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Maman, Herndon selected for School’s Greenberg, Barr awards

Dr. Suzanne Maman, professor of health behavior, and Sally Herndon, a health behavior alumna, have won, respectively, the Greenberg Award for excellence in teaching, research and service and the Barr Award, for contributions in public health by a Gillings School alumnus/a. Maman and Herndon will be honored at the 2017 Foard Lecture, to be held on April 27.

Sugar-sweetened beverage purchases declined in two years after Mexican “soda tax” passed

A new study published in Heath Affairs co-authored by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (National Institute of Public Health), has found that purchases of sugar sweetened beverages declined further in the tax’s second year. The higher… Read more »

Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment

Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health? In a recent opinion piece appearing in the journal Environmental Science and Technology researchers from the… Read more »

Maternity waiting homes bring help to vulnerable women in Malawi

February 16, 2017
Dr. Kavita Singh led a study, published in the International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showing that maternity waiting homes (MWHs) offer a promising strategy to reduce maternal mortality in Malawi and other low-income countries. MWHs allow women who live in rural areas or who have high-risk pregnancies to live closer to a health facility toward the end of their term.

Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.

Breast cancer mortality risk associated with eating smoked or grilled meats

February 12, 2017
A recent study led by Gillings School researchers found that women who survive breast cancer may increase their risk of mortality if they have consumed high levels of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat. Drs. Humberto Parada and Marilie Gammon are co-authors of the study, which was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Diabetes mellitus associated with increased risk of death from ovarian cancer

February 12, 2017
A new study led by epidemiology doctoral student Dr. Dongyu Zhang suggests that ovarian cancer patients who also have diabetes mellitus (DM) have higher mortality rates than those without DM.

BIOS student honored with ENAR’s Distinguished Paper Award

February 12, 2017
Biostatistics doctoral student Fei Gao has won a Distinguished Student Paper Award, presented by the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. Her advisers, Drs. Donglin Zeng and Danyu Lin, are co-authors of the paper.

Study investigates role of cadmium and microRNAs in preeclampsia

February 10, 2017
Drs. Rebecca Fry and Samira Brooks have explained an underlying biological mechanism by which exposure to cadmium may increase the risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy. Their study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Biostatistics researcher awarded ASA’s Norman Breslow Prize for outstanding paper

February 10, 2017
Dr. Qingning Zhou, postdoctoral research associate in biostatistics, received the American Statistical Association’s Norman Breslow Prize for her paper, “Outcome-dependent Sampling with Interval-censored Failure Time Data.” Her co-authors were Drs. Haibo Zhou and Jianwen Cai.