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Biostatistics News

UNC announces 2006-07 recipients of endowed distinguished professorships

February 13, 2007 In the past year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill named 35 faculty members – three from the School of Public Health – to endowed professorships. These designations, created through gifts to the university, recognize excellence in teaching and research. A key goal of the university’s Carolina First Campaign is… Read more »

Newborn brains grow vision and movement regions first

February 07, 2007 The regions of the brain that control vision and other sensory information grow dramatically in the first few months following birth, while the area that controls abstract thought experiences very little growth during the same period, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. The researchers discovered that the back… Read more »

Unraveling disparities

December 13, 2006 UNC researchers uncover perplexing questions about how race and ethnicity affect health, and develop new tools to help tackle health disparities Heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular diseases (including stroke) are the three leading causes of death in the United States. All three are more common among African-Americans and Hispanics than whites, according… Read more »

Working with communities to overcome health disparities

  December 13, 2006 A farmer examines his crop Working with and within communities is an integral part of the UNC School of Public Health’s efforts and long-term commitment to eliminate health disparities. Since our School’s inception in 1940, our students and faculty have engaged with communities across North Carolina and around the world to… Read more »

Biostatistics professor Suchindran enhances UNC-Peking University health-care collaboration

November 20, 2006 Photograph of Dr. Chirayath Suchindran with colleagues in Beijing Dr. Chirayath Suchindran, professor of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, gave two presentations last month at Peking University in Beijing, China. Suchindran delivered a paper at the Beijing Forum 2006 and lectured at the Institute of Population Research of Peking University…. Read more »

Adolescent girls more active if neighborhoods have parks

November 17, 2006 Adolescent girls who live within half a mile of a public park are significantly more physically active than other girls, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. Photograph of Dr. Diane Catellier The study found that physical activity was higher for girls who lived within a mile of parks… Read more »

UNC awarded $22 million to coordinate Hispanic Community Health Study

October 12, 2006 A $22 million federal contract to coordinate a nationwide health study of Hispanics in the United States has been awarded to the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Hispanic Community Healthy Study will examine the impact of acculturation – adapting to life in a… Read more »

School of Public Health students help bring fresh water to Cambodia

September 15, 2006 Four students and one alumnus from the School of Public Health recently returned from Cambodia, where they helped provide safer drinking water to 1200 students at a primary school outside Phnom Penh. Members of Engineers Without Borders, including Joe Brown, Josh Hunn, Reed Palmer, Jamie Perin and Angella Rinehold, worked with the… Read more »

Kosorok Awarded New Grant

Dr. Michael Kosorok, Chair and Professor of Biostatistics, has won a new grant from the National Cancer Institute titled “Semiparametric and Empirical Process Methods in Oncology.” This grant will be funded for three years. Total dollar amount for 3 years is $651,222. The long-term goal of the proposed project is to develop flexible semiparametric analysis… Read more »

Kosorok Elected ASA Fellow

Dr. Michael Kosorok, Chair and Professor of Biostatistics, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He received the award at the Joint Statistical Meeting in Seattle, Washington in August. Dr. Kosorok was elected for theoretical and applied contributions to empirical processes and semiparametric methods, particularly in event-time analysis, clinical trials, and… Read more »