Epidemiology News

Gene found to influence waist circumference, obesity

June 26, 2009 People who are overweight or obese sometimes joke about their bodies, saying that the waist size of their “jeans” is influenced by the “genes” they inherited from their parents. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, however, suggests that this play on words has some basis in reality…. Read more »

Rositch selected as Fogarty Scholar

June 22, 2009 Anne Rositch Anne E. Rositch, doctoral student in epidemiology, was selected this spring as a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar. Beginning in July, she will live in Nairobi, Kenya, for about a year, contributing to a study that focuses on human papillomavirus, cervical precancerous lesions and HIV transmission. Under the auspices of… Read more »

Smoking, drinking, lack of exercise interact with genes to increase risk of hypertension

June 16, 2009 Cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise can interact with genes to influence a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a report published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. Dr. Nora Franceschini “The three lifestyle characteristics are well-known risk factors for high blood pressure,” said Nora Franceschini, MD, lead author… Read more »

Use of herbal and other dietary supplements may have impact on cancer risk

June 15, 2009 Dr. Jessie Satia Certain herbal and specialty supplements may increase one’s risk of developing lung and colorectal cancers, while others may decrease the risk, according to a new study led by Jessie Satia, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Researchers find genes associated with onset of puberty

  June 08, 2009 The genes that may cause a normal variation in the timing of female sexual maturation have been identified, according to a researcher at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and 38 other researchers from around the world. Their findings, published in the June issue of Nature… Read more »

H1N1 flu outbreak response, public health preparedness projects receive grants

May 20, 2009 The North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center has announced five awards for public health preparedness efforts, including the response to the current H1N1 influenza outbreak. The center, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has awarded the grants to four UNC… Read more »

Thomas to answer questions about H1N1 virus at science forum Thursday

May 11, 2009 A special Current Science Forum at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will take an in-depth look at the H1N1 virus, popularly known as “swine flu,” on Thursday (May 14) at 7 p.m. Dr. James Thomas James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology… Read more »

Serving others leads to lasting love

  May 08, 2009 Ushma Mehta Doctoral student, nutritional epidemiology Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 2000-2002 Darren Treml Associate biosafety officer, UNC’s Dept. of Environment, Health and Safety Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 2000-2002 Ushma Mehta is slightly built. She speaks quietly and precisely and admits to being “serious.” As a Hindu who came to the U.S…. Read more »

Lauria and Thomas to receive School’s mentoring and teaching awards at Commencement

May 06, 2009 Drs. Jim Thomas (left) and Don Lauria will receive awards at Commencement. The 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, 2009. Donald T. Lauria, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering, will receive the… Read more »

UNC receives $2.7 million NIH grant to continue AIDS research training program

April 23, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received $2.7 million from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to train HIV/AIDS researchers in China, Malawi and Cameroon. Dr. Ada Adimora Dr. Ada Adimora is principal investigator on the grant, which supports long- and short-term HIV/AIDS research… Read more »