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Epidemiology News

UNC epidemiology study: New SARS-like virus may be nearly ready to infect humans

March 15, 2016 A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that a SARS-like virus known as WIV1-CoV, which is found in horseshoe bats, could bind to the same receptors as SARS-CoV and replicate in human cells without the need for adaptation. Thought to be a critical barrier,… Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 29, 2016 Four teams of researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs), beginning this spring. The GIL awards offer faculty members support to advance their innovative research and more quickly translate scientific findings into workable solutions in local and global communities…. Read more »

Gillings School recognizes outstanding teachers with Innovation Awards

February 23, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in Armfield Atrium on Feb. 22 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit – who were presented with UNC Gillings’ fifth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The 2016 awardees are Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health… Read more »

PTSD may accelerate immune system aging

February 22, 2016 A new study led by a researcher at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may also experience an unnatural decline or “aging” of their immune system. The study, centered in Detroit, Michigan, used both PTSD screening and… Read more »

Study finds different genetic mutation patterns for HPV-positive throat cancer patients based on smoking history

February 19, 2016 Smoking and infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are two risk factors for an increasingly common type of throat cancer. In a new study, University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have found that distinct genetic mutation patterns emerge in people with HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who are heavy smokers…. Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »

Research led by epidemiology student now rated sixth in impact among readers of global health journal

January 21, 2016 Editors of Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) have announced the top 12 articles published in the journal in 2015, based on number of research citations and greatest impact. In sixth place was an article co-authored by Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health,… Read more »

Gillings School researchers engaged in NCI grant to address cancer disparities

January 21, 2016 Two three-year funding awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will bolster work by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to address disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina and across a three-state region. A three-year grant of $339,909 will support collaboration between UNC Lineberger and the Medical University of… Read more »

Epidemiology student selected for Forbes ’30 under 30′ list of rising stars

January 11, 2016 Mugdha Gokhale, MS, doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” people to watch in health care. Magazine representatives screened more than 15,000 entrepreneurs, creative leaders and bright stars younger than 30, and selected 600 winners… Read more »