Epidemiology News

UNC and GSK announce novel partnership to accelerate search for HIV cure

May 12, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading global public research university with significant expertise in HIV basic and clinical research, and GSK, a global, research-based pharmaceutical and health-care company with a legacy of success in developing treatments for HIV, announced on May 11 the establishment of a dedicated HIV… Read more »

Study finds testosterone injections carry greater risk of adverse effects than gels, patches

May 11, 2015 A recent study led by faculty at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that testosterone injections are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular events, stroke, hospitalization and death compared with testosterone gels or patches. Testosterone use has increased considerably in the United States (U.S.), United Kingdom… Read more »

Hudgens, Smith to be honored at commencement with McGavran, Larsh awards

May 8, 2015 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. Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will receive the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, will accept the… Read more »

Epidemiology student wins Doris Duke fellowship to promote children’s well-being

May 6, 2015 Jared Parrish, MS, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research assistant at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center, has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Parrish will receive an annual $30,000 stipend for two years to support completion of his… Read more »

Orphaned boys in low- and middle-income countries as vulnerable to abuse as girls, study finds

April 26, 2015 Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the authors suggest targeting more… Read more »

Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »

Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants

April 21, 2015 Three faculty members at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants through the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, is the co-principal investigator on a project to explore… Read more »

Study finds no significant increase in pelvic pain following hysteroscopic versus laparoscopic sterilization

April 1, 2015 Hysteroscopic sterilization is a relatively new alternative to laparoscopic sterilization. During the often-outpatient procedure, a metal coil is implanted, causing permanent blockage of the fallopian tubes. Recent media reports, however, have described instances of prolonged pelvic pain in women who have undergone hysteroscopic sterilizations. A new paper, “Incidence of opioid-managed pelvic pain… Read more »

Yeatts, Turner receive UNC teaching awards

April 1, 2015 A faculty member and a doctoral student teaching assistant at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health were chosen recently for Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA). Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kea Turner, a doctoral student in the health policy and management department, received… Read more »