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

UVA Makes Surprising Discovery About Neurons

November 26, 2018

Meticulous new research from the School of Medicine has changed a well-accepted scientific belief about neurons, the vital nerve cells that allow us to experience the world and record those experiences as memories in our brains.
UVA’s new discovery reveals that these unique cells recycle and dispose of their waste in an unexpected… read more >

Husband-and-Wife Doctors Receive $1.8 Million to Test New Breast Cancer Approach

November 15, 2018

Husband-and-wife doctors at the UVA Cancer Center have been awarded more than $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health for their effort to improve radiation therapy and breast surgery for patients with early-stage breast cancer.

Radiation oncologist Timothy Showalter, MD, and breast cancer surgeon Shayna L. Showalter, MD, are leading an… read more >

Frail Seniors Going Without Desperately Needed In-Home Healthcare

November 12, 2018

There is a tremendous disparity between the need for in-home healthcare and the number of frail seniors actually receiving it, a new study finds. In many rural areas, the problem is so great that the researchers label it “remarkable.”

“Most homebound seniors have not received medical care at home,” said Nengliang “Aaron” Yao, PhD, of… read more >

Simple Scoring System Could Help Patients Avoid Diabetes, Study Suggests

November 9, 2018

A simple scoring system can track the reduction in diabetes risk produced by lifestyle changes and medication in people with pre-diabetes, a new study has found. The findings suggest the potential that the tool could be a good way to motivate patients to stick with the diet and exercise changes that could save them… read more >

Scalpel-Free Surgery Improves Quality of Life for Parkinson’s Patients, Study Finds

November 5, 2018

A high-tech form of brain surgery that replaces scalpels with sound waves improved quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease that has resisted other forms of treatment, a new study has found.

Further, the School of Medicine researchers conclude their study offers “comprehensive evidence of safety” in terms of the approach’s effect on… read more >

UVA Creates Simple Way to Solve the Complex Mysteries of the Microbiome

October 25, 2018

This much is clear: The tiny bacteria that live on and inside us are tremendously important for our health and well-being, affecting everything from our mood to the risk of autism. But understanding how those multitudes of microbes interact – and how they influence human health – is a gargantuan task, akin… read more >

Much-Needed New Antibiotic Shows Great Promise for Treating Gum Disease

October 18, 2018

A new antibiotic being developed at the School of Medicine appears ideal for battling periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, according to dental researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University led by Richard T. Marconi, PhD.

The drug, amixicile, was found to be effective against the harmful “Red Group” of anaerobic bacteria… read more >

Big-Picture Approach to Understanding Cancer Will Speed New Treatments

October 17, 2018

A new innovation in cancer research will enable scientists to understand the complex causes of the disease with unprecedented speed and sophistication. This will accelerate the development of new and better treatments, and it will help researchers find ways around roadblocks that now stand in their path.

Rather than looking at individual gene mutations in… read more >

Unseen Infections Harming World’s Children, Research Reveals

October 9, 2018

Children around the world are suffering from unnoticed infections that are stunting their growth and mental development, new research from an international coalition of scientists reveals.

Up to 30 percent of children in low-resource countries suffer from stunted growth. Inadequate nutrition and diarrhea have long been blamed, but scientists have, until now, been unable to… read more >

UVA’s Jonathan Kipnis Receives Prestigious NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

October 2, 2018

A School of Medicine neuroscientist who is transforming our understanding of the brain’s relationship to the immune system has been awarded the prestigious Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, chairman of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience and director of its Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG), will receive… read more >