Epidemiology News

Diversity and inclusion report proclaimed the ‘end of the beginning’

September 27, 2011 Share     When the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health met earlier this month to celebrate more than a year of hard work and the completion of a draft report, task force members understood that the greatest effort was yet to come. Assistant… Read more »

New study adds further guidance about when to start antiretroviral therapy for HIV

September 26, 2011 Share   One of the key decisions faced by people living with HIV — and by their health care providers — is when to start treatment. Some recent studies have found that starting highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) earlier is better. Now a new study led by researchers at the University of… Read more »

Leaders from Chinese CDC visit UNC to explore possible collaborations

  September 23, 2011 Share   School leaders and the Shanghai delegation Six delegates from Shanghai, China, met with faculty leaders at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Sept. 19 to discuss possible research and educational collaborations, including student and faculty exchange programs and distance education opportunities. Members of the delegation, who work… Read more »

Licensing programs reduce deaths among youngest drivers but could do more to help older teens

September 15, 2011 Share   Do graduated driver’s licensing programs save lives? The answer is a resounding “Yes” for younger teen drivers (16- to 17-year-olds), according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, they say that research is needed to improve these programs for older teen drivers (18- to 19-year-olds)…. Read more »

2011 Department of Epidemiology student awards announced

  Dr. Andrew Olshan, Chair Department of Epidemiology, announced the recipients of the 2011 Department of Epidemiology student awards. The awards will be presented at the Tryroler Lecture on October 5th at 3:30pm in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium (HC0001). Award recipients are as follows: Ghassan Hamra, 2011 Sidney Kark Award for Distinguished Teaching… Read more »

Gillings Merit Scholars selected (2011)

September 07, 2011 Share   Fifteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2011-2012 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and… Read more »

Millikan and partners awarded $19.3M by NCI to study breast cancer in African-American women

  August 26, 2011 Share   Robert Millikan, PhD, DVM, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will partner with scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Boston University to conduct the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women. Data… Read more »

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 »