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: Deputy Public Information Officer
Phone: 434.243.1988

Fertilization Discovery Reveals New Role for the Egg

November 13, 2019

An unexpected discovery about fertilization from the School of Medicine reveals new insights on how sperm and egg fuse and could have major implications for couples battling infertility – and may lead to a future male contraceptive.

finding has the potential both to boost the success rate… read more >

From Plants, UVA Extracts a Better Way to Determine What Our Genes Do

November 7, 2019
Scientists at the School of Medicine have developed a better way to determine what our genes do – allowing researchers to better probe the genetic causes of diseases and more efficiently determine whether new drugs will act on the intended target.

The Most Comprehensive Study Ever of a Deadly Heart Condition

November 6, 2019
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an abnormal thickening of the heart, can present at any age and is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

Seizures in Babies: Doctor Sheds Light on Why They Have Lifelong Effects

October 30, 2019
A doctor at UVA Children’s Hospital is using an elegant new approach to mapping brain activity to shed light on what happens during seizures in newborns that can lead to behavioral issues and learning disabilities much later.

New Organelle Found That Helps Prevent Cancer

October 18, 2019

Scientists at the School of Medicine have discovered a strange new organelle inside our cells that helps to prevent cancer by ensuring that genetic material is sorted correctly as cells divide.

researchers have connected problems with the organelle to a subset of breast cancer tumors that make lots… read more >

UVA Discovers Surprising Contributor to Multiple Sclerosis

October 7, 2019
The multiple sclerosis discovery suggests new avenues for devising treatments and is a vital step toward finding a cure.

Pancreatic Cancer Discovery Reveals How the Aggressive Cancer Fuels Its Growth

September 26, 2019
A new discovery about pancreatic cancer sheds light on how the cancer fuels its growth and may help explain how promising cancer drugs work – and for whom they will fail.

Potential Way to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes Identified

September 25, 2019
The same approach that could prevent diabetes may also prove effective for battling autoimmune diseases such as lupus and eczema.

UVA Leads Statewide, University-Based Coalition to Battle the Opioid Crisis

September 16, 2019

The School of Medicine is leading a statewide effort to battle the opioid crisis and reduce the number of Virginians dying from it.

Opioids are the
leading cause of accidental death in Virginia, where the rate of
opioid-connected deaths has increased nearly five-fold since 2010. More than 1,240… read more >

New Initiative Aims to Reduce Cervical Cancer in Southwest Va., Appalachia

September 3, 2019

UVA Cancer Center is part of a new five-year study seeking to reduce the disproportionately high rates of cervical cancer – and deaths from cervical cancer – in Appalachia, including Southwest Virginia.

The goal is to work closely with primary
care practices to decrease smoking, increase HPV vaccination… read more >