Biostatistics News

New statistical tool will improve understanding of cancer genetics

July 12, 2013 An article published in the July 8 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) describes the development of a new data-mining tool that will improve researchers’ understanding of cancer genetics.   The paper, “Biclustering with heterogeneous variance,” is co-authored by Guanhua Chen, biostatistics doctoral student in the Gillings School of Global… Read more »

UNC toxicologists present NexGen tools to Canada’s national health agency

July 09, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology conducted a workshop at Health Canada, in Ottawa on June 25, to introduce public health workers to computational toxicology tools for Next Generation (NexGen) environmental risk assessment.Health Canada, similar to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,… Read more »

Lin receives prestigious MERIT Award to continue research in survival analysis

Dr. Danyu Lin, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics, has been awarded a competitive renewal of the prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Danyu Lin Dr. Lin’s grant was originally funded by the… Read more »

Monaco, Weinberger presented with School’s highest honors for teaching, mentoring

May 20, 2013 Drs. Morris Weinberger (left) and Jane Monaco Jane Monaco, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of biostatistics, and Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management, have received the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s highest awards for teaching and mentoring. The… Read more »

Study finds link between chemical air pollutants and cardiovascular diseases

May 15, 2013   A new study that utilizes a previous novel approach has revealed clues about certain chemical properties of air pollutants and their association with cardiovascular diseases.   Dr. Karin Yeatts The study applied quantitative ion character-activity relationships (QICAR) to estimate associations of human cardiovascular diseases with a set of metal properties commonly… Read more »

Public health students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 02, 2013 Seven public health undergraduates at Gillings School of Global Public Health were inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.The inducted students are Savan Kothadia, Thomas C. Lowrey and Madhulika Vulimiri, in health policy and management; Kevin K. Chu and Samantha Tulenko, in environmental… Read more »

Bios announces James E. Grizzle Alumni Award recipient (2013)

This year’s Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture and Bios Alumni Day was held on Thursday, April 11 at the Friday Center. The Grizzle Lecture and Bios Alumni Day will start at 3:30pm. As in past years, the department  hosted a social at 3:30 PM followed by a seminar presentation by the winner of the James… Read more »

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 »

Das awarded 2013 P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Dr. P.K. Sen The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomes Dr. Kalyan Das from the University of Calcutta, India to the biostatistics department as the 2013 P. K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics. Das is visiting our department from January 11 to June 30, 2013, during which time he will conduct research,… Read more »