Biostatistics News

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »

UNC Lineberger grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

September 20, 2015 The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned an “exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a major grant application associated with the center’s multidisciplinary research. The rating was given to UNC Lineberger’s application to the NCI for renewal of a five-year grant that supports multidisciplinary research and shared scientific… Read more »

Biostatistics faculty members honored at international conference

August 13, 2015 Two members of the biostatistics faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were honored this week at the Joint Statistical Meetings, held Aug. 8-13 in Seattle. Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics, was selected to present an Institute of Mathematical Statistics Medallion Lecture… Read more »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »

Stephenson receives junior researcher poster award at Bayesian nonparametrics conference

July 7, 2015 On June 25, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health student Briana Stephenson took home one of only three junior researcher poster awards presented at the 10th Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics. Stephenson is a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School. She shared her poster, which explored… Read more »

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 »