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UNC wins $8.6 million NIH award to establish Center of Excellence

October 02, 2009 Autism, depression, anxiety. Antipsychotic drug side effects. What are the genetic and environmental factors that underlie and contribute to these complex problems? And how do genes and environment interact to shape them? To seek answers, the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health has named the University… Read more »

UNC awarded Cancer Genome Atlas Grant

September 30, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of twelve centers announced today by President Obama as part of an unprecedented large-scale, collaborative effort by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to systematically characterize the genomic changes that occur in cancer.The Cancer Genome… Read more »

Graduate School announces 24 merit awards for public health students

  September 22, 2009 Twenty-four master’s and doctoral students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have received merit awards for study this academic year and beyond, the UNC Graduate School has announced. The students and their awards are listed below, by department. Biostatistics • Sayan Dasgupta (Doctoral Merit Assistantship) Environmental Sciences and… Read more »

Biostatistics welcomes new Assistant Professors Yun Li and Michael Wu

The Department of Biostatistics is excited to announce that we have two new Assistant Professors, Dr. Yun Li and Dr. Michael Wu. Dr. Li has a joint appointment with Genetics and Biostatistics; she comes to us from the University of Michigan. She has a wide range of methodological interests and has applied biostatistics to a… Read more »

Gene variant heightens risk of severe liver disease in cystic fibrosis

September 09, 2009 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a genetic risk factor for severe liver disease in people with cystic fibrosis. Those who carry a particular variant of the SERPINA1 gene (also known as alpha-1-antitrypsin or alpha-1-antiprotease) are five times more likely to develop cirrhosis and other liver… Read more »

Aticle features Professor Pranab K. Sen

“A Conversation with Pranab Kumar Sen” by M.Ghosh and M.J. Schell appeared in Statistical Science, 2008, Vol. 23, No. 4, 548-564. The article is framed around an interview conducted by Dr. Michael Schell (UNC-CH Biostaistics Faculty, 1995-2005) in November 2005 and highlights the distinguished career and remarkable personal history of our own Professor Sen. Dr…. Read more »

Rosen publishes research on HIV infection in N.C. prisons

July 09, 2009 A UNC study led by David Rosen, PhD, has found that 3.4 percent of inmates evaluated in North Carolina prisons test positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and as many as 61 percent of HIV cases in prison settings may remain undetected. Those at highest risk for HIV infection include men… Read more »

Cai awarded Fellow status by Institute of Mathematical Statistics

June 17, 2009 Dr. Jianwen Cai Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor of biostatistics in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of this year’s 17 Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Fellows. She and the other honorees will be recognized at the IMS Presidential Address and Awards session at the Joint… Read more »

Cai named IMS Fellow

  Jianwen Cai, PhD, Associate Chair and Professor of Biostatistics, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Fellowship in the IMS recognizes distinction in research in statistics or probability by publication of independent work of merit. Dr. Cai, one of 17 IMS members chosen in 2009 for this honorific designation,… Read more »

Biostatistics Welcomes 2009 BSURE Students

2009 BSURE students (left to right) Nicole Mack, Misha Lavrov, Amanda Wachtel The Biostatistics Summer Undergraduate Research and Education (BSURE) Program hosts three students this year. Nicole Mack is a junior at NC State majoring in Statistics and Math Education, Amanda Wachtel is a junior at The University of Alabama majoring in Mathematics (Statistics Track)… Read more »