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Recent alum, Pepper, awarded for outstanding research on e-cigarettes

February 19, 2015 Jessica Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral research associate at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. She will be recognized at a ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting April 22-25 in San Antonio, Texas. “Jessica is… Read more »

Chronic narcotic use elevated in children with IBD, study finds

February 18, 2015 Chronic narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), compared with children without the disease, according to a new study led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study, “Prevalence of Chronic Narcotic Use Among Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,”… Read more »

ESE’s Coronell and Noble receive $1.68M in UNC system grants related to water

Feb. 13, 2015 The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves partners from two or more UNC campuses. Orlando Coronell, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

Largest-ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthens genetic links to obesity

February 12, 2015 There are many reasons why two people with the same diets and exercise regimens can gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now, an international collaboration of scientists, including several from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, has… Read more »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »

Fast-food labeling that ties eating to exercise may be a weapon against childhood obesity, study finds

February 9, 2015 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that parents ordering fast-food meals for their children were more likely to order meals with fewer calories and encourage exercise when product labeling tied calorie intake to the amount of exercise needed to burn those calories. The… Read more »

Children’s oral health video wins national contest

February 3, 2015 A video highlighting early childhood oral health research funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has won first place in the 2014 Power of Oral Health Research Video Contest, sponsored by Friends of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research… Read more »

Sobsey awarded UNC grant to study antimicrobially resistant fecal bacteria in sewage

January 23, 2015 Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a competitive pilot research grant from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and UNC Program in Nicaragua (ProNica) to evaluate water-borne antimicrobially resistant bacteria (ARB) in León, Nicaragua, and Chapel Hill,… Read more »

Yeatts discusses undergraduate public health education in Frontiers in Public Health

January 22, 2015 A recent article by Karin B. Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, describes the success of an introductory public health course for undergraduates that uses principles of active learning to help students experience public health practice and integrate concepts with their assignments…. Read more »

Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

January 15, 2015 A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. The study, “Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?,” highlights that current benchmarks for… Read more »