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Biostatistics News

Margolin, former biostatistics chair, dies after long illness

January 29, 2009 Dr. Barry Margolin Barry Margolin, former chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Jan. 28, 2009, after many years of declining health. <p”> Born in New York City in 1943, Margolin graduated summa cum laude from City College of New York in 1963… Read more »

New study to focus on causes of birth defects

January 21, 2009 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the causes of birth defects. The grant… Read more »

Grant, community activist, to speak at School’s 2009 commencement

January 12, 2009 Gary R. Grant Gary R. Grant, executive director of Concerned Citizens of Tillery (N.C.), will speak at the spring commencement ceremony for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Concerned Citizens of Tillery is a grassroots activist organization formed in the 1990s in response to industrial hog-farming in eastern North… Read more »

UNC study: text messaging may help children fight off obesity

November 11, 2008 Many children love sending and receiving text messages through their cell phones – sometimes to the great annoyance of their parents. Dr. Robert Hamer Dr. Dianne Ward But now a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests this technology could be used to reduce children’s chances of… Read more »

Faculty researchers teach second clinical trials methods course in Malawi

November 10, 2008 Dr. Steven Meshnick The second clinical trials methodology course for physician researchers in Malawi was taught by UNC researchers in Blantyre, Malawi, on Oct. 13-17. Steven Meshnick, PhD, MD, professor of epidemiology, designed and oversaw the program, which helps health care professionals in Malawi gain expertise in conducting successful clinical trials. Funding… Read more »

UNC contract to help UAE assess environmental health risks expanded

November 05, 2008 The contract between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health has been expanded to include a broader range of assessments of health risks due to environmental factors in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), one of the fastest developing nations in the world. As… Read more »

School presentations scheduled at APHA annual meeting

October 22, 2008 The research of about 75 faculty and staff members and students from the UNC schools of public health and medicine will be on display at the 136th annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association, Oct. 25-29, in San Diego, Calif. More than 12,000 participants are expected to attend this… Read more »

UNC scientists awarded grant to study causes of pediatric cancer

October 16, 2008 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Epidemiology Department in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a grant worth nearly $2.9 million from the National Cancer Institute to study the causes of neuroblastoma. Olshan is also the leader of the… Read more »

Dr. Fred Wright, co-PI for new CF grant

Professor Fred Wright is a co-Principal Investigator for a new R01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, entitled “Molecular Phenotypes for Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease.” The $3.0 million, four- year grant will enable the collection of microarray gene expression data on 1200 participants in an ongoing study to map the genetic variants… Read more »

Wright Mentioned in Newsweek Article

Fred Wright, Professor in Biostatistics, was mentioned in the July 21st edition of Newsweek. The article, “Lies, Damned Lies, and…” also features former professor Michael Schell. Written by Sharon Begley, it spotlights statistical analysis and the invention of new tools such as the “false discovery rate.” Please see here for complete article.