Epidemiology News

Higher occurrence of Parkinson’s linked to low LDL cholesterol

December 18, 2006 People with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than people with high LDL levels, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; low levels of LDL cholesterol are considered an indicator of good cardiovascular health. Earlier studies have found… Read more »

Carolina sends associate professor of epidemiology to Chile on Fulbright Scholarship

November 22, 2006 Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty – an epidemiologist studying adverse birth outcomes and a scholar of American cultural engagement with Islam – have been named 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholars. Photograph of Dr. Jay Kaufman Dr. Jay Kaufman and Dr. Timothy Marr will travel to Chile and Cyprus, respectively, to… Read more »

Abdominal fat affects breast cancer survival

October 13, 2006 A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides evidence that excess abdominal fat can affect breast cancer survival.The researchers followed 1,254 women ages 20 to 54 diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 1990 and 1992. Women with a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.80, which indicates… Read more »

UNC awarded $22 million to coordinate Hispanic Community Health Study

October 12, 2006 A $22 million federal contract to coordinate a nationwide health study of Hispanics in the United States has been awarded to the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Hispanic Community Healthy Study will examine the impact of acculturation – adapting to life in a… Read more »

UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to develop drugs for African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis

September 14, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $21.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop effective, inexpensive drugs to treat late-stage African sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis – diseases that infect and kill hundreds of thousands of people in developing nations.The grant supports the… Read more »

Exercise may increase breast cancer survival for young women

September 11, 2006 Overweight or obese young women who report moderate or vigorous physical activity during the year prior to their breast cancer diagnosis have increased five-year survival, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found. The results show a modest improvement in long-term survival for all women ages 20 to… Read more »

UNC testing new treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

September 08, 2006   UNC Hospitals is leading a nationwide clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation against standard treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.   Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which repeated acid reflux causes the cells that normally line the esophagus to be… Read more »

Board of Trustees approves two new department chairs in the School of Public Health

August 23, 2006 The University of North Carolina Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of two academic chairs in the School of Public Health, both of whom are long-term, internationally renowned faculty members at UNC. Andrew F. Olshan, PhD, will lead the department of epidemiology, and Michael D. Aitken, PhD, will direct the department… Read more »

Cheryl Stein and Daniel Westreich Win Awards

April 07, 2006 Cheryl Stein and Daniel Westreich, both PhD students in the Department of Epidemiology, were recently honored at the 7th Annual UNC Women’s Health Research Day .Cheryl received the McMahon Young Invesitgator Award, awarded in memory of Dr. Michael J. McMahon (MPH, EPID, 1995), UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, to a young… Read more »

Epidemiology Student Wins 3rd Place

April 07, 2006 Congratulations to Danielle Rentz who won 3rd place for the Student Paper Prize from the Congress of Epidemiology Conference. Her paper is titled “Temporal Trends in the Occurrence of Child Maltreatment in Military and Non-Military Families.” In June, she will present her paper at the Conference in Seattle.For further information please contact… Read more »