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Biostatistics News

Study finds self-collected specimens comparable to physician-collected specimens for STI screening accuracy

February 8, 2018
A new study in Nairobi, Kenya, found that self-collection of specimens was comparable to physician-collection for the screening of four sexually transmitted infections in a population of female sex workers.

LaVange named associate chair of biostatistics and director of UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center

January 14, 2018
Dr. Lisa LaVange, current president of the American Statistical Association and formerly of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has been named professor and associate chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Biostatistics and director of the department’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC).

Bilsborrow on UNC team awarded NASA grant to study island ecosystems

December 6, 2017
Biostatistician Dr. Richard Bilsborrow is among researchers who have been awarded a NASA grant to examine the effects of social and ecological factors, particularly human migration and tourism on the environment and on the sustainability of island ecosystems. Photo by ‘Aaron’ on Creative Commons.

Thirteen public health undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 14, 2017
Thirteen Gillings School undergraduates were inducted recently into Phi Beta Kappa, the United States’ oldest and most honored college honorary society.

UNC researchers receive $61M grant to identify effective treatments for asthma

October 2, 2017
Dr. Anastasia Ivanova will lead a five-year, $61 million study to identify more effective treatments for asthma attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and ‘big data’ analysis. The work is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

More treatment options needed for HIV-positive women with cervical dysplasia, study finds

September 18, 2017
Three researchers from the Gillings School are co-authors of an article that compares two treatments for cervical dysplasia, concluding that altogether different protocols are needed to optimally treat cervical dysplasia in women living with HIV.

Hudgens co-edits book on quantitative methods

September 14, 2017
Dr. Michael Hudgens is co-editor of a new biostatistics text, Quantitative Methods for HIV/AIDS Research, published in August by CRC Press.

UNC team awarded $3.25M grant to study role of placenta in children’s later-life health

September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Departments of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Biostatistics have been awarded a large grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate the role of the placenta as a driver of children’s later-life health.

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 29, 2017
Seventeen students were selected as recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. The award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through the $50 million Gillings gift and are administered through the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions office.

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.