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Epidemiology News

Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

December 17, 2014 ’Tis the season to be burning synthetic fire logs, but a new study from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reports that using these prepackaged fireplace staples also could increase the chances of developing breast cancer. Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the Gillings School, is first author of the… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

Adjunct professor Rosenberg killed in plane crash

December 9, 2014 Michael Rosenberg, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Dec. 8 when his small plane crashed near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md. “We were shocked and saddened to hear of Michael Rosenberg’s untimely passing,” said Andrew… Read more »

UNC awarded $2.5M NIEHS grant to study indoor air pollution

December 5, 2014 Two Gillings School of Global Health faculty members are part of a University of North Carolina research team that received a $2.5 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant to study the relationship of indoor air pollutants, health and poverty in Rwanda. Leena Nylander-French, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and… Read more »

Aiello and Albrecht elected as Carolina Population Center fellows

December 2, 2014 Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology, and Sandra Albrecht, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition, both at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been elected as faculty fellows of the Carolina Population Center (CPC). The CPC is a community of outstanding scholars and professionals associated to create new knowledge about… Read more »

Jerry Hulka, professor emeritus and friend of the School, dead at 84

December 1, 2014 Jaroslav F. (Jerry) Hulka, MD, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine and of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Nov. 24. He was 84. Born in New York City in 1930, Hulka graduated from Harvard College and earned a… Read more »

Sickle cell trait in African-Americans associated with increased kidney disease risk, new research finds

November 14, 2014 African-Americans carrying a genetic sickle cell trait face up to a two-fold risk increase for chronic kidney disease, according to a paper published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Co-authors from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health include epidemiology faculty members Wayne Rosamond, PhD, professor,… Read more »

Two epidemiology postdocs win research excellence awards

November 12, 2014 Anne Justice, PhD, and Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellows in epidemiology at the Gillings School, have received The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2014 Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence. They will accept their awards from Barbara Entwisle, PhD, distinguished professor of sociology and vice chancellor for research, and Mark Heise,… Read more »

Partnerships, cancer research in Malawi to expand with new NCI grant

November 10, 2014 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the growing worldwide cancer problem and expand the University’s efforts in Malawi to study and treat HIV-associated cancers. Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson… Read more »

Postpartum obesity can lead to breast cancer, study finds

November 6, 2014 Though it has long been thought that pregnancy can reduce the chance of breast cancer, a new study finds this may not be so, at least for a specific type of breast cancer. The study, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »