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Epidemiology News

Aitken and Olshan reappointed as department chairs

August 09, 2011 Two members of the public health faculty have been reappointed to lead their departments in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, has announced. The five-year reappointments follow upon highly favorable reviews of their first terms as chairs. Dr. Mike Aitken Dr. Andy Olshan Michael Aitken,… Read more »

Jordan, alumna and adjunct faculty member, receives award for distinguished service to rural life

August 01, 2011 Dr. Joanne Jordan Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the 2011 Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society (RSS).   Jordan also is director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Thurston… Read more »

Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, study finds

July 29, 2011 An international study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that among Kenyan men, circumcision is associated with a lower prevalence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that plays an important role in genital cancers in… Read more »

Is prison healthier, safer than life outside?

July 29, 2011 Death rates among black male prisoners in North Carolina are lower than the state’s general African-American population, but white inmates are more likely to die from a variety of chronic and infectious diseases than Caucasian men overall, according to a new study. The finding comes from University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

New findings from University of North Carolina-led HIV prevention study, HPTN 052

  July 21, 2011 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of public health and medicine presented detailed data from the landmark HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, in Rome earlier this week. The HPTN 052 study… Read more »

REACH NC allows quicker, more efficient access to School’s experts

July 19, 2011 For nearly every public health challenge, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has a team of innovative scientists quickening the pace toward a solution. But how do other scientists, students, members of the media, business leaders, legislators and others learn more about what we’re doing? Until recently, those looking for detailed… Read more »

Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postpartum depression

July 19, 2011 Women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties. For that reason, women with breastfeeding difficulties should be screened for depressive symptoms, according to a new study by researchers at the University… Read more »

School researchers to present at international AIDS conference

July 15, 2011 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be well represented at the 2011 meeting of the International AIDS Society (IAS), to be held July 17-20 in Rome. The research of more than a dozen faculty members, students and alumni will be presented at the conference, which is the world’s largest… Read more »

As HIV treatment improves, ‘trial effect’ is diminished, new study suggests

July 14, 2011 A new study by investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has confirmed the existence of a “trial effect” in clinical trials for treatment of HIV and also shows that effect has diminished over time.Trial effect is an umbrella term for the benefit experienced by study participants simply by… Read more »

UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

July 12, 2011 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a $32 million, five-year federal grant to develop ways to cure people with HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients taking antiretroviral therapy. Tackling this latent virus is considered key to a cure for… Read more »