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Epidemiology News

School faculty members present at international injury prevention conference

September 22, 2010 A number of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members will make presentations at the 10th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, held Sept. 21-24 in London.   Dr. Carol Runyan Dr. Kant Bangdiwala UNC presenters include Shrikant Bangdiwala, PhD, research professor at the biostatistics department’s Collaborative Studies… Read more »

UNC scientists to study pregnancy, obesity and breast cancer disparities

September 22, 2010 UNC scientists have received a five-year, $2.2 million grant to study how factors such as pregnancy and obesity may promote susceptibility to an aggressive subtype of breast cancer that is more prevalent in young African-American women. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Breast Cancer and… Read more »

Landmark children’s health study launches in Durham County

September 15, 2010 Residents of Durham County, N.C., are encouraged to take part in the largest ever long-term study of children’s health and development undertaken in the United States.   Researchers soon will begin enrolling participants in the National Children’s Study, which will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of… Read more »

UNC, Children’s Hospital Boston develop iPhone app to report, receive drug safety news

September 15, 2010 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Children’s Hospital Boston have developed a new iPhone application to encourage health care professionals and patients to send and receive information about the use and side effects of prescription medications.   The application, “MedWatcher,” allows users to track the latest drug… Read more »

Public health alumna, McGill University innovator to speak at University Day

September 14, 2010 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community will celebrate its history as the nation’s first public university during University Day on Oct. 12, 2010.   Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum The theme of this year’s University Day convocation will be innovation and entrepreneurship. The featured speaker, Heather Munroe-Blum, PhD, is a highly… Read more »

AIDS virus changes in semen make it different than in blood

August 23, 2010 Dr. Myron Cohen The virus that causes AIDS may undergo changes in the genital tract that make HIV-1 in semen different than what it is in the blood, according to a study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Myron Cohen, MD, J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor… Read more »

Corporal punishment of children remains common worldwide

August 09, 2010   Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment of children are still common in the United States and worldwide according to a recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center. Dr. Desmond Runyan Lead author Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH, clinical professor of epidemiology at the UNC… Read more »

Tick diseases on the rise in North Carolina, UNC public health experts say

  July 22, 2010 Lurking on a leaf or at the tip of a blade of grass, blood-thirsty ticks wait for their next meal to approach.   Clinging to vegetation with their front legs outstretched, they wait for a sign – a whiff of carbon dioxide, a vibration, a shadow – that means an animal… Read more »

School reaccredited by CEPH for maximum period, seven years

July 06, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated more than Independence Day this holiday weekend. On July 2, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced the School’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for seven years, the maximum period of renewal. “This is great news!” Rimer said in an email… Read more »

UNC awarded $1.7 million to curb the spread of HIV in North Carolina

June 24, 2010 A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They will study novel HIV testing methods to detect acute HIV infection and target sexual networks to curb the spread of HIV in North… Read more »