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Epidemiology News

NIH launches largest oil spill health study

March 09, 2011 UNC epidemiologists participate in assessment of 55,000 cleanup workers   A new federal study will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill upon 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers across the United States, with a particular focus on persons in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. University… Read more »

Margolis featured on website commemorating 50th anniversary of Kennedy presidency

February 23, 2011 Dr. David Margolis David Margolis, MD, MPH, is featured on a new website that explores the legacy of President John F. Kennedy through the core themes of public service, science and innovation, civil rights, domestic affairs, the arts, foreign policy and diplomacy and the environment. Margolis is professor of medicine in the… Read more »

Studying at UNC Public Health: What’s love got to do with it?

  February 13, 2011 Apparently, a good bit.   Around Valentine’s Day, we delight in the stories we’ve heard about couples who met, fell in love and made a lifetime commitment while they were students at Gillings School of Global Public Health. To all our other areas of global expertise – in air, water, infectious… Read more »

Mayer-Davis and Van Horn appointed by President to national public health advisory group

January 28, 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Sharon… Read more »

Baker featured on ASPH’s Feb. 1 preparedness education webcast

January 18, 2011 Dr. Ed Baker Ed Baker Jr., MD, MPH, will be one of three speakers featured on a webcast hosted by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Baker, research professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and… 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 »

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 »

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 »