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UNC-led team to study California’s high agricultural productivity despite years of drought

Dr. Gregory Characklis will lead a three-year, $3 million National Science Foundation-funded study to examine the interdependency of systems that supply food, energy and water in California. His research team will consider how, despite years of drought, the state has seen increases in the production of farm-raised food. Is that situation sustainable?

Shafer co-authors research on adult e-cigarette use, effectiveness of anti-smoking digital video ads

Paul Shafer, doctoral student in health policy and management, studies media campaigns and policies related to smoking behaviors. He is co-author of two research studies published in September — one about the reasons adults use e-cigarettes and another on whether digital video advertising increases the reach of anti-smoking campaigns.

RWJF launches new leadership program: UNC to lead collaboration to build Culture of Health

Improving health and reducing persistent disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States requires clinical innovation and community transformation. The Clinical Scholars program, a new national leadership program led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has just selected its first cohort of fellows who will advance both.

Medicaid expansion affects rural, urban hospitals differently, study finds

Brystana Kaufman, health policy and management doctoral student, is first author of a new article about the impact of Medicaid expansion. Kaufman’s findings reveal that, while Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was associated with fewer unpaid patient bills and higher Medicaid revenues in both rural and urban hospitals, rural hospitals had, on average, smaller reductions in unpaid bills.

Health behavior students awarded record $325K to teach health education through technology

Elizabeth Chen, MPH, and Cristina Leos, MSPH, health behavior doctoral students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have won a $325,000 award from Innovation Next, a program of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The award is the largest ever made to a student or a student group at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC’s Gillings School number one public school of public health for NIH funding

September 7, 2016 Once again, the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is the number one public school of public health when it comes to funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH provided the data for the 2015 Fiscal Year and UNC’s Gillings School was listed as the number… Read more »

International study finds 20 genetic regions, across all ethnic ancestries, associated with kidney function

September 1, 2016 A large international collaboration marks the first study of kidney function involving individuals from four continents. After examining kidney function in African, Asian, European and Hispanic individuals, researchers found 20 genetic regions that affect kidney function and are common across all ethnic ancestries. The full paper, titled “Trans-ethnic fine-mapping highlights kidney function… Read more »

Tully and colleagues receive NC TraCS award for infant side-car bassinet project

August 30, 2016 Kristin Tully, PhD, of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has been recognized with the Improving Human Health Award, presented by the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Tully is a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

Researchers question process for reviewing coverage of ‘off label’ cancer drug use

August 25, 2016 A group of University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers is calling for an overhaul of the process that determines which cancer drugs used off-label – or beyond their approved use — are reimbursed by federally-funded health insurance in the United States. In a “Viewpoint” article published online Aug. 25… Read more »

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer-care guidelines and drug industry

August 25, 2016 Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer-care guidelines in the United States. They say their findings lay the foundation for future studies of whether drug industry payments influence clinical practice or guideline recommendations…. Read more »