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Biostatistics News

Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings

July 25, 2017
A new study, led by Dr. Jennifer Smith and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, finds a convenient at-home test for human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a promising tool for preventing cervical cancer in underscreened women in the United States.

NIH renews UNC Gillings environmental health sciences training grant for ninth time

July 19, 2017
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed a major training grant that the Gillings School has led since 1971. The program supports scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and engineering, many of whom have gone on to affect national environmental policy.

Largest study of Hispanics/Latinos in US presents new findings about lung capacity in people of Dominican, Puerto Rican ethnicity

July 14, 2017
A new study led by Gillings School researchers has determined reference parameters for measuring lung capacity in non-Mexican American Hispanics. Accurate reference values for such measures are important for diagnosing common chronic lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and predicting mortality.

2017 UNC alumni reception at this year’s JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings) – July 31, 2017

Please join colleagues from the Gillings School of Global Public Health for food, fellowship and networking during JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings). Baltimore area alumni, colleagues and friends are invited to a reception held in conjunction with this year’s JSM, the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. The event will be on Monday,… Read more »

Shachtman, former biostatistics professor, dies at 75

July 10, 2017
Dr. Richard Shachtman, former biostatistics professor at the Gillings School, died June 24, in Phoenix, Ariz. Shachtman was on the UNC public health faculty from 1973 to 1997.

Biostatistics’ Li named to three-year term on NIH study section

June 21, 2017
Dr. Yun Li has been named for a three-year term to the Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology Study Section for the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review.

Study findings suggest some individuals are genetically more vulnerable to harm from air pollution

June 9, 2017
Findings from a study led by a doctoral student of epidemiology suggest that some individuals are genetically susceptible to experiencing especially negative effects from air pollution, even when pollution levels fall below current U.S. accepted standards.

Obese adults experience increased influenza risk despite being vaccinated, study finds

June 6, 2017
Melinda A. Beck, PhD, of the UNC Gillings Department of Nutrition, is the corresponding author of a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. The study found that, compared to adults of healthy weight, obese adults are twice as likely to contract the flu or a flu-like illness despite being vaccinated.

New findings on genes, hypertension highlight importance of studying populations with African ancestry

May 17, 2017
A recent study identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry.

Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement

May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.