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Epidemiology News

  May 27, 2011 SCHOOL First in our hearts, second in the nation In its 2012 “best graduate schools” issue, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Gillings School of Global Public Health the top public school of public health and second in the nation among all schools of public health. In additional rankings, the… Read more »

May 27, 2011 The map beside Dr. Wayne Rosamond shows flags identifying the locations of participating hospitals in the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative. During the last 20 years, North Carolina has edged toward the top of an ignominious list. The state currently has the sixth highest incidence of stroke mortality in the nation. There’s… Read more »

May 27, 2011 When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters much. Just ask any of the 22 million Americans — 7 percent of us — who suffer from the illness, caused by chronic inflammation of the air passages. For more than a decade, Karin Yeatts, PhD, epidemiology assistant professor at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

May 27, 2011 This high school is located in South Africa’s Cunningmore A Village, one of 24 villages in which Swa Koteka will recruit study participants. Even without engaging in risky behaviors, young girls and women who live in South Africa have a 1-in-3 chance of contracting HIV. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Dr. Steve Meshnick explores tick territory – the fields and woods so common in North Carolina. Like the flowers and blooming trees that herald spring, an unwelcome pest also reappears after the long winter — the tick. Tick-borne illnesses — including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever — are prevalent in… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Members of the School’s faculty were awarded more than $142 million for grants and contracts in fiscal year 2010. This has been a very successful year for members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty, despite a weak economy that has resulted in shrinking pools of grant money and… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Drs. David Ballard and Michela Caruso David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, and his wife Michela Caruso, MD, are longtime supporters of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. They are regular contributors to the Annual Fund and Building Fund and are founding benefactors of the Student Health Action Coalition Endowment Fund. Ballard… Read more »

May 27, 2011 The public’s health is too important to be kept waiting. All around us: New diseases emerge and spread throughout the world at sonic speed; old nemeses sometimes re-emerge in stronger, more devastating forms. Natural disasters devastate countries and reverberate around the world, challenging us to clarify our preparedness plans and training. Evidence-based… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Mapping food deserts and tobacco hotspots Dr. Kurt Ribisl   Dr. Melissa Troester   Dr. William Carpenter   School researchers use a geographic information system to map neighborhoods in three counties that lack availability of fresh food and places to exercise, as well as those that have clusters of tobacco retailers. The… Read more »

May 27, 2011 For years, Steve Marshall, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, has studied the consequences of sports injuries and how to prevent injuries to athletes and others. Partly as a result of his efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Kevin Guskiewicz and Jason Mihalik, researchers based in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences’ Department… Read more »