Epidemiology News

Gillings epidemiologist explains Zika virus basics

You’ve probably heard of Zika fever in the last few months. It’s a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. Allison Aiello, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She’s also an expert on how viruses travel through populations…. Read more »

Antibiotic-resistant form of syphilis bacterium identified in patients in Cuba

June 16, 2016 Treponema pallidum is the bacterium that causes syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) with no preventive vaccine. Researchers recently identified a mutated form of T. pallidum, which has become resistant to treatment with the macrolide class of antibiotics, in samples from 25 syphilis patients in Cuba. Lola Stamm, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Pettifor presents at UN’s ‘High-Level Meeting to End AIDS’

June 16, 2016 A UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health epidemiologist whose research focuses on social and structural drivers of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa was an invited speaker at the United Nations’ 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, held June 8-10 in New York City. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at… Read more »

AJPH editorial proposes a ‘causal impact’ framework to improve public health decision making

June 13, 2016 In a recently published editorial, researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health departments of epidemiology and biostatistics argue that a “causal impact” framework – one that includes internal and external validation and examines the effects of population-level interventions – could improve public health decision-making. Gillings School co-authors are Daniel… Read more »

Advanced cancer patients receive high rates of aggressive care at end of life

June 6, 2016 In the last month of their lives, younger cancer patients continued to be hospitalized and receive other aggressive treatment at high rates, found a study led by The University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

June 6, 2016 Affixing pictures on cigarette packs to illustrate the dangers of smoking increased attempts by smokers to quit, according to the findings of a University of North Carolina study published online June 6 by JAMA Internal Medicine. Reducing smoking is a top public health priority because it is a leading cause of preventable… Read more »

Zachary Kerr: Finding support for himself and his skills at the NCAA

May 27, 2016 Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, was always picked last for sports teams at school. He finds that funny now that he works in the field of sports injury prevention. Kerr is director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance Program at the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. “The… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus selected as finalist for Service to America Medal

May 27, 2016 Allen Wilcox, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and a pioneer in reproductive epidemiology, has been selected as a finalist for a 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, a prestigious honor for federal government professionals. The service medals, also known as “Sammies,” are the “Oscars” of government service. Named for the late… Read more »

UNC epidemiology faculty member to lead groundbreaking research in global health and development funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations grant to Hospital de Câncer de Barretos in Brazil

May 27, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health announced today that one of its faculty members is a principal investigator for a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, MPH, director of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition at UNC… Read more »

Gene expression patterns of normal tissue linked to breast cancer prognosis, study finds

May 26, 2016 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Based on the finding, they believe they could use gene expression patterns – identified… Read more »