Biostatistics News

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 »

2009 Biostatistics Awards Day

This year’s Biostatistics Awards Day was held on April the 15th at McGavran-Greenberg Hall. The Grizzle lecture and awards ceremony took place in room 1301, and a reception followed on the third floor. Dr. Guosheng Yin (PhD, 2003) is the 2009 recipient of the James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumni Award. Yin is currently an Associate… Read more »

SPIROMICS Genomics and Informatics Center awarded to CSCC

April 27, 2009 The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics was selected by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to coordinate a study looking at patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The contract spans… Read more »

UNC receives $2.7 million NIH grant to continue AIDS research training program

April 23, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received $2.7 million from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to train HIV/AIDS researchers in China, Malawi and Cameroon. Dr. Ada Adimora Dr. Ada Adimora is principal investigator on the grant, which supports long- and short-term HIV/AIDS research… Read more »

Six from public health receive Impact Awards for research benefitting North Carolina

April 21, 2009 Other graduate student honors and awards also recognized by The Graduate School, public health school departments In an April 20 ceremony, The Graduate School of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized the achievements of more than 300 students, whose scholarship, research and service, in the words of Dr. Steve… Read more »