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Commentary calls for protecting public health by improving resiliency of water services

November 1, 2017
Drs. Jamie Bartram and Jason West are co-authors of a BMJ commentary that urges the public health sector to lobby for investment in resilient infrastructure for water services.

Study clarifies potential for medication-related problems in older adults with cancer

October 19, 2017
A team of six UNC researchers investigated the potential for problematic drug interactions in older cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Jaff and Margolis contribute chapter to book on ‘The Aftermath of Atrocity’

October 18, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Lewis Margolis are co-authors of an essay, which appears in the book, Societies Emerging From Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, on the burden of mental illness in war-torn areas of the Middle East.

New study explores unique ethical challenges of early-phase HIV cure research

October 17, 2017
A new study from the Public Health Leadership Program examines the ethics of early-phase HIV cure research, which presents unique ethical challenges because it poses high risks for research participants in the hopes of achieving a great reward.

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.