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

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 >

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 >

Breastfeeding for Two Months Halves SIDS Risk, Study Finds

October 30, 2017

Breastfeeding for at least two months cuts a baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) almost in half, a sweeping new international study has found.

The study determined that mothers do not need to breastfeed exclusively for their baby to get the benefit, potentially good news for moms who can’t or choose not to… read more >

Exercise Discovery Could Save Sickest Patients

October 24, 2017

A new discovery about how exercise helps protect us from disease could one day dramatically reduce the death rate among the sickest and most gravely injured.

People suffering from severe trauma or the full-body infection known as sepsis often develop multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, or MODS. It’s as though the immune system turns against the… read more >

Susan G. Komen Awards UVA $450,000 for Innovative Breast Cancer Research

October 23, 2017

Researcher Melanie Rutkowski, PhD, can envision a day when doctors prescribe a specific diet to prevent the spread of breast cancer. A day when doctors could identify women at high risk for breast tumors just by examining the bacteria in their guts.

And now the Susan G. Komen organization has awarded her $450,000 to… read more >

UVA Leads Effort to Slash Unnecessary Medical Testing

October 19, 2017

Researchers at top hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have developed an ambitious plan to eliminate unnecessary medical testing, with the goal of reducing medical bills while improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction.

The researchers are urging physicians and other care providers to reconsider the use of routine daily lab tests performed on hospitalized patients…. read more >

An End to Dieting for People With Type 2 Diabetes?

October 9, 2017

For people with type 2 diabetes, the prescription is typically “lose weight.” But maybe not for much longer.

School of Medicine researcher Daniel Cox, PhD, has received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to test an alternative strategy that could let people with diabetes eat as much as they want. Cox, of… read more >

New Triage Tool Helps Doctors Save Lives

September 28, 2017

In situations where medical resources are most limited, doctors are often forced to make life-or-death decisions with very little information and very little time. But now an international team of researchers has developed a simple new triage tool for healthcare providers to quickly identify and prioritize patients at the greatest risk of death.

The new… read more >

Teen 1st in Va. to Receive Gene Therapy in UVA Clinical Trial

September 27, 2017

The School of Medicine has administered its first dose of an experimental immunotherapy for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia that has resisted other forms of treatment.

The approach, known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, takes a person’s own immune cells and genetically modifies them with the goal of making them more effective cancer killers…. read more >