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TB still major public health threat in China due to knowledge-practice gap, study finds

October 17, 2017
Although the prevalence of tuberculosis has more than halved in China since 1990, early diagnosis remains a challenge. A new study led by Dr. Sean Y. Sylvia provides, for the first time, data on the quality of TB care found at three different levels of the Chinese rural health system.

Study examines characteristics of deaths from drug overdose in North Carolina

October 17, 2017
According to study findings by maternal and child health doctoral student Anna Austin, death by drug overdose is an important and continuing public health concern in the U.S. The average self-inflicted drug overdose victim was 50 years old, female and white. In contrast, the average unintentional drug overdose victim was a 43-year-old male. Austin’s findings were published Oct. 10 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Allocation of public health research investments may disadvantage black Americans, study finds

October 10, 2017
“Do black lives matter in public health research and training?” This was the question posed in a recent study co-led by three alumni of the Gillings School, including Department of Epidemiology faculty member Dr. Shabbar Ranapurwala.

Five new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

October 5, 2017
Five teams of Gillings School researchers and their collaborators have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards (GILs), beginning this fall. Researchers include Drs. Orlando Coronell, Stephanie Engel, Emily Gower, Stephen Marshall, and Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, and Steven Meshnick. The awards are administered by Research, Innovation and Global Solutions, the Gillings School unit that manages programs funded by the $50 million Gillings gift.

UNC researchers receive $61M grant to identify effective treatments for asthma

October 2, 2017
Dr. Anastasia Ivanova will lead a five-year, $61 million study to identify more effective treatments for asthma attacks and will do so by combining two important tools — precision medicine and ‘big data’ analysis. The work is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Lancet report charts path toward health for sub-Saharan countries

September 26, 2017
Dr. Irene Agyepong, Gillings School alumna, is lead author of a new, comprehensive report that charts a roadmap for improved health among sub-Saharan Africans. Published in The Lancet, the report was co-authored by a number of public health researchers and policy makers around the world.

NIAID renews 5-year grant for research on emerging viruses

September 19, 2017
Dr. Ralph Baric is co-principal investigator on a grant that will develop new mouse models that replicate the genetic diversity found in humans and validate precision medicine models that predict human gene function following infection by emerging pathogens.

More treatment options needed for HIV-positive women with cervical dysplasia, study finds

September 18, 2017
Three researchers from the Gillings School are co-authors of an article that compares two treatments for cervical dysplasia, concluding that altogether different protocols are needed to optimally treat cervical dysplasia in women living with HIV.

Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

September 15, 2017
Dr. Alison Stuebe led a group of researchers who developed an online calculator to estimate the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health. The research was published online Sept. 15 in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine.

UNC team awarded $3.25M grant to study role of placenta in children’s later-life health

September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Departments of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Biostatistics have been awarded a large grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate the role of the placenta as a driver of children’s later-life health.