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Epidemiology News

Gillings School students, alumni take front and center at international epidemiology conference

July 7, 2015 UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was well represented at the recent 48th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).  Held in Denver June 16-19, the international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the School’s Department of Epidemiology, including… Read more »

Depression can be treated well in HIV care, study finds

July 3, 2015 With appropriate support, people with HIV/AIDS can be helped to manage their depression effectively, according to a new study co-led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. However, effective depression treatment, even when combined with brief counseling about the importance of HIV medication adherence, did not lead to… Read more »

SSRIs may increase fracture risk in middle-aged women without psychiatric disorders, study finds

June 30, 2015 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause. Vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS) include hot flashes and night sweats. Use of low-dose SSRIs for non-psychiatric conditions has increased over the past two decades, and SSRIs are… Read more »

Study finds availability of parks and recreational facilities lower in some predominantly minority neighborhoods

June 26, 2015 A new study across six regions of the United States found that the availability of physical activity resources, such as parks and recreational facilities, varies by locations’ sociodemographic characteristics. The study was led by Sydney A. Jones, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »

Early menarche may influence aggressive breast cancer in African-American women

June 18, 2015 Early age at menarche, or first menstrual cycle, could play a role in the disproportionate incidence of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancers diagnosed among African-American women, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study is a result of a multicenter collaborative research… Read more »

Gillings School alumna investigates why NC teachers have trouble breathing in their classrooms

May 13, 2015 Kim Gaetz, PhD, who earned a doctorate in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2014, was featured in a May 7 article in Endeavors, UNC’s research magazine. The article, by Ashita Gona, is reprinted in part below. Read the complete article on Endeavors’ website. Dr. Kim Gaetz discovered… Read more »

UNC and GSK announce novel partnership to accelerate search for HIV cure

May 12, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading global public research university with significant expertise in HIV basic and clinical research, and GSK, a global, research-based pharmaceutical and health-care company with a legacy of success in developing treatments for HIV, announced on May 11 the establishment of a dedicated HIV… Read more »

Study finds testosterone injections carry greater risk of adverse effects than gels, patches

May 11, 2015 A recent study led by faculty at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that testosterone injections are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular events, stroke, hospitalization and death compared with testosterone gels or patches. Testosterone use has increased considerably in the United States (U.S.), United Kingdom… Read more »

Hudgens, Smith to be honored at commencement with McGavran, Larsh awards

May 8, 2015 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will receive the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, will accept the… Read more »

Epidemiology student wins Doris Duke fellowship to promote children’s well-being

May 6, 2015 Jared Parrish, MS, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research assistant at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center, has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Parrish will receive an annual $30,000 stipend for two years to support completion of his… Read more »