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HB alumna to lead CDC training and development team

Nov. 7, 2014 Rhondette L. Jones, MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as the new leader for the training and development team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, effective Nov. 30. Jones has been a health education specialist in CDC’s capacity-building branch for… Read more »

Prenatal arsenic exposure may lead to gene reprogramming in children, study finds

October 31, 2014 A new study at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that prenatal exposure to inorganic arsenic may lead to detrimental health effects and gene reprogramming in children. The findings were published Oct. 10 in Toxicological Sciences, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology. Rebecca Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Hilton Goulson, alumnus and former faculty member, dead at 84

Oct. 23, 2014 Hilton Thomas Goulson, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s school of public health, former faculty member in parasitology and laboratory practice at the School, and longtime donor and friend, passed away on Oct. 21 in the Chapel Hill, N.C., home where had lived for 62 years. He was 84. Dr. Goulson, who spearheaded the… Read more »

Eng inducted into Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

October 20, 2014 Eugenia Eng, DrPH, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was inducted as an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship on Oct. 7, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Eng’s community-based participatory research (CBPR) work is recognized nationally and internationally. Contributions include relevance and measurement of… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Herrington named executive director of School’s Gillings Global Gateway

October 9, 2014 Jim Herrington, PhD, MPH, has been named executive director of the Gillings Global Gateway (GGG) and Professor of the Practice of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Herrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Health degree in health… Read more »

Epidemiology alumnus studies ways to optimize pediatric antiretroviral therapy

Oct. 9, 2014 A new study helps clinicians weigh immunologic benefits against viral failure risks when timing the administration of antiretroviral therapy for children who are HIV-positive. Dwight E. Yin, MD, MPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s epidemiology department and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri at… Read more »

Alumna helps develop app to personalize heart disease risk

October 8, 2014 Reprinted from newswise.com Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk factors, that advice can get lost easily, given the amount of information covered during a routine… Read more »

Alumna appointed to PCORI committee

October 7, 2014 Cynthia Girman, DrPH, alumna and Public Health Foundation board member at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)  methodology committee. She is also adjunct associate professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School’s UNC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology. PCORI,… Read more »

MCH alumna wins APHA outstanding student author award

Sept. 26, 2014 Christine Tucker, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has won the Outstanding Student Author Award, presented by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) maternal and child health section. Tucker, who received a doctorate in maternal and child health from the Gillings School in May, conducted dissertation research with Community Care… Read more »