Epidemiology News

Study finds more children were prescribed low-dose antidepressants after FDA issued warning

December 1, 2015 A recent study co-led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a black-box warning to all antidepressants in 2004, more young people initiated treatment on low doses of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Co-authors from the Gillings School… Read more »

Epidemiology, nutrition students honored by The Obesity Society

November 16, 2015 Students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health authored four of the seven epidemiology abstracts selected from 127 submissions for presentation at the 2015 Obesity Week conference. This annual scientific and educational event, hosted by The Obesity Society (TOS), brought together world experts in obesity research, treatment and prevention Nov. 2-7… Read more »

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Findings provide an opportunity to develop drugs and vaccines for coronaviruses before they emerge from animals to cause a human epidemic November 9, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

Three at Gillings School awarded NCI funding to study cancer disparities in African-Americans

October 29, 2015 Three women scientists at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among North Carolina researchers awarded a five-year, $11 million grant by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to understand and work to eliminate cancer disparities for African-Americans in the state. They are Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, research associate professor, and Melissa… Read more »

Meshnick awarded $2M CDC grant to study Lyme disease in Rhode Island

October 15, 2015 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC’s NIOSH) has awarded a four-year grant of more than $2 million to study Lyme disease prevention and exposure among outdoor workers in Rhode Island. Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

UNC study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk

October 14, 2015 A large, randomized study led by a researcher in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that vitamin D and calcium supplements do not reduce the risk of colorectal adenomas, which are benign tumors that can evolve into colorectal cancer. The results, published Oct. 14 in the New England Journal… Read more »

Prenatal exposure to cadmium associated with increased risk of pre-eclampsia

October 6, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have demonstrated for the first time an association between levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the placenta during pregnancy and increased risk of the mother developing pre-eclampsia. The researchers also examined interactive effects of essential metals selenium and zinc with pre-eclampsia… Read more »

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »

UNC Lineberger grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

September 20, 2015 The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned an “exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a major grant application associated with the center’s multidisciplinary research. The rating was given to UNC Lineberger’s application to the NCI for renewal of a five-year grant that supports multidisciplinary research and shared scientific… Read more »