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Five-year heart health study shows promise in eastern NC

April 28, 2015 A long-term study out of Lenoir County, North Carolina, has found promising possibilities for reducing cardiovascular disease risk in the eastern part of the state. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,… Read more »

Biostatistics research recognized as ‘Top 10’ by Clinical Research Forum

April 27, 2015 The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), housed within the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the data-coordinating center for the Randomized intervention for children with Vesicourteral Reflux (RIVUR) trial that recently received a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for 2015. The awards, presented by… Read more »

Orphaned boys in low- and middle-income countries as vulnerable to abuse as girls, study finds

April 26, 2015 Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls. As a result, the authors suggest targeting more… Read more »

Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening

April 23, 2015 Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The funds will support a five-year randomized control trial in North… Read more »

In-hospital cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012, study finds

April 22, 2015 A new study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has found dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure. Study findings support improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections. Monica Schmidt, MPH, doctoral candidate in health policy and management… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »

Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants

April 21, 2015 Three faculty members at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants through the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, is the co-principal investigator on a project to explore… Read more »

Doctoral Candidate, US Army Major works on safer water for troops

When U.S. soldiers are fighting on the battlefield or behind enemy lines, they can encounter a challenge that’s almost as hazardous as enemy fire, air strikes or improvised explosive devices (IEDs): contaminated water. But a U.S. Army major is now enrolled in a PhD program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where… Read more »

Combined sewer systems increase risk of illness after heavy rains, study finds

April 20, 2015 A new study finds that combined sewer systems can contaminate drinking water supplies with bacteria and viruses, causing severe community health impacts. Combined sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater runoff before reaching treatment facilities. When heavy rains overload the capacity of such systems, untreated contents may be discharged into local bodies… Read more »

Nine BSPH students present work at celebration of undergraduate research

April 16, 2015 Students from four departments represented the Gillings School of Global Public Health yesterday at the 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The Celebration is an annual research symposium held in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Undergraduate students present research and deliver talks in concurrent poster and panel sessions. The Celebration… Read more »