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Science for Safer Food

Over the last decade, Dr. Rachel Noble has developed technology that keeps our food – from oysters harvested off the coast of North Carolina to spinach grown in California’s Salinas Valley – safe from bacteria such as E. coli.

Extending municipal water service would reduce emergency room visits linked to contaminated wells, study finds

The state of North Carolina could prevent an estimated 2,920 annual emergency department visits by extending community water service to 10 percent of the population that currently relies on private wells. This finding comes from a recent study co-authored by a professor and two alumni of the Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering department.

Genetic variations specific to African ancestry may increase kidney disease risk in Hispanic, Latino populations

A new study has revealed that genetic alleles linked to African ancestry may contribute to chronic kidney disease among Hispanics and Latinos, especially those with roots in the Caribbean region. Study co-authors from the Gillings School are Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai.

Nutrition student wins research prize in national poster competition

Gina Tripicchio, doctoral student in nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected as one of three winners in a research poster competition sponsored by The Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth section.

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function and feel during and after treatment

Gillings School professors Drs. Bryce Reeve and Andrew Olshan led a study of several thousand breast cancer survivors in North Carolina. They found differences in how African-American and white women functioned and felt during their treatment and two years post-diagnosis.

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.