patients receiving MAT,” said Sherri Green, a research fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research and assistant professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Green is also leading UNC ECHO, which is a three year project that is being funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Asthma symptom research
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and Marsico Lung Institute have found a protein that they believe plays a role in asthma symptoms.
The protein, SPLUNC1, was first studied in cystic fibrosis patients by researcher Robert Tarran, then his colleague Stephen Tilley started researching the protein in relation to asthma. When looking at normal and asthmatic volunteers at the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology, Tilley said they found lower levels of SPLUNC1 in the asthmatic samples.