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Epidemiology News

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 »

Horney invited to work with CDC on response to oil spill

June 24, 2010 Dr. Jennifer Horney Jennifer Horney, PhD, CPH, has been asked to join a team of experts to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Horney is research assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read more »

Gut bacteria could be key indicator of colon cancer risk

June 22, 2010 The human body contains more bacteria than it does cells. These bacterial communities can have a positive effect on our health, by training our immune systems and helping to metabolize the foods we eat. But they can also set us up to develop digestive disorders, skin diseases and obesity.   Now a… Read more »

UNC study helps explain why black patients with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites

June 17, 2010 A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study that follows patients with lung cancer is one of the first to suggest why patients choose not to have life-preserving lung surgery and why such surgery is sought less often by blacks.   Samuel Cykert, MD, associate professor in the UNC School… Read more »

Diverse group of students begins competitive fellowship program

June 09, 2010 Fellows from the UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program stop at the Old Well in the center of campus. Until recently, Whitney Chrisco didn’t even know that the field of public health existed. She studied biological sciences at North Carolina State University for four years and participated in service learning activities as… Read more »

Nine global public health students receive awards for international work

May 21, 2010 The Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded more than $96,000 to 39 students conducting work around the world. Nine of them are working on degrees at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   “We are proud to support the innovative work… Read more »

Media invited to cover launch of N.C. Cervical Cancer-Free Initiative May 18

May 17, 2010 Media representatives were invited to cover the launch of the “Cervical Cancer-Free N.C.” initiative. Gov. Bev Perdue and others spoke about the state’s efforts to eliminate cervical cancer. The initiative is a partnership between community members, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the… Read more »

Students invited to Global Health Council conference, win ‘New Investigators’ award

April 29, 2010 Three graduate students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected to be part of the Global Health Council‘s 2010 conference, presenting research that addresses sexuality and public health.   Diana Michel and Joshua Davis Joshua Davis and Diana Michel, master’s students in health policy and management, received the… Read more »

Preventing HPV might lower risk of HIV infection in men

April 28, 2010 Men infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) are at greater risk of becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than men who are not HPV positive, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Preventing HPV infection could be a way to slow the HIV epidemic, the researchers… Read more »

High costs, lack of insurance contribute to low rate of colorectal cancer screenings in U.S.

April 13, 2010 High out-of-pocket costs, lack of health insurance and limited access to care contribute to a relatively low rate of colorectal cancer screening in the United States, according to a new systematic review by researchers at the RTI International-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Evidence-based Practice Center.   The research, published in… Read more »