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

Indestructible Virus Yields Secret to Creating Incredibly Durable Materials

July 19, 2017

It’s like the Superman of viruses, astonishingly tough and able to survive in an environment that would dissolve flesh and bone. And now scientists have unlocked the secrets of its indestructibility, potentially allowing them to harness its remarkable properties to create super-durable materials and better treat disease.

The discovery reveals something never before seen in… read more >

High Blood Pressure: Could Aggressive Treatment Lead To Kidney Damage?

July 18, 2017

Aggressive combination treatments for high blood pressure that are intended to protect the kidneys may actually be damaging the organs, new research from the School of Medicine suggests.

Researchers identified the potential problem while studying strange kidney lesions in mice that cannot make the enzyme renin. Such lesions are also seen in patients with… read more >

Babies Born Big More Likely to Become Obese Children

July 12, 2017

Infants born with a high birthweight are more likely to become obese children, a new study from the UVA Children’s Hospital suggests. The researchers say pediatricians may want to counsel parents of high birthweight babies early on to prevent the onset of obesity and the health problems it eventually brings.

The study looked at 10,186… read more >

New Way to Shut Off Genes Speeds Battle Against Genetic Diseases

July 11, 2017

Gene editing using the CRISPR system is transforming genetic research and could be poised to transform the treatment of genetic diseases such as hemophilia and cystic fibrosis. Now a School of Medicine researcher has found a safer and highly efficient way to use the system to silence genes.

Mazhar Adli, PhD, and his team… read more >

NIH Awards $8.6 Million for Bold Bid to Transform Lung Transplants

June 28, 2017

Researchers at the School of Medicine have received more than $8.6 million in federal grants to support efforts that could dramatically increase the number of lungs available for transplants – and then save the lives of the people who receive them.

The funding, from the National Institutes of Health, supports cutting-edge projects being conducted… read more >

Precision Medicine Collides With A Clock Mystery From 1665

May 23, 2017

An odd phenomenon observed in 1665 explains how the body knows when to replace disease-preventing cells in our guts. The discovery could benefit precision medicine by helping doctors determine when to give drugs, cancer treatments, probiotics and vaccines for best effect.

In 1665, the inventor of the pendulum clock, Christiaan Huygens, noticed that two of… read more >

Platelet Discovery Could Benefit Preemies

May 18, 2017

The emergency call issued by the American Red Cross earlier this year was of a sort all too common: Platelet donations were needed, and desperately. But a new discovery from the School of Medicine may be the key to stopping shortages of these vital blood-clotting cells that can represent the difference between… read more >

Kidney Research Leads to Heart Discovery

May 8, 2017

Kidney research at the School of Medicine has unexpectedly led to a discovery about the formation of the heart, including the identification of a gene responsible for a deadly cardiac condition.

UVA scientists were surprised to discover that the heart’s inner lining forms from the same stem cells, known as “precursor… read more >

New Approach Speeds Cancer Research Dramatically

April 26, 2017

A new technique developed at the School of Medicine will let a single cancer research lab do the work of dozens, dramatically accelerating the search for new treatments and cures. And the technique will benefit not just cancer research but research into every disease driven by gene mutations, from cystic fibrosis to Alzheimer’s… read more >

Pioneering Research Earns Student Prestigious Howard Hughes Fellowship

April 26, 2017

A promising medical student’s exploration of unknown territory within the central nervous system has received a major boost from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which has awarded him a prestigious one-year fellowship to focus exclusively on his research.

School of Medicine student Michael Dong, 23, of McLean, Va,, is one of only 79 students… read more >