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

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 >

UVA Develops Way to Create Drugs Without Side Effects

July 6, 2018

A new technique for precisely targeting molecules within cells is paving the way for safer drugs that are free of side effects.

Researcher J. Julius Zhu, PhD, of the School of Medicine, and his colleagues have developed a way to manipulate molecules from compartment to compartment within individual cells. Amazingly, the same molecules do… read more >

UVA Reveals True Nature of Cells Blamed in Alzheimer’s, Neurodegenerative Diseases

June 25, 2018

Immune cells commonly blamed in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are actually precision cleaning machines protecting the central nervous system, new research from the School of Medicine shows.

The discovery adds nuance and complexity to our understanding of immune cells known as microglia. By appreciating the role of these cells in full, scientists are better… read more >

Tick-Borne Meat Sensitivity Linked to Heart Disease

June 14, 2018

School of Medicine researchers have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat – a sensitivity spread by tick bites – with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart. This buildup may increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

The bite of the lone star tick can cause people… read more >

UVA’s PositiveLinks App Improving HIV Care, Study Finds

June 12, 2018

A smartphone app designed to improve care for people living with HIV has increased users’ consistency in doctor visits and improved their health outcomes, a new study has found.

Users of the PositiveLinks intervention developed at the School of Medicine showed marked improvement in sticking to their treatment programs. Users had improved consistency in… read more >

As on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: UVA Targets ‘Giggling’ Epilepsy With Focused Ultrasound

May 30, 2018

What was fiction on a recent episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” is being pioneered for real at the University of Virginia Health System.

The episode “Hold Back the River” featured the show’s doctors using focused sound waves to treat a brain mass known as a hypothalamic hamartoma in a young boy. That approach – portrayed as… read more >

We Might Reverse Aging By Smoothing Wrinkles Inside Our Cells, Study Suggests

May 29, 2018

A new discovery about the effects of aging in our cells could allow doctors to cure or prevent diabetes, fatty liver disease and other metabolic diseases – and possibly even turn back the clock on aging itself.

The new finding from the School of Medicine suggests that fatty liver disease and other unwanted effects… read more >

A New Guide for Explorers of the Submicroscopic World Inside Us

May 22, 2018

Researchers from the School of Medicine have established new guidelines for scientists mapping out the body molecule by molecule to help us better understand how our cells use metals such as iron and magnesium to maintain good health. The guidelines ultimately will benefit the battle against diseases such as cancer, assist in the… read more >

Pioneering New 3D Cancer Model to Speed New Treatments

May 7, 2018

A scientist at the School of Medicine, working with local biotech company HemoShear Therapeutics, has created a 3D cancer model that can replicate the complex nature and behavior of a real tumor. The model will help researchers better understand the disease and accelerate the development of new and better treatments.

The multicellular model… read more >

Thoracic Surgery Recovery Program Benefits Patients, Slashes Opioid Use

April 24, 2018

A special recovery program for thoracic surgery patients developed and implemented at the University of Virginia Health System is getting patients home sooner while decreasing both healthcare costs and opioid use, a review of the first year of the program shows.

According to the new review, the program:

Reduced the use of morphine equivalents… read more >