Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

Thirteen public health students receive Graduate School’s Impact Award

April 11, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health students won nearly a third of the 2013 Impact Awards presented at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 10 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.   The awards won by Gillings students – 13 of them – were for… Read more »

Study: Sludge-based fertilizer may be causing human illnesses

March 11, 2013   Treated municipal sewage sludge – that is, the solids from sewage treatment – may be causing illness in people up to a mile from where the sludge is spread on land. A farmer spreads sludge to fertilize his fields. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. Those are the findings of epidemiology… Read more »

Genomic screening to detect preventable rare diseases in healthy people

March 07, 2013 Millions of people unknowingly carry rare gene mutations that place them at high risk of developing preventable diseases such as colorectal and breast cancers and several catastrophic blood vessel disorders.Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine propose that screening… Read more »

Genes that control nervous system development play a role in gum disease

March 05, 2013 By simultaneously investigating millions of gene variants in more than 5,000 individuals, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveal that genes responsible for nervous system development and immune function also play a role in an insidious gum disease known as chronic periodontitis.The work is the first genome-wide association… Read more »

34th annual Minority Health Conference explores ways to improve health equity

March 01, 2013 Dr. Brian Smedley The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health presented the 34th annual Minority Health Conference on Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C.   The event, attended by… Read more »

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

March 01, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health representatives have announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period July 2012 to Feb. 1, 2013. Promotions during the period include: Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering, effective July 1, 2012; Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition, effective Feb. 1; Jessica… Read more »

New look at old study casts doubt on value of vegetable fats for heart health

February 08, 2013   A new analysis of data missing from a study that ended more than 40 years ago casts doubt on current dietary advice about vegetable fats and heart health.   The clinical trial, published online Feb. 5 in the British Journal of Medicine [pdf], shows that replacing saturated animal fats with linoleic… Read more »

Eight faculty members hailed as teaching innovators; celebration events continue through February

January 30, 2013 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Jan. 29 to applaud eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s second annual Teaching Innovation Awards.   This year’s Teaching Innovation Award… Read more »

Global health technology innovator to speak at spring commencement

January 03, 2013   Josh Nesbit Josh Nesbit, executive director and co-founder of Medic Mobile, a nongovernmental organization that employs mobile technologies to improve health care in challenging settings, has been selected as keynote speaker for the Gillings School of Global Public Health spring 2013 commencement, to be held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m…. Read more »

Cohen named ‘Tar Heel of the Year’ by News and Observer

January 02, 2013 Dr. Myron Cohen Myron Cohen, MD, professor of epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, has been named one of two “Tar Heels of the Year” by the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer. Cohen, who also is J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor… Read more »