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Global health postdoc receives award for health communication dissertation

June 19, 2013   Dr. El-Toukhy Sherine El-Toukhy, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Office of Global Health, has received the 2013 Health Communication Dissertation of the Year Award, presented by the International Communication Association (ICA) and the National Communication Association (NCA).   Jane Brown, PhD, James L. Knight Professor… Read more »

Doctoral students in ESE and nutrition honored with Gillings Dissertation Award

June 19, 2013 Ya-Ru Li Carmen Piernas Sanchez Ya-Ru Li and Carmen Piernas Sanchez, doctoral students at Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received the 2013 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize that will support their research and dissertation writing.   Li, who is advised by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, assistant professor of environmental… Read more »

UNC leads obesity prevention conference in Italy

June 18, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s nutrition faculty and their international colleagues planned and are leading a conference on obesity prevention in Bellagio, Italy, June 17-21.   Conference attendees included co-coordinator Dr. Barry Popkin (back row, second from left). Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition… Read more »

Bob Millikan honored with posthumous Alumni Achievement Award from UC-Davis

  June 11, 2013   The late Robert Craft Millikan will be honored with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine during the School’s commencement ceremony on June 14. Dr. Bob Millikan Until his death in October 2012, Dr. Millikan was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished… Read more »

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 »