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Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 17, 2016 Sixteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been selected as 2016-2017 recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards. The scholarship and dissertation award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through… Read more »

Sobsey to receive prestigious Clarke Prize

June 21, 2016 The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is pleased to announce Mark Sobsey, PhD, will be the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Dr. Sobsey is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of… Read more »

ESE student team awarded EPA’s ‘People, Prosperity and the Planet’ grant

February 29, 2016 A team of students working with Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $14,569 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and evaluate a new test to detect cholera bacteria in drinking… Read more »

Pasteur Gillings Day: a celebration of visionary philanthropy

April 21, 2015 The Institut Pasteur, in Paris, hosted Dennis and Mireille Gillings on April 20 for “Pasteur Gillings Day,” a special event with activities including scientific presentations and tours of the Pasteur Museum, the Global Health Center and other important facilities. The celebration followed the formalization of a long-standing partnership between the Institut Pasteur’s… Read more »

Mireille Gillings appointed to Pasteur Foundation board

February 3, 2015 Mireille Gillings, PhD, who with her husband Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, is a major benefactor of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed to the U.S. corporate board of directors of the Pasteur Foundation. The Foundation, U.S. affiliate of the Paris-based Institut Pasteur, supports American scientific exchange through postdoctoral… Read more »

New Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 2, 2015 Four new projects – two designed to improve chronic disease care, one aimed at increasing access to cervical cancer screening, and another to track land-applied biosolids – are the most recent Gillings Innovation Labs. Established in 2007 as part of the $50 million Gillings gift, Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs) are designed to… Read more »

ESE doctoral students awarded inaugural Dennis and Mireille Gillings fellowships for work at Institut Pasteur

November 11, 2014 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral students Maya Nadimpalli and Patsy Polston are inaugural recipients of the prestigious Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships, a collaboration between UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Pasteur Foundation, the U.S. affiliate of Institut Pasteur. The fellowships include the… Read more »

BIOS students win first prize for original song and video in ASA’s ‘You’ve Got Talent’ contest

August 11, 2014 Biostatistics graduate students Avner Halevy and Nicolas Ballarini led a Gillings School of Global Public Health production team that tied for first place in the American Statistical Association’s “You’ve Got Talent!” contest. The four finalists performed during the Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 2-7 in Boston. Halevy, composer, singer and guitarist on the… Read more »

Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award

July 9, 2014 Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior, has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize funded through the Gillings gift. Nezami’s dissertation, “Healthy Weight Behaviors and Weight Change in Parents and Children Ages 3-5,” focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. Nezami will use an intervention… Read more »

Gillings appointed by UK’s prime minister to accelerate diagnosis, treatment, cure for dementia

March 10, 2014 Dennis Gillings, PhD, has been appointed by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to serve as World Dementia Envoy. In that role, Gillings will establish and lead a World Dementia Council to raise funds for research toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Gillings, founder and executive chair of Quintiles,… Read more »