Posts Categorized: Office of Global Health News

Water Microbiology Conference scheduled for May 5-7

April 17, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will present the 2014 Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure, May 5-7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event, a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on the intersection of microbiology and public health, will… Read more »

Bentley elected to Consortium of Universities for Global Health board

April 9, 2014 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition and associate dean for global health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. “Peggy’s election to the board is a testament to the very… Read more »

Determining reliability of triclosan measures in pregnant women

March 13, 2014 Rounding up a large number of research subjects to come to the lab to give a urine specimen can be a daunting task. Asking them to come back repeatedly to give more specimens over several weeks usually results in some of the subjects not showing up or perhaps dropping out of the… Read more »

HPM student receives Fogarty global health fellowship

March 12, 2014 Kei Alegria-Flores, MPH, doctoral student in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected as a Fogarty global health fellow for 2014-2015. Alegria-Flores’ 11-month appointment is based in Lima, Peru, where she will collaborate with experts from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Herdia, Johns Hopkins… Read more »

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

Screening decisions must balance potential benefits with potential patient harms

Dec. 10, 2013 Screening to detect medical conditions has become standard practice for many diseases, but insufficient attention has been paid to the potential for harm, according to a study conducted at the University of North Carolina. The study, published online Dec. 9 in The Journal of the American Medical Association – Internal Medicine, was… Read more »

Water and Health Conference draws cross-sector crowd to address water, sanitation, hygiene

Oct. 23, 2013 Five hundred people from 47 countries made their way to Chapel Hill Oct. 14-18 to attend the fourth annual Water and Health Conference, hosted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Water Institute at UNC.   The diverse group of participants, which included global policy makers, researchers, implementers, funders and entrepreneurs,… Read more »

Dr. Weathers to serve on National Advisory Council on Migrant Heatlth

Andrea Weathers MD, MPH, DrPH, MCH Assistant Professor, has accepted the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael O. Leavitt, to serve a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. The Council advises the Secretary on policies to increase the effectiveness of migrant health centers in delivering primary… Read more »

ESE’s Rick Luettich helps keep residents safe in coastal NC

  July 19, 2013 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are helping North Carolinians better prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms through the use of advanced computing technology and collaboration with local and state emergency managers. Dr. Rick Luettich (Photo by Dan Sears) Rick Luettich, ScD, developer of the Advanced Circulation… Read more »