Posts Categorized: Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility News

Human-caused environmental problems cause increase in toxic algal blooms

Oct. 30, 2013 Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance – an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.   As this nutrient enrichment increases, coupled with warmer… Read more »

Sobsey’s simpler water test is ‘a driver for change’

Oct. 17, 2013   An article by Courtney Mitchell, published in the Oct. 15 University Gazette, describes the Compartment Bag Test, developed by Kenan Distinguished Professor Mark Sobsey, PhD, to test the safety of drinking water in low-resource areas. The article is reprinted here with permission. According to a 2012 UNC study, 1.8 billion people… 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 »

Epidemiology department makes fine showing at national conference

July 02, 2013 Dr. Daniel Westreich (left) discusses his prize-winning poster. Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology was well represented at the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, held in Boston, June 18-21. UNC faculty presented talks and participated in panels (Andy Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the… Read more »

Bob Millikan honored with posthumous Alumni Achievement Award from UC-Davis

  June 11, 2013   The late Robert Craft Millikan will be honored with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine during the School’s commencement ceremony on June 14. Dr. Bob Millikan Until his death in October 2012, Dr. Millikan was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished… Read more »

ESE’s Singer wins AEESP award for teaching, mentoring, research

June 10, 2013   Dr. Philip Singer Philip C. Singer, PhD, has been selected as recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’ (AEESP) 2013 Charles R. O’Melia Distinguished Educator Award. Singer, professor emeritus in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), was Daniel A. Okun… Read more »

Researchers use crowdsourcing to explore how genetics affect our response to toxins

June 10, 2013   A new collaboration of industry, government agencies and academia aims to better understand – through crowdsourcing – how a person’s individual genetics can influence the body’s response when it is exposed to certain environmental and pharmaceutical chemicals.Organized and led by scientists from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sage… Read more »

Mary Kay and AHA grants to fund Makowski’s research on obesity and cancer

June 06, 2013 Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, received two major awards this spring that will advance her work in obesity- and inflammation-related chronic diseases. Makowski will serve as principal investigator for “Reversing carcinogenic effect of obesity on basal-like breast cancer,” a project… Read more »

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 »

Child diabetes levels higher in China than in US, study finds

  July 05, 2012   A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found Chinese teenagers have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States. The rise in the incidence of diabetes parallels increases in cardiovascular risk, researchers say, and is the… Read more »