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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.    

National Multiple Sclerosis Society awards CSCC contract

The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center is delighted to have been awarded a 4-year contract by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to function as the Data Coordination and AnalysisCenterfor the Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence Network. David Couper, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, will lead the DCAC. In 2006 the National MS… Read more »

UNC celebrates naming of Gillings School of Global Public Health

September 26, 2008 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has officially named its school of public health the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in recognition and appreciation of a $50 million gift from Dennis Gillings and Joan Gillings. Joan Gillings and Dennis Gillings The Gillingses pledged the gift, the largest single… Read more »

Heart attack victims on Medicaid, from poor areas, face longer delays reaching hospital: study

September 25, 2008 People with Medicaid insurance and living in neighborhoods with lower household incomes appear less likely to reach the hospital within two hours of having a heart attack, according to a new study. Kathryn Rose, PhD Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health say patients tend… Read more »