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Feb. 10, 2014 Achieving widespread HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination is one of the most profound opportunities for cancer prevention, according to a report released Feb. 10 by the President’s Cancer Panel.  The panel is chaired by Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor of health behavior at The University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Jan. 6, 2014 The ways LGBT people are portrayed in the movies may contribute to higher rates of tobacco smoking among lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study finds. Led by Joseph Lee, MPH, health behavior doctoral student at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Dec. 10, 2013 Two Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnae, now working in the UNC School of Medicine, have found that many recent popular children’s movies feature content involving some characters who have unhealthy eating behaviors and others who stigmatize them for being overweight or obese. The study, led by Eliana M. Perrin, MD,… Read more »

Dec. 9, 2013 Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as a Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program awardee. The program, piloted in 2010, aims to enhance leadership development of junior minority researchers committed to improving service to the underserved… Read more »

Sept. 19, 2013   Although cigarette use has declined among Americans, regulators face the challenge of communicating the dangers of new tobacco products along with reaching smokers in diverse communities who may not respond to traditional forms of anti-tobacco communication. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes… Read more »

Aug. 27, 2013 Encouraging physicians to recommend human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to adolescent boys and their parents – and educating the boys and their families about the importance of receiving the vaccine – are essential to reducing the cancers this virus can cause.   Only a small minority of adolescent boys in the United States… Read more »

July 18, 2013   Shellie Ellis, MA, and Shelley Golden, PhD, are recipients of the 2013 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 prize to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. Shellie Ellis Ellis, doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

July 09, 2013   According to national statistics, deaths from drug overdose have increased consistently since the early 1990s. New research, however, suggests that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve closer examination.   Dr. Nab Dasgupta Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, 2013 epidemiology alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, worked with colleagues… Read more »

July 08, 2013 Dr. Stephanie Wheeler Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at Gillings School of Global Public Health, will receive $727,000 over five years through an American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant.   Wheeler’s research will focus upon understanding and improving use of guideline-recommended endocrine therapy among racially diverse… Read more »

June 25, 2013   Thirteen students from Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded financial support to work and study abroad, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced.   UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives presented eight of the awards, which were funded through private gifts to the UNC Global Education… Read more »