Rob Spahr Archives

Dec 16, 2022
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The Guy in the Room

The guy in the room ECU’S NEW NURSING DEAN BRINGS A FRESH PERSPECTIVE. STORY BY ROB SPAHR Dr. Bim Akintade stood quietly and alone in the front of an auditorium...

Feb 07, 2022
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New program helps ECU, Vidant train physicians to better serve rural communities

The Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Health have launched a new rural family medicine residency program that will give recent medical school graduates interested in serving as family doctors...

Karen Litwa, an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, is working to solve questions about autism.
May 27, 2020
  • Rob Spahr

‘Mini brains’ could help unravel autism spectrum disorders

When people ask Karen Litwa what she does for a living, her response is unique. “I say that I’m a brain builder,” she says with a smile. Litwa, an assistant...

May 21, 2020
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Seeking Clean Water

Seeking Clean Water ECU’s Jamie DeWitt is a national leader in PFAS research Published May 21, 2020 by Rob Spahr Filed under: East Summer 2020 Jamie DeWitt sat confidently at...

Clues to dementia
Oct 01, 2019
  • Rob Spahr

Clues to dementia

Neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS – are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among older adults. Consuming docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid found in...

May 02, 2019
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ECU Physicians opens infusion center

Eastern North Carolina residents in need of long-term intravenous antibiotic treatments now have an alternative to a hospital visit. ECU Physicians recently opened a designated infusion center led by a...

Sep 11, 2018
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ECU to establish School of Rural Public Health

ECU’s public health department will grow into a new School of Rural Public Health in August 2020, after plans were approved by the University of North Carolina System in May....

May 14, 2018
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ECU surgeons treating rare disorder with novel surgery

Sandra Callis is one of approximately 200,000 U.S. residents living with achalasia, a rare disorder that makes it almost impossible to eat. The grandmother from Colerain remembers doctors first told...