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Gillings student, lecturer win dissertation awards

July 18, 2013   Shellie Ellis, MA, and Shelley Golden, PhD, are recipients of the 2013 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 prize to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. Shellie Ellis Ellis, doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Research evaluates overdose death definitions used in statistics, suggests revision

July 09, 2013   According to national statistics, deaths from drug overdose have increased consistently since the early 1990s. New research, however, suggests that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve closer examination.   Dr. Nab Dasgupta Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, 2013 epidemiology alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, worked with colleagues… Read more »

Industrial farm workers carry drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock, study finds

July 03, 2013   A new study found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers but not in the noses of antibiotic-free livestock workers in North Carolina. Dr. Chris Heaney Dr. Steve Wing Dr. Jill Stewart The research, led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, and begun while he was a… Read more »

Surgeon, Gillings graduate, brings gift of hearing to three-year-old boy

June 27, 2013   A heartwarming video made the rounds on national news this month, showing a three-year-old at the moment he heard his father’s voice for the first time. Grayson Clamp sits in his father’s lap, just prior to hearing his dad’s voice for the first time. Grayson Clamp, from Charlotte, N.C., was born… Read more »

Alumnus Allgood accepts visiting fellow position at UNC

June 27, 2013 Dr. Greg Allgood Greg Allgood, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and recently retired director of Procter and Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, has accepted a position as a visiting distinguished fellow at UNC’s Global Research Institute, based in the FedEx Global Education Center. He also will become vice president of World Vision‘s… Read more »

Study finds relationship of calcium to brain lesions in older adults

June 21, 2013 A study co-authored by UNC’s John J.B. Anderson, PhD, has found a relationship between calcium levels and the presence of white-matter lesions in the brain, particularly in men and in people with depression.   Dr. John Anderson Anderson is professor emeritus of nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Health behavior alumna selected for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellowship

June 06, 2013 Daphne Delgado Daphne Delgado, MPH, a 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been awarded a Graduate Health Fellowship through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. The nine-month experience will take place in Washington, D.C., where Delgado will be assigned to work directly with a Senate or House committee member on… Read more »

Earp honored with symposium, ‘best party ever,’ for 40 years of research, leadership, service

  May 21, 2013   Dr. Jo Anne Earp (right) enjoys hearing stories told by a symposium speaker. On the left is current health behavior chair, Dr. Leslie Lytle. Jo Anne Earp, ScD, longtime former chair and professor of health behavior at Gillings School of Global Public Health, is a social connector, someone who brings… Read more »

Genetics might determine which smokers get hooked

  March 28, 2013   A team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand has identified genetic risk factors that may accelerate a teen’s progression toward becoming a lifelong heavy smoker. Dr. Dan Belsky Dan Belsky, PhD, alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina… Read more »

Daily self-weighing helps study participants lose weight

  March 26, 2013 Collaboration by researchers at Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke University’s Global Health Institute has yielded good news about yet another tool in the weight-loss toolbox. Dr. Dori Steinberg Dori M. Steinberg, PhD, RD, and colleagues found, in a study conducted at UNC, that a weight-loss approach including daily… Read more »