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Nutrition News

Professor will use new UNC Gillings ‘Borrow-a-Bike’ Program during commencement weekend

April 26, 2016 “I’m considering getting myself cloned,” laughed Alice Ammerman, DrPH. Ammerman, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has a dilemma – albeit a delightful one – regarding her schedule for May 7. Four of Ammerman’s… Read more »

Increased saturated fat intake linked to aggressive prostate cancer

April 20, 2016 Eating a diet higher in saturated fat — a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese — was linked to more aggressive prostate cancer, found a study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The preliminary results were… Read more »

20-year observation of adults in China shows physical activity levels in decline

April 19, 2016 As rapid cultural shifts take place in China, the country’s aging population is becoming less likely to engage in physical activity, finds a new study that followed more than 60,000 adults in China across two decades of their lives. The study did not examine physical activity in isolation, but instead analyzed changing… Read more »

Beck elected as ASN director-at-large

April 18, 2016 Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected as a director-at-large in the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), effective June 1, for a two-year term. The ASN, with more than 5,000 members, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing… Read more »

Two from Gillings School elected as delegates to UNC Employee Forum

April 15, 2016 Two staff members from the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected to the UNC Employee Forum. As staff delegates, Bryan Andregg and Natiaya Neal will work to improve the quality of life for staff, students and faculty at the University. The Employee Forum website describes the group’s mission, which… Read more »

NIH extends funding for Nutrition Obesity Research Center through second decade

April 13, 2016 The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) will receive a $5.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund another five years of research. The award is the fourth time NIH has provided five-year funding for the center. “We are proud that the NIH has selected UNC as one… Read more »

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »

Study finds no evidence that phthalates are responsible for increased childhood obesity

April 6, 2016 Jessie Buckley, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was featured in the “Science Selection” section of Environmental Health Perspectives for her recent research on phthalates and obesity in children. The research findings show no evidence of a connection between phthalates –… Read more »

Gillings School alumna wins University Award for Advancement of Women

April 1, 2016 Mary Shen, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna and currently a medical student in the UNC School of Medicine, has received the UNC General Alumni Association’s University Award for the Advancement of Women. Shen, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in nutrition at the Gillings School… Read more »

De Marco honored with Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award

March 30, 2016 Molly De Marco, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and project director in the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), has received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research. The award is one of several… Read more »