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June 16, 2009 Cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise can interact with genes to influence a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a report published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. Dr. Nora Franceschini “The three lifestyle characteristics are well-known risk factors for high blood pressure,” said Nora Franceschini, MD, lead author… Read more »

June 15, 2009 Dr. Jessie Satia Certain herbal and specialty supplements may increase one’s risk of developing lung and colorectal cancers, while others may decrease the risk, according to a new study led by Jessie Satia, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

  June 08, 2009 The genes that may cause a normal variation in the timing of female sexual maturation have been identified, according to a researcher at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and 38 other researchers from around the world. Their findings, published in the June issue of Nature… Read more »

May 28, 2009 Bill Gentry Preparedness is a critical area of interdisciplinary expertise at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The global public health crisis sparked by the H1N1 flu outbreak tested the depth and breadth of the School’s many programs, training and response capabilities…. Read more »

May 20, 2009 The North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center has announced five awards for public health preparedness efforts, including the response to the current H1N1 influenza outbreak. The center, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has awarded the grants to four UNC… Read more »

May 11, 2009 A special Current Science Forum at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will take an in-depth look at the H1N1 virus, popularly known as “swine flu,” on Thursday (May 14) at 7 p.m. Dr. James Thomas James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology… Read more »

  May 08, 2009 Ushma Mehta Doctoral student, nutritional epidemiology Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 2000-2002 Darren Treml Associate biosafety officer, UNC’s Dept. of Environment, Health and Safety Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 2000-2002 Ushma Mehta is slightly built. She speaks quietly and precisely and admits to being “serious.” As a Hindu who came to the U.S…. Read more »

May 06, 2009 Drs. Jim Thomas (left) and Don Lauria will receive awards at Commencement. 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 9, 2009. Donald T. Lauria, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering, will receive the… Read more »

April 23, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received $2.7 million from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to train HIV/AIDS researchers in China, Malawi and Cameroon. Dr. Ada Adimora Dr. Ada Adimora is principal investigator on the grant, which supports long- and short-term HIV/AIDS research… Read more »

April 21, 2009 Other graduate student honors and awards also recognized by The Graduate School, public health school departments In an April 20 ceremony, The Graduate School of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized the achievements of more than 300 students, whose scholarship, research and service, in the words of Dr. Steve… Read more »