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Epidemiology News

Awards and recognitions (March – September 2010)

November 29, 2010 Visit our longer list of recognitions March – September 2010  FACULTY Dr. Mark Sobsey Sobsey invited to NASA’s first LAUNCH event Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering, was one of 10 innovators chosen to participate in NASA’s inaugural LAUNCH event, held March 16-18, at the Kennedy Space… Read more »

The world is fat

November 29, 2010 * Our article uses the title of a popular treatise by Dr. Barry Popkin, The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race (New York, Penguin Books, 2008). For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/theworldisfat.   Across North Carolina and around the world, researchers from UNC Gillings… Read more »

A healthy start to life

November 29, 2010   Dr. Meghan Slining Dr. Miriam Labbok For 30 years, the number of overweight children has crept higher and higher. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 10 percent of children ages 2 to 5 had an unhealthy body mass index. Those children have a 70 percent chance of… Read more »

Is perceived racism a risk factor for obesity?

November 29, 2010   Dr. Anissa Vines (photo by Linda Kastleman) Does perceived racism contribute to higher rates of obesity among African-Americans? The question is complicated. “Right now, the literature is not at all consistent on the question of whether exposure to racism increases obesity risk,” says Anissa I. Vines, PhD, epidemiology research assistant professor… Read more »

Mathile Institute: Partnering for global health

  November 29, 2010   (Left to right) Doctoral student Yanire Estrada, with Drs. Peggy Bentley and Greg Reinhart, in Honduras The Mathile Institute – UNC Global Nutrition Scholars Program currently supports Yanire Estrada, a UNC-trained master’s student from Puerto Rico, in her doctoral work at UNC.Estrada’s scholarship is an outgrowth of research conducted in… Read more »

Fat genes

November 29, 2010   Can we blame extra pounds on our genes? Several researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are identifying which genes may have an impact on body weight and investigating precisely how that impact occurs. Dr. Kari North     Dr. R. Coleman     Dr. Terry Combs   Dr…. Read more »

Fit and healthy for a lifetime

November 29, 2010   UNC public health faculty, students and alumni discover ways to trim down the obesity epidemicA 10-year-old girl runs into her house in tears. During her first day of fifth grade at a new school, children made fun of her weight. At recess, nobody chose her for their soccer team, saying she… Read more »

Meshnick awarded Gates Foundation grant for innovative research

November 18, 2010 Dr. Steve Meshnick Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health epidemiology professor, has received a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $100,000 award will support an innovative global health research project titled “Development and Evaluation of the Synthetic Lymph Node.” Meshnick’s project… Read more »

Obese adolescents at greatest risk of becoming severely obese adults

November 10, 2010 Dr. Gordon-Larsen Obese adolescents are 16 times more likely to become severely obese by age 30 than their healthy weight or even overweight peers, according to a new study led by Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, associate professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Public health researchers found… Read more »

Siega-Riz named associate dean for academic affairs

November 08, 2010 Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition and of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the School’s new associate dean for academic affairs, effective Dec. 1.   Siega-Riz will succeed Peggy Leatt, PhD, who has served as associate dean for academic… Read more »