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Biostatistics News

Ibrahim, Qu co-author UNC study, question FDA genetic-screening guidelines for cancer drug

August 28, 2007 Not everyone needs a genetic test before taking the cancer drug irinotecan, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should modify its prescription guidelines to say so, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joseph Ibrahim, Ph.D., and Pingping Qu, Ph.D., of the UNC School of Public… Read more »

Kupper Article in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Dr. Lawrence Kupper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, was the lead biostatistician and co-author of an article recently published in the August 1, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article, entitled “Child Maltreatment in Enlisted Soldiers’ Families During Combat-Related Deployments”, was featured on the front page of USA Today and… Read more »

Child abuse, neglect rise dramatically when Army parents deploy to combat

  August 01, 2007 Dr. Sandra Martin Confirmed incidents of child abuse and neglect among Army families increase significantly when a parent is deployed to a combat zone, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Dr. Sandra Martin and… Read more »

UNC receives Lance Armstrong Foundation grant to study head and neck cancer survivors

May 29, 2007 Treatment for head and neck cancer is particularly aggressive, affecting speech, swallowing, breathing and communication. A grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund research on the experiences of head and neck cancer survivors, so that health professionals can effectively manage the impact… Read more »

Koch and Barrett receive mentoring and teaching awards at Commencement

May 21, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Gary Koch Photograph of Dr. Carolyn Barrett Two School of Public Health faculty were honored during the School’s commencement ceremony on May 12 for their teaching and mentorship of public health students. Gary Koch, PhD, professor of Biostatistics, received the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship, and Carolyn… Read more »

History of migraines associated with increased risk of retinopathy

  May 16, 2007 Middle-aged men and women with a history of migraine and other headaches are more likely to have retinopathy, damage to the retina of the eye which can lead to severe vision problems or blindness, than those without a history of headaches, according to a study from the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Commencement weekend: School of Public Health welcomes new alumni

May 15, 2007 Photograph of students lining up for commencement More commencement photographs   Despite darkening clouds that later delivered the downpour they promised, the lightheartedness of students lined up to enter Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 12, seemed to make the world a brighter place. Joined by their families, friends and faculty from the… Read more »

Commencement 2007 photographs

  May 12, 2007 Additional photographs are linked from the Current Students section of our website.    

2007 Biostatistics Award Winners

The Department of Biostatistics recently recognized staff members for achievements during the year through the Star Heels awards program. This program, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, allows departments to award a $25 gift certificate to a deserving employee. The following employees are our Star Heels winners: Steve Cory (CSCC), Christine Kantner (SRU), and Monica Miles (CSCC). Melissa… Read more »

Coarse particulate matter in air may harm hearts of asthma sufferers, UNC study finds

May 09, 2007 Breathing air containing coarse particulate matter such as road or construction dust may cause heart problems for asthma sufferers and other vulnerable populations, according to a new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. The researchers found that in people with asthma, a small… Read more »