Posts Categorized: Biostatistics News

Study finds 75 percent of Chinese adults at risk for diabetes or heart disease

  July 23, 2012   Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen More than three-quarters of Chinese adults have at least one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, according to new data in a long-term study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and published July 19 in the journal Obesity. Rates of hypertension,… Read more »

Hudgens to be inducted as ASA fellow

Dr. Michael Hudgens Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings later this summer in San Diego, California. Nominated by their peers, ASA Fellows are members of established reputation who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical… Read more »

Zhao, doctoral student in biostatistics, wins ICSA student paper award

Yingqi Zhao Yingqi Zhao, biostatistics doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulartory Sciences Student Paper Award. Zhao presented her research and received the award at the 21st Applied Statistics Symposium of the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) held in Boston, MA on June 26,… Read more »

School welcomes new faculty members, announces promotions

July 10, 2012 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period from January to June 2012.   Promotions during the period include: Jamie Bartram, PhD, Holzworth Distinguished Professor, environmental sciences and engineering, effective May 1; Marisa Domino, PhD, professor, health policy and management, effective June… Read more »

BIOS student wants to ‘change the world’

June 28, 2012 Courtney Sanford is a Bachelor of Science in Public Health student in biostatistics. This profile of her appeared June 11 on the UNC website. Looking at Courtney Sanford’s résumé, it is clear that she has a talent for innovation. Sanford, who grew up in Hendersonville, Tenn., but graduated from Walton High School… Read more »

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study published June 12 in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).   The study analyzed inflammatory responses in rats fed different diets:… Read more »

Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

June 13, 2012   Dr. Anastasia Ivanova A recent clinical trial testing a combination therapy for basal-like (also known as triple-negative) breast cancer demonstrates that a combination of two drugs with promising preclinical results is not as effective as researchers had hoped. Anastasia Ivanova, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Herring honored with statistics award

June 05, 2012   Dr. Amy Herring Amy H. Herring, ScD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, accepted the 2012 Gertrude M. Cox Award on June 5 at the Washington Statistical Society annual dinner, held at RTI International in Washington, D.C. The Statistical Society and RTI jointly sponsor the award…. Read more »

UNC biostatistics study deepens understanding of genomic puzzle

June 01, 2012   Dr. Matthew Nelson Researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have helped usher in a new understanding of genetic variants and disease by conducting one of the largest population studies of genome sequencing to date.   Matthew R. Nelson, PhD, adjunct associate professor of biostatistics and a principal scientific… Read more »

Researchers recommend acceleration of cancer comparative effectiveness research

May 24, 2012 Research that compares the effectiveness of different cancer treatments should be accelerated – and the findings promoted and accepted – according to a recent study led by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   For the review article “Data for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research,” published April 20 in… Read more »