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Epidemiology News

Troester wins grant to study breast cancer tumor biology

November 03, 2009 Dr. Melissa Troester Melissa Troester, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Avon Foundation. Troester, a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will lead a study titled “Characterizing… Read more »

UNC study: HPV vaccine hurts less than expected

October 21, 2009 Injections of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appear to be no more painful than other shots that prevent disease, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The finding follows anecdotal accounts and news stories that have emphasized the potential side effects of the… Read more »

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 »

UNC study: Insecticide-treated bed nets reduce infant deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

September 04, 2009 Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. Dr. Andrea Biddle Co-authors of the study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection

September 04, 2009 Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Dr. David Margolis David Margolis, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in the UNC… Read more »

UNC study to examine whether paying girls to attend school reduces HIV risk

August 31, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study if monetary incentives and community mobilization can help prevent young women in South Africa from becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Audrey Pettifor Audrey Pettifor, PhD,… Read more »

Siega-Riz promoted to professor of nutrition and epidemiology

August 20, 2009 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s departments of epidemiology and nutrition, the School has announced. The promotion was effective Aug. 1. Siega-Riz has been a member of the UNC public health faculty since 1998, when… Read more »