Posts By: Emily Wiggins

Stürmer receives PCORI grant to fund program on comparative effectiveness research

June 29, 2012   Dr. Til Stürmer Til Stürmer, MD, MPH, PhD, will receive a $690,502 award from the nonprofit organization Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a project titled “Methods to Increase Validity of Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Elderly.” Stürmer is professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, director… Read more »

School alumni association expands with new regional chapters

  June 29, 2012   Priscilla Guild, incoming president of the school’s alumni association, with Joseph John, outgoing president The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni association recently approved the founding of its first four regional chapters, based in Atlanta, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. “There are more than 17,000 public… Read more »

BIOS student wants to ‘change the world’

June 28, 2012 Courtney Sanford is a Bachelor of Science in Public Health student in biostatistics. This profile of her appeared June 11 on the UNC website. Looking at Courtney Sanford’s résumé, it is clear that she has a talent for innovation. Sanford, who grew up in Hendersonville, Tenn., but graduated from Walton High School… Read more »

Undergraduate develops program to teach young girls about healthy lifestyles

June 28, 2012 Camille McGirt was featured recently on the Carolina Center for Public Service website. The profile is reprinted below. McGirt, a rising senior, is a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health in health policy and management in May 2013.   Camille McGirt For Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellow Camille… Read more »

Stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost

  June 27, 2012   Dr. Deborah Tate A customized weight loss program may cost less to implement – despite having similar results – than a traditional weight loss program, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “Most weight loss programs are intense… Read more »

School mourns loss of HPM faculty member John Vernon

  June 22, 2012 Dr. John Vernon John Andrew Vernon, PhD, 43, died on June 19. Dr. Vernon had been assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2008. He leaves behind his wife Jucineia Gomes, two sons and a stepdaughter. A Durham, N.C., native, Dr. Vernon… Read more »

Father and son become classmates

  June 22, 2012 Commencement at UNC-CH this spring featured an unusual pair of graduates. Cody Schwartz completed his medical training, which included a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) through the Public Health Leadership Program’s Health Care and Prevention Concentration; the same day, his father Chris received his Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the… Read more »

First study of its kind finds rapid declines in worldwide physical activity

  June 14, 2012 A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds a global decline in activity levels and predicts a continuing rise in inactivity in countries around the world. When viewed in the context of physical activity levels throughout human evolution, the global decline in physical activity in just… Read more »

Autism spectrum study to look at autism variance among individuals

June 13, 2012   The Center for Autism and Development Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is beginning the second phase of its Study to Explore Early Development (SEED II) to search for causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in preschool-age children.  … Read more »