Impact of malaria and malnutrition upon birth weight in Africa and western Pacific
August 10, 2017
A new international study, co-led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and published Aug. 8 in PLOS Medicine, has analyzed the associations between malaria, malnutrition and birth outcomes in women in Africa and the western Pacific. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Aggressive breast cancers may contribute to racial survival disparities
August 4, 2017
A higher proportion of aggressive breast cancer subtypes are seen in black women, according to a study led by Dr. Melissa Troester. The study findings help to explain a gap in mortality that exists between black and white women with breast cancer and could lead to improved treatment approaches.
Gillings School alumna awarded Fogarty Global Health Fellowship
August 1, 2017
Dr. Amy Huber, 2017 alumna in epidemiology, is one of 18 recipients of a 2017-2018 UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship. The fellowship provides training opportunities in global health research for selected junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral scholars. Huber will live and work in South Africa.
Nichols awarded $330K grant to study birth outcomes of young women with cancer
July 28, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to examine the use of fertility preservation after a cancer diagnosis in adolescent and young adult (AYA) women.
School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions
July 27, 2017
This list includes new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period between December 2016 and June 2017.
Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings
July 25, 2017
A new study, led by Dr. Jennifer Smith and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, finds a convenient at-home test for human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a promising tool for preventing cervical cancer in underscreened women in the United States.
Too few pre-teens receive recommended vaccinations, especially for HPV
July 24, 2017
A new study led by recent alumna Dr. Nadja Vielot finds that too few adolescents in the U.S. are obtaining recommended prophylactic vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), a known and preventable cause of cervical and other cancers in females and males.
Clinical trials framework proposed to bring cancer treatments to sub-Saharan Africa
July 20, 2017
In a PLOS Medicine article, Dr. Satish Gopal outlines a framework to design studies and bring cancer therapies to sub-Saharan Africa in the absence of clinical trial data specific to the region’s population and health care infrastructure. Photo by Caitlin Kleiboer.
NIH renews UNC Gillings environmental health sciences training grant for ninth time
July 19, 2017
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed a major training grant that the Gillings School has led since 1971. The program supports scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and engineering, many of whom have gone on to affect national environmental policy.
NIH-funded study to investigate pregnancy outcomes in young cancer survivors
July 5, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has received NIH funding to help young women with cancer make difficult decisions about their future childbearing intentions. Annually, more than 45,000 women ages 15 to 39 are given a cancer diagnosis. Survivors need to know more about the impact of cancer treatment upon their future reproductive outcomes. Photo by Jerry Lai.