Epidemiology News

Researchers issue HIV goal: drug-free remission

March 05, 2009 A group of leading academic and industry scientists has issued a challenge to researchers studying HIV/AIDS: find a way to effectively purge latent HIV infection and eliminate the need for chronic, suppressive therapy to control the disease.”The Challenge of a Cure for HIV Infection,” published in the March 6, 2009 issue of… Read more »

Miller receives award for excellence in post-baccalaureate instruction

March 04, 2009 Dr. Bill Miller, in St. Petersburg William C. Miller, MD, PhD, MPH, has been selected to receive a 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. The award for teaching post-baccalaureate students is one of nine administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Office of the Provost to… Read more »

Long-term use of nutrient supplements may increase cancer risk

February 26, 2009 Dr. Jessie Satia Long-term use of beta carotene and some other carotenoid-containing dietary supplements may increase the risk of lung cancer, especially among smokers, according to a study led by Jessie Satia, PhD. The study, which also examined use of retinol, vitamin A, lycopene and lutein, appears in the February issue of… Read more »

Public health certification exam to be offered in August

February 05, 2009 Public health students and alumni may register until May 31 for the second annual Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-29. The CPH assessment is prepared, administered and evaluated by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), an independent organization formed in 2005 to help ensure… Read more »

Doctors don’t need several obesity measures to predict heart failure

January 30, 2009 <p”> Doctors and other health care professionals are aware that a person’s risk of heart failure increases as body weight goes up. However, they don’t need to measure patients’ waists or hips to help reduce the risk for heart failure, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s… Read more »

Corbie-Smith honored for her commitment to eliminate health disparities

January 23, 2009 Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MS, associate professor of social medicine, medicine and epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine, has received the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparity’s (NCMHD) Health Disparities Leadership Award. Corbie-Smith was recognized for her ability… Read more »

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 »