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UNC scientists awarded grant to study causes of pediatric cancer

October 16, 2008 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Epidemiology Department in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a grant worth nearly $2.9 million from the National Cancer Institute to study the causes of neuroblastoma. Olshan is also the leader of the… Read more »

UNC and N.C. roles expanded in landmark children’s health and development study

October 03, 2008 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has expanded the role played by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a long-term, wide-ranging study of the nation’s children. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D., director of the Carolina Population Center, is the study’s principal investigator. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, associate… Read more »

UNC eating disorders program director receives national research award

  October 01, 2008 Cynthia Bulik, PhD Cynthia Bulik, PhD, director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eating Disorders Program, has received the 2008 Price Family Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association. Bulik is a professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

UNC researchers find MSG use linked to obesity

August 14, 2008 People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don’t use it to be overweight or obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

Dr. Hackney lectures in South America

June 30, 2008 Dr. Anthony Hackney of the University of North Carolina recently conducted a series of lectures on “Sports Nutrition and Exercise Performance” in Chile, South America during June. The lecture series is sponsored by the Chilean government and several universities in the country. Dr. Hackney has just completed directing a Study Aboard program… Read more »

UNC to study link between sustainable farming and health

June 02, 2008 Would people and their communities be healthier if they still got food from local farms? A team of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has received a grant to study the public health impact of moving toward a local, sustainable food system. The team will establish a Gillings Innovation Laboratory… Read more »

UNC health researchers explore how to take interactive video games to the next level

May 30, 2008 Photograph, Dr. Deborah Tate The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to explore how interactive digital games could be better designed to improve players’ health. Deborah Tate, PhD, will lead the study. UNC joins 11 other… Read more »

Children in N.C. child care not getting recommended amounts of healthy foods

May 27, 2008 Photograph, Dr. Dianne Ward Young children in child care centers are not eating the recommended amounts of whole grains, fruits or vegetables during their time at such centers, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dianne Ward, EdD, professor of nutrition, is one of the study’s… Read more »

UNC poverty center awards grant to Ammerman

May 20, 2008 Photograph, Dr. Alice Ammerman The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, based in the School of Law, has awarded seed funding for projects proposed by UNC faculty members Maureen Berner of the School of Government, and Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor in the Department of Nutrition and director of the Center for… Read more »

Nutrition Coalition teaches kids about healthy eating

May 12, 2008 UNC Nutrition Coalition Students from the UNC Nutrition Coalition recently gave a hands-on presentation to youngsters and their families at Durham’s Museum of Life and Science, introducing them to some ideas about healthy eating and teaching them to make healthy snacks. Coalition co-president Mia Chabot, Megan Dean, Stephanie Lu, Michelle Tulley and… Read more »