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Distributing self-test kits to women can promote HIV testing among men in Kenya, study finds

April 18, 2016 Self-testing is emerging as a promising approach to increasing HIV testing rates among men in sub-Saharan Africa. In a new study led by Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, researchers analyzed whether providing multiple self-testing kits to women who are at high risk of HIV acquisition… Read more »

Two from Gillings School elected as delegates to UNC Employee Forum

April 15, 2016 Two staff members from the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected to the UNC Employee Forum. As staff delegates, Bryan Andregg and Natiaya Neal will work to improve the quality of life for staff, students and faculty at the University. The Employee Forum website describes the group’s mission, which… Read more »

Lessons learned at 2016 Millennial Health Leaders Summit

April 5, 2016 This post was written by Samantha Croffut, a graduate student of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She was invited to attend the 2016 Millennial Health Leaders Summit as a student delegate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Millennial Health Leaders Summit was convened to train… Read more »

Ongechi selected for Carolina Women’s Center’s Faculty Scholar Award

March 29, 2016 Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research associate professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 2016-2017 Faculty Scholar Award for Carolina Women’s Center to undertake a project that will advance the Center’s mission to further gender equity. Ongechi’s project, “Understanding the Impact of… Read more »

Ward Cates, public health champion and beloved mentor, is dead at 73

March 18, 2016 The world has lost a public health champion, pioneer researcher in the fields of HIV/AIDS and women’s reproductive health, and compassionate mentor and friend. Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, distinguished scientist and president emeritus of FHI 360, died on March 17, 2016, at the age of 73. Dr. Cates earned Doctor… Read more »

When real-world data and research collide: An interview with Mugdha Gokhale

March 16, 2016 This article, by Alyssa LaFaro, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. Mugdha Gokhale sat on a plane headed to Raleigh with her husband and 1-year-old daughter when an email from Forbes magazine popped up in her inbox. “Congrats!” it announced. She read on to learn she had been nominated… Read more »

Getting there: What does it take to care for mothers and their babies in remote Ghana?

March 15, 2016 This article, by Mary Lide Parker, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. In a small village in southern Ghana, a 29-year-old pregnant woman named Vivian goes into labor at 2 a.m. Her husband is visiting Ghana’s capital city, Accra, over 100 miles away. With no means of transportation, Vivian,… Read more »

UNC epidemiology study: New SARS-like virus may be nearly ready to infect humans

March 15, 2016 A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that a SARS-like virus known as WIV1-CoV, which is found in horseshoe bats, could bind to the same receptors as SARS-CoV and replicate in human cells without the need for adaptation. Thought to be a critical barrier,… Read more »

GillingsX highlights innovation at school of public health

March 10, 2016 On Wednesday, March 9, five speakers at the annual GillingsX event shared how they apply innovative approaches to the field of public health, both locally and globally. The GillingsX talks, which are similar in format to TED Talks, offer pithy, engaging takes on complex subjects. This year, students and faculty of the… Read more »

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 29, 2016 Four teams of researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs), beginning this spring. The GIL awards offer faculty members support to advance their innovative research and more quickly translate scientific findings into workable solutions in local and global communities…. Read more »