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Epidemiology News

Baric and other UNC researchers team up to find new target for dengue virus vaccine

Feb. 26, 2014 Creating a vaccine that protects people from all four types of dengue virus has frustrated scientists for decades. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a new target for human antibodies that could hold the key to a vaccine for the world’s most widespread mosquito-borne disease. Using an experimental technique… Read more »

Adair awarded ASN’s Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research

Feb. 26, 2014 Linda Adair, PhD, nutrition professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Society of Nutrition’s Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research. The award, sponsored by the Kellogg Company, is given to a member of ASN’s International Nutrition Council who is actively engaged in research to benefit populations… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

Men in US and UK undergo testosterone therapy without clear medical need, study finds

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 »

Weir awarded USAID’s Science and Technology Pioneers Prize

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 »

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 »