Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

Schoenbach wins inaugural MLK Unsung Hero Award for championing diversity efforts

Jan. 20, 2014 Victor J. Schoenbach, PhD, was been named an inaugural recipient of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Martin Luther King Unsung Hero Award. The award, presented by UNC’s Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office and the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration committee, was established to recognize those who have made a… Read more »

Epidemiology students receive APHA grant to improve sexual health education on UNC campus

Dec. 2, 2013 Nadya Belenky, MSPH, and Diana Sanchez, MPH, epidemiology doctoral students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the American Public Health Association’s Advocacy on Campuses that Impacts Our Nation (ACTION) award to launch a semester-long sexual health-themed social media campaign called “Let’s Talk About It, UNC.” “Social media programs are… Read more »

Carolina Breast Cancer Study enrolls record 3,000 participants

Nov. 25, 2013 Researchers leading the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS) have enrolled the 3,000th participant for the study’s third phase, making it the largest-ever population-based study of breast cancer in North Carolina and one of the largest in the world. This milestone completes enrollment and initiates the five- year follow-up. CBCS is conducted by… Read more »

HPV associated with increased risk of HIV infection in men, study finds

Nov. 20, 2013 A study of 2,519 Kenyan men conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) was associated with a higher subsequent risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to AIDS. The study, published online in the journal AIDS, was authored by Jennifer Smith, PhD,… Read more »

Cohen receives North Carolina’s highest civilian honor

  Myron S. Cohen, MD, a UNC physician and scientist internationally recognized for his study of the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, has received the 2013 North Carolina Award for Science. Cohen is Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of… Read more »

Seatbelts are pregnant drivers’ best bet to prevent auto injuries, study finds

Oct. 15, 2013   We’ve all heard it before: seatbelts save lives. For pregnant women, seatbelts could mean saving at least one life now and another in the very near future. That’s the conclusion from an exhaustive study of 878,546 pregnant drivers between 16 and 46 years old, conducted by researchers at The University of… Read more »

Cohen’s Fogarty grant will help train Chinese health workers to prevent, treat STDs

 Sept. 11, 2013   Myron Cohen, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center to train medical personnel in southern China to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases, including hepatitis B and C.   Cohen is Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology in UNC’s… Read more »

Baric to lead $10 million NIH grant

Sept. 9, 2013   A team of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin has received a National Institutes of Health grant for more than $10 million to study the pathogenic activity of viruses including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola, highly… Read more »

NIH-funded project will investigate genetic susceptibilities in minority populations

Sept. 9, 2013 Kari North, PhD, has received a four-year, $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant that aims to uncover connections between genetic variants and some of the complex diseases that affect Hispanics and African-Americans. North is associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The grant program, CALICO II,… Read more »