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Epidemiology News

Researchers explore breast cancer disparities at symposium to honor Millikan

March 26, 2015 A symposium co-sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health brought together leading breast cancer researchers to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality. The event, held last Friday, also honored the scientific contributions of… Read more »

Norovirus vaccine may be on horizon, study finds

March 25, 2015 Worldwide, noroviruses cause one in five cases of viral gastroenteritis and an estimated annual 300 million cases of norovirus infection contribute to roughly 260,000 deaths, mostly in low-income countries. However, a new weapon in the battle against noroviruses may be on the horizon, according to a study from researchers at The University… Read more »

Nine from public health receive Graduate School’s Impact Award

March 19, 2015 Students from the Gillings School of Global Public Health earned more than one-third of the 2015 Impact Awards presented by the UNC Graduate School. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The nine public health 2015 Impact… Read more »

Avery recognized by American Heart Association

March 13, 2015 Christy Avery, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Heart Association’s Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology. Avery accepted the award on March 5 at the Association’s annual Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific… Read more »

US News ranks UNC Gillings #2 overall, #1 public

March 10, 2015 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has been ranked the number two school of public health overall – and the number one public school of public health – by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were released March 10. This marks the second consecutive rankings period… Read more »

Heiss wins American Heart Association’s epidemiology mentoring award

March 7, 2015 Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the American Heart Association’s 2015 Epidemiology and Prevention Mentoring Award on March 5. Heiss accepted the award at the Association’s annual Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions, held in Baltimore March… Read more »

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 »