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Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »

Community-academic research partnership analyzes focus groups to examine race-specific inequities in cancer treatment

April 7, 2016 A recent publication co-authored by two researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shares lessons learned from a focus group analysis that examined inequities in cancer treatment. Geni Eng, DrPH, professor, and Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor, both teach in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings… Read more »

Study finds no evidence that phthalates are responsible for increased childhood obesity

April 6, 2016 Jessie Buckley, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was featured in the “Science Selection” section of Environmental Health Perspectives for her recent research on phthalates and obesity in children. The research findings show no evidence of a connection between phthalates –… Read more »

Gillings student publishes guidelines to improve reporting on mHealth interventions

April 5, 2016 A new paper led by a student researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health proposes guidelines to improve the quality of reported research on mobile health (mHealth). Smisha Agarwal Kaysin, doctoral student of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, is the lead author of a recently published… Read more »

Researchers confirm link between schistosomiasis and HIV acquisition

March 31, 2016 A comprehensive review of secondary data sources has confirmed a long-suspected link between female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) and HIV infection for women in southern Africa. A researcher from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was one of two co-authors of the resulting article, titled “Association Between Schistosoma haematobium Exposure and… Read more »

Two UNC Gillings students selected as Innovation Next award finalists

March 30, 2016 Two students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the finalists for the 2016 “Innovation Next” project, an award that includes $80,000 in development funds and the opportunity to work the renowned global design company IDEO to refine and execute their proposal. Created by a grant by the U.S…. Read more »

Researchers call for collaboration to better understand how air pollution impacts health

March 30, 2016 The need to understand how air pollution affects health is greater than ever, reports a new article led by Jason West, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Air pollution is among the most important risk factors for health globally, and is… Read more »

Studies examine positive impact of weight loss upon cancer risk

March 29, 2016 Preliminary findings for two studies about the relationship of obesity and cancer, conducted in the laboratory of Stephen Hursting, PhD, will be presented April 18 and 19 at the 2016 American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting in New Orleans. Hursting is professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Shafer studies smoking, from smoke-free air laws to anti-smoking media campaigns

March 24, 2016 Paul Shafer, MA, studies media campaigns and policies related to tobacco use. Recently, he has co-authored articles on both a statewide smoke-free air law and a national media campaign that encourages smokers to quit. In the first paper, Shafer, a doctoral student of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Seven from Gillings School receive Impact Awards; fellowships presented to other public health scholars

March 23, 2016 Students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health earned seven of the 17 Impact Awards presented by the Graduate School in 2016. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The seven public health Impact Award… Read more »