Category:

Global News

TB still major public health threat in China due to knowledge-practice gap, study finds

October 17, 2017
Although the prevalence of tuberculosis has more than halved in China since 1990, early diagnosis remains a challenge. A new study led by Dr. Sean Y. Sylvia provides, for the first time, data on the quality of TB care found at three different levels of the Chinese rural health system.

NIH grant to examine human health costs of economic development in Galápagos Islands

October 17, 2017
Dr. Amanda Thompson, recently was awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health grant to examine the effects of changing environments on human health in the Galápagos, Ecuador. Her co-investigators are Drs. Peggy Bentley and Jill Stewart. Photo by Mary Lide Parker.

2017 UNC-IntraHealth fellows explored wide range of health topics in summer program

October 15, 2017
Graduates of the eighth annual UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program spent 10 weeks working with global health professionals at IntraHealth International, taking part in projects that focused on HIV-related stigma, sexual discrimination at work, and other public health topics. Graduates of the program are Saja Al-Falahi, Alex Dest, Yutaka Endo and Kati Jackson.

Allocation of public health research investments may disadvantage black Americans, study finds

October 10, 2017
“Do black lives matter in public health research and training?” This was the question posed in a recent study co-led by three alumni of the Gillings School, including Department of Epidemiology faculty member Dr. Shabbar Ranapurwala.

Five new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

October 5, 2017
Five teams of Gillings School researchers and their collaborators have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards (GILs), beginning this fall. The teams are led by Drs. Orlando Coronell, Stephanie Engel, Emily Gower, Stephen Marshall and Kristen Hassmiller-Lynch, and Steven Meshnick. The awards are administered by Research, Innovation and Global Solutions, the Gillings School unit that manages programs funded by the $50 million Gillings gift.

UNC researchers receive $61M grant to identify effective treatments for asthma

October 2, 2017
Dr. Anastasia Ivanova will lead a five-year, $61 million study to identify more effective treatments for asthma attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and ‘big data’ analysis. The work is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Chair of maternal and child health to co-lead grant investigating sexual/gender identity, socioeconomic status and health

October 2, 2017
A new award co-funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, co-led by Dr. Carolyn Halpern, will explore how sexual orientation/gender identity and socioeconomic status intersect and contribute to health and disease across the life course.

Pence, Hosseinipour to lead NIMH grant on mental health treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

September 28, 2017
Dr. Brian Pence will serve as co-principal investigator for a five-year, $3.6 million grant awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health to the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. The project focuses on implementation science research and capacity building around mental health treatment delivery in Malawi and Tanzania.

Doctoral student selected as RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

September 26, 2017
Mya Roberson, epidemiology doctoral student, was one of 40 graduate students selected from across the U.S. to participate in the Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program, led by George Washington University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, prepares the next generation of public health leaders to tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research.

Lancet report charts path toward health for sub-Saharan countries

September 26, 2017
Dr. Irene Agyepong, Gillings School alumna, is lead author of a new, comprehensive report that charts a roadmap for improved health among sub-Saharan Africans. Published in The Lancet, the report was co-authored by a number of public health researchers and policy makers around the world.