Epidemiology News

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 »

Stürmer elected president of international pharmacoepidemiology society

May 16, 2012   Dr. Til Stürmer Til Stürmer, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been chosen as president-elect of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE). His three-year term of service will begin at ISPE’s 2012 annual meeting Aug. 23-26 in Barcelona.   Stürmer, who also heads… Read more »

Preventing the spread of infectious diseases

May 16, 2012   Dr. Mike Cohen (right) greets UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé outside the World Bank in New York City. Identifying proper treatments for eradicating infectious diseases is often “the easy part.” The hurdle is to deliver effective prevention protocols to affected populations. UNC public health researchers are overcoming this challenge with some… Read more »

Preventing illness, preserving health

  May 16, 2012     Dr. Jennifer Smith, Dr. Peggy Bentley (holding Anneliese Bell) and former N.C. state health director and Gillings Visiting Professor Dr. Leah Devlin conduct prevention activities locally, across the state and around the world. The epicenter of public health is prevention–vaccinations to avoid diseases, hand washing to stop germs from… Read more »

Culturally sensitive research in United Arab Emirates pinpoints indoor air quality risks

May 08, 2012 The rapid shift from nomadic life to modern-day culture in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has exposed the population to significant indoor air quality risks that can lead to respiratory illness, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. With… Read more »

Rutala, Koch selected for Barr, Greenberg awards

  April 18, 2012 William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, and Gary G. Koch, PhD, were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty at a ceremony preceding the annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 17. Rutala, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at… Read more »

Flu vaccine less effective in protecting dialysis patients than previously believed

April 18, 2012 Vaccinating dialysis patients against the flu with the inactivated virus vaccine used to inoculate the general population might not provide effective protection, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leah McGrath Led by Leah McGrath, epidemiology doctoral student, and Alan Brookhart, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy optimal for localized prostate cancer

April 17, 2012 A treatment for localized prostate cancer known as Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) does a better job at reducing certain side effects and preventing cancer recurrence than conventional conformal radiation therapy (CRT), according to a study published in the April 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The study, titled… Read more »

Research-poster event yields student winners, precedes Innovations lecture

April 13, 2012 Research posters about contaminated water in North Carolina and cancer screening in Kenya wowed the judges at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s annual student poster event held April 3 prior to the annual Innovations in Public Health lecture presented by imaginative researcher and chemist Joseph DeSimone, PhD.   Jen Shields… Read more »

Researchers identify Achilles heel of dengue virus, target for future vaccines

April 11, 2012 A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University have pinpointed the region on dengue virus that is neutralized in people who overcome infection with the deadly pathogen. The results challenge the current state of dengue vaccine research, which is based on studies in mice… Read more »