Epidemiology News

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 »

UNC sports medicine researchers named to national injury prevention center roster

October 22, 2008 A national sports injury prevention center has added two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to its roster of experts.   Dr. Steve Marshall Steve Marshall, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed director of epidemiology and biostatistics at the… Read more »

School presentations scheduled at APHA annual meeting

October 22, 2008 The research of about 75 faculty and staff members and students from the UNC schools of public health and medicine will be on display at the 136th annual meeting and exposition of the American Public Health Association, Oct. 25-29, in San Diego, Calif. More than 12,000 participants are expected to attend this… Read more »

Endeavors highlights work of Van Rie, student photographers

October 16, 2008 The current issue of Endeavors magazine features the work of a faculty member and two students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “Return of the Fatal Cough” describes the resurgence of tuberculosis and the research of Annelies Van Rie, MD, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology: TB is now the… Read more »

UNC scientists awarded grant to study causes of pediatric cancer

October 16, 2008 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Epidemiology Department in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a grant worth nearly $2.9 million from the National Cancer Institute to study the causes of neuroblastoma. Olshan is also the leader of the… Read more »