Biostatistics News

BIOS students win first prize for original song and video in ASA’s ‘You’ve Got Talent’ contest

August 11, 2014 Biostatistics graduate students Avner Halevy and Nicolas Ballarini led a Gillings School of Global Public Health production team that tied for first place in the American Statistical Association’s “You’ve Got Talent!” contest. The four finalists performed during the Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 2-7 in Boston. Halevy, composer, singer and guitarist on the… Read more »

Koch wins ASA’s Peace Award for outstanding contributions

Aug. 3, 2014 Gary G. Koch, PhD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named recipient of the American Statistical Society’s 2014 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society. First presented in 2012, the Peace Award recognizes statisticians who have made substantial contributions… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

July 11, 2014 Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). The winning poster was based on the paper, “Viral Suppression in HIV Studies: Combining Times… Read more »

Popkin, Heiss, Li among most-cited researchers

July 3, 2014 Three Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members are among the most-cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters. They are Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology; Yun Li, PhD, assistant professor of biostatistics and of genetics (UNC School of Medicine);… Read more »

Little difference found in effectiveness of two antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia

June 13, 2014 A UNC researcher and his colleagues have found little difference in the efficacy and side effects of two widely prescribed antipsychotic drugs, one of which came into use within the last five years. Robert M. Hamer, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and of psychiatry… Read more »

BIOS students win half of awards presented at international symposium

June 5, 2014 Gillings School biostatistics students have won four of eight student research awards presented by the International Chinese Statistical Association and Korean International Statistic Society. Their work will be acknowledged during the 2014 Joint Applied Statistics Symposium of the two organizations, to be held June 15-18 in Portland, Ore. Winners include: Guanhua Chen… Read more »

Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014 Web-based and live counseling programs effectively can reduce risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and Web-based programs are particularly cost-effective, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published online May 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to a growing… Read more »

Antidepressant use in pregnancy may be associated with structural changes in the infant brain

May 19, 2014 A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers found that children of depressed mothers treated with a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy were more likely to develop Chiari type 1 malformations than were children of mothers with no history of depression. A… Read more »

Breastfeeding promotion messages integrated into microcredit sessions encourage Nigerian women to breastfeed longer

May 13, 2014 Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is recommended by international agencies as a way to limit childhood illness and early death. Now UNC researchers have found that a program integrating microcredit, cellphone messaging and breastfeeding promotion can increase the number of women who exclusively breastfeed their infants. Led by… Read more »