Nutrition News

Obese adolescents at greatest risk of becoming severely obese adults

November 10, 2010 Dr. Gordon-Larsen Obese adolescents are 16 times more likely to become severely obese by age 30 than their healthy weight or even overweight peers, according to a new study led by Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, associate professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Public health researchers found… Read more »

Siega-Riz named associate dean for academic affairs

November 08, 2010 Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition and of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the School’s new associate dean for academic affairs, effective Dec. 1.   Siega-Riz will succeed Peggy Leatt, PhD, who has served as associate dean for academic… Read more »

School’s scientists receive National Cancer Institute grant to address cancer health disparities

October 27, 2010 Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina, but it doesn’t affect all citizens equally. North Carolina rates of prostate and colon cancer in African-Americans are 47 percent and 15 percent higher, respectively, than in Caucasians, and breast cancer deaths among African-American women are 20 percent higher than for Caucasians…. Read more »

UNC collaborative to uncover ways to improve global water and sanitation

The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has received a federal grant of nearly $260,000 to improve water and sanitation (WatSan) programs in developing countries by finding better ways to collect and communicate information needed to develop effective water and sanitation policy issues. The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s John E…. Read more »

Ten Gillings Merit Scholarships awarded to new graduate students

October 06, 2010 Ten graduate students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have received the inaugural Gillings Student Merit Scholarships. The scholarships were established to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential.   Top row (L-R): Rudra, Allaire, Gellert, Moss, Lesesne; Second row (L-R): Newkirk, Kasrawi, Erber, Harkins, Hahn… Read more »

Zeisel selected for NIEHS environmental health award

October 06, 2010 Dr. Steven Zeisel Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, director of the University of North Carolina’s Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis and Kenan Distinguished Professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Falk Award.   Zeisel received the award Oct. 4… Read more »

UNC to coordinate study of ways to prevent, treat childhood obesity

September 23, 2010 Dr. June Stevens The University of North Carolina has been named coordinating unit for a $49.5 million research effort, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to examine ways to curtail the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. June Stevens, PhD, chair of the nutrition department in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Stevens to speak at AICR’s nutrition and cancer conference

  September 22, 2010 Dr. June Stevens The 2010 American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer will be held Oct. 21-22 in Washington, D.C. June Stevens, PhD, AICR/World Cancer Research Fund Distinguished Professor and chair of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, will speak…. Read more »

UNC scientists to study pregnancy, obesity and breast cancer disparities

September 22, 2010 UNC scientists have received a five-year, $2.2 million grant to study how factors such as pregnancy and obesity may promote susceptibility to an aggressive subtype of breast cancer that is more prevalent in young African-American women. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Breast Cancer and… Read more »

Hobbs receives local radio station’s Village Pride Award

August 26, 2010 Dr. Suzanne Havala Hobbs Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, clinical associate professor of health policy and management and of nutrition and director of the doctoral program in health leadership at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received The Village Pride Award from Chapel Hill radio station WCHL 1360. The award, established… Read more »