Epidemiology News

School welcomes new faculty members, announces promotions

July 10, 2012 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period from January to June 2012.   Promotions during the period include: Jamie Bartram, PhD, Holzworth Distinguished Professor, environmental sciences and engineering, effective May 1; Marisa Domino, PhD, professor, health policy and management, effective June… Read more »

Key biomarker has new role in head and neck cancer

  July 09, 2012   Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have proposed a novel interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, fundamentally could transform the management of head and neck cancer. In a study released online in the British Journal of Cancer June 26, investigators at UNC showed that… Read more »

Fight the (tick) bite: Profile of doctoral student Meagan Vaughn

July 03, 2012   This article originally appeared as a UNC “Spotlight” feature.   Ticks. The word itself is enough to give most people the willies.   In what should be a relief to folks who work and play outdoors, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student found out how to almost completely avoid tick bites.  … Read more »

Stürmer receives PCORI grant to fund program on comparative effectiveness research

June 29, 2012   Dr. Til Stürmer Til Stürmer, MD, MPH, PhD, will receive a $690,502 award from the nonprofit organization Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a project titled “Methods to Increase Validity of Comparative Effectiveness Research in the Elderly.” Stürmer is professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, director… Read more »

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

June 25, 2012   Lauren McCullough A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.   Published early online in Cancer, a… Read more »

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study published June 12 in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).   The study analyzed inflammatory responses in rats fed different diets:… Read more »

Autism spectrum study to look at autism variance among individuals

June 13, 2012   The Center for Autism and Development Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is beginning the second phase of its Study to Explore Early Development (SEED II) to search for causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities in preschool-age children.  … Read more »

Breakthrough of the Year (2012)

May 31, 2012   A UNC-led team has identified a protocol that prevents the transmission of HIV, the AIDScausing virus–a feat once considered an impossible dream. In a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-funded study of 2,000 couples, epidemiology professor Dr. Myron Cohen and colleagues found starting antiretroviral therapy in infected partners with relatively… Read more »

HIV hides soon after infection, UNC research shows

May 29, 2012 While current therapies are effective at controlling HIV, some virus remains hidden in certain CD4+ T cells, specialized immune system cells in which the virus replicates itself. This latent infection remains a significant challenge to curing HIV.A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina schools of medicine and public health… Read more »

Researchers recommend acceleration of cancer comparative effectiveness research

May 24, 2012 Research that compares the effectiveness of different cancer treatments should be accelerated – and the findings promoted and accepted – according to a recent study led by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   For the review article “Data for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research,” published April 20 in… Read more »