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

Soft Bedding Poses Grave Danger to Sleeping Babies, Study Shows

April 23, 2019

Almost 70% of babies who died
from sleep-related suffocation between 2011 and 2014 did so because of soft
bedding, a new study reveals. The finding underscores physicians’ urgent
message to new parents that babies should sleep only in cribs or bassinets free
of blankets, toys and other potential hazards.

Unintentional suffocation is
the No…. read more >

Revealed: The Secret Superpower That Makes C. Difficile So Deadly

April 22, 2019

A new discovery
about dangerous C. difficile diarrhea
has identified a new way that the bacteria – and possibly others like it –
cause severe disease. C. diff is the
most common hospital-acquired infection and estimated to result in 453,000 cases per year, with 29,300
associated deaths.

The new finding from the School… read more >

Electricity-Conducting Bacteria Yield Secret to Tiny Batteries, Big Medical Advances

April 15, 2019

Scientists have made a
surprising discovery about how strange bacteria that live in soil and sediment can
conduct electricity. The bacteria do so, the researchers determined, through a seamless
biological structure never before seen in nature – a structure scientists can
co-opt to miniaturize electronics, create powerful-yet-tiny batteries, build pacemakers
without wires and develop a host of… read more >

Over the Moon: A UVA Doctor Reflects on Her Work With NASA

April 11, 2019

On March 3, 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly came home from a yearlong stay on the International Space Station, and a young physician-scientist, Francine Garrett-Bakelman, was waiting anxiously. She had important work to do and only one shot to do it.

Garrett-Bakelman, now a cancer doctor and researcher… read more >

Testosterone Discovery May Explain Low Levels in Men With Diabetes

March 27, 2019

Scientists have mapped out how the body transports testosterone, and their surprising findings may explain low testosterone levels seen in men with diabetes or patients on certain medications.

The discovery lets scientists understand exactly how testosterone, the male sex hormone, binds to a protein called serum albumin and can be carried through the body.

The finding… read more >

Found: The Missing Ingredient to Grow Blood Vessels

March 12, 2019
Researchers have discovered an ingredient vital for proper blood vessel formation that explains why numerous promising treatments have failed.

New Contributor to Age-Related Hearing Loss Identified

March 11, 2019

Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered a new potential contributor to age-related hearing loss, a finding that could eventually help doctors identify people at risk.

The auditory receptors of the inner ear, called hair cells, pick up sounds using a vibration-sensing antenna called the hair bundle. While much research into hearing loss… read more >

NIH Provides $23 Million for Statewide Translational Research Institute

March 5, 2019

The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) has been awarded a five-year grant of nearly $23 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance innovative ideas from the point of discovery to implementation in clinical practice and population health.

ITHRIV includes the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Tech… read more >

VOTE! Kipnis Brain Discovery Fighting It Out in STAT Bracket Contest

March 4, 2019

A School of Medicine brain discovery has been nominated as one of 2018’s best ideas in biomedical science, and it is battling it out in a bracket-style competition – similar to the NCAA basketball tournament – that will be decided by a public vote.

The first round of STAT’s STAT Madness runs through Thursday… read more >

UVA Discovers Secret to Making Immune Cells Better Cancer Killers

February 25, 2019

Scientists at the School of Medicine have discovered a defect in immune cells known as “killer T cells” that explains their inability to destroy cancer tumors. The researchers believe that repairing this defect could make the cells much better cancer killers. Further, they predict their discovery could be used within three to five… read more >