Joshua Barney


Josh joined the Health System in 2011 as a writer and editor. He previously worked at The Daily Progress newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., first as a reporter and then as an editor. He is a graduate of UVA. Josh primarily covers research and the School of Medicine.

Job Title: Senior Marketing & Public Relations Specialist
Phone: 434.243.1988

Scleroderma: Study Suggests Hope for a Longer Life

January 12, 2018

An unusual autoimmune disease that causes skin and lung damage can be treated effectively by stem cell transplant, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine has found. The approach could represent the first new treatment to improve survival in patients with severe scleroderma in more than four decades.

The experimental procedure uses… read more >

Powerful Glow Lights the Way to Medical Breakthroughs

December 15, 2017

Talk about shedding light on the unknown: A School of Medicine researcher has developed a way to set biological matter aglow that is 100 times brighter than what scientists commonly use. This offers major advantages to medical researchers who use bioluminescence to track cancer tumors, chart biological processes, understand the functions of genes… read more >

A Gold-Standard Cancer Treatment is in Decline, and Money May Be Why

December 13, 2017

The evidence is clear: Cervical cancer is best treated with brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy. Yet the use of this potentially lifesaving treatment has been declining, and a new study from the School of Medicine may explain why.

UVA researchers have determined that offering brachytherapy for locally advanced cervical cancer actually ends up… read more >

Gut Health a Life-or-Death Factor in C. Difficile Infection, Study Finds

December 2, 2017

Infections caused by the C. difficile bacteria are a serious health threat, especially for older people. But researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found that simply altering the bacteria in our guts may dramatically improve outcomes for patients with the life-threatening illness.

The work adds to the mounting evidence that the… read more >

Macular Degeneration: UVA Discovers Trigger That Leads to Vision Loss for Millions

November 27, 2017

In a major step forward in the battle against macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered a critical trigger for the damaging inflammation that ultimately robs millions of their sight. The finding may allow doctors to halt the inflammation… read more >

Prostate Cancer: UVA Aims to Help Men Make Complex Care Decisions

November 22, 2017

Researchers at the University of Virginia Cancer Center are developing a tool to help patients with prostate cancer better understand the potential risks and rewards of their treatment options. And that tool could ultimately benefit not just those patients but a broad spectrum of patients making complex care decisions based on their tumor’s… read more >

University of Virginia Children’s Hospital Leads as Innovator in AAP National Quality Improvement Project on Managing Children With Asthma

November 14, 2017

The University of Virginia Children’s Hospital is among 89 hospitals involved in a national improvement collaborative for children seen in the emergency department or hospitalized with asthma. The program is led by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Dr. Sunitha Kaiser, MD, MSc, FAAP.

Asthma affects nearly 10 percent of American children… read more >

Discovery IDs Better Way to Treat Certain Prostate Cancers, Lymphomas

November 8, 2017

Certain prostate cancers and lymphomas have a major genetic weakness that doctors can exploit to help save patients’ lives, researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered.

The weakness makes the subset of cancers particularly vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, suggesting that those approaches should be the first line of treatment. The researchers… read more >

UVA Tests Power of Focused Ultrasound, Immunotherapy to Battle Breast Cancer

November 8, 2017

In its latest pioneering effort to harness the power of focused ultrasound to battle disease, the University of Virginia Health System is examining the scalpel-free surgery’s potential to enable the body to identify and destroy metastatic breast cancer cells.

Researchers Patrick Dillon, MD, and David Brenin, MD, of the UVA Cancer Center, have launched a… read more >

Focused Ultrasound Shows Promise to Treat Parkinson’s Tremor

October 30, 2017

An initial test to determine if focused ultrasound can reduce tremor caused by Parkinson’s disease has produced encouraging results. Further research is warranted, the researchers conclude in a paper published today by the scientific journal JAMA Neurology.

The small pilot study was led by Jeff Elias, MD, of the School of Medicine and… read more >