Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

Richardson appointed to White House advisory board

October 16, 2009 Dr. David Richardson David B. Richardson, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was appointed by President Obama on Oct. 14 to the White House Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. Richardson said he looks forward to joining… Read more »

UNC preparedness center surveys attitudes about flu vaccine

October 15, 2009 Sue Naorungroj, epidemiology master’s student, prepares materials about H1N1 flu. The North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Practice-Based Research Network to determine N.C. communities’ attitudes about influenza vaccination. The assessment was planned… Read more »

Prenatal exposure to BPA might explain aggressive behavior in some 2-year-old girls

October 06, 2009 Daughters of women exposed to a common chemical found in some plastics while they were pregnant are more likely to have unusually aggressive and hyperactive behaviors as 2-year-olds, according to a new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Joe… Read more »

Graduate School announces 24 merit awards for public health students

  September 22, 2009 Twenty-four master’s and doctoral students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have received merit awards for study this academic year and beyond, the UNC Graduate School has announced. The students and their awards are listed below, by department. Biostatistics • Sayan Dasgupta (Doctoral Merit Assistantship) Environmental Sciences and… Read more »

Alumni apply UNC training to “real world” problems at National Cancer Institute

September 14, 2009 UNC public health alumni (left to right) Drs. Brenda Edwards, Deborah Winn and Eric When Deborah Winn, PhD, began her public health graduate studies in epidemiology, she had not yet identified a research area that inspired her. “I was a graduate student shopping around for a dissertation topic,” says the 1980 University… Read more »

Seeking a quality life after head or neck cancer

September 14, 2009 Dr. Andrew Olshan Throughout his two decades of studying head and neck cancers, Andrew Olshan, PhD, has uncovered information that has helped physicians treat and possibly prevent the disease. Treatments for these cancers can dramatically affect function and put patients in the distressing position of learning to talk, eat, swallow or even… Read more »

Researchers can mine new health registry for wealth of data

September 14, 2009 Dr. Jeannette Bensen North Carolinians can help make scientific history and advance cancer research by enrolling in the groundbreaking new UNC Health Registry funded by the University Cancer Research Fund. In doing so, they’ll be part of a whole new research effort aimed at determining how best to treat and support those… Read more »

Combating the virus linked to cervical cancer

September 14, 2009 As an epidemiologist, Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, looks for risk factors that affect our health. As a behavioral scientist, Noel Brewer, PhD, tries to understand how people make health decisions. From those different perspectives, both researchers provide important weapons in the fight against cervical cancer. Every year, about 12,000 women in the… Read more »

The key to patient advocacy: resourcefulness

September 14, 2009 Dr. Jo Anne Earp, left, makes a point during a class she teaches with colleague and fellow patient advocacy expert, Elizabeth French. They co-authored the book Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality. Long gone are the days when a seriously ill patient had just one doctor, likely one who had known her… Read more »

Studies examine genetic role in obesity, hypertension and early onset of puberty

September 14, 2009 Dr. Nora Franceschini Genes play a role in determining who is obese, has hypertension or goes through puberty earlier than peers, according to three studies published recently by researchers in the School’s epidemiology department. Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kari E. North, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology,… Read more »