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Physical activity helps to counteract weight gain from obesity-causing gene variant, study finds

May 4, 2017
To determine how physical activity and genetic variants related to obesity interact to affect weight gain, Dr. Misa Graff and colleagues performed genome-wide interaction meta-analyses using more than 200,000 individuals. The international study was published in PLOS Genetics.

Ammerman named first Mildred Kaufman Professor of nutrition

April 27, 2017
Dr. Alice Ammerman has been named the inaugural Mildred Kaufman Professor of nutrition. The professorship was announced at the Gillings School’s 49th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 27, pending final university approvals.

Zeisel awarded fellowship in American Society for Nutrition

April 27, 2017
Dr. Steve Zeisel has been inducted into the American Society for Nutrition’s 2017 Class of Fellows. Fellowship is the Society’s highest honor, offered to scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.

Mayer-Davis receives ASN’s Excellence in Nutrition Education Award

April 27, 2017
Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis has been honored with the American Society for Nutrition’s 2017 Excellence in Nutrition Education Award. She was recognized on April 23 during the ASN’s Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology 2017, in Chicago.

New study explores timing of changes in blood pressure health that lead to larger disparities

April 20, 2017
African Americans and men are more likely to transition from ideal levels of blood pressure in childhood or early adulthood compared to white Americans and women, which puts them at increased risk of developing hypertension earlier in life.

One year later: Berkeley’s ‘Soda Tax’ significantly reduced sales of sugary drinks

April 18, 2017
A new study found that a 2015 tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) implemented by Berkeley, Calif., resulted one year later in a drop in SSB purchases and an increase in purchases of non-sweetened beverages, including water. The study, co-led by Drs. Barry Popkin and Shu Wen Ng, and researchers at the Public Health Institute of Oakland, Calif., was published in PLOS Medicine.

Ten-year study shows steady increase in Type 1, Type 2 diabetes in US youth

April 13, 2017
A study co-led by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the yearly rate of newly diagnosed cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in youth increased significantly and steadily in the years between 2002 and 2012, especially among Hispanic youth.

Bentley wins 2017 Triangle Global Health Award

April 4, 2017
Dr. Peggy Bentley has been selected as the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s 2017 Triangle Global Health Champion. Bentley will be honored at a May 2 meeting of the consortium for her life-long commitment to advancing global health around the world and in local North Carolina communities.

Aggressive breast cancer grows faster in obese environment

April 4, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition report that the environment surrounding breast cancer cells also drives the disease.

Public health undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

March 29, 2017
Nine Gillings School students were inducted recently into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.