Epidemiology News

Study finds loss of sexual desire in postmenopausal women affects health, quality of life

January 21, 2009 Dr. Andrea Biddle Women with low levels of sexual desire, often as a result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed and to suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women who report higher levels of desire, according to a new study by Andrea K. Biddle, PhD,… Read more »

New study to focus on causes of birth defects

January 21, 2009 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the causes of birth defects. The grant… Read more »

Grant, community activist, to speak at School’s 2009 commencement

January 12, 2009 Gary R. Grant Gary R. Grant, executive director of Concerned Citizens of Tillery (N.C.), will speak at the spring commencement ceremony for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Concerned Citizens of Tillery is a grassroots activist organization formed in the 1990s in response to industrial hog-farming in eastern North… Read more »

Leone recognized for service to HIV/STD care in North Carolina

December 16, 2008 <p”> Dr. Peter Leone Peter A. Leone, MD, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the 2008 Marty Prairie Award from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch. The award… Read more »

Behets receives Glaser Foundation grant for AIDS work in DRC

December 15, 2008 Frieda Behets, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a grant from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to study best practices in the fight against pediatric AIDS. Behets will work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to increase the efficacy of… Read more »

Researchers recreate SARS virus, open door for potential defenses against future strains

November 25, 2008 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have synthetically reconstructed the bat variant of the SARS coronavirus (CoV) that caused the SARS epidemic of 2003. The scientists say designing and synthesizing the virus is a major step forward in their ability to find effective… Read more »

Master’s degree in clinical research to enroll students for fall 2009

November 14, 2008 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute together have announced a new Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR). This new degree-granting program, the purpose of which is to help professionals from all fields develop clinical research skills, is inviting applications… Read more »

Faculty researchers teach second clinical trials methods course in Malawi

November 10, 2008 Dr. Steven Meshnick The second clinical trials methodology course for physician researchers in Malawi was taught by UNC researchers in Blantyre, Malawi, on Oct. 13-17. Steven Meshnick, PhD, MD, professor of epidemiology, designed and oversaw the program, which helps health care professionals in Malawi gain expertise in conducting successful clinical trials. Funding… Read more »

Epidemiology students receive CDC dissertation awards

November 10, 2008   Bonnie Joubert (left) and Susan Mason Bonnie Pedersen Joubert and Susan Marshall Mason, doctoral students in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Epidemiology, have received Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dissertation research awards for their projects on mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and… Read more »

UNC contract to help UAE assess environmental health risks expanded

November 05, 2008 The contract between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi and The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health has been expanded to include a broader range of assessments of health risks due to environmental factors in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), one of the fastest developing nations in the world. As… Read more »