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

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 >

Depression, Anxiety Linked to Opioid Use in Women With Breast Cancer

August 22, 2019

Elderly women battling breast cancer who have anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions are more likely to use opioids and more likely to die, a new study led by the School of Medicine suggests.

The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with… read more >

The Meat Allergy: UVA IDs Biological Changes Triggered by Tick Bites

August 20, 2019
A School of Medicine scientist has identified key immunological changes in people who abruptly develop an allergic reaction to mammalian meat, such as beef.

Here’s How E. Coli Knows How to Make You Really Sick

August 15, 2019
The discovery could one day help doctors prevent the infection from taking hold by allowing E. coli bacteria to pass harmlessly through the body.

UVA Leads Major Effort to Understand Autism Differences in Boys, Girls

August 12, 2019
The lack of information about autism’s manifestation in girls means many are never diagnosed and miss out on beneficial interventions, UVA's Kevin Pelphrey fears.

UVA Discovers Incredible ‘HULLK’ That Controls Growth of Prostate Cancer

July 29, 2019
The discovery could be used to target and stop the progression of prostate cancer, which kills more than 30,000 American men every year.