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

Unhealthy Gut Promotes Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Finds

June 10, 2019

An unhealthy, inflamed gut causes breast cancer to become much more invasive and spread more quickly to other parts of the body, new research from the UVA Cancer Center suggests.

Melanie Rutkowski, PhD, of UVA’s
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, found that
disrupting the microbiome of mice caused… read more >

$12.5 Million Grant Funds Ambitious Health Research Collaboration

May 23, 2019
A groundbreaking research collaboration at the School of Medicine that is shedding light on everything from cancer to diabetes to cardiovascular disease has received $12.5 million from the National Institutes of Health

Why Are Those Born in the Rural South Less Healthy and Prone to Die Sooner?

May 22, 2019

A researcher from the School of Medicine is helping to lead a new study to understand why people born in rural communities in the South live shorter and less healthy lives than their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

The Risk Underlying Rural Areas
Longitudinal Study (RURAL) will allow… read more >

Successful HIV Effort Prompts Call for Clinics to Expand Mental Health Services on Site

May 20, 2019
Increasing access to mental health services improved HIV outcomes among vulnerable patients, UVA found.

iTHRIV Seeks Partners to Improve Public Health, Address Disparities Across Virginia

May 8, 2019

Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV), which
aims to improve the health of people across the state and beyond, is seeking
nonprofit or government organizations to partner with researchers to address
community health needs and improve public health.

501(c)(3) nonprofits or government agencies are eligible for up to $20,000 to
fund health-related… read more >

Edward H. Egelman Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Sciences

May 2, 2019
Egelman has attracted national and international headlines for discoveries such as how urinary tract infections take hold and how an almost indestructible virus survives and thrives in nearly boiling acid.

Here’s How Cancer Hijacks Wound Healing to Create Its Own Blood Supply

April 30, 2019

Researchers at the School of Medicine have shed light on how cancers hijack the body’s natural wound-healing response to grow and spread.

The researchers have
identified specific processes within endothelial cells – the cells that line
blood vessels – that tumors use to build out their own blood supply. These processes
are… read more >

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 >