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Epidemiology News

Yeatts, Turner receive UNC teaching awards

April 1, 2015 A faculty member and a doctoral student teaching assistant at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health were chosen recently for Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA). Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kea Turner, a doctoral student in the health policy and management department, received… Read more »

Verhalen, alumnus and friend of the School, dies March 26

March 30, 2015 Robert Verhalen, DrPH, alumnus and emeritus board member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Foundation board, passed away on March 26 in McLean, Va., at the age of 79. Dr. Verhalen earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Iowa State University (1963) and a Master of Public… Read more »

Glyburide associated with higher risk of adverse events in newborns than insulin, study finds

March 30, 2015 The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the United States has more than doubled during the last 20 years, which has increased the use of the medication glyburide to treat GDM in pregnant women. However, a new study co-authored by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings… Read more »

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 To anyone who has ever suffered from “the stomach flu,” take cheer – a vaccine may be on the near horizon. Noroviruses produce an estimated 300 million cases a year worldwide of what is typically labeled “stomach flu.” Not only do the infections cause extreme discomfort and misery among their victims, noroviruses… Read more »

Nine from public health receive Graduate School’s Impact Award; other awards also presented to Gillings scholars

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 »