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Next up in the Chair’s Corner – Dr. Joanne Jordan, Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC)
at UNC discusses osteoarthritis care and research with Dr. Ron Falk, Chair of the UNC Department of Medicine. The Chair’s Corner highlights people, programs, and important happenings in the Department of Medicine via podcasts and news updates.

In the first of this 2-part series, Dr. Jordan discusses osteoarthritis care and current studies in osteoarthritis at UNC. She highlights the evolution in our understanding of the biologic mechanisms that drive osteoarthritis, current care strategies and ongoing research that brings our understanding of what works for OA in the tightly controlled laboratory setting out to the real-world community setting.

In the second part of the series, Dr. Jordan discusses the broader scope of the UNC Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, including why these three areas are lumped in one division; its recent work in understanding the Alpha-Gal, or red meat, allergy; and community involvement with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance and “Walk with a Doc,” emphasizing Dr. Amanda Nelson’s role as the first rheumatologist to start a local chapter in this national walking program.

Listen to the Podcast (written transcripts included):

Part One: Osteoarthritis Care and Research – Dr. Jordan explores our understanding of osteoarthritis, current strategies for patient care and community-based research

Part Two: Comprehensive Care, Alpha-Gal, and Community Work – Dr. Jordan discusses the scope of the UNC Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology; its work in understanding the Alpha-Gal allergy; and community involvement with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance and “Walk with a Doc.”

Dr. Joanne Jordan is the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology. She is the Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and is Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development.

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