Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

HIV infections have dropped over last decade, finds JAMA study co-authored by Gillings School alumna

July 29, 2014 A study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the U.S. has decreased by one-third over the past decade, offering hope that the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. may be slowing down. Amy Lansky, PhD, alumna of the… Read more »

Iron deficiency can protect against malaria, study finds

July 25, 2014 Many clinical studies have explored the relationship between iron levels, iron supplementation and malaria. Taken together, data from these studies consistently have indicated that iron deficiency reduces malaria risk, while iron supplementation increases malaria susceptibility. Because of these observations, many public health programs in regions where malaria is endemic have suspended efforts… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

Alumnus wins American Society for Microbiology award

July 21, 2014 James Pearson, DrPH, alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and former director of the Virginia division of Consolidated Lab Services, in Richmond, has received the American Society for Microbiology’s Gen-Probe Joseph Public Health Award. Pearson earned Master of Public and Doctor of Public Health degrees in public health laboratory… Read more »

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

July 11, 2014 Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). The winning poster was based on the paper, “Viral Suppression in HIV Studies: Combining Times… Read more »

Popkin, Heiss, Li among most-cited researchers

July 3, 2014 Three Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members are among the most-cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters. They are Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology; Yun Li, PhD, assistant professor of biostatistics and of genetics (UNC School of Medicine);… Read more »

UNC Gillings faculty member is PI of $180M USAID grant

July 1, 2014 James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $180 million award for the Carolina Population Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development… Read more »

Study in mice finds weight loss reduces progression of basal-like breast cancer

June 30, 2014 Obesity, epidemic in the U.S. and worldwide, is one of the important modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, especially a particularly aggressive subtype called basal-like breast cancer (BBC). Population studies have suggested that lifestyle interventions, including weight loss, could prevent a large proportion of this type of cancer; however, data on the… Read more »

HPM student wins young investigator award from International AIDS Society

June 28, 2014 Sarah Rutstein, health policy and management doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and medical student in UNC’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the AIDS 2014 Young Investigator Award by the International Aids Society (IAS) and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis… Read more »