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Moss, postdoctoral fellow, receives Outstanding Dissertation Award for work with HPV vaccine

February 5, 2016 Jennifer L. Moss, PhD, has been selected to receive the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2016. Moss is a 2015 graduate of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Now a cancer prevention fellow with the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program,… Read more »

Gillings School researchers join US cancer centers in endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention

January 27, 2016 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers across the U.S. in calling for increasing the rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The institutions collectively recognize insufficient HPV vaccination as a public health threat and call upon the nation’s physicians, parents and young… Read more »

Minority Health Conference to focus on intersection of public health and social justice

January 25, 2016 “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice” is the theme of UNC’s 37th annual UNC Minority Health Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 26 at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C. The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School’s… Read more »

Gillings School researchers engaged in NCI grant to address cancer disparities

January 21, 2016 Two three-year funding awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will bolster work by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to address disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina and across a three-state region. A three-year grant of $339,909 will support collaboration between UNC Lineberger and the Medical University of… Read more »

Linnan chosen as new associate dean for academic and student affairs

January 15, 2016 Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named UNC Gillings’ new associate dean for academic and student affairs. “I am excited to have this excellent opportunity to work with the many dedicated faculty and staff members, students and alumni at the Gillings… Read more »

Study finds gaps in patients’ knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

January 12, 2016 A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and their collaborators has called for the provision of better information about the pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery to breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy. In a study published in the journal Annals… Read more »

Distinguished alumnus William Darity Sr. dies at age 91

December 1, 2015 William Alexander (Bill) Darity Sr., PhD, 1964 alumnus of The University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health and emeritus professor and founding dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died Sunday, Nov. 29. He was 91. Born Jan. 15, 1924, in East Flat Rock, N.C.,… Read more »

Lightfoot honored by APHA for community-based public health research

November 19, 2015 Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, received the 2015 Tom Bruce Award at a Nov. 3 meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus, a subgroup within APHA, manages the award. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the work and legacy of Thomas Allen Bruce, MD, who is… Read more »

Study finds sizeable minority of physicians do not strongly endorse HPV vaccine

November 16, 2015 Five UNC researchers are co-authors of a paper published online Oct. 22 by Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The article, titled “Quality of Physician Communication about Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Findings from a National Survey,” describes vaccine communication practices among primary care physicians. Melissa Gilkey, PhD, is a former postdoctoral fellow with UNC’s… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »