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Biostatistics News

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.

Dietary calcium-phosphorus ratio does not influence bone health in older Americans, study finds

May 8, 2017
A study by Dr. John Anderson and Gillings School colleagues, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, examines whether a low ratio of dietary calcium to phosphorus has an impact upon bone health of older adults in the U.S.

New study explores timing of changes in blood pressure health that lead to larger disparities

April 20, 2017
African Americans and men are more likely to transition from ideal levels of blood pressure in childhood or early adulthood compared to white Americans and women, which puts them at increased risk of developing hypertension earlier in life.

Biostatistics students receive travel awards for ASA conference

April 18, 2017
Chong Jin and Rachel Nethery, doctoral students of biostatistics, have been awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards for their respective work on clonal evolution and social vulnerability.

BIOS students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 11, 2017
Elizabeth Chase and Taylor Lagler of the Department of Biostatistics have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.