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Biostatistics News

Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.

BIOS student honored with ENAR’s Distinguished Paper Award

February 12, 2017
Biostatistics doctoral student Fei Gao has won a Distinguished Student Paper Award, presented by the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. Her advisers, Drs. Donglin Zeng and Danyu Lin, are co-authors of the paper.

Biostatistics researcher awarded ASA’s Norman Breslow Prize for outstanding paper

February 10, 2017
Dr. Qingning Zhou, postdoctoral research associate in biostatistics, received the American Statistical Association’s Norman Breslow Prize for her paper, “Outcome-dependent Sampling with Interval-censored Failure Time Data.” Her co-authors were Drs. Haibo Zhou and Jianwen Cai.

Maps in new UNC-led study show each state’s stroke risk factors at a glance

February 8, 2017
A new study led by Dr. Matthew Loop has produced data-rich maps of the United States that show the geographic distribution of key stroke-causing factors. On the maps, the Southeast, especially the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, display some of the highest prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among whites and blacks.

Study finds genetic variant that confirms shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics, American Indians

January 31, 2017
A new study, led by Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai, has found an Amerindian-specific genetic variant that influences a kidney trait in Hispanics/Latinos, thereby confirming shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians.

Study confirms that more activity, less sitting, reduces mortality risk

January 31, 2017
A new study led by Dr. Kelly Evenson reinforced findings that regular physical activity and less sedentary behavior reduces the risk of mortality.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, used an accelerometer to assess participants’ physical activity and sedentary behavior.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Alumnus honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 25, 2017
Dr. Matthew Wheeler, Gillings School alumnus and CDC researcher, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government upon science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. President Barack Obama announced the award for Wheeler and 101 other American scientists on Jan. 9.

Five Gillings School junior faculty members receive development awards

Five faculty members from three departments in the Gillings School were awarded 2017 IBM Junior Faculty Development Awards.

CSCC awarded new ARIC contract

The Gillings School’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center has been awarded a five-year, $19 million contract by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to conduct the next phase of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study.