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Epidemiology News

Jan. 30, 2014 If the warnings on the Viagra commercials haven’t given you pause (who would wait four hours before calling a doctor?), maybe you wouldn’t be deterred by ads for a new testosterone supplement. The high-speed voice-over on the supplement ad warns about prostate and breast cancers in men and the danger of one’s… Read more »

Jan. 24, 2014 Sharon Weir, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and fellow at UNC’s Carolina Population Center, has received the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for her efforts to develop and use the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) Method…. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

  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 »

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 »

Sept. 22, 2013   Adaptation is the secret to survival, so living organisms learn to be quick on their proverbial pseudopods. A virus’ skills in adapting and reproducing, however, can be lethal for its animal and human hosts, and epidemiologists must be just as agile in understanding ways a virus can replicate and change. A… Read more »

 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 »