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Epidemiology News

New UNC laboratory to help track and control tropical diseases

September 25, 2008 Steven R. Meshnick, MD, PhD The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has established a new Gillings Innovation Lab to track and map tropical infectious diseases such as malaria, using state-of-the-art molecular and demographic methods. Better information about the prevalence and location of diseases will help national… Read more »

Siega-Riz named epidemiology associate chair

September 18, 2008   Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, has been named associate chair of the Department of Epidemiology, effective Oct. 1, 2008, department chair, Andrew Olshan, PhD, has announced. Siega-Riz, an associate professor of epidemiology and of nutrition, is head of the department’s reproductive epidemiology program and director of the reproductive, perinatal and… Read more »

UNC receives record $181 million grant to evaluate health, poverty and gender programs worldwide

September 08, 2008 Dr. Sian Curtis The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill up to $181 million to continue its MEASURE Evaluation project. Dr. Sian Curtis and Dr. Gustavo Angeles, faculty in the Department of Maternal and Child Health,… Read more »

Both pre-hospital and in-hospital delays affect stroke care, UNC researchers show

August 21, 2008 Dr. Kathryn Rose Stroke patients who can’t recall when their symptoms started or do not arrive at the hospital in a timely manner cannot be considered for medications proven to help reduce the impact of stroke but which must be given within a certain time after the stroke occurs, University of North… Read more »

UNC study shows link between spanking and physical abuse

August 19, 2008 Mothers who report that they or their partner spanked their child in the past year are nearly three times more likely to state that they also used harsher forms of punishment than those who say their child was not spanked, according to a new study led by the Injury Prevention Research Center… Read more »

UNC study: common vaginal infection may increase risk of HIV infection

July 31, 2008 A common vaginal infection may make women more susceptible to contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health researchers have found. An analysis of 23 published studies, including data from more than 30,700 women from around the world, showed that women with… Read more »

Three faculty members contribute to current AJPH

July 29, 2008 Articles by three University of North Carolina School of Public Health faculty members appear in the August 2008 issue of the American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 8), Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced today.   Photograph, Dr. Geni Eng Eugenia Eng, DrPH, professor of health behavior and health education, is… Read more »

Some drugs increase risk of falling

July 09, 2008 Dr. Carri Casteel Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a list of prescription drugs that increase the risk of falling for patients aged 65 and older who take four or more medications on a regular basis. Carri Casteel, Ph.D., a research assistant professor with the Department… Read more »

UNC School of Public Health to help UAE assess environmental health risks

June 09, 2008 CHAPEL HILL, NC – The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has signed a contract with researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health to lead an assessment of health risks due to environmental factors in the country, one of the fastest developing nations in the world. UNC researchers will partner… Read more »

Department of Epidemiology Business Manager Announced

Victoria (Vicki) Moore joined the Department of Epidemiology as Business Manager on June 2, 2008. Since 2003, Vicki Moore had served as senior contract specialist at the UNC Office of Sponsored Research. Prior to that, she worked for six years as associate director for administration at the International Training in Health (INTRAH) program in the… Read more »