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Gay and bisexual men willing to use at-home screening tests for anal cancer, study finds

July 28, 2015 While the incidence of most cancers affecting men has dropped in the last decade, anal cancer has become steadily more common. This increase is attributable, at least in part, to high incidence rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), especially those living with HIV/AIDS. More than 70 percent of anal… Read more »

Rimer nominated to continue as chair of President’s Cancer Panel

July 24, 2015 Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been honored by President Barack Obama with a request that she continue, for a third term, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. Obama announced his intent to nominate Rimer and other individuals to key… Read more »

UNC evidence review finds excess tobacco marketing in neighborhoods with more low-income and more African-American residents

July 17, 2015 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sought to identify evidence of excess tobacco marketing being associated with the characteristics of who lives in a given neighborhood. Tobacco marketing in retail stores is one of the most common ways the tobacco industry reaches youth and adults. Joseph G.L. Lee,… Read more »

A picture is worth a thousand words: UNC finds images on cigarette packs warn more effectively than text

May 6, 2015 Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. The results, published May 6 in the journal Tobacco Control, follow growth in the use of picture-based… Read more »

Gillings School to collaborate on HIV disparities research in Central America

May 5, 2015 The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health is a sub-contractor and the only United States university partner in a cooperative agreement just signed between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). The title of… Read more »

Powell selected as IAAR fellow

April 30, 2015 Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected by the UNC Institute of African-American Research (IAAR) as a 2015-2016 faculty fellow. Powell, who will be a fellow in spring 2016, will examine the relationship between neighborhood conditions, stress and substance… Read more »

Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »

Gillings faculty, alumni contribute to SOPHE Health Education & Behavior journal supplement

April 14, 2015 The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has announced the publication of a Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) journal supplement devoted to the latest research and practice on policy and environmental approaches to foster healthy communities. The April 2015 supplement, “The Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health,” comprises a… Read more »

From Vietnam to Pensacola, School alumni connect

April 9, 2015 When Frank Wilkes, PhD, learned that someone was moving into the house two doors down from his home in Pensacola, Fla., he had no idea that he already had a connection with his new neighbor. Wilkes, who graduated from UNC with a Master of Science in Public Health (1964) and a doctorate… Read more »