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Epidemiology News

Rosamond awarded translational research grant to explore public health use of aerial drones

January 2, 2018
Dr. Wayne Rosamond has been awarded funding to determine the feasibility of having drones deliver automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to locations where they are needed. The NC TraCS/NCSU Collaborative Translational Research Pilot Grant Program awarded the grant.

Dasgupta examines social and economic factors that fuel opioid crisis

December 22, 2017
Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is author of an American Journal of Public Health commentary that examines the deep social, economic and other societal problems that contribute to the opioid crisis in America.

Gopal delivers winter commencement address

December 18, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, alumnus and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, delivered the 2017 winter commencement address on Dec. 17. More than 1,160 students were awarded undergraduate, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees at the mid-year commencement. Photo at left by Jon Gardiner.

Rimer announces intent to appoint Stürmer as epidemiology chair

December 14, 2017
Dr. Til Stürmer will become chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology on March 1, 2018, pending necessary approvals, including from the UNC board of trustees. Dean Barbara K. Rimer expressed confidence in Stürmer’s deep commitment to assuring that the department remains one of the top programs in the world, and thanked outgoing chair, Dr. Andy Olshan, for 11 years of excellent service.

New study found no increased heart attack risk in users of proton pump inhibitors

November 30, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications commonly used for conditions like acid reflux. Doctoral student Suzanne Landi led a recent study that negates earlier reports by finding no increased risk of heart attack among PPI users compared with non-users. These results have important implications for physicians and patients.

American Indians, Alaskan Natives have lower five-year cancer survival rate than whites, even in urban areas

November 29, 2017
Earlier research has found that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the lowest five-year cancer survival rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. A new study led by doctoral student Marc Emerson specifically addresses the cancer experience of American Indians and Alaskan Natives residing in urban settings.

Physician asks, ‘Global health: What’s in it for us?’

November 27, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, an American oncologist who lives and works in Malawi, makes a case for the importance of research and practice in global health. His commentary appears in the Oct. 10 issue of JAMA. (Photo courtesy of the Vermont National Guard.)

Study clarifies potential for medication-related problems in older adults with cancer

October 19, 2017
A team of six UNC researchers investigated the potential for problematic drug interactions in older cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Lansky selected as UNC Distinguished Alumna

October 13, 2017
Dr. Amy Lansky, Gillings School alumna, was selected as one of five 2017 recipients of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards. She and other winners were recognized Oct. 12, during UNC’s University Day ceremony.

Allocation of public health research investments may disadvantage black Americans, study finds

October 10, 2017
“Do black lives matter in public health research and training?” This was the question posed in a recent study co-led by three alumni of the Gillings School, including Department of Epidemiology faculty member Dr. Shabbar Ranapurwala.