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

Study Reveals Gaps in HIV Healthcare Providers’ Knowledge of ACA

September 20, 2018

A new study has revealed surprising gaps in some HIV medical providers’ knowledge of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with more than a quarter of providers surveyed unable to say whether their state had expanded Medicaid.

The national survey also sought to better understand the healthcare providers’ views on the effects of the ACA, also… read more >

Inflammation Critical for Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes, Study Suggests

September 19, 2018

Inflammation, long considered a dangerous contributor to atherosclerosis, actually plays an important role in preventing heart attacks and strokes, research from the School of Medicine reveals.

The work also raises an important caution about a high-profile drug, canakinumab, being tested to treat advanced atherosclerosis. The drug would need to be prescribed only to a… read more >

UVA Identifies Brain’s Lymphatic Vessels as New Avenue to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

September 17, 2018

Lymphatic vessels that clean the brain of harmful material play a crucial role in the development and progression of multiple sclerosis, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The vessels appear to carry previously unknown messages from the brain to the immune system that ultimately trigger the disease symptoms…. read more >

UVA Developing ‘Two-Headed Arrow’ to Kill Ovarian Cancer

August 29, 2018

A School of Medicine researcher is developing a two-fisted, antibody-based approach to destroy deadly ovarian cancer — an approach he believes could also be modified to kill breast, prostate and other solid tumors.

The dual-pronged approach being developed by Jogender Tushir-Singh, PhD, aims to overcome obstacles that have undermined otherwise promising immune therapies for… read more >

New Technique Lets Us See Brain Cells Talk, Shedding Light on Neurological Diseases

August 23, 2018

Scientists have developed a way to see brain cells talk – to actually see neurons communicate in bright, vivid color. The new lab technique is set to provide long-needed answers about the brain and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and depression. Those answers will facilitate new and vastly improved treatments for conditions… read more >

UVA Welcomes Chris Barrett to Create Statewide Biocomplexity Initiative

August 7, 2018

We are pleased to welcome Chris Barrett, PhD, to the University of Virginia to create a statewide Biocomplexity Initiative. Dr. Barrett is a global leader in applying computer science concepts and tools to make new discoveries in complex social systems, and we are thrilled he is bringing his expertise, talent and quest for knowledge… read more >

Gonorrhea discovery opens new avenues to tackle untreatable ‘super gonorrhea’

July 27, 2018

Good news in the battle against the growing threat of drug-resistant “super gonorrhea”: Researchers at the School of Medicine and their collaborators in the United Kingdom have discovered a new way that the bacteria that cause gonorrhea resist the body’s immune defenses. Scientists can use this knowledge to develop vaccines or empower our… read more >

Brain Discovery Could Block Aging’s Terrible Toll on the Mind

July 25, 2018

Aging vessels connecting the brain and the immune system play critical roles in both Alzheimer’s disease and the decline in cognitive ability that comes with time, new research reveals. By improving the function of the lymphatic vessels, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have dramatically enhanced aged mice’s ability to learn… read more >

Discovery Reveals How Obesity Causes Diseases — and 2 Ways to Stop It

July 23, 2018

New research explains why obesity causes harmful inflammation that can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries and other health problems. Doctors may be able to use this knowledge to battle these chronic diseases and others driven by damaging inflammation.

“All these diseases have a common denominator,” said researcher Vlad Serbulea, PhD, of the School of… read more >

Autism Risk Determined By Health of Mom’s Microbiome, UVA Finds

July 17, 2018

• The mother’s microbiome, the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us, determines the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her offspring, new research from the UVA School of Medicine shows.
• The microbiome can be manipulated by changing what we eat, by consuming beneficial bacteria known as probiotics or even by… read more >