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Epidemiology News

Faculty promotions announced

Aug. 22, 2013   Leaders at Gillings School of Global Public Health have announced recent faculty promotions as of Aug. 1, 2013.             Faculty members receiving promotions are: William Carpenter, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management, effective July 1 Yufeng Liu, PhD, professor of statistics and operations research,… Read more »

Gillings researchers win Fogarty awards to promote ethics in DRC

Aug. 20, 2013   Two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members have received the Fogarty International Center’s International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award to raise awareness and promote skills related to bioethical issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Frieda Behets, PhD, professor of epidemiology, and Stuart Rennie, PhD, adjunct… Read more »

NIH grants $5.6M to fund new UNC osteoarthritis research center

Aug. 12, 2013 A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).   “We know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability… Read more »

NIH grants $5.6M to fund new UNC osteoarthritis research center

Aug. 12, 2013 A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).   “We know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability… Read more »

Pollutants from burning incense cause inflammatory response in human lung cells

 July 25, 2013   Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have examined incense as a source of indoor air pollution in the Arabian Gulf Peninsula and found that the common practice may cause an inflammatory response in the cells of people exposed to its smoke and gaseous combustion products.   Rebecca Cohen, master’s student… Read more »

AJPM commentary asks: How much health screening does a person need?

July 09, 2013 A commentary by Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members, published July 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, addresses the controversial question of how much medical screening is enough.   Dr. Russ Harris Dr. Stacey Sheridan Authors of the article, “The Times They (May Be) A-Changin’: Too Much Screening… Read more »

Research evaluates overdose death definitions used in statistics, suggests revision

July 09, 2013   According to national statistics, deaths from drug overdose have increased consistently since the early 1990s. New research, however, suggests that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve closer examination.   Dr. Nab Dasgupta Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, 2013 epidemiology alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, worked with colleagues… Read more »

Industrial farm workers carry drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock, study finds

July 03, 2013   A new study found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers but not in the noses of antibiotic-free livestock workers in North Carolina. Dr. Chris Heaney Dr. Steve Wing Dr. Jill Stewart The research, led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, and begun while he was a… Read more »

MEASURE Evaluation awarded $15 million USAID grant

  July 02, 2013 MEASURE Evaluation, a consortium of organizations led by UNC’s Carolina Population Center, has received an award from the U.S. Agency for International Development for work in South Africa valued at $15 million over five years. Dr. Jim Thomas (Photo by Denise Ammons) The consortium is the USAID Global Health Bureau’s primary… Read more »

Epidemiology department makes fine showing at national conference

July 02, 2013 Dr. Daniel Westreich (left) discusses his prize-winning poster. Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology was well represented at the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, held in Boston, June 18-21. UNC faculty presented talks and participated in panels (Andy Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the… Read more »