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Biostatistics News

Genetic variations specific to African ancestry may increase kidney disease risk in Hispanic, Latino populations

A new study has revealed that genetic alleles linked to African ancestry may contribute to chronic kidney disease among Hispanics and Latinos, especially those with roots in the Caribbean region. Study co-authors from the Gillings School are Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai.

Gillings researchers to lead $1.2M grant to develop new analysis methods for eQTL studies

Drs. Andrew Nobel and Fred Wright, both faculty members in the UNC Gillings Department of Biostatistics, will lead a three-year, $1.2 million grant to address statistical challenges that arise in the analysis of next-generation expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies.

UNC’s Gillings School number one public school of public health for NIH funding

September 7, 2016 Once again, the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health when it comes to funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH provided the data for the 2015 Fiscal Year and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number… Read more »

NCI renews grant for genomics and cancer research training program at Gillings School

September 2, 2016 The Department of Biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been awarded a renewal of the “Biostatistics for Research in Genomics and Cancer” grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year training program is led by principal investigator Joseph G. Ibrahim,… Read more »

International study finds 20 genetic regions, across all ethnic ancestries, associated with kidney function

September 1, 2016 A large international collaboration marks the first study of kidney function involving individuals from four continents. After examining kidney function in African, Asian, European and Hispanic individuals, researchers found 20 genetic regions that affect kidney function and are common across all ethnic ancestries. The full paper, titled “Trans-ethnic fine-mapping highlights kidney function… Read more »

UNC’s Endeavors magazine highlights Gillings School researchers

August 18, 2016 Endeavors, the online magazine highlighting research and creative activity at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, featured six Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers in its August issue – Drs. Gregory Characklis, Myron Cohen, David Margolis and Wizdom Powell, and students Vidya Venkataramanan and Meaghan Nazareth. _______________ Gregory Characklis,… Read more »

Chen honored as new ASA fellow

August 18, 2016 Ding-Geng (Din) Chen, PhD, clinical professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Wallace H. Kuralt Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). ASA fellows are selected for their outstanding professional contributions… Read more »

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 17, 2016 Sixteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected as 2016-2017 recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards. The scholarship and dissertation award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through… Read more »

Indian scholar awarded P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

August 17, 2016 Sebastian George, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at St. Thomas College, Palai, in Kerala, India, has been named P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. George, who is also an adjunct professor in the biostatistics department at Christian Medical… Read more »

Gillings School’s summer undergraduate training program inspires new group of young scholars

July 29, 2016 As the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s summer undergraduate training program comes to a close this week, participants and mentors are celebrating another season during which a diverse group of motivated young men and women were provided with opportunities to develop skills in public health research. The 2016 training program,… Read more »