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Epidemiology News

Hudgens, Smith to be honored at commencement with McGavran, Larsh awards

May 8, 2015 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Michael Hudgens, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics, will receive the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, will accept the… Read more »

Epidemiology student wins Doris Duke fellowship to promote children’s well-being

May 6, 2015 Jared Parrish, MS, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research assistant at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center, has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Parrish will receive an annual $30,000 stipend for two years to support completion of his… Read more »

Orphaned boys in low- and middle-income countries as vulnerable to abuse as girls, study finds

April 26, 2015 Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the authors suggest targeting more… Read more »

Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »

Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants

April 21, 2015 Three faculty members at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants through the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, is the co-principal investigator on a project to explore… Read more »

Study finds no significant increase in pelvic pain following hysteroscopic versus laparoscopic sterilization

April 1, 2015 Hysteroscopic sterilization is a relatively new alternative to laparoscopic sterilization. During the often-outpatient procedure, a metal coil is implanted, causing permanent blockage of the fallopian tubes. Recent media reports, however, have described instances of prolonged pelvic pain in women who have undergone hysteroscopic sterilizations. A new paper, “Incidence of opioid-managed pelvic pain… Read more »

Yeatts, Turner receive UNC teaching awards

April 1, 2015 A faculty member and a doctoral student teaching assistant at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health were chosen recently for Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA). Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kea Turner, a doctoral student in the health policy and management department, received… Read more »

Verhalen, alumnus and friend of the School, dies March 26

March 30, 2015 Robert Verhalen, DrPH, alumnus and emeritus board member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Foundation board, passed away on March 26 in McLean, Va., at the age of 79. Dr. Verhalen earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Iowa State University (1963) and a Master of Public… Read more »

Glyburide associated with higher risk of adverse events in newborns than insulin, study finds

March 30, 2015 The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the United States has more than doubled during the last 20 years, which has increased the use of the medication glyburide to treat GDM in pregnant women. However, a new study co-authored by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings… Read more »