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Epidemiology News

Gammon and colleagues respond to international study on exercise and cancer risk reduction

May 20, 2016 An invited commentary, co-written by two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and a Gillings School alumna now at Emory University, concurs with the “exciting findings” of a major international study. Those findings “underscore the importance of leisure-time physical activity as a potential risk-reduction strategy to decrease the cancer burden… Read more »

Stamm discusses Zika virus in JAMA ‘Viewpoint’

May 19, 2016 Much media attention has been given to the spread of Zika virus in South America, but the mosquito-borne virus also poses a seasonal threat to more than 192 million people living in the southern United States. Becoming educated about the virus and its potential impact is an important step toward defending against… Read more »

Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients, study finds

May 16, 2016 For advanced liver cancer, there’s a single approved drug shown to offer patients a chance at longer life. But a new study co-authored by two researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that this drug was notably less effective in a group of Medicare patients, who likely had… Read more »

UNC Gillings School celebrates its graduates; Dr. Dennis Gillings delivers commencement address

May 7, 2016 You – and your parents – will be glad to hear that public health is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The major investment in your education will stimulate a rewarding career and improve people’s lives. In 2014, total health care employment was more than 12 million. Undergraduate degrees in… Read more »

IGHID funds three Gillings School researchers

May 6, 2016 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have been awarded three of six Explorations in Global Health grants, funded by the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID). The faculty research awards are designed to foster the development of research partnerships and projects in global health. Grants are made… Read more »

Gopal in New England Journal of Medicine: ‘Moonshot to Malawi’

April 28, 2016 The “Cancer Moonshot” has energized the cancer research community in The United States but will be a missed opportunity if the results are not shared with the rest of the world. Those are the sentiments of Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings. Gopal, who is also… Read more »

Halpern, Pence to be recognized with Larsh, McGavran faculty awards

April 27, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7. Carolyn T. Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the maternal and child health department, will receive the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship, and Brian… Read more »

Two from Gillings School elected as delegates to UNC Employee Forum

April 15, 2016 Two staff members from the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected to the UNC Employee Forum. As staff delegates, Bryan Andregg and Natiaya Neal will work to improve the quality of life for staff, students and faculty at the University. The Employee Forum website describes the group’s mission, which… Read more »

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »

Study finds no evidence that phthalates are responsible for increased childhood obesity

April 6, 2016 Jessie Buckley, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was featured in the “Science Selection” section of Environmental Health Perspectives for her recent research on phthalates and obesity in children. The research findings show no evidence of a connection between phthalates –… Read more »