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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 »

PK Sen honored as featured speaker at Pfizer Colloquium

  Dr. PK Sen Pranab Kumar Sen, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be the featured speaker at the 23rd Pfizer Colloquium Series at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. The two-day event begins Thursday, Nov. 1. The Pfizer Colloquia by Distinguished Statisticians… Read more »

Herring presented with APHA’s distinguished Spiegelman Award

October 31, 2012 Dr. Amy Herring Amy Herring, ScD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the prestigious Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) statistics section. Herring was recognized Oct. 30 at APHA’s 140th annual meeting and exposition in San Francisco. The award is named… Read more »

Using calcium supplements won’t improve bones, study finds

October 26, 2012 Boosting calcium intake, especially from supplements, won’t improve bone mass, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (PDF). Dr. John Anderson John J.B. Anderson, PhD, nutrition professor emeritus at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, led the study, which assessed benefits of… Read more »

Anglo-U.S. research partnership forged

October 12, 2012 The University of Cambridge and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health will pioneer collaborative research in dementia, obesity, tobacco and alcohol, and disease progression and treatment.   A collaboration to transform public health has been forged between the University of Cambridge and the… Read more »

NIH environmental health research grant renewed for eighth time, continues legacy begun in 1971

October 05, 2012 The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has renewed one of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health research and training grants, recognizing the School’s ongoing innovation and leadership. UNC’s program, Biostatistics for Research in Environmental Health, supports 23 doctoral and five postdoctoral scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and… Read more »

Biostatisticians’ idea has real-world applications

September 17, 2012 Dr. Lloyd Edwards Lloyd Edwards, PhD, planted an idea with his R2Beta statistic, and a group of landscape geneticists helped it grow. The results have been harvested and published in the August 2012 issue of the journal Molecular Ecology. The R2Beta statistic helps researchers assess how important any given predictors are in… Read more »