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Biostatistics News

New GTEx project tackles DNA’s genetic ‘switchboard’

May 15, 2015 The link between inherited DNA variation and numerous diseases has been well established, but an important question still looms – What are the precise mechanisms linking genetic variation to disease? Despite decades of research and the development of sophisticated tools, important gaps remain in understanding human genetic processes, which vary widely across… Read more »

Kosorok leads $10.4M NCI grant to improve clinical trials for cancer patients

May 15, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University have been awarded a five-year, $10.4 million grant by the National Cancer Institute to continue determining ways to design more powerful clinical trials for cancer patients, effectively delivering better and more personalized new therapies to cancer… Read more »

Cai and Mayer-Davis awarded distinguished professorships

May 8, 2015 The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost has announced that two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members will be awarded distinguished professorships, effective July 1, pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees. Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor and vice chair of biostatistics, and Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and… Read more »

Hudgens, Smith to be honored at commencement with McGavran, Larsh awards

May 8, 2015 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will receive the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, will accept the… Read more »

BD2K program to train researchers in biomedical big data

May 4, 2015 The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Program will unite 48 faculty mentors in 11 departments within four schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Michael Kosorok, PhD, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of the biostatistics department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health,… Read more »

Monaco honored as ‘phenomenal adviser’ with Class of 1996 Award

April 29, 2015 “Dr. Monaco has made an impact on too many of my educational experiences to fully capture her importance with only one example.” This was the opening sentence of one of eight letters submitted by undergraduate students who nominated Jane Monaco for the Class of 1996 Academic Advising Award. Monaco, DrPH, clinical associate… Read more »

Biostatistics research recognized as ‘Top 10’ by Clinical Research Forum

April 27, 2015 The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), housed within the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the data-coordinating center for the Randomized Intervention for children with Vesicourteral Reflux (RIVUR) trial that recently received a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for 2015. The awards, presented by… Read more »

Han, biostatistics undergraduate, named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

April 24, 2015 Larry Han, a junior in the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Han is one of three students from UNC-Chapel Hill to receive the honor in 2015. The award is given by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education… Read more »

Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

Mitchell awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for biostatistics

April 22, 2015 Shaina Mitchell is one of twelve statistics students in the United States to win a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2015. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the U.S. The program… Read more »