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Recognitions and Awards

Sept. 24, 2013   Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected vice president of The Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity. Her four-year position will include service in subsequent years as president-elect, president and immediate past president. Established in… Read more »

Sept. 19, 2013   Although cigarette use has declined among Americans, regulators face the challenge of communicating the dangers of new tobacco products along with reaching smokers in diverse communities who may not respond to traditional forms of anti-tobacco communication. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes… Read more »

Sept. 18, 2013   The Gillings School of Global Public Health’s class of 2013 presented eight scholarships to current students at an alumni event at the School on Sept. 11.   More than $10,000 was collected for the scholarships through a fundraising campaign managed by the class, including a $3,000 contribution from the School’s Alumni… Read more »

 Sept. 11, 2013   Myron Cohen, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center to train medical personnel in southern China to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases, including hepatitis B and C.   Cohen is Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology in UNC’s… Read more »

Sept. 9, 2013   A team of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin has received a National Institutes of Health grant for more than $10 million to study the pathogenic activity of viruses including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola, highly… Read more »

Sept. 9, 2013 Kari North, PhD, has received a four-year, $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant that aims to uncover connections between genetic variants and some of the complex diseases that affect Hispanics and African-Americans. North is associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The grant program, CALICO II,… Read more »

Aug. 20, 2013   Norman (“Ned”) Sharpless, MD, will become the third director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds H. Shelton (“Shelley”) Earp, MD, who became deputy director of the cancer center in 1985 and director in 1997.   Sharpless, a Morehead Scholar and honors graduate of UNC… Read more »

Aug. 20, 2013   Two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members have received the Fogarty International Center’s International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award to raise awareness and promote skills related to bioethical issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Frieda Behets, PhD, professor of epidemiology, and Stuart Rennie, PhD, adjunct… Read more »

Aug. 12, 2013 A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).   “We know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability… Read more »

Aug. 12, 2013 A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).   “We know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability… Read more »