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ESE’s Singer wins AEESP award for teaching, mentoring, research

June 10, 2013   Dr. Philip Singer Philip C. Singer, PhD, has been selected as recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’ (AEESP) 2013 Charles R. O’Melia Distinguished Educator Award. Singer, professor emeritus in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), was Daniel A. Okun… Read more »

Researchers use crowdsourcing to explore how genetics affect our response to toxins

June 10, 2013   A new collaboration of industry, government agencies and academia aims to better understand – through crowdsourcing – how a person’s individual genetics can influence the body’s response when it is exposed to certain environmental and pharmaceutical chemicals.Organized and led by scientists from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sage… Read more »

Study analyzes children’s gut bacteria; finds promise that early intervention might prevent disease

June 07, 2013 For every cell in our bodies that makes us human, 10 bacteria ride along to help determine how healthy a human we become. Most of them live in our intestines.Scientists, who have identified about 10,000 species of gut bacteria, are beginning to discover the intricate relationships between those microbes and how their… Read more »

Mary Kay and AHA grants to fund Makowski’s research on obesity and cancer

June 06, 2013 Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, received two major awards this spring that will advance her work in obesity- and inflammation-related chronic diseases. Makowski will serve as principal investigator for “Reversing carcinogenic effect of obesity on basal-like breast cancer,” a project… Read more »

NEJM Perspective: Politics are still entrenched in health care policy, Oberlander says

June 05, 2013 Dr. Oberlander The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an entity empowered by The Affordable Care Act to recommend changes to Medicare if projected spending is not adequately moderated, seems to be “stuck in purgatory,” according to Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, in a May 29 “Perspective” in The New England Journal of Medicine.  … Read more »

Pignone to test interventions aimed at reducing colon cancer screening disparities

June 04, 2013   Dr. Michael Pignone Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, nationally recognized expert on colon cancer screening, will collaborate on an American Cancer Society project to test interventions designed to reduce colon cancer screening disparities in vulnerable patient groups, particularly Latinos.   Pignone, professor and chief of the general medicine division at the UNC… Read more »

Siega-Riz appointed to 2015 US Dietary Guidelines advisory committee

June 03, 2013 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts selected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.   Her selection was announced May 31 by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services… Read more »

School hosts health equity research webcast on early childhood development

May 30, 2013 More than 1,000 public health professionals, educators and policy makers from across the nation are scheduled to gather via the Internet June 4 to discuss early childhood development during the 19th annual National Health Equity Research Webcast. “Early Childhood: Investing in Our Children and Our Future” will be hosted by the Minority… Read more »

Surratt collaborates on study to unlock air pollution secrets and impacts on climate change

May 28, 2013 Jason Surratt, PhD, is one of an international team of investigators who will study chemical processes in the atmosphere that affect regional climate and air quality in the southeastern United States this summer.Surratt is assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Jason Surratt,… Read more »

Rimer awarded American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for benchmark cancer research

May 23, 2013   Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH, dean of The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was presented with the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor on May 22 at the Society’s 100th Birthday Summit in Atlanta. Dr. Barbara Rimer, center, accepted the ACS Medal of Honor on May… Read more »