Biostatistics News

Eng, Stafford, Cole and Darity honored at University Day event

Dr. Eugenia Eng and Paula Brown Stafford were honored at UNC’s University Day ceremony on Oct. 11. Eng, professor of health behavior, accepted the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award. Stafford, a biostatistics alumna, was named one of UNC’s five distinguished alumni.

CSCC awarded NIH funding to improve health and well-being of young adults at risk for HIV/AIDS

The Gillings School’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center has been awarded NIH funding to serve as the coordinating center for the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN), a research network devoted to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults with HIV or at risk for HIV infection. Drs. Michael Hudgens and Myra Carpenter are ATN co-principal investigators.

UNC Gillings researcher to co-lead high-profile NIH grant to investigate environmental influences on child health

Dr. Rebecca Fry of the Gillings School was named co-principal investigator on the UNC ECHO grant, for which UNC was awarded $5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how exposure to environmental factors in early development can influence the health of children and adolescents.

Genetic variations specific to African ancestry may increase kidney disease risk in Hispanic, Latino populations

A new study has revealed that genetic alleles linked to African ancestry may contribute to chronic kidney disease among Hispanics and Latinos, especially those with roots in the Caribbean region. Study co-authors from the Gillings School are Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai.

Gillings researchers to lead $1.2M grant to develop new analysis methods for eQTL studies

Drs. Andrew Nobel and Fred Wright, both faculty members in the UNC Gillings Department of Biostatistics, will lead a three-year, $1.2 million grant to address statistical challenges that arise in the analysis of next-generation expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies.

UNC’s Gillings School number one public school of public health for NIH funding

September 7, 2016 Once again, the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health when it comes to funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH provided the data for the 2015 Fiscal Year and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number… Read more »

NCI renews grant for genomics and cancer research training program at Gillings School

September 2, 2016 The Department of Biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been awarded a renewal of the “Biostatistics for Research in Genomics and Cancer” grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year training program is led by principal investigator Joseph G. Ibrahim,… Read more »

International study finds 20 genetic regions, across all ethnic ancestries, associated with kidney function

September 1, 2016 A large international collaboration marks the first study of kidney function involving individuals from four continents. After examining kidney function in African, Asian, European and Hispanic individuals, researchers found 20 genetic regions that affect kidney function and are common across all ethnic ancestries. The full paper, titled “Trans-ethnic fine-mapping highlights kidney function… Read more »

UNC’s Endeavors magazine highlights Gillings School researchers

August 18, 2016 Endeavors, the online magazine highlighting research and creative activity at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, featured six Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers in its August issue – Drs. Gregory Characklis, Myron Cohen, David Margolis and Wizdom Powell, and students Vidya Venkataramanan and Meaghan Nazareth. _______________ Gregory Characklis,… Read more »

Chen honored as new ASA fellow

August 18, 2016 Ding-Geng (Din) Chen, PhD, clinical professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Wallace H. Kuralt Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). ASA fellows are selected for their outstanding professional contributions… Read more »