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Study finds genetic variant that confirms shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics, American Indians

January 31, 2017
A new study, led by Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai, has found an Amerindian-specific genetic variant that influences a kidney trait in Hispanics/Latinos, thereby confirming shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Cuba offers example for countries striving to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of syphilis, HIV

Currently, several countries in the Americas are poised to eliminate mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of syphilis. With the Zika virus epidemic, however, low-income countries face unanticipated challenges. Dr. Lola Stamm discusses why it is imperative that the commitment to eliminate MTCT of syphilis be sustained.

Aquagenx compartment bag tests used for water quality monitoring in rural Myanmar

The Aquagenx water quality test kit, which was developed by a researcher at the Gillings School, is being used as part of an assessment of the Accelerating Water and Sanitation for All Program in remote communities in Myanmar.

Speizer to examine sustainability of family planning program activities in urban Nigeria

Dr. Ilene Speizer, research professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, will lead a two-year, $1.7 million project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Spiezer will examine the sustainability of family planning program activities in Nigeria.

Pollution emitted near equator has biggest impact on global ozone

Research led by Dr. Jason West confirms that the location of air pollutants has a big impact upon ozone levels. Because the interplay of pollutants with higher temperatures speeds up the chemical reactions that form ozone, the worst effects of pollution are seen near the equator. West suggests that effects of current pollution levels could be difficult to remedy without strategic policy planning.

UNC Gillings’ Water Institute, World Vision partnership will improve clean water access in 10 African nations

A six-year grant from World Vision to The Water Institute at UNC will create a partnership to improve water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in several low- and middle-income countries, with a long-term goal of helping to solve the global water and sanitation crisis by 2030.

Sullivan appointed director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

Catherine Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, has been named director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She succeeds the late Dr. Miriam Labbok, CGBI’s founding director. CGBI was established in 2006, through the gift of an anonymous donor, to increase quality of care for women and children and to promote breastfeeding and breastfeeding research.

WHO Collaborating Center awarded multimillion-dollar DHHS grant for implementation science

The Gillings School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health has been awarded approximately $1.5 million per year for up to four years to establish a new family planning training center to be led by Dr. Herbert Peterson. The award is a key milestone in the WHO Collaborating Center’s efforts to enhance the health and well-being of mothers, babies and children globally and locally.

Two alumni selected by Gates Institute as ’40 under 40′ advocates for reproductive health

Burcu Bozkurt and Lucy Wilson, alumni of the UNC Gillings School, are among the 40 people under 40 recognized as strong advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bozkurt is co-founder of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning; Wilson is a technical adviser at FHI 360.