Epidemiology News

Study suggests improvements to HIV care cascade measurements

September 15, 2015 The HIV care cascade is a commonly used framework that estimates the number of HIV-infected individuals in a geographic area according to their HIV diagnosis, care and treatment status. The cascade, also commonly called a continuum, is used with surveillance data collected by state and city health departments in the United States… Read more »

Cole recognized for outstanding contributions to epidemiology

September 15, 2015 Stephen Cole, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology. A professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Cole was selected to receive the award based on his significant efforts to develop and advance… Read more »

Study: Multi-intervention program helps at-risk children with asthma, reduces costs

A recent study found that a multi-level intervention program for low-income, underserved children with asthma in rural western North Carolina resulted in decreased emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school absences and improved lung function. The study was co-authored by Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The… Read more »

Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to date

September 7, 2015 Dense surrounding tissue can block drugs from reaching pancreatic cancer tumors, but it also can help prevent the cancer from spreading. New research led by members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain the conflicting role of the surrounding tissue, known as stroma. Lindsay A. Williams, UNC Lineberger researcher and… Read more »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

A doctoral student, his mother and the practical uses of public health science

August 23, 2015 The following article, written by Kathy Doherty for MEASURE Evaluation, was published Aug. 12 in the University Gazette and is reposted here in its entirety. Bernie Agala is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Jim Thomas, PhD, director of Carolina Population Center’s… Read more »

Study employs cell phones to help track flu on campus

August 19, 2015 New methods for analyzing personal health and lifestyle data captured through wearable devices or smartphone applications can help identify college students at risk of catching the flu, say researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Gillings alumna Donna Arnett selected as dean of Kentucky’s College of Public Health

August 10, 2015 Donna Arnett, PhD, 1992 alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. Arnett has served since 2004 as chair of the epidemiology department in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health…. Read more »

Westreich appointed to editorial roles for two epidemiology journals

August 4, 2015 Daniel Westreich, PhD, is assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Westreich recently was appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Epidemiology and was invited to serve as section editor in methods for Current Epidemiology Reports. At the Gillings… Read more »

Cash transfers conditional on schooling do not prevent HIV infection among young women in South Africa

July 21, 2015 A phase III trial has found that conditional cash transfers for school attendance did not reduce the risk of HIV infection among young women of high school age in South Africa. Investigators from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) reported the findings July 21 at the 8th International Aids Society (IAS) Conference… Read more »