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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 »

Gillings health behavior researchers study HIV testing, intimate partner violence in Tanzania

March 23, 2016 HIV testing and intimate partner violence are the public health issues that Marta Mulawa, a doctoral candidate of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, targeted in two recently-published papers. Mulawa based both articles on data from a Tanzania-based study led by her adviser Suzanne Maman, PhD, associate… Read more »

Getting there: What does it take to care for mothers and their babies in remote Ghana?

March 15, 2016 This article, by Mary Lide Parker, was originally posted in Endeavors magazine on March 8. In a small village in southern Ghana, a 29-year-old pregnant woman named Vivian goes into labor at 2 a.m. Her husband is visiting Ghana’s capital city, Accra, over 100 miles away. With no means of transportation, Vivian,… Read more »

UNC epidemiology study: New SARS-like virus may be nearly ready to infect humans

March 15, 2016 A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that a SARS-like virus known as WIV1-CoV, which is found in horseshoe bats, could bind to the same receptors as SARS-CoV and replicate in human cells without the need for adaptation. Thought to be a critical barrier,… Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »

Doctoral student wins award for papers in Nutrition Research journal

March 4, 2016 Daniel Lupu, MD, doctoral student in nutrition, has received the 2015 David Kritchevsky Graduate Student Award from the journal Nutrition Research for two articles published in the November 2015 issue of the journal. The winning papers were part one and part two of the study, “Genetic and epigenetic transgenerational implications related to… Read more »

Health behavior student co-authors articles on e-cigarettes, tanning bed injuries

March 2, 2016 The public health challenges of e-cigarettes and cancer caused by tanning beds are the subjects of two separate papers co-authored by a doctoral student from the Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The student, Andrew Brian Seidenberg, MPH, conducts research on both… Read more »