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Epidemiology News

Nichols awarded $330K grant to study birth outcomes of young women with cancer

July 28, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to examine the use of fertility preservation after a cancer diagnosis in adolescent and young adult (AYA) women.

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

July 27, 2017
This list includes new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period between December 2016 and June 2017.

Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings

July 25, 2017
A new study, led by Dr. Jennifer Smith and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, finds a convenient at-home test for human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a promising tool for preventing cervical cancer in underscreened women in the United States.

Too few pre-teens receive recommended vaccinations, especially for HPV

July 24, 2017
A new study led by recent alumna Dr. Nadja Vielot finds that too few adolescents in the U.S. are obtaining recommended prophylactic vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), a known and preventable cause of cervical and other cancers in females and males.

Clinical trials framework proposed to bring cancer treatments to sub-Saharan Africa

July 20, 2017
In a PLOS Medicine article, Dr. Satish Gopal outlines a framework to design studies and bring cancer therapies to sub-Saharan Africa in the absence of clinical trial data specific to the region’s population and health care infrastructure. Photo by Caitlin Kleiboer.

NIH renews UNC Gillings environmental health sciences training grant for ninth time

July 19, 2017
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed a major training grant that the Gillings School has led since 1971. The program supports scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and engineering, many of whom have gone on to affect national environmental policy.

NIH-funded study to investigate pregnancy outcomes in young cancer survivors

July 5, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has received NIH funding to help young women with cancer make difficult decisions about their future childbearing intentions. Annually, more than 45,000 women ages 15 to 39 are given a cancer diagnosis. Survivors need to know more about the impact of cancer treatment upon their future reproductive outcomes. Photo by Jerry Lai.

Symposium gathers research teams to address opioid addiction, overdose

June 30, 2017
Drug overdoses are among the few causes of death on the rise in the United States, and more than half of these deaths are attributed to opioids. At a recent symposium, Dr. Steve Marshall urged researchers from diverse backgrounds to work together to solve what many call the worst drug crisis in American history.

New drug holds potential to defeat coronaviruses

June 28, 2017
Scientists at the Gillings School have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV.

ACL reconstructions on the rise in US, particularly among teen girls

June 16, 2017
A new study has found that, in the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in the rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions among females 13-17 years old.