Nutrition News

Study finds relationship of calcium to brain lesions in older adults

June 21, 2013 A study co-authored by UNC’s John J.B. Anderson, PhD, has found a relationship between calcium levels and the presence of white-matter lesions in the brain, particularly in men and in people with depression.   Dr. John Anderson Anderson is professor emeritus of nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Study examines black women’s perceptions about breast cancer

June 19, 2013 African-American women are more than twice as likely as white women to develop basal-like breast cancer, an aggressive subtype that is hard to treat. More significantly, the five-year survival rate for African-Americans with basal-like breast cancer is 78 percent, lower than that of any other ethnic or racial group in the U.S…. Read more »

Doctoral students in ESE and nutrition honored with Gillings Dissertation Award

June 19, 2013 Ya-Ru Li Carmen Piernas Sanchez Ya-Ru Li and Carmen Piernas Sanchez, doctoral students at Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received the 2013 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize that will support their research and dissertation writing.   Li, who is advised by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, assistant professor of environmental… Read more »

UNC leads obesity prevention conference in Italy

June 18, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s nutrition faculty and their international colleagues planned and are leading a conference on obesity prevention in Bellagio, Italy, June 17-21.   Conference attendees included co-coordinator Dr. Barry Popkin (back row, second from left). Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition… Read more »

Mary Kay and AHA grants to fund Makowski’s research on obesity and cancer

June 06, 2013 Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, received two major awards this spring that will advance her work in obesity- and inflammation-related chronic diseases. Makowski will serve as principal investigator for “Reversing carcinogenic effect of obesity on basal-like breast cancer,” a project… Read more »

Siega-Riz appointed to 2015 US Dietary Guidelines advisory committee

June 03, 2013 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts selected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.   Her selection was announced May 31 by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services… Read more »

Kohlmeier honored with award for excellence in medical education

  April 25, 2013 Dr. Kohlmeier Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, research professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, N.C., has received the 2013 Roland L. Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education from the American Society for Nutrition. “This award is presented in… Read more »

Thirteen public health students receive Graduate School’s Impact Award

April 11, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health students won nearly a third of the 2013 Impact Awards presented at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 10 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.   The awards won by Gillings students – 13 of them – were for… Read more »

Mayer-Davis named interim chair of nutrition

April 09, 2013 Dr. Mayer-Davis Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named interim chair of the nutrition department, effective June 1. The nutrition department is jointly housed in the Gillings School and in UNC’s School of Medicine. Mayer-Davis will succeed June Stevens, PhD, American Institute for… Read more »

UNC partners with dining services provider to help high school students ‘text’ their lunch orders

April 08, 2013 The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has partnered with Chartwells School Dining Services to study how new technologies could affect school lunch participation rates and healthy food choices.Chartwells is a Charlotte (N.C.)-based company that provides meals to more than 6,000 U.S. schools. The “Taste Texting” program will be launched… Read more »