Research News

Children’s movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Dec. 10, 2013 Two Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnae, now working in the UNC School of Medicine, have found that many recent popular children’s movies feature content involving some characters who have unhealthy eating behaviors and others who stigmatize them for being overweight or obese. The study, led by Eliana M. Perrin, MD,… Read more »

Epidemiology students receive APHA grant to improve sexual health education on UNC campus

Dec. 2, 2013 Nadya Belenky, MSPH, and Diana Sanchez, MPH, epidemiology doctoral students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the American Public Health Association’s Advocacy on Campuses that Impacts Our Nation (ACTION) award to launch a semester-long sexual health-themed social media campaign called “Let’s Talk About It, UNC.” “Social media programs are… Read more »

Screening new inmates for HIV may not reveal many new undetected cases, study shows

Nov. 26, 2013 More than 90 percent of HIV-infected inmates entering prison in North Carolina previously had tested positive for the virus, according to a study published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  A significant proportion of people with HIV in the United States enter the prison system… Read more »

Carolina Breast Cancer Study enrolls record 3,000 participants

Nov. 25, 2013 Researchers leading the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS) have enrolled the 3,000th participant for the study’s third phase, making it the largest-ever population-based study of breast cancer in North Carolina and one of the largest in the world. This milestone completes enrollment and initiates the five- year follow-up. CBCS is conducted by… Read more »

Surratt’s Dreyfus Foundation award to further research on isoprene emissions

 Nov. 25, 2013 Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $120,000 grant by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to further his research on air pollution and human health. Specifically, Surratt’s research examines how human-caused pollutants interact with natural… Read more »

HPV associated with increased risk of HIV infection in men, study finds

Nov. 20, 2013 A study of 2,519 Kenyan men conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) was associated with a higher subsequent risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to AIDS. The study, published online in the journal AIDS, was authored by Jennifer Smith, PhD,… Read more »

Gillings team wins APHA’s ‘Law Abstract of the Year’ award

Nov. 14, 2013 Two recent Gillings School alumni and a former staff member at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) are co-authors of research that received the American Public Health Association’s Law Section Abstract of the Year Award. Corey Davis, JD, MSPH, an alumnus now with the National Health Law Program in Carrboro; Nabarun… Read more »

Obesity found to be major risk factor in developing basal-like breast cancer

Nov. 18, 2013 Women who are obese face an increased risk of developing an aggressive sub-type of breast cancer known as “basal-like,” according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In a study published online by the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a team led by Liza Makowski, PhD,… Read more »

Hobbs’ commentary calls for improved health leadership

Nov. 14, 2013 A commentary in the Nov. 2 issue of The Lancet calls for public health leadership in problem-solving and implementation capacity. Only through such leadership will “health systems and the people they serve enjoy sustainable positive outcomes.” The commentary, a response to a Sept. 14 article in The Lancet titled “Clinical Leadership Improves… Read more »

Gentry, NC SART collaborate with American Kennel Club to ensure animals’ safety

Nov. 14, 2013 A new disaster-relief trailer, presented on Oct. 30 to officials in Pamlico County, N.C., will shelter pets and their owners during natural or civil disasters that occur in the county’s coastal towns. Purchase of and provisions for the trailer were enabled by  a grant from the American Kennel Club (AKC) Pet Disaster… Read more »