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Nutrition News

Two from Gillings School elected as delegates to UNC Employee Forum

April 15, 2016 Two staff members from the Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected to the UNC Employee Forum. As staff delegates, Bryan Andregg and Natiaya Neal will work to improve the quality of life for staff, students and faculty at the University. The Employee Forum website describes the group’s mission, which… Read more »

NIH extends funding for Nutrition Obesity Research Center through second decade

April 13, 2016 The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) will receive a $5.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund another five years of research. The award is the fourth time NIH has provided five-year funding for the center. “We are proud that the NIH has selected UNC as one… Read more »

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »

Study finds no evidence that phthalates are responsible for increased childhood obesity

April 6, 2016 Jessie Buckley, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was featured in the “Science Selection” section of Environmental Health Perspectives for her recent research on phthalates and obesity in children. The research findings show no evidence of a connection between phthalates –… Read more »

Gillings School alumna wins University Award for Advancement of Women

April 1, 2016 Mary Shen, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna and currently a medical student in the UNC School of Medicine, has received the UNC General Alumni Association’s University Award for the Advancement of Women. Shen, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in nutrition at the Gillings School… Read more »

De Marco honored with Provost’s Engaged Scholarship Award

March 30, 2016 Molly De Marco, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and project director in the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), has received the 2016 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for engaged research. The award is one of several… Read more »

Studies examine positive impact of weight loss upon cancer risk

March 29, 2016 Preliminary findings for two studies about the relationship of obesity and cancer, conducted in the laboratory of Stephen Hursting, PhD, will be presented April 18 and 19 at the 2016 American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting in New Orleans. Hursting is professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Seven from Gillings School receive Impact Awards; fellowships presented to other public health scholars

March 23, 2016 Students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health earned seven of the 17 Impact Awards presented by the Graduate School in 2016. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The seven public health Impact Award… Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »

Doctoral student wins award for papers in Nutrition Research journal

March 4, 2016 Daniel Lupu, MD, doctoral student in nutrition, has received the 2015 David Kritchevsky Graduate Student Award from the journal Nutrition Research for two articles published in the November 2015 issue of the journal. The winning papers were part one and part two of the study, “Genetic and epigenetic transgenerational implications related to… Read more »