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New statistical tool will improve understanding of cancer genetics

  July 12, 2013 An article published in the July 8 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) describes the development of a new data-mining tool that will improve researchers’ understanding of cancer genetics.   Guanhua Chen Dr. Michael Kosorok The paper, “Biclustering with heterogeneous variance,” is co-authored by Guanhua Chen, biostatistics doctoral 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 »

UNC toxicologists present NexGen tools to Canada’s national health agency

July 09, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology conducted a workshop at Health Canada, in Ottawa on June 25, to introduce public health workers to computational toxicology tools for Next Generation (NexGen) environmental risk assessment.Health Canada, similar to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,… 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 »

Wheeler wins ACS grant to study racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes

July 08, 2013 Dr. Stephanie Wheeler Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at Gillings School of Global Public Health, will receive $727,000 over five years through an American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant.   Wheeler’s research will focus upon understanding and improving use of guideline-recommended endocrine therapy among racially diverse… 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 »

Surgeon, Gillings graduate, brings gift of hearing to three-year-old boy

June 27, 2013   A heartwarming video made the rounds on national news this month, showing a three-year-old at the moment he heard his father’s voice for the first time. Grayson Clamp sits in his father’s lap, just prior to hearing his dad’s voice for the first time. Grayson Clamp, from Charlotte, N.C., was born… Read more »

Schoenfeld wins APHL Presidential Award for public health leadership and service

June 27, 2013   Dr. Schoenfeld Ernest Schoenfeld, DrPH, lecturer in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program and longtime leader at the School, has won the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Presidential Award.   Schoenfeld is senior adviser to William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of… Read more »