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Epidemiology News

Young adults at risk for suicide when taking high doses of SSRI antidepressants

May 1, 2014 Antidepressant therapy has long been associated with increased risk of suicide in people under 25. There has not been a clear reason why some drugs are more likely than others to have this result and why only a subset of the young adult population is vulnerable. A collaboration of researchers at The… Read more »

Immunological study of deadly coronavirus in the Middle East offers hope of vaccine and treatment

April 30, 2014 About forty percent of the people who contract the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) will die during the course of the infection.  Given the recent increase of diagnosed cases in the Middle East (which recently has surged above 400 cases) and the lack of vaccines and therapeutics, researchers are… Read more »

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated… Read more »

Repellent-treated clothing reduces tick bites by 80 percent, study finds

April 17, 2014 People who work outdoors are at high risk for tick-borne diseases.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers excellent recommendations for people who work outdoors to avoid tick bites – including wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking pants into boots or socks, spraying your skin and clothing with… Read more »

Alumnus Zimmerman serves as NCSLPH director

April 17, 2014 Scott Zimmerman, DrPH, alumnus of what is now the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recently appointed director of the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) in Raleigh, N.C. NCSLPH provides certain medical and environmental laboratory services, including testing, consultation and training, to public and private health provider organizations… Read more »

Westreich receives SER’s Early Career Award

April 17, 2014 Daniel Westreich, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Society of Epidemiologic Research’s Early Career Award. The award is offered in recognition of early-career epidemiologists who already have made substantial contributions to the field and who are… Read more »

Daniel Westreich appointed AJE associate editor

Daniel Westreich appointed AJE associate editor Daniel Westreich, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, was appointed recently as an associate editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Westreich, a 2008 alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, joined the epidemiology faculty in 2013.

Weber, Aelion to be honored at Foard Lecture

April 8, 2014 Prestigious awards established at the Gillings School to honor outstanding alumni and faculty members will be presented on April 10 to C. Marjorie Aelion, PhD, and David Weber, MD. The presentation will precede the 46th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture, delivered this year by drinking water expert and advocate Gregory… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

March 17, 2014 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1. Olshan also has served in significant leadership roles at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Most recently, in 2012, he… Read more »