The young and the restful: Different ways to enjoy the same game.
that there is no better time than now
to solve the facility's problems."
ALL FIVE HEALTH SCHOOLS
IN Top 20 IN NIH FUNDS
National Institutes of Health funding
for research at Carolina increased 16. 5
percent in 1999. UNC faculty received
$171.3 million in NIH funding- up
from $147 million in 1998 - ranking
14th among universities nationwide,
and 5th among public universities. All
five UNC health schools appeared in
the NIH's top 20 lists for the first time.
NIH, part of the Department of
Health and Human Services, is the
principal biomedical research arm of
the federal government.
The School of Medicine brought
in $131.6 million in NIH funding;
the School of Public Health, $13.2
million; the dental school, $7.4 million;
the nursing school, $4.1 million; and
the pharmacy school, $2.1 million.
Johns Hopkins University was first in
the nation at $350.8 million, followed
by the universities of Pennsylvania ($290
million), Washington ($278 million),
California at San Francisco ($255 million)
and Washington University in St. Louis
($238 million). Among public campuses,
Carolina was behind the universities of
Washington, Cal-San Francisco, Michigan
($231 million) and UCLA ($200.5
million). Carolina was the top public
university in the South. Duke University
ranked 13th overall with $172.9 million.
AIDS PROGRAM GETS VOTE
OF CONFIDENCE- $12.S MILLION
AIDS research programs in the Car-
olina and Duke medical schools will
receive $21 million from the National
Institute ofAllergy and Infectious Diseases
over the neA1: five years to continue clini-
cal trials ofnew treatments, and to sup-
port AIDS patients across North Carolina.
quality of AIDS research and treatment in
North Carolina and the growing number
of people infected with HIV, said Dr.
John Bartlett of Duke's medical school.
Drs. Charles van der Horst and Joseph
Eron at UNC will get $12.5 million,
and Bartlett will get $8.5 million.
Bartlett said the southeastern United
States is reporting more new cases of
HIV infection than any other region in
the country, "a fact that has escaped the
attention of many people in the region
"AIDS remains a huge problem in
North Carolina, particularly among
teenagers, heterosexuals and African
Americans," van der Horst said. In 1998,
he said, 333 of the males diagnosed as
HIV positive were between the ages of
13 and 29 and likely were infected as
teenagers. Of new AIDS cases that year,
he said 558, or about three fourths, were
among African Americans.
Too few North Carolinians at risk of
contracting the virus are being tested,
van der Horst said. Deaths from AIDS
are down dramatically, however, and
patients' quality of life has improved.
"We also have a much better under-
standing of how this virus works, and
we've been able to suppress the virus
down to undetectable levels even though
we know it's still there," he said. "I had
one patient who was getting $30,000
worth of intravenous medication a year
to prevent him from going blind and
becoming paralyzed. Now he's been off
that medication for three years, takes only
medicines to treat his HIV, is working
full tinle and paying taxes again."
The federal support to Duke and
UNC-CH saves North Carolina about
$3 million each year in medication costs
ilie state would be required to pay; he said.
The continuing research also has taught
physicians a tremendous anlount about
secondary infections that can be applied
to other health problems suppressing the
immune system such as cancer and kid-
ney, lung and heart transplants.
The UNC and Duke programs have
outreach clinics in four North Carolina
cities, and each university follows more
than 1,200 HIV-infected patients. .1D1
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