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Study: Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines

October 25, 2011 Share   People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective.   The findings, published online Oct. 25, 2011, in the International Journal of Obesity, provide evidence explaining a phenomenon… Read more »

Zeisel to speak at African-American Economic Summit

October 18, 2011 Share   Dr. Steven Zeisel Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, will be one of four keynote speakers at a free public conference, “The Biological Consequences of Chronic Social and Economic Disadvantage,” to be held Nov. 7 as part of the third annual African-American Economic Summit, organized by the University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Afghan minister visits to discuss global health issues

October 12, 2011 Share   Dr. Faiz Kakar, sixth from left, visits with student and faculty members involved in global health issues. Faizullah Kakar, PhD, Afghanistan’s Minister for Advising the President on Health Affairs, met Oct. 11 at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with global health leaders from the UNC schools of public… Read more »

Lisa Perry chosen to receive School’s Staff Excellence Award

October 05, 2011 Share   Few people have the time and determination to do everything they want to at work. Lisa Perry might not have the time, but she surely has the determination.   Perry, business manager in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), has been selected to receive the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

New UNC Center for Diabetes seeks to reduce health disparities

September 29, 2011 Share   The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $3 million, 5-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to establish the UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities (CDTR). The center’s mission is to reduce diabetes-related disparities among poor… Read more »

Diversity and inclusion report proclaimed the ‘end of the beginning’

September 27, 2011 Share     When the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health met earlier this month to celebrate more than a year of hard work and the completion of a draft report, task force members understood that the greatest effort was yet to come. Assistant… Read more »

Leaders from Chinese CDC visit UNC to explore possible collaborations

  September 23, 2011 Share   School leaders and the Shanghai delegation Six delegates from Shanghai, China, met with faculty leaders at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Sept. 19 to discuss possible research and educational collaborations, including student and faculty exchange programs and distance education opportunities. Members of the delegation, who work… Read more »

Nutrition Research Institute hailed as leader in nutrigenomics

September 13, 2011 Share   The Sept. 12 issue of Time magazine features an article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, surgeon, author and talk show host, which describes his dietary recommendations for optimal health. In the article, Oz recognizes the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) as a “leader in the growing field of individualized nutrition, studying… Read more »

Gillings Merit Scholars selected (2011)

September 07, 2011 Share   Fifteen students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2011-2012 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and… Read more »

Mexican immigrants’ diets raise risks of obesity, heart disease

September 01, 2011 Share   Despite the abundance of Hispanic food options, Mexicans who migrate to the United States choose to adopt most of the “American diet,” which may put their health at risk, a new study shows. Some of the changes are good. Many Mexicans in the U.S. consume more fruits and vegetables, low-fat… Read more »