Posts Categorized: Biostatistics News

Genes that control nervous system development play a role in gum disease

March 05, 2013 By simultaneously investigating millions of gene variants in more than 5,000 individuals, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveal that genes responsible for nervous system development and immune function also play a role in an insidious gum disease known as chronic periodontitis.The work is the first genome-wide association… Read more »

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

March 01, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health representatives have announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period July 2012 to Feb. 1, 2013. Promotions during the period include: Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering, effective July 1, 2012; Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition, effective Feb. 1; Jessica… Read more »

Pinheiro awarded 2012 P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Dr. P.K. Sen  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wishes to welcome Dr. Aluisio Pinheiro from the University of Campinas, Brazil to the biostatistics department as the 2012 P. K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics. Pinheiro will come to Chapel Hill to conduct research, give lectures and interact with faculty, students, and… Read more »

New look at old study casts doubt on value of vegetable fats for heart health

February 08, 2013   A new analysis of data missing from a study that ended more than 40 years ago casts doubt on current dietary advice about vegetable fats and heart health.   The clinical trial, published online Feb. 5 in the British Journal of Medicine [pdf], shows that replacing saturated animal fats with linoleic… Read more »

Eight faculty members hailed as teaching innovators; celebration events continue through February

January 30, 2013 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Jan. 29 to applaud eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s second annual Teaching Innovation Awards.   This year’s Teaching Innovation Award… Read more »

Global health technology innovator to speak at spring commencement

January 03, 2013   Josh Nesbit Josh Nesbit, executive director and co-founder of Medic Mobile, a nongovernmental organization that employs mobile technologies to improve health care in challenging settings, has been selected as keynote speaker for the Gillings School of Global Public Health spring 2013 commencement, to be held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m…. Read more »

Teens’ sexual behavior may not predict reproductive health outcomes in young adulthood

December 21, 2012 A study by an alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and two faculty members at the School has found that most teens’ first sexual experiences may not be strongly linked to reproductive health outcomes later in life, as had been thought… Read more »

Teaching Innovations Awards fund new opportunities in six public health classes

  December 20, 2012   “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science,” Albert Einstein wrote.   Leaders at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill have aimed for those new possibilities… Read more »

Cardiovascular disease risk found to be high among US Hispanics/Latinos

November 09, 2012   Heart disease risk factors are widespread among Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States according to a study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).   Dr. Jianwen Cai The study, titled “Prevalence of Major Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Diseases Among Hispanic/Latino Individuals of Diverse Background in the… Read more »