Biostatistics News

Public health certification exam to be offered in August

February 05, 2009 Public health students and alumni may register until May 31 for the second annual Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-29. The CPH assessment is prepared, administered and evaluated by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), an independent organization formed in 2005 to help ensure… Read more »

Doctors don’t need several obesity measures to predict heart failure

January 30, 2009 <p”> Doctors and other health care professionals are aware that a person’s risk of heart failure increases as body weight goes up. However, they don’t need to measure patients’ waists or hips to help reduce the risk for heart failure, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s… Read more »

New UNC, Duke study shows periodontal treatment doesn’t reduce preterm birth risk

January 29, 2009 Despite an apparent link between gum disease and preterm births, standard periodontal treatment does not decrease the risk of preterm birth. Nor is the treatment enough to halt periodontal disease progression in pregnant women, according to new research. The study, involving researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and… Read more »

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 »