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Biostatistics News

Duke’s Berger delivers Greenberg Distinguished Lectures

May 16, 2016 James O. Berger, PhD, winner of the 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented three talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2016 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. Berger, Arts and Sciences Professor… Read more »

Smokers and former smokers show COPD-like symptoms despite otherwise normal lung function

May 11, 2016 About half of current or former smokers have respiratory symptoms similar to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and an increase of COPD-like symptom flare-ups, despite no COPD diagnosis and tests that show normal lung function. Those are the findings of a new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine titled… Read more »

Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Kosorok to take year’s leave; Cai will serve as interim chair of biostatistics

May 10, 2016 Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will take a one-year leave from his role as chair, effective July 1. Kosorok plans to use the leave to study other biostatistics programs and to accelerate his own research… Read more »

UNC Gillings School celebrates its graduates; Dr. Dennis Gillings delivers commencement address

May 7, 2016 You – and your parents – will be glad to hear that public health is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The major investment in your education will stimulate a rewarding career and improve people’s lives. In 2014, total health care employment was more than 12 million. Undergraduate degrees in… Read more »

Biostatistics department presents Staff Excellence and Star Heel Awards

April 29, 2016 In a presentation and staff appreciation lunch on Thursday, April 28, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) and the Carolina Research Survey Laboratory (CSRL) recognized outstanding staff members with the annual Staff Excellence Awards and Star Heel awards. 2016 Staff Awards… Read more »

Biostatistics department presents Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus Award

April 22, 2016 On Thursday, April 21, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics presented the 2016 James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus Award to Michael L. Pennell, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics at The Ohio State University. At the awards ceremony, the department also announced the recipients of several other student,… Read more »

Inan awarded P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

April 22, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health welcomes Gul Inan, PhD, to the Department of Biostatistics as the P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics. Inan will serve in this position until June 14, 2016, during which time she will conduct research and interact with Gillings School faculty and students and… Read more »

Burch Fellowship enables Senthilnathan to conduct research in Tamil Nadu, India

April 19, 2016 When the Gillings Global Gateway™ invited an administrator from Aravind Eye Care System in Tamil Nadu, India, to present a seminar at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Aditi Senthilnathan was intrigued. The undergraduate student of biostatistics considered her family connections in Tamil Nadu, her fluency in Tamil, and her… Read more »

Gillings to present School’s commencement address on May 7

April 18, 2016 Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, will present the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s commencement address on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. A visionary in the contract research organization industry, Gillings is co-founder and former executive chair of Quintiles Transnational, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical services company. Prior to… Read more »