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Epidemiology News

Coalitions, alliances and… silos? Identifying patterns in public health collaboratives

March 4, 2015 Public health collaboratives (PHCs) bring together diverse partners to apply multi-systemic tactics to public health outcomes. Given the reality of scarce resources and the interdisciplinary nature of public health, this type of interorganizational approach has great value. A recent study poses a question, however: within such networks, do member organizations self-segregate according… Read more »

Callahan to lead Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, now based at UNC

March 2, 2015 The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), a broad coalition of public health leaders and stakeholders committed to elevating osteoarthritis as a national health priority, is now based in the UNC School of Medicine’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and will be led by Leigh F. Callahan, PhD, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Gillings… Read more »

New grant partners Gillings School with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and 51 NC hospitals

February 24, 2015 Residents of North Carolina are 20 to 40 percent more likely to die of stroke than those living in other parts of the country. While stroke awareness campaigns educate the public about symptoms and the importance of getting to a hospital quickly, patients and health-care providers believe that what happens after stroke… Read more »

Siega-Riz and other members of 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee release report

February 19, 2015 The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of prestigious national experts, has submitted its recommendations to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for the purpose of informing the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition… Read more »

Chronic narcotic use elevated in children with IBD, study finds

February 18, 2015 Chronic narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), compared with children without the disease, according to a new study led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study, “Prevalence of Chronic Narcotic Use Among Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,”… Read more »

Herrington, astronaut and educator, to speak at Gillings School commencement

February 15, 2015 Astronaut and education advocate John B. Herrington, PhD, Commander in the U.S. Navy (retired), will provide the commencement address to graduates of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The ceremony will be held at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. Herrington,… Read more »

Largest-ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthens genetic links to obesity

February 12, 2015 There are many reasons why two people with the same diets and exercise regimens can gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now, an international collaboration of scientists, including several from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, has… Read more »

Faculty members recognized for innovative teaching at annual ‘Celebration Teaching!’ event

February 12, 2015 Eight members of the faculty at the Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the School – were honored at a ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event on Feb. 11 and presented with the School’s fourth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The awardees are Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor… Read more »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »

New Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 2, 2015 Four new projects – two designed to improve chronic disease care, one aimed at increasing access to cervical cancer screening, and another to track land-applied biosolids – are the most recent Gillings Innovation Labs. Established in 2007 as part of the $50 million Gillings gift, Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs) are designed to… Read more »